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The Rock-itt : July 2011
move in round 17 to push the Tigers off the eighth position. Their defence stats are the best of any of the other teams around them on the Ladder and as we all know, the Warriors are capable on their day of knocking over the Storm. I would call these guys “dark horses” ready to gallop up the NRL Ladder and into the 8. I would not like to be the sides who meet them in the next 2 or 3 rounds, especially over there. Panthers: Matty Elliott never had the chance to vindicate himself and has been given an early shower by new overseer Gus Ghould. Just as the players decided to get off their bronzers and start playing football, Matt was shown the door and I must admit he was used as the scape goat for all the procrastinating which the early part of the season had shown. I think Matt Elliott copped a raw deal from the club which he worked exc eptionally hard for and I hope better things come his way, because he deserves them. Currently on 16 points and in 10th position on the Ladder, the Panthers should continue to win games, especially once Origin duties are completed. Rabbitohs: “I do want to play, nah I don’t want to play”, “I do want to play, nah I don’t want to play”. How would you like to be Coach Johnny Lang coaching these guys. They are as hot and cold as a case of malaria and the sooner they find a cure to get rid of this disorder which must have Russell Crowe dying his hair regularly to get rid of the grey, the better off the red and greens will be. Sitting on 16 points and in 11 th spot on the NRL Ladder Board I would be surprised if they make it into the 8 come September. There is a wealth of talent in the side and they have a great inspirational coach in John Lang but coaches don’t go onto the field and win games, that’s the players job. There is more commitment needed by the players if Souths are going to win another grand final competition, which coincidentally was what they were quite good at an age or so ago. Sharks: In 12 th position on the Ladder and at present with 14 competition points, the Sharks aren’t looking too flash and one of their main reasons for looking ordinary is their defence record. If they are to make forward progress then they have to improve their defence, then take the points when the situation arises. They have some good players in the Sharks ranks, including Origin hero, Paul Gallen who consistently tries very hard to lead his side by example. But he doesn’t seem to be getting the whole team following. A m ore committed outfit is what is needed if the Sharks are to have any chance of pushing up and into the 8. There is still time on the clock but not a lot of time if something isn’t done immediately. Eels: Another hot and cold situation here. The Eels have some good fire power in their ranks but are struggling to combine and finish off to collect the points. Currently in 13th position on the Ladder and with 13 points to their tally they are really struggling to stay in contention. They have some very good performers in their ranks with the likes of Hindmarsh, Hayne and Luke Burt just to nam e a few, but they are not collecting the points at the end of 80 minutes which must be frustrating for everyone concerned. To lift from this position on their current form is going to take quite an achievement, although time may be the determining factor for the Eels. Roosters: Grand finalists and a good side in 2010, yet now halfway through the following season languishing near the bottom of the competition Ladder. It is a pity to see the Roosters in the rut that they seem to be in now and the trouble is it just keeps continuing week in and week out. Origin once again could be a factor with the Blues seconding Peirce and Minichello, two of the side’s best players but the Dragons had to go through the same thing with Origin, yet look where they’re sitting in the competition. So what do we do now? Coach Smith had done a really good job since taking over and guided them to a play-off for the Holy Grail last October, but he must be scratching his head now wondering where his direction has gone that made them such a force in 2010. There are a lot of rungs to climb to get to October and honestly, I don’t think they have the legs or the time to do it. Raiders: The Raiders are in 15th position on the Ladder with 12 points in the basket and have been struggling to put it together ever since the season kicked off. One of their main ball players, Terry Campese has had a horror stretch with injury, which has virtually undermined the Raiders’ game plan for 2011. There isn’t a lot they can do about it either as it looks like Campo will be up for sick call for the rest of the season. Titans: There’s not a lot to say about the Titans. They are on 10 points and at the bottom of the Ladder going into round 17. Scott Prince’s absence for most of the earlier part of the season with injury has taken away most of the chance in grinding their way into the 8. It looks as though their campaign is over for 2011 unless a miracle arrives very soon. Perhaps their only option left is not to finish last. Not a good way to see the season out. See you next month ......Paddy Pos Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points 1 Storm 15 12 0 3 333 180 153 26 2 Dragons 15 11 1 3 302 183 119 25 3 Sea Eagles 15 11 0 4 330 211 119 24 4 Broncos 16 11 0 5 308 258 50 24 5 Cowboys 15 10 0 5 354 280 74 22 6 Knights 14 7 0 7 254 249 5 18 7 Bulldogs 14 7 0 7 260 277 -17 18 8 Wests Tigers 15 7 0 8 294 290 4 16 9 Warriors 15 7 0 8 263 272 -9 16 10 Panthers 14 6 0 8 268 279 -11 16 11 Rabbitohs 14 6 0 8 271 298 -27 16 12 Sharks 14 5 0 9 257 306 -49 14 13 Eels 15 4 1 10 234 341 -107 13 14 Roosters 14 4 0 10 190 275 -85 12 15 Raiders 14 4 0 10 255 343 -88 12 16 Titans 15 4 0 11 223 354 -131 10 NRL LADDER