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The Rock-itt : August 2011
Pos Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points 1 Storm 18 15 0 3 413 204 209 34 2 Sea Eagles 19 14 0 5 422 265 157 32 3 Cowboys 19 13 0 6 452 368 84 30 4 Broncos 19 13 0 6 390 310 80 30 5 Dragons 18 12 1 5 369 229 140 29 6 Warriors 18 10 0 8 369 306 63 24 7 Wests Tigers 19 10 0 9 371 354 17 24 8 Knights 18 9 0 9 308 313 -5 22 9 Panthers 19 8 0 11 363 393 -30 20 10 Bulldogs 19 8 0 11 332 400 -68 20 11 Sharks 19 7 0 12 333 424 -91 18 12 Rabbitohs 18 7 0 11 334 428 -94 18 13 Raiders 18 6 0 12 329 426 -97 16 14 Roosters 19 6 0 13 300 407 -107 16 15 Eels 18 5 1 12 285 378 -93 15 16 Titans 18 4 0 14 259 434 -175 12 saying that his family wanted to be closer to friends and family. But has the new broom swept big Petero out with the spring cleaning as well? Who knows? Mathew Elliott copped the blame for the team not performing but if they don’t perform under George, then what. I can’t foresee Penrith going anywhere this season because I believe that chopping off the heads of the coach and captain are the answer to the problem. Maybe someone should take a squiz at the committee, or are they untouchable. Good luck Gus! You’re going to need it. Rabbitohs: Alas another dream of a premiership seems to have gone begging for the hapless Rabbits as they struggle to find consistent form and force their way into the final eight commencing in September. They have a m ongrel draw with Dragons in round 21 and then another toughie up against the Eels who still have a sniff if they win every game from here on in, so they will be playing their guts out and god help the opposition. But the Rabbits can still do a lot of damage to finals contenders and who knows they may just decide to begin to want to have back to back wins, if it suits them that is. Roosters: I’m to the impression that the Roosters are just playing out the season now with the idea of going through a massive resurgence in the off- season. A lot of their players have been around for a long time and must surely be coming to the end of their used by date. There is a lot of talk around the public bars and at the local watering holes that clubs are starting to revert back to hanging onto and grooming their junior players to be the next rugby league stars of the future. I don’t know what the Roosters have in their junior ranks but if this is what they are planning, I think it’s a good move. It’s hard to believe that this team were last year’s grand finalists and have gone from heroes to zeros. Sharks: The Sharks have just been devoured by the Broncos in round 21 by the cricket score of 46 to 16. At eleventh place on the ladder they are not looking too flash and it might need a minor miracle for them to get into the eight. They are up against the Titans in round 22 but with Titans trying hard to avoid the wooden spoon it may be a hard call saying that they have an easy game against them. I guess at this time in the season and at this position on the NRL ladder the best you can get out of teams such as the Sharks is wound and harass the opposition as all else seems an unobtainable dream. Eels: Can they or can’t they make the finals? The Eels have been extremely unlucky in their last few games getting beaten on golden point time which has certainly cost them a place in the eight. They have shown some late good form and even if they do continue on with this, I doubt that they have any chance of going up the ladder. It would need a major miracle to see the Eels rise from the ashes and you would have to be a cock- eyed optimist to think that they have any chance of being there in September. Raiders: : Now here is a team which has struck late form and after dragging themselves off the bottom of the Ladder Board are showing the old British bulldog tenacity of if they are going to go down, it will be with all guns blazing. They fought gallantly in round 20 to knock off heavy weights, Saint George Dragons but will need to keep the momentum going against the tough Warriors’ outfit in round 21 and then against the Knights in round 22. I believe that they can do the Knights, but the Warriors this week is anyone’s guess. But whichever way the ball bounces they will be out to give the opposition a run for the money whenever they run onto the paddock in the run up to the finals. 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 NRL LADDER