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"Brisbane Broncos weren't the most disappointing NRL team?!?" 2020 NRL Season Review - Episode 69

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Today, on the show, we roll through the 8 NRL teams who missed out on the 2020 Finals series. We review all 8 sides's seasons and discuss the main takeaways for each club.

I'd cheese settle. Welcome back to the honorball podcast. Is Episode Sixty nine at the show. Today I'm joined by no one back here again with the Solo podcast. So today we're going to be talking about a topic we haven't talked about too much on this podcast, but if I'm being honest, it's probably the sport I'm involved with most watch pretty much every game every weekend, and it's the rugby league, the NL. So today I'm going to be doing a bit of a season review of the teams who missed out on finals. So the last round happened. I'm recording this on a Monday, so the season concluded yesterday and final starts in a couple days, so I thought I'd get this out before final starts. So I'm going to be reviewing the seasons of the teams who just missed the cup, so nine to sixteen, and then after the final series, or maybe during the final series, I'll do some more nrl content and talk about the teams who actually did make it to the finals, but to yeah. So today we're just going to roll through nine to sixteen and we will be awarding some awards, which is like each team best player most improved rating out of ten and we'll just talk about the takeaways from each each club season. So, without further ado, I reckon. We started off with ninth and we'll work our way back to sixteen nine. We have the Gold Coast Titans. Finished on eighteen points. Stormed home five and know in their last five matches. I think this is it was around resounding success of a season. They were only two points outside the eight in the end. I don't think they had any huge scalps, but they beat a lot of the teams in and around them and I think they did beat some decent sides. But yeah, really positive that they came home strongly. You'd obviously rather come home strongly than start strongly and then fade away because it's, you know, better, better for your prospects for the next season. But yeah, ninth of The Times I think most people would have been tipping them sixteen or fifteen. I know when we did our N RL predictions very early on in this podcast history where we had the warriors and times in second, last and last, and I think pretty much everyone else did in the NFL community. So both clubs absolutely smashed it, I'd say. But focusing on the titans first, in terms of the takeaways, I think they're found their halves pairing. I think that's the biggest takeaway of this season. We came into it not really knowing what their best herd was pairing was. They've tried a lot of things. Obviously a tailors probably been the main constant, but they've tried a lot of different people there. They've tried Taylor with Peachy, they've tried Taylor with Kan lge, they've tried tyrone Roberts, they've honestly tried so many people. And Jamal Foggerty, he's taken over at halfback and ash tailors now the number six and it's working like an absolute treat. Jamal foggerty actually one of my most improved award in this I don't know if he debuted this season or he played bit last year. I can't quite remember, but I heard of him too much before this season. He really came on to the scene. Well, great manager of the game. Still allows as Taylor to be at his best creatively as he takes control of you know, steering the ship pretty much from tackle one to tackle five each set. So they've found a great holes. Pairing there to move forward with ash tailor, still young, fogged. He's not too young because he spent a lot of time in the Queensland Cup, but he's young and Nurl so he...

...should improve. But then fullback Aje Brimpson, he came back halfway through the season. He really changed the team. That's kind of where their season switched. They had a sold season in the first half but they are a little bit patchy at times. Had some poor performances and when Bringston came back they really looked at different side. He was just breaking teams apart. And then at Hooker, Mitrain I think to most the hooking duties there. I know they shared it around a little bit. Aaron Clark did a bit, Nathan peace did a bit, but I think my trains their man. They're so their spine seems to be fairly sorted. They've got some great signings coming in next year. They've got David forfeited, Tino Fassimlaui, who I think has been one of the most impressive young players of the season, and Melbourne. So I'm surprised Melbourne let him go, to be honest, because they usually only let go the people who they think are kind of disposable. Yeah, I think the times are going to be really exciting next year. They do lose Giro to the Bunnies, but I think they'd kind of reach the stage where Gira was no longer like carrying that forward pack. They'd found a few others. Best Player. I'm going to award it to two players actually, Brian Kelly and Milwaukee fought awaker. I think Brian Kelly really stood up this year. He's always been I remember him when he started manly. I thought he was a really impressive talent. I've kind of been waiting for this breakout in the last couple seasons and it has underperformed, but this year he really took it to another level where I was only talking about it recently with my brother and I was saying he's probably not too far off origin selection with the form he's in. It scored some great individual tries, a little bit like Coe Tony stags in the way he plays powerful, strong, agile. He's just a weapon really and yeah, I was really impressive Brian Kelly this season. And then Milwaukee fought awake up, probably not the big shock coming to this year. He was a young gun with hugh drops. Had A good season last year but mainly, you know, coming off the bench and stuff like that. But this year really announced himself as a one of the best starting props in the competition. He's not a freak at this stage of his career yet, but he's so young he's got a lot of potential for a big man. He's got such a big good speed and footwork at the line which is really impressive. A lot of line breaks he made and yeah, he was really good and, as I said earlier, most improved. I Jamal foggy, but they could probably be a number of blokes going for this award. Sound less anny. He's someone who I was really impressed with, especially in a few of the Games that I saw the times play, while I saw them all their games, because I pretty much watched every game this year because I have no life. But yeah, Sam Lasni, I thought Milachi fought awake. It gets all the headlines, but I thought Sam Lasni was a great deputy ont deputy, sorry to pot awaker, I kind of got moved on to the bench with jam and Joll off getting the starting position, but I think that dynamic of those three props rotating around worked really well. Kevin proctor was also pretty good in the back row. But yeah, all in all great season for the Times. Justin Holbrook probably deserves coach of the year. Might do a award show in the middle of the final series, around when the Daly m medals are on, but yf for me Holbrook would be right up there for coach of the year. What he's done with this team is insane and the signings they've got to come really exciting. So it's a great time to be a titans firm. Next up we've got the warriors. Basically can echo everything I said about the Times. They were predicted to come so low. People, especially when the news was announced, are going to mistay in Australia. The whole year people were expecting them to you know, maybe not even winning game, and they've come out and they've won eight matches, only two wins outside the eight and they've finished above teams like manly, the Tigers, the dragons, cowboys, who you would have you would have laughed if someone said the warriors would finished abobb all those sides.

So I think all alls are really good year for the warriors. Obviously besides footy. Huge thanks to the warriors and I think the NRL community is deservedly so, praising them for what they've done as a club. They came over to Australia, the players and stuff sacrifice so much they probably accepted that it would may be harm their on field performance but in the end it actually might have boosted it. But they said sacrifice so much a lot of them didn't see their families for four to five months just so we could keep the great game of NRL rolling on. So I think every NRL club, every NRL fan, is very grateful to the warriors and I think the first few times where you know they were getting the speeches after the Games and stuff, it was almost out of a bit of pity because they were losing. But now I feel like they're probably getting less thanks just because how well they did, like people feel a little bit less sorry for them, but like the thanks shouldn't be any less just because how well they've done. They did have a coach change during the year but that didn't seem to hunt at all the best player for the warriors. I've Gone Peter Hiku and Toho Harris. To Who Harris? He's acquired achiever. He just goes about his business and then you look at the start sheet and he saw he had, you know, a hundred and forty meters, thirty five tackles every game. It's just impressive what he does week and week out. And Peter Hiku, I thought he was seriously underrated this year. I think the last couple games the commentators might have started to get around him a little bit more, but I think he had something like fifteen or so, fifteen or more try involvements from the center position. He would just set up so many triers. Called hat trick in one of the early rounds. But he was just a try scoring machine, try assisting machine. He's just such a talented finisher and like a sister. He's kind of like B J l lure in his prime back at camera. But yeah, he could was on fire this year, very solid in all aspects of his game. Yeah, so if I don't think New Zealand to play in this year, but if New Zealand were to be playing, I thought he would been a lock in that center position, a hundred percent slotting in. But yeah, the warriors had a lot of impressive players this year. Elias the Katowa could have easily won best way. He missed a bit of time from injury, but he was so impressive. Most improvid Codey Nicarama. I can't lie, I was pretty I'm pretty critical of Codey Nikoreama. Last year I thought that was a shocking signing for the warriors to get him from the Broncos, and then even early on this year I just thought it was rubbish. But he really stood up in this well, not even the second half, like the from about round for onwards. He was great. I think even after in the second half, I think when Blake Green went to man Newcastle and unfortunately you know how his injury, I think that freedom up a little bit allowed him a little bit more creative control. I think him and Harris Deviata is the halves pairing for the future with Roger Down Back. I think that's a great little spine they've got there. And Yeah, I'm really excited to see what the warriors can do next year. Nathan Brown coming is coach, Peter Fiel Gould coming in as like some director or something, and then themselves, similar to the Times, have some great signings. I can't remember the more top of my head because they've made so many. But they've got you and Aitken, for Nell, Blake kne Evans, all exciting signings and I think they have got the core of what could be a great team in a few years. They just need to fit a few pieces around that. That's what they seem to be doing, I think. For now. Blake's such a good signing for me, for nor Blake's one of the best, probably the best problem the competition when he's on so the you know, my only fear with him is sometimes some of the Kiwi players. I actually don't know if for no blakes Kiwi. To be honest. I think you might have played for Toma, but a lot of you know the players from New Zealand and Tong on. When they get that move back home,...

...a lot of the times their performance dips a bit. I'm thinking of like Adam Blair. Yeah, I'm not quite sure who else, to be honest, but like I can't think of any other specific examples, but that seems to happen quite a quite a bit. They're just happy to be playing an Urla home and they maybe as cutthroat in terms of their training and stuff. But yeah, the warriors are looking so good for next year. Both the Times and Warriors, just given their ladder position, how close they were to making finals and their upward trajectory, they're both going to be pushing for finals next year. Obviously it's hard because those top eight teams are all so good, but it's hard to see how the Times of warriors aren't going to notch up more wins than they did this season with the amount of signings, youngsters everything they've gotten their teams. Great Coaches Will Nathan Brown kind of Jew is still out in him, but we'll see how he goes there. But yet cracking season from the warriors. Once again, thank you for everything they've done for the competition. We respect it so highly. Next up we've got the ball, my beloved West Tigers. I haven't been giving rating. Sorry, times and war is. Look, I'm not going to kid around it. It's probably close to ten for both. Yeah, I'm going to do it. I'll get them over for ten out of ten. I think if you told The Times they would come ninth to two points out of Eight, two points off eight, I think they would have laughed in your face. And for the warriors, for what they did after it had been announced they were staying in Australia the whole season. I think if anyone told them they're going to come ten they would have laughed. But yeah, great achievement from both teams. So I'll get the boat out of tense. Probably Bit Generous, but honestly I think two of the best seasons out of all sixteen teams. Yea. So the West Tigers look, I can't lie, as bit of a disappointing season. I didn't buy into the height because I just saw the other teams how they were improving. I thought Panthers in the nights were going to jump up. Well, I actually don't think I predicted the pants has to jump up, but I thought the Knights would improve. I thought, you know, teams around the Tigers last year would move up and that would just relatively push the tigers down. Not that that would be worse, but a lot of people would predicting the Tigers to make the eight, which I thought was a little bit ambitious. But maybe that's just me being pessimistic as a supporter of a pretty average club. So yeah, I can't lie. Eleven probably pretty disappointing, tied thirteen, which is more of a concern also just the back half of the season form. I think we started the year pretty decently. We were, you know, lurking around eight, seventh, eighth and ninth for the whole most of the season and you know, the last five rounds the wheels kind of fell off. We had a really rough draw on the run home, it has to be said, but we just didn't look too competitive in too many of those games. Highlight through the season probably the two paramount of games and two pain Rith Games, for we were really competitive and all for a shame we couldn't win any of them, because I think we deserve points from some of them at least. Like we will probably obviously the pants as to win every single game. We were probably one of the teams that challenge them the most. So we showed glimpses that we have it, but ultimately eleventh isn't great. tied thirteen not good at all. And Yeah, in terms of rating, look, if five's average, I'm gonna I'm going to give them a for just because I think maybe ninth, maybe nine, would have been where they would expected to come. So anything about that would have been better than average. Below that is below average. So yeah, I'll get them a for might be a bit harsh, but yeah, I just don't think. I think there's warring signs of the Tiger still. I don't think there's a clear path to success just yet. I've got faith and match as a supporter, but I know a lot of people don't. It's going to be interesting to see now what he does with the club. A lot of cap space has been freed up. I think there's over eight players leaving the club this year, either off contract or moving...

...elsewhere, so it's going to be really interesting to see what we do. We've been linked with every man and their dog, so it's going to be interesting. A lot of calls for do we to move to five eight? I agree with it and my older brother actually thinks not alomar should play fullback. Personally, I disagree with that. I think he showed that he's one of the best wingers in the competition. I'm not sure he has the ball playing to go full back. I'd rather US keep him winger and sign a fullback. We're linked with Tristan sailor, which I'd be a big risk, but I like that. It's bold and if it pays off, I think we could be a young, exciting side. I hope we stick with Brooksie it at the seven for another year. I think. No offense to Benjie, I love him so much, and Chris Lawrence. Just on a side note, congrats to them on a awesome careers. I've only I'm only a young guy, so I pretty much don't know what the West Tigers are without Chris Lawrence and Benjie Marshall. So I'd really like to thank both of them. I've shared too many tears over the last, you know, seventy two hours for both of them. But Love Them Two bits and I hope they can see some success for the club in the future and know that there they were a part of setting up that foundation. But yeah, as Benjie Departs, I think brooks he will get a little bit more creative freedom. I think we've seen in the last month. Although our formers a team's not being great, I think Brooks he's really improved. I still think there's room to improve in his kicking game. I think sometimes he's execution could be quite poor, but I think he's passing games pretty good. But it's probably last year's, probably his last chance, to be honest, to lead, to lead decide. If he doesn't perform next year, I think we might have to move him on. But I think tigers fans, I'll be honest, I think we've got a you know, laurer, our hopes a little bit next year. If you look who's finished above us, the Titans and warriors, they're only going to get better. The dragons, manly, they're probably unknown quantity. So all I'm saying is I think I wouldn't shock me if we finished below ten again next year, just the way the other teams are projecting upwards and we're not. Really we don't have that clear path to success just yet. But there's been some exciting players. My best players going to David offul Luma. I was talking to my family about it before. My brother reckons it should be Harry Grant and my dad reckons it should be Lucian a Lee lewer. All good shouts for me. Grant just didn't play enough. I think he missed like five weeks due to injury and when he came back from that injury wasn't quite the same. But first half of the competition he was one of the best players in the league. So I can see I can vouch for that. But I thought NOTFULMA was so strong every week. He kind of tailed away the last couple weeks in terms of his meterage. Not necessarily try scoring, but he just saved us out of the back so much. He was really good and about twenty seventeen, but the last couple seasons I thought he had waned a little bit in talent and I was maybe quite skeptical of him because he's not the greatest defender. But now he's just charging on those first and second tackles and making us big meat as every time. So I think he's been our best player and I don't think he will get picked for the New South Wales because they, you know, like to pick fullbacks and stuff out of position and play wing. But I honestly think he's been the Best New South Wales Wing it Welsh winger this season. I think out a car yes, he's come home strongly, but I think over the course of the twenty rounds nowful him has been better than all out of Car Mansor and Ferguson. But I don't think. I don't think he will be picked and I don't necessarily think he should, but I just think he's the best winger in New South Wales. Most improved. There's so many of the choose from. I guess there's a lot of guys who probably didn't have much opportunity before this year. So I don't know if you can call them improved, but Adam doing, Luciano La Lua and Harry Grant, they all fit that category. We haven't seen too much of any of them, but...

I'll say Lucian a la Lua. We saw probably more of him than doing grant in the previous seasons and he looks skillful but he always looked a bit unfit. He reminds me a bit of a t rex Tony Williams. A little bit unfit. Super Skillful though, but he really cut down his weight, play eighty minutes every week and he was always just one about. He's probably the he's probably a guy who's probably never in our top two in any game, but he was always like third or fourth, just consistent week in week out. And then yet doing grant. They were both awesome in terms. Yeah, I've already given a rating for all right. So next up I've got the dragons best player. I've Gone With Zach Lomax and most approve of gone. Matthew dufty probably swap them around, but I think we've seen more of dufty and previous years, so I think he's more applicable to the most improved. But they were by far and away the dragon's brightest lights this season. I can't lie the dragons like. They didn't finish well. They only had one win in the last four. But sing about yesterday's game there's a bit of a positive sign the way the dragons finish here. They bled a lot of youngsters, they've got a new coach coming in like, I don't know, feel a little bit more positive than like for say, the Tigers or even the seagulls. That seems like there's a little bit of hope. They're found. Clune looks like a really good halfback. Nothing outstanding, but he looks like he's going to be a really solid club player for, you know, five or ten years. I know he's a bit older. And then Jaden Sullivan, hopefully he starts next season because, like, he didn't do too much yesterday, but just the wraps on him and he looks like an exciting prospect. So if they could get those two in the halves, dufty at fullback, Lomax at center. All of a sudden they've got been hunt at Hooker. All of a sudden. They've got a pretty good core there of good players and then they've just got to build a team around them. They're still got a pretty good Ford Pack on paper. They are losing Tyson Frazel to the nights and they lost James Gray midseason, but you've still got, you know, Josh Kerr, Paul Vaughan so and camkinner. So there's hope there for the dragons. There's a future, a lot of young, good players. So I don't think it's all doom and gloom, although they probably were hoping to finish above twelve this year. But I think twelve is probably exactly where I predicted them to come. But yeah, ultimately I don't know. They probably didn't live up to the general populations expectations, but I think the teams that finished above them are better than them. Actually, I don't know the Times of Warriors. They weren't predicted to finish high, so I'll probably if five's average, look I probably just go for similar to the tags. They probably just just under performed what the general expectation of them was, but I don't think if you're going to be realistic with that dragons team, I don't think you could have been asking too much more with Norman and hunt being a hars pairings going into the season. But yeah, lomax stuff to eat. Really Bright Signs. They're next up. We've got manly. I'll be honest, I'm pretty embarrassed about this one. I actually pretty for them to win the premier ship. I didn't think they we're going to finish high on the ladder, but I thought there are a dangerous team that could be anyone on their day. Like I know, late last year they beat Melbourne down in Melbourne. They beat some other good sides that they probably won't expect it to. So I think I had them finishing about six and then just pushing on and going on a bit of a dream run. It has to be said the turbo injury affected their seasons hugely, but no team in the NRL should be so reliant on one player and I think manly of realized that that's the case. This year they were looked decent. They didn't look great with him, I have to admit, but they looked decent with him in the side they looked a bound for top eight and then ever since he's injury, they just looked really out of form. I have to say they're still top harty players. I'm sure we'll see them in origin and the end of the year, but I think Jake Traboievic and DC, I think they're they probably had off years this year. If I'm honest, if...

...we look at their form in the last five years, this is probably the worst season they've had. I just think Jake Turbo that he's style of play like. He's obviously a great defender and stuff like that, but in terms of attack he's not going to, you know, eat a hundred and fifty meters. Is A ballplayer. I think that suits a really successful team. So when the team was down in the dumps and kind of needed someone to pick up the pieces and ram through the middle, he's probably not your guy. You want it lock, but he's obviously a quality defender and stuff like that. So I'm not saying you should be dropped or leave or anything, but I just think for your two best players. I think the seagles would been hoping DC and Jake Trevert, trueboy bitch, would have carried them a little bit better. But ultimately a team shouldn't rely so heavily on two or three players like they have, and I think they got found out. But yeah, ultimately I know there's people saying has less should be brought under fire, but I think they've definitely got to give him one more year and I'll see find who didn't play this year for obvious reasons. Jack Travoi, which was injured, Tom Trevoy, which was injured. Sorry, dull walk was injured. So that's three out of four of your starting spine. So if you do that to any club they're probably going to struggle. So I think you've got to give him another chance. I don't think he deserves to come under fire just yet. It'll be interesting to see what they do with the with the offseason signings. They're losing for nor Blake, which is huge. As I said earlier in the PODCAST, I think for no Blake's the best prop in the competition and him and mighty to power really made a great prop strike force. But yeah, so for hit me, for Noll Blake was the best player. He missed a few games and you could really see that when he was gone how much they missed him and even when he would go onto the bench they just look like a completely different team. But when he would come back out there, you know standard fifteen meter runs with an offload to top it off. It's just insane stuff. From for Noll Blake, I do think mighty to power, although they're a great strike force. I think two palers been a bit down the last couple seasons, so we'll see how he goes next year. Is, you know, the big name prop most improved. I've got most of sully and Tanniella PERSECA. Could be a bit of Tiger's bias here, both of them former tigers, but yeah, for me Moses silly, especially in the first half the competition. He has didn't play in the last like five or six games because the injury, but in the first half I thought he was having a bit of a breakout season. He's so big, he's fast, as strong, every everything you want to send it. Basically he was looking like a bit of a Prime Conrad Hurrell at one point, or seven Solomon Carto, if you will, be yet he looks really dangerous, just so hard to stop because you know there's not many other centers that are so big, so you know when he gets the fend out he's almost unstoppable. So he was another guy they missed a lot when he got injured. But for me he was really improved because he always showed glimpses that his past clubs, but he's obviously had off field issues never really quite put together game after game, but this year he looked like he was breaking out. So watch him next year and then Taniellpa Secca. I know blocker shares this sentiment a lot on Fok leave coverage of the game, but he always kind of questions he's so big, likewise any more damaging? And I think everyone else says that he's so tall. I think he's six foot five, six foot six, maybe even taller, but I think he kind of realized how big he was in the second half of this season he really came out of his shell. A lot of offloads, a lot of live breaks. I remember a try. I don't know if he's set it up or rescored it, but there was like a seventy seventy meter break or something. So yeah, he's my most improved most as slowly in terms of rating for the manly seagulls. So look I'm going to have to be pretty harsh. They were expected to come top eight, maybe even top for I'm going to give them a two out of ten. I just don't think any other team in the League underperformed their expectations. Yes, the bronchos have...

...got all the headlines because they came last, but I honestly think manly are quite lucky that the bronchos had a shock of the season, because what do they come last year? Like fifth or something, all signs of projecting them to improve this year and then they've come thirteen. So yeah, pretty poor season for the SEAGULLS, but I'm not I'm not sold that they're completely horrible yet. I think they're going to make the top eight again next year. Obviously it's going to be hard, though, because you got your top hat, you got the times and warriors looking to improve. So yeah, I think a lot of it's going to come down to what they do in the offseason. I think they've been rumored to get care and foreign, but so is a lot of the teams. would be quite cool to see him back with DC, but would mean dylan walk would have to move on. I know they've told Danny Levi's not one of next year finals. Signed off for two years, so I think find it will have a huge season next year. I think everyone needs to watch out for him next so we've got the north Queens and cowboys. Quite another embarrassing season. I'd say seagull's cowboys and Broncos of the standouts for the worst seasons I actually they've had. They had a bad year last year. They came twelve or something. I thought they were bouncing back this year. I think I actually predicted them to come in the top eight. I thought with the team they had on paper it was too good not to. But defensively they were just so poor. Week after week they were just ship twenty plus points like they would actually score quite a few points. But yeah, they were just so bad in defense. They can seeded five hundred and twenty. Only team to have a worse defense with the Briton broncos. But yeah, they just let themselves down against the Tigers when they conceded about thirty two and one half Scottie drink quarter look like he'd butted up before the game. You honestly couldn't stop a single player. So yeah, it was just really a shocker of a season for them. Unlike some of the teams in this list, they probably don't have a great path to success. Like the Tigers, which is a bit of a worry for the fans. They've got a few players in their prime, a few players in the back end of their career, a few young players. So there's not really a clear direction for the club. But you know they've got todd Payton coming in. We'll see what they do in the offseason. You think they'll make some moves, but they do have a lot of cap space tied up with, like you know, Tamlolo and homes over, I think, combined there on, over to mill but I think homes look really good at the start of the season. I think that ankle injury never really healed, so we'll see how he goes next year. Best Player I've given to Jason Tamlolo. I'll be honest, I just copped out there. It's pretty easy to give Tamlolo awards just because he does pretty solid every single week. But here's for I think we kind of forgotten, but his form in that first six weeks were incredible. He was averaging over like a hundred eighty meters a game and honestly there was just no one else really to give it to most improved. I've given it to Frankie Molo, Jake Clifford and Hami so Tabuo. FIDO hammer obviously is his debut season, so can't really win most improved, but I thought he deserved a shout out. Obviously he's similar to like kind of like a Doka's just known for being fast, but he's actually a really good footy player. I know that try scored at full back in about round thirteen or fourteen was such a good try. Yeah, they cowboys look down now and he just had a bit of a solo if it broke like eight tackles. So he looks like a really interesting prospect for the future. I think he should sit on the wing for a few seasons and then maybe he can move into full back. But for me he looked a little bit raw at full but I think he should needs to just mature get larger on the wing and then maybe moving too full back. But who knows? I know ponger he just thrives straight away at full back. Frankie Molo, I think the weeks that town Lolo was gone, especially he stood up he's quite...

...similar to tell Lola. Actually he's not as talented, obviously, but he's big, he's fast, as strong, got good footwork. So I think he was a bit of a shining light in the season. And then Jake Clifford. I'll be honest. Last year we saw a bit of him but I thought he was no good. You. So you can kind of tell when they debut if they have that thing. But I thought he looked pretty bad last year. But this year they look out of sorts until he came into the team and then look, they didn't have a great win rate when he came into the side, but they looked a little bit better. They look like they had a little bit more direction. So I think him and drink water will be the starting harvest pair of next year and we'll see how that goes. But two young players, so they could improve or it could prove to be a bit of a shambles, like I did this season. So for the cowboys, or, if I go the SEAGULLS, are two. Probably got to get them a better score than that, but I'll I don't think they deserve for because that's why I get the Tigers and dragon. So I'd get them a three out of ten. That moves me on to the bulldogs in fifteen. I'll be honest, probably about where unpredicted them to come. I think people were predicting fourteen, but that was probably when no one expected the titans and warriors to break out. I'll be honest, not much to really say about the bulldogs. A little bit of an underwhelming year. I thought. After what we saw at the back end of last season, I thought they were going to kick on with that and maybe not. No one thought they're going to make finals or anything like that, but maybe show signs of improvement, and that really didn't fabricate this year. For and injury troubles again. They're salary caps, just absolutely messed up. Like you look at their list compared to some of the other lists in the competition, you just wonder how the caps match up. Luke Thompson came in from England, I think. Actually, don't know, you must be getting suspended soon for that irate because I was pretty bloody bad, but I was saying to my brothers and my dad when I was watching the game on the weekend I think he's been a bit of an unsung hero. I think if he was at a better club where their games had a bit more eyes on them, I think he would have been talked about a lot more. I think he was pretty pretty good and especially he took a few games to ease into it, but he hadn't played an rl at all this year. Well, Rugby League. I think he played one match for St Helens or something. So I think he was a pretty good signing best player and giving it to Raymond for Fatala Marina. He could probably win both awards, to be honest, but he was their standout player. No one in their spine really stood out the whole. Waidi had a few good games down back men. He had a couple games for and had a few good games. Lewis was pretty bad. They they're just haven't found that halves pairing. COGG has been tried, wake has been tried, Lewis has been tried and I have to be honest, I don't think any of those three have got what it takes. So it's going to be interesting to see where the bulldogs go from here. They yeah, look, I'll be honest. No offense to bulldogs fans, I just don't think there's too much good signs at that club for the near future. I think it's going to need a serious rebuild because at the moment, yeah, I just the listers by far the worse than the calm most improved. I've given it to Jake Avarrillo and Nick Meny. Similarly to some of the other guys I mentioned, I don't I don't think Avrillo played before this year, but when he played I was like, wow, wheres is kid being? He actually got dropped a few times, but I thought he was this one of the standouts in the most of the Games I watched. Yeah, just really dangerous at center and then back out the year he kind of showed that he had a little bit of little bit of the halves playing him as well. I also thought nick men he was pretty good. Look, I'll be honest, it frustrates me that they weren't just given the fullback Gig because, yes, Hoppawada is a good player, but you know he's kind of nearing the end of his career. The bulldogs they're not in top contention anytime soon, so they may as well look to the future and give Nick...

Meni a crack rather than letting him right on the wing so hopefully that's something they do next year. Out of ten. Look, if people were pretty goodn't come fourteen. I'll give them a for I just think maybe a little bit, a little few wins for their liking. They only won three games and they only missed the wooden spoon because the bronchos. So I think it was too good. But new coach next year, hopefully some good offseason business for them. We'll see how they go. And then finally we've got the Britain bronchos. Obviously everyone knows they came last. It's been pretty well documented all season how bad they've been. I'll just come straight out of it rating. I'm actually not going to be too harsh on the rating just because, if you think manly, they were predicted to come like top for they've come thirteen. I've given them a to probably deserves to be a one. I'm going to get the broncos or it's probably not three, but it's probably a too. I'll give them a too. I don't think they deserve better. Writing the manly but yeah, they were just awful. I don't know what happened to the Broncos this year. After round too, I thought they were not premiership contenders, but I thought they were pretty much locks for finals to be honest. They played so well those first two games and then after lockdown I don't know what happened. Obviously they bit of coaching drama. See Bowls now gone. Now there's all these rooms about Bellamy, Paul Green, Kevin Walter's so who knows what's happening there. It looks like Walters is going to be the head coach, Bellamy is going to come in as a director of coaching, but none of that's been confirmed yet, unlike what buzzer off field will try and tell. Your Best Player, I'll give it to K Tony stags. He was injured and suspended a couple times. PAYNHART probably a bit stiff, but yeah, Col Tony stags for me. He was just so impressive this year. Could probably win most improved as well, but if it wasn't for his injury and I think the second last round, I think he would have been in right contention with Brian Kelly and a few others for New South Wales outside back selection. He was just so good. His ability to break tackles provide a bit of spark when there is done like there's nothing going on. He would just create a linebreak out of nothing. He is superstar. I most improved. Don't give it to her be farm worth. A big fan of Herbie farm worth. Actually, I don't know when. He used to come off the bench early in the season. I thought this guy had a bit and I think he did play before this year. So once again, not really improved, but I think he's someone they should stick with in the future. He played, I think he started, the whole second half of the year, but he I think there was a bit of an attitude issue at the the Broncos for most of the season, but he was one guy who never really look like he was suffering from that. He was always giving it a red hot crack. He might not be the most skilled footy player but he's as a bright prospect I reckon and could be a good clubman for a long time. But Yeah, look, I don't want to dwell too much on the broncos. It's in the past now. They've just had an absolute shocker of a year. The only issue is with the broncos. As I keep saying, this is not really a clear path to success. Well, if you just look at their spine. They had diarist board played the second half of the year at fullback and he's retiring. So that's already one. If you keep positions, you need to feel it's going to be interesting to do or see what they do next year if they just go full young and just cop having a bad year or if they go recruit and free agency. Not for agency. It's a fell on MBA, but you know, go pick up some players and try and quickly rebuild or try and win on the rebuild. Almost or that they just completely bottom out. Give testing. You start a fullback. Just roll with Di didn't. I don't even know who would be five eight to be honest. But yeah, I just don't know where it is. Where to go here. Where to go...

...from here? For the Broncos, they've let David for fee to go. Is probably their brightest prospect in a long time. But yeah, I don't want to dwell on it too much because it's been documented everywhere you look in NRL media circles. But just an absolute stinker every year from the broncos. And Look, I wish them good luck next year. I can't lie. I haven't really felt sad for them because they've been such a strong club for so long. But you know, I think it's important for the NRL that the Broncos are good because they dominate the Brisbane market and the Queensland market bring a lot of viewers. But yeah, absolute stinkery and hopefully there's brighter times that the broncos. But thanks for joining me today. As I mentioned earlier in the podcast, there will be an awards episode, I think in a few weeks from now, and then we'll review the teams who made the finals after finals, because I don't really want to review it before finals but yet enjoy the finals. There's going to be a lot more stuff coming out of the on the ball podcast, so stay tuned to the instagram page, the twitter page, the facebook page, like and subscribe on Youtube, get around it on the listening platforms and yet until now, stay safe and thanks for listening. Sayah.

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