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2021 NRL (Rugby League) Predictions - Episode 108

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Hamish has his first guest in a while onto the podcast as he looks to get into the start of the Australian winter sporting calendar. He is joined by his dad, Fraser, to preview the upcoming 2021 NRL Season. 

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Crowd cheers. He settling. Helloand welcome back to the ENBALL podcasts. Is episode a hundred and eight ofthe show. Today we are joined by guests first time, I think,in fifteen episodes or something. But Welcome Dad. Thanks for no worries.If you probably can't tell, we are talking about nrl today, probably tellby the title, but also by DAD's presence. I don't think you've beenon the podcast since the end of last season. I think a review orsomething, but who knows. So today, well, we're going to be doingit's on the eve of the finals. We're going to the opener on Thursday, the Rabbit Os versus the storm, and we are filming this on Monday, so very close to it. Excited, Dad? Yeah. Well, do you know that Melbourne have under Craig Bellamy's never lost her first gameand see hous have never been Melbourne in Melbourne they yeah, think I'd beentipping the storm anyway. But yeah, that's not good. Doesn't sound goodfor the Rabbit Os. So today what we're going to do is we're goingto go through the teams and we're going to to talk about where we thinkthey're going to come this year and or also got some rogue predictions at theend, like who's going to win the Daly m metal, who's going toget sacked, who's going to win origins, just stuff like that. So theyare further ado. Or can we get into to the size and we'llstart. We'll go alphabetical order. I reckon, and we'll go to theBrisbane broncos. Where do you think they'll come this year last? I'm ina Greens with you there. Why do you think they're going to come last? Well, han't bought anyone, so and they've got rid of players,so they're not going to improve. They've got the worst spine in the competitionand they've got a coach it's never coached first grade before. So you know, how does a guy that's never coach first grade lift that team they have? You compare them to the teams down the bottom. Most of the teacherdown at bottom of either bought players or changed. Well, they've changed theirrosters most of the teams the bottom. So I don't think they're going tobe any better. Yeah, I completely agree there. They're only chance ofimprovement is young guys stepping up or sound like a Millford finding form again,but we've said that for the last three or four years now and you neverreally has. I think we probably can start to lower our expectations of theMILF. But yeah, let's Brady Cross. Something clicks there, but I don'tthink he's got that in his locker blocks like testing you. Then thereFord pack will be good as it was last the last few years. Theydid lose for feeder and logs like off and Gowy, but it I don'tthink that's too much of a loss. Wall for feeder is but the restof their forre backs still good. But yeah, as you said, theirspine, their creative players also get Tony stags, I believe, is outtill about round fifteen with his acl that he suffered late last year. Sothat's probably their best attacking weapon gone. So yeah, I just don't reallythink it's pretty bleak looking for the broncos. Once again they've got a lot ofprimetime games. So sadly we're going to have to sit through that foranother year, which is frustrating. But obviously it's because of the Brisbane audience. But that's why you need two teams Bris yeah, it does make sense. Well, the fire hawks might be coming in in two thousand and twentytwo. That's why land he said one of them gone bad. At leastthe other one is winning and they won't show one of them. Yeah,exactly. So they came last this year and we're both predicted to come lastagain. We've been reading out some predictions in the paper and not too manypeople actually have been coming last again. But yeah, I just don't reallysee where the improvement comes from or our next and I'm just going alphabetic quarteroff the top of my head, so I might be a little bit wrong. But then we've got the bulldogs next. Where do you reckon? Last yearthey came fifteen, tired last with...

...the Broncos, but they are aheadon points difference. They have made a lot of big signings this year.They brought in Cotch Rick, Corey, Allen Cal Flanagan. Where do youthink the dogs will come? Eleven? Eleven they'll be. They'll be agradual, gradual improvement and then they'll probably next year they'll start moving. ButI you know, look, they bought but they bought backs mainly. Thereare a lot of they were a long way behind everyone else last year,so a long way to Goo. Trent Barret, I'm not sure as acoach. I mean shouldn't forget that his last job he got sacked. Yes, sure, so you know there's easy good to night. You might begood assistant coach, but we'll soon find out. But not I think I'llbe better, but they still won't be a top eight team. Yeah,I agree. I think a lot of their signings were exciting, but Ithink there's a lot of flop potential for something like half landing and I thinkhe could easily rock up and be like a bit of a Brady Cross forthe broncos. And then catrick. I think he's on seven hundred, eighthundred K for a winger center. I'm not sure that's going to improve theteam too much. So at least they've been busy in the market in theoffseason, but I'm not sure if they've been the smartest buyers. They've alsolost guys like aiden tolman. So yeah, I think they're going to improve.I've got them in the twelve. I think. People saying they mightpush for the aid. I think that's ridiculous. And Yeah, if anything, Twelve and eleven, I would say it might be generous predictions because alot of the teams around them are improving, like the Tigers, warriors and titans. So, yeah, don't have the highest hots for them. Ona junior on crew comment try the other week said they're going to make theaid but yeah, bulldogs, I've got them at a twelve or I.Next up got the Camber raiders, our first top eight team to tackle fromlast year. Last year they came fifth are but obviously didn't have a homecrowd for any of the season like many teams did, but they, moreimportantly, didn't have too many games in camera. So do you think theywill make a difference or do you think they're going to go backwards? Issuenow I think I'll be top for I think I'll be premiers, but I'llbe top for I think there's still got a pretty good team. Had Alot of injuries last year. So if they don't have injuries, they stillyou know, they nearly made them. Well, I made a playoff forthe grand finals in that yeah, so went too far away. Yeah,yeah, they really started to hit form late in the season. They startwell. They started well and then I think in the middle there was abit of a lull. There Josh Holston will be back here. Him Playlast year. However, my brother thinks that's actually worse for the raiders,so we'll see if that comes to fruition. John Bateman is gone. That's apretty big loss. I think last year he definitely wasn't as good astwo thousand and nineteen, but still big lost there. But they've got blokeslike Corey Halls Bra who missed out last year. He is looking to improveand they've got other young forwards who he's that's a bedhead guy. Yeah,he's just spend it, or you can thing it drying. Oh, Idon't know that happened exactly. I think he's out for a few games.Okay, well, there we go, but he'll come back with the vesseldestrey. Yeah, he hasn't played since that incident, I don't think,where he flipped off the crowd. So he'll provided a bit of entertainment.I'm a big raiders fan. I do like the raiders, but this yearI'm actually gone off them. I think last year I predicted them to winthe premiership. For this year I'm picking them because you know there's always oneor two teams out of the top age who slide. I'm saying they're stillgoing to make the eight, but I'm saying they're going to put come downto eight. I just think they've had a few good seasons in a rowand their due for maybe an off year. Not Too much is backing up mycall here. Like they've been really lost too many big players. Theybrought in a few guys like Ryan James, but I don't know. I justthink the other teams around them have strengthened and or have young players lookingto improve, where I don't know if the raiders do necessarily. So yeah, I've got them pushing down to eight, but I'm not too like, I'mnot too confident on that call. Really, I think they're going tobe there or thereabouts. I just thought I couldn't basically pick the exact sametop for his last year or top six.

So yeah, I've got them inthere. Next we've got the sharks. I've leave their fourth in the alphabet. The sharks last year snuck into the eight ahead of the Times.In the warriors they finished eighth. From memory they lost first week of finals. But I'm where do you can they're going to come this year? Thesharkies no, not the top eight. Yeah, I think they as well. And they got a really weird roster. They got an aging roster, thena really young roster. So they've got a lot of young players comingthrough with then they've got like all their big stars are getting old. JohnMorris is going to be under a lot of pressure this year. So Imean now they got their life. I don't think they've been a top ateam. Last year all did so they snuck into it and I think thatthere's a few teams like Gold Coast, the warriors, have improved. SoI think they'll be under the pump to make the yeah, I definitely agree. Looking at that, the top a from last year, they're by farthe like we know there's usually two that fall out every year. They're comfortablythe favorites to be falling out this year. I've got them coming ten. Idon't think they're going to fall too farther. Still got a fairly goodside but, as you said, blocks like Shawn Johnson for feet of woods. They're all handy heading towards the end of their careers. Saw Johnson isfree agent next year, so he's arguably playing sex contract for the first almostsix weeks is doing really so injury. So yeah, and who knows ifhe'll be the same coming back from that. So yeah, I don't have greathopes for the sharks. I think, as you mentioned, John Morris willbe under pressure. I think last year, their way they played,I thought he could have been a contender to get sacked. But then thefact that they just snuck into they I think helped helped him keep his job. But I can if they missed the eight last year he would have gotsucked because they're playing crap. So I think the issue if they don't makeit, I think he could be one of the coaches under pressure. Maybethey Wun't bring blood and bring back find again, as the room is Bellamy. But Bellamy they got to corol yeah. Yeah, I don't think there's muchappeal. then. They also don't have a home stadium this season.I believe they're playing out of the Dragon Stadium again, or wherever that is. So yeah, not. I don't don't see how they're making the eightthis year. We the guys on the verge of the eight really improving theirteams in the offseason. So I think. Don't think it'll be a rough year. For them, but I think it'll definitely be a slide year forthem in it fifth in the alphabet. I think got the Times just missedout on the eighth last year. Probably the most exciting team heading into thisseason. No one really knows what we're going to get. Some people havebeen outlandish and said top for others thing they're not going to make the eightagain. The last year they were knocking on the eight, two points outof it. I've got them coming in at seventh. Of looking at theteams outside of the eight, I think they have the best chance of movingin. I just think teams like the Tigers, the bulldogs, I don'tthink they're ready yet. I think the warrior is like. What they didlast year was awesome. They've strengthened their team that I just think a secondyear in Australia it's going to be really taxing for them and I'm not sureif they can quite replic replicate what they did last year. So I thinkthey're definitely the favorites to push into my eight. Do you think they're goingto make the air? Well, they should be, and know they wonthe last five games. Are you last year and they've strengthen the offseason.Yeah, so I think they will make the and I think you've got thestill this issue with will came Smith, Turner Jack, and he is goingto go to the Times if he's going to play, that's where he's goingto play. So if he plays, that'll put them definitely in the eighths. But I still think that they with the forwards I've got now, they'vegot the best. Well, the arguments, they got the best board pack inthe competition. Yeah, certainly up there. I think the feed isobviously a great signing, but I do think Teena know Silmoleu. He hasbeen not talked about enough. I think that's an incredible sign. I stilldon't talked about in the last podcast. I don't really know why Melbourne lethim go. They usually let go the expendable players that. I think he'sa lot better than that. So I think he's going to be an absolutestaff for the titans. And there they did lose a few big names,but they were kind of just deadweight by...

...the end of their careers. Sowell, it's a bit stiff on black side Ryan James, but I thinkthey're moving in the right direction and the next step is the top eight andI think they're going to do it. They've got a good coach and Holbrookand they've got a pretty good side. I think a lot will come downto the halves because they really overperformed what we would expect from them last year, so it's a matter of whether they can do that again. But Ithink Cam Smith would be a great addition because I think they would take alot of pressure off Ash Taylor and foggety and looking forward to seeing what Brimsoncan produce. I think he might really, you know, push for origin thisyear because he's an absolute star when he was at the end of lastyear. Next up in the alphabet, Jessis, to my alphabet knowledge,here are can it's a manly. I think manly sick in the alphabet.From memory there are tough ten to predict, I'd say. Some people have beenputting in the top eight. If I'm not wrong, last year theycame to thirteen. Turbo missed most of the year. They're broad and cureand form, but we're not even sure field play because Schust might start atfive eight. So there's question marks there. Do you think manly will make theeight? This year. I'll they'll finished night. Yeah, I've gotthem there as well. It depends on Tommy t if he plays, they'rea better team. If he doesn't, they won't make it. They've gotI mean there's spines pretty like chair even's he miss for and his injury prone. Tommy doesn't play that fullback. I mean the hookers. Isn't he arrestedfor stabbing someone or Sup? Yeah, I don't know what's happening. Wecan, I'm not find this year dylan walk is going to be hooker.That's where they're same. So that's and then there was a one of thoseplots of data the other day and the other Turbo Jerbo. He may showhe's data and he's actually not that good. Apply yeah, rather without his brother. He's not that good because his brother runs off it. So not. I think they're not a top eight team. Yeah, not to clownsome expert, but I'm actually not the biggest fan of Jactuvo, which Ithink he's a brilliant tackle, but I think what he does an offense iskind of be useless. Like I'm not a big fan of a ball playinglock. I much prefer someone who's basically just the third prop like a Tamalolopersonally. Plus you don't know what they're like. Men Trent Barrots last yeardid not finished last or second last. And then yeah, has like comesin gets to the top five. So maybe that and last year they bombedout. So you go. Well, which is in the anomaly? Thatthe year that has Laura last year. I reckon. They're not a topeight team. Yeah, it's a tough one. I think they will beone of the teams who benefit from crowds coming back. I think the brookiecrowd can be quite hostile time, so I think that'll benefit them. Butyeah, I'm not I think they improve. Can't set in finishing thirteen again.But yeah, I've got them in at ninth. I just can't seethem pushing in ahead of top teams like the nights or the eels. Soyeah, I think they're still missing out, but I'll put them in nine.Next up, I think it's the storm where you have the storm thisyear, obviously top to we always say they're going to fall, but it'snot going to happen. Let's really too strong and then you you know,you lose. Smith, you got grant, you live. You know, youlose slowly. Ring and Pappen House, they're just too strong. Bellamy's lastyear's coach, so they've got a big thing to prove. They wantto prove that they can win without Cam Smith. They're just such a worldcoach team it doesn't matter what you do with them. So they'll be talkto. I don't think they'll win the grand final. I don't think I'llwin the premiership. So I think they'll. Yeah, but I definitely talk toside. And then you know crowds back at Melbourne. Melbourne teams don'tlike come to Melbourne because they can't the balls Greasier, they can't throw theball around. It's as you got to play a different style football when youcome in Melbourne and teams don't like it. Yeah, I've got them winning theminor apprenticeship, but I'll get we'll get to it at the end toI think will win the grand father but yeah, I agree with you.I think there's teams with a bit more firepower on the day that could upsetthem in finals. But yeah, with the other teams in the top six, there's question marks about the sides, but I think the storm's probably theone team where we know what we're going...

...to get. So that's the reasonI put them in first, because you know old reliable, you know you'regoing to be up there. So yeah, I've got the minute first our nextup we've got the Newcastle Knights. I know you're not the biggest fanof the nights. Last year they came seventh. Were kind of just stuckin between the top five and the rest of the teams along with south.So Jacking. They going to make the jump this year or going to slideback to the path out there are the eight, because I mean their lastsix weeks last year was absolute rubbish. They'll get thrashed. They weren't justlosing. I'll get thrashed. Pierce is old ponger. I don't know aboutpoint. He's hit and miss. He's not lucky. When he wants toplay, is really good. No, I think they're gone. I don'treally rate them as a team. I think they over excelled last year.Now I found out it means sounds just destroyed them in the finals. Sonot rubbish. I'm sticking with them. I'm putting them in a similar positionjust because, apart from the time and it's Idn't think the other teams outsidethe eight have enough like to be a consistent side to make that a soI'm going to keep them in there. But I do know that usually toteam drop out and apart from the sharks, they would be the other team mostlikely to. So I've got them finishing in sixth, which is abit of a shock, but I try to be bold with my raiders calledbut I can't really see the rate is finishing below the Knights, but I'llstick with it. I just think I trust O'Brien as a coach to maketo win enough games really for them to be in the aid. They've gotenough firepower in the likes of, you know, calen ponger and the light, the SIFFETI boys and Clema. So I think they'll be able to beatthe bad teams. Yes, I think on their day they can beat thebest, but we didn't see that too often last year. So I'm goingto say they're going to make the top eight, but I'm not too bullishabout that. Cool work away in the cities six yeah, but I justdon't apart from the Times, I just don't see any of those other teamsI don't. I'm not big fan of Manley. I think the warriors thenbeing in Australia against going to hurt them. And I think the Tigs, Ithink not two thousand and twenty one. I think two thousand and twenty twoor two thousand and twenty three will be the tags year. To breakthe draout and the other teams. I think is shit. So yeah,it's a tough one, but I'm going to keep them in my eight.Next UP, north Queensland. This is another team probably in contention for thewooden spoon. They need to make signings and they didn't make any signings.So they're basically just relying on guys like drink water and Graham, not gramvilledthe halfway for when his bloddy name. But they're just relying on blocks likethat to just produce stuff that I don't think they're capable of just yet.So yeah, where do you reckon the cowboys are going to come where theyfinished last year? Fourteen? Yeah, I like you. I mean theygot a new coach, Peyton. You know, he's man a big goodcoach, so you'll probably get some improvement out of them. But they justdon't have the team. Their spine is not existent. Yeah, you knowyou're valent at homes. Of Suppose you might. Yeah, CLIP CLIFFORD TOUS thing, I'm sorry. And they've got the young speedster our wide,but I think he's still very young. But yeah, a lot's going tocome down to homes and drink water. And I just, as you said, that spine similar to the broncos. I just think you can have agood forward pack and all, but if your spines one of the worst inthe COMP I think it definitely caps your ceiling as a team and I can'tsee them finishing above like thirteen. So I've got them in at fifteen.I've just seen the other teams have made better signings and look on look likethey're going to start progressing. And unless todd paid and works miracles and turnsdrink water into a origin type player, I can't think. Yeah, exactly, he's like Benjie Marshall Defense. So I don't see where the improvement comeswith the cowboys. I just don't see...

...it at all really. So nextup will go the warriors. I don't know alphabetically. Some people put themsecond last, but it is New Zealand, so no, I think not finished. About the same teen. I mean they are a work in progress. I think the feel goold. Not sure about Nathan browns coach. Ithink he's overrated. But to feel good in the organization, I mean Ireckon eventually the warriors are going to become the team that have really thought Iwould be like a powerhouse. So once they start tapping that junior market.But then people forget with the warriors is they're up against all rugby teams inNew Zealand. So you know, the players are play league. Are you'reprobably six seventh string players. Yeah, so they're never going to be maybethey never be good, but now I think they'll be there. There aboutSuchi for not playing at home. I don't think they'll. You know,they're two hit miss, the warriors. Yeah, I think similar to lastI think on their day they might be able to upset some of the topeight sides, but I just don't think they're going to be consistent enough tomake the top eight. And yes, Harris to be during Nicorema showed signslast year, but I just don't know if they're going to be able todo it again. They might, you know, some spiritual kind of stuffwith Roger and his last year. But I don't think they're going to makethe top eight. Soundly for Urts and I've got them coming thirteen. I'vegot them dropping purely just because I don't think they can back up last year'sefforts in the bubble in Australia I've seen. That's too much to ask of ayoung group of players. Yes, they've made some exciting signings. Ithink they've now got noll Blake, who I believe is one of the bestprops in the competition. But yeah, I just think the spines not necessarilygood enough and I just don't think they're going to be consistent enough. Butexcited to see how for Neal Blake fits in and also the progression of ElieGuitar. I think he's going to turn into one of the better back rowersin the competition. Next up we've got the P he's start with paramatter.Not really a fan of either of the team starting with P but paramounta lastyear finished their thirty points from twenty games. Pretty good return. Where do youthink they're going? Up or down this year? down. I'll bein the eight sniffing around spots six between five and six. I just don'tagain, I don't think they've got the spine I think they've got now.They got done backs. That's their problem. There forward's a pretty good but youtake their full back our the rest is rest of it's pretty crap.And Yeah, I don't I don't think they've got the jump up in them. So they're you know, they they you know they'll be there a bitbout, but they won't be as good as issue and they they have slipping downall the time. So, you know, I don't think they'll win more gamesand I lose, but the Win't they won't threaten the premission. Yeah, I think nobody able to comfortably put away the bad teams. But Ijust don't know if they've got what it takes to match it with the likesof Melbourne, Sydney, Pain Ruth South. I got flogged in the finals lastyear. Yeah, and they two games I played they got to littledestroy yeah, and they've got a bit of a history of getting flogged againsome of the better teams, like in two thousand and nineteen magic around Meltonstorm put about sixty on them. So yeah, they do tend to dothat. Again some of the bigger sides. They're bit of a flood track bullyteam. Hopefully they can perform well because there are some blockbusters schedule forbanqueest or or Easter Monday scheduled for main said or whatever they call it now. So yeah, hopefully there arrived. But I just don't think Moses.I think Moses is the only way they go to the next step. ButI don't think Moses is going to take that step, to be honest.And Dell Brown, yeah, he's probably going to keep improving, but Ijust don't think he's going to be able to do what needs to be donefor them to become a premiership contender. So yeah, I've got them ata fifth penrith. All tend to predict odd say top for but probably third. They won't do as well as this year. I mean that last year. Sorry, I mean to lose only two games. That's crazy. Sothat won't happen again. They've got a...

...few issues. PENNMOUTH are they areyoung teams. So the danger with young teams is they just think they turnup again this year and all happens for them. So you'll know after firstmonth if they're not, if they're not on their game and then the problemis then it's really hard to get back. They've lost players like they've lost mansorand Talmo. That has an impact on these teams. You know,they look and then they've lost fringe players so they're not as strong. So, you know, I think. I don't think they'll win the premiership,but they'll be they'll be up there again, but they could be there could bea shock. They could be a team that really just drops right outof the eight because they just don't before. I've seen it before were young teamsgo really well. Next year they just think that'll be easy as againand they get flogged and then before you know it, after first six weekscompetition they're in trouble or paramounts to that, and they finished top for and thennext year they finished last or second last. So yeah, that couldhappen this year. To the Penrith I think they're going to come forth.Completely agree with what you said. I think what made them so good lastyear was their depths. I think they had one of the best benches inthe competition and every time there's an injury there seemed to be someone come inlike a stains or Breton aide and they would seem to do just as gooda job, if not better. But this year, as you said,a lot of the teams have come in and picked apart their squad, theirFosse blokes like Ted Evano as well, who made their bench so good,and I think that will definitely have a negative impact on the side and unlessit they have some young forwards who take a big step, I just don'tthink they're going to have that bench impact like they did last year. Definitelythink, similar to the EELS, they're going to be able to comfortably putaway some of the lower ranked teams in a week out, week in,week out basis, but yet losing two games. I was pretty freakish.I don't think they'll do that again. I don't think that'll be as consistentas teams like the storm and the roosters. So you I've got them finishing fourth, but excited to see how they go and excited for them to visitlike up, because clearly needs to. I'm excited to see what happens therereally or our next I've got souths south. Everyone's pretty hot on south. Thisyear they finished sick. Last year they would just a little bit outsidethat top five, but they got really hot for finals almost made it,and this year everyone just think they're going to go strength to strength. They'vegot the trail back from injury. Are US confident about south being a premiershipcontender as others, or do you have your doubts? No, I thinkthey'll finish first. They are a stronger team because latroll Mitchell will be hisfit was last year when he started he wasn't fit and he was getting usedto full back and he just got into form just as they got injured.But they were still winning without it. And then you've got Garro joining theteam. So they've actually got stronger in the offseason and I just think thatthey'll Yah. I don't. I think when you look at the top fiveteams or top six teams, they're the teams is probably to me, atthe end of last year was improving the most. You know, storm weremoving and so we're so a souse. Penrith was starting to sort of stagnatea bit towards the end. So they look good to me. Sounds areally well managed team. You know, they are pretty precious squad. Soyeah, they're my number one side for the sheet. Yeah, I thinkmost of the other top for top six teams from last year lost a bitof depth, which tends to happen with the good sides, but I thinkthey're one of the few teams that didn't really like they Voss Bailey here andand Josh Man saw. The tigs picked up Tom and Brown, but hewas injured for most of last year. But a half from that I thinkthey're Benjie. Yeah, they've got nagy. He's going to tear up the NewSouth Wales Cup, but I wonder if he would be able to defendin the New South Wales Cup. But yeah, they've got that many outsidebacks it's silly. They didn't lose Jimmy...

...the jet to the tags, butthey brought in Josh Man saw. Braden Burns will be back from injury.So I don't even know that they're going to do there. But they've gotso many good players, they've got so much strike power I just can't seea well where they don't finish top for this year. I've been pretty criticalthe rabters in the past. I've never really liked their forward pack, butnow they've got klom a Tonguey, who I think is going to turn intoone of the competition's best forwards this year, and they've got other reliable guys likebirds and to toll us. So I think they're definitely going to betop for and I've actually gotten coming second behind the storm Saint George. Theturned down the bottom or gone last or not? broncers lasted down the bottom. They they're rubbish, man. I bought anthy GROOF. If you know, they haven't bought any play again. These are one of these teams thathave just changed the coach and not the squad, the team, the coacheson it going to me he's been bought, brought into tighten up their defense andtheir defense against house and the troll. The other work was dreadful. Courtingon as rubbish, been hunts rubbish. Yeah, I just don't get exitand I got Lom Max is about the only player on that team thatyou think is it would play the rest of it. Yeah, they're justmaking up a number. Sad. Yeah, they've lost a lot of players aswell. They've Lost Corbin Sims, they've Lost Jacob host, they've LostTyson Frazil. I think the only hope for them is that Jaden Sullivan turnsout to be a young, exciting halfwo tears up the competition. But that'sa lot to ask in his first year. Yeah, I just think for thedragons right now they've it's a bit like the bulldogs a few years ago. They've just their cap situations. Just too bad that they've just basically gota right off a few years because they've got almost two million dollars sitting inbeen hunt and Corey Norman. I don't think any team can be built wellwith that. So yes, dufty and Lomax did quite well last year,but I'm not sure how much better they can be because they'll play that well. I'm not sure if that was their ceiling and if it was, that'spretty warring for the dragons because they were in a twelve last year, butwe'll arguably one of the worst teams most weeks. So yeah, I'm nottoo excited for the dragons. I've got them coming in at fourteen. Ithink they are a little bit better. They have more firepower than the toQueensland Teams in the cowboys and the broncos, but yeah, they're just pretty bad. Really, not much to say about them? The roosters, Iwould say another tough teen to predict, I think. I think that's slide. They won't be in the top for they've goten aging roster. Yeah,they've got like, first of all, you don't have quarter a cord notescome back, Kyries, only one head knock, because what he you know, they've got to play like he may not come back and then if Kireygets another smack in their head, then he's gone. He will be outfor a long period of time. Pe. I thought last year carries, hewas found out like his defense, you know, member the game againstCan Canberra where they went straight through him to school and then they got droppedfrom state of origin after the first game because Queensland did the same to him. So you know, you've got hard graves, you got friend the MorrisBrothers. They're all old players, you know, and I thought last yearthat they actually started playing really bad roosters in the finals. So I thinkthe teams have gone around them. I think there's enough. There's enough,obviously the to Deescu and all that. There's enough talent in the team thatthey can win and they'll beat all the bottom sides, but I think againstthe big teams, they'll they'll go. Me See, it's gonna be abig test for Trent Robertson, I reckon, because he you know, he's meantto be a great coach, but it's pretty easy to be a greatcoach when a good, great roster. This year or test him. Imean they're going to host, have to host players out rooster's at the endof this year. Yeah, should really change their roster, otherwise they willstart dropping. Yeah, I think I'm a little bit more positive when itcomes to the roosters, which is a rare thing for me to say.Not Very positive the best of time. But yeah, I've got them comingthird. I just think last year they had that many injuries. I don'tthink that can physically happen again this year.

Yeah, they are one point.They had eight starters out of their team. I've got Radley coming back, Farrell's coming back. I think verils will make a big difference because Ithink Jake frame was pretty bad and then other weeks they were just putting whoknows a hookers. So I think Sili, I don't think he's going to addtoo much to the team, but he's going to be someone worth watchingfor the roosters. Think blocks like Billy Smith as well will come into theoutside backs and out a little bit more youth. But yeah, I justthink Currie, Whi I'm hoping here, will get back to his best becauselast year he was definitely off the pace, except for that like a little periodafter lockdown where they came out really hot. So I'm a little bitmore positive on them. I think this will be as you said, they'regoing to start have to start releasing some of their talent that has won themso many premierships in the last three or four years. But I think thisis going to be one of their last cracks as a unit. So Ithink they're going to have a really red hot go out it. And Ithink Radley and verrels are the big ones for me, them coming back frominjury. So I've got them coming in a third, but I do thinkthe storm and the Rabbit Os will be ahead of them by a little bit. So yeah, and to finish off, I think we've done every team,if I'm not mistaken, going to finish with our own side, theTigers. They're probably one of the teams with the biggest range in terms ofwhere people are predicting them. I've seen a few people say woulden spoon.We've seen a few people say seventh or eight. Seeing Peter Villan, hesaid premiership. Where do you think they're going to come them? I thinkI I mean, if you look at the few of the teams outside theeight last year they've had the bigger Ross. They they released what was a tenplayers and they brought in some means I've brought in ten plays. It'sa completely different team, like they you know that when you look at theback line, the forwards, it's got almost nothing in common with the team'sbeen running around, which they've had to do. So I think they willget there this year, just sneaking and, as you said before, they're ateam rebuilding and it's about time. But they they didn't look with thegoods. I mean that for once they've got size. I mean the problemthe Tigers always been they're too small, but they've got a big Ford Pack. And any other thing is with Marshall Out of the team there they'll stoprunning sideways, because that was their other killers. They always go sideways.So they'll finally start playing straight, which were what that's the way McGuire wantsthem to play and they'll be. And against Penrith the other week they werefast, like they were really fast, and they've never had speed either.So yeah, I think a little bit more cynical with the tags. Verycynical supporter, but I've got them in eleventh. They came eleventh last year, so I don't I'm not putting them in the same spot because I thinkthey haven't made improvements. But I just think the spine is going to holdthem back this year. I think in the next few years it's going tobe a perfect launching pattern. We might look back at this year and saythank God they, you know, sacrificed a little bit this year and that'smaybe built a dynasty. Will hopefully, but I just think a spine ofDewey Brooks little. I think that's too much to ask of them to makethe Tigers a top eight team. I think Dane Lorrie is going to bea gun. I think do we will do very well at five aby.Yet I just think Brooks and little aren't going to be good enough to makethe Tigers a top eight team. I think the only way we get thereis if brut brooks gets to his best form of his career really and turnsinto a borderline origin player, which I just don't think I've seen enough ofin the last two years to suggest that could happen. But I'm really excitedto see the outside backs. We've rarely had good outside backs in the lastten years. Think the last time I could outside backs was back in liketwo thousand and twelve and we u stuff like Taqirie and Bow Ryan stuff likethat. It was young, yeah, and to a key, but yeah, now we've got really exciting backs with ledlow Roberts and awful Looma, soexcited to see how that goes. We've got young forwards and that's always exciting. Blocks like mccaylee. I think it going to come on leaps and boundsthis year and I think it's a really...

...exciting team. I think we're goingto get some big scalps, but I also think, in tigers fashion,we will lose a few stinkers. So I just don't think we'll have theconsistency to make the top eight. But I wouldn't want to come up againstthe tigs, especially on a Sunday. Alb or like her something like that, because I think we would have. With the speed we've gotten, theyouth and firepower we have, I think we'll be able to pull a fewbig upsets. So, yeah, excited to see how the Tigers go itup. Just got the missing out of the right first coach to be sacked. Who Are you going here? Be? Brad Athur or John Morris? Becauseif you look at all the teams outside the eight, five of themshows their coaches last year's. So none of those coaches will get sacked thisyear. Your yours get two years. McGuire's just extend his contract. HasLo manly wouldn't touch him. So I don't think that any. And Titans, who were the other team outside, they that their coaches drillstively new andthey're gone forward. So marris already in the paper that he's under threat,but I think Arthur, if paramedic, can't jump that gap, he'll bea late sacking human. He won't yeah, like first yeah, be the endof the year that he gets moved on. Boy As Morris could getsacked, you know, if the sharks start falling, because the problem isthat because there's stupid rugby league system where you sign a contract so far out. They've got to know who the coaches next year and so if Morris isnot going to be the coach, I'll move fast, like they'll get ridof him fast. So I expect that he'll. He'll go and then theend of the year, I think if the eels don't perform or they don'tget into the grand final after will go. Yeah, I completely agree with forMadge John Morris. I think I don't know they're fixtures like, butthey were very slow out of the Blox last year and I think they mightdo similar this year and then all of a sudden Johnson's of fridge and nextyear. So, like you said, they're going to want to bring inthe coach for next year because then they've got it. They're going to haveeight hundred, nine hundred k whatever Sean Johnson's on to spend for the teammoving forward. So I think they're not going to want to have him aroundtoo long because I don't think he's the future of the sharks, sadly,because I do like music good blood. Yeah, I just reckon he'll go. I don't think he showed many signs last year. I think they werevery lucky to make the eight. I think most weeks they played pretty shitfootball. So, yeah, I'm not too big on John Morris. Originthe South Wales. So interesting one. Well, Bennett's not there. That'sa big difference with Bennett was coach last year. It's interesting because Queensland's gotall these young players now starting to come up and New South Wales. Youknow, as usual, New South I was, promises a lot and neverdelivers. I think they probably a new South Wales last year. They've gottoo many players out of position. You know you got it's like five fullbacks. Yeah, you know you got about five. You know. You knowyou got white and play in the centers and it's just crazy. And Iam still not sure about Brad Fitler as a coach. You know, it'swhere's Paul Green's a good coach. So I go. I reckon quins landwas particular. If Harry Grant's fit, I think Queensland. If he getsinjured, a different story. And then the prompt for New South. Well, so they're strong players. Are All the same positions, as you said. I mean pappenhouse and we got to disco. So it's not like you'vegot whereas they queens. I didn't have ponger. So I think Queensland willget stronger and it all, it all depends on Harry Grant. If hehas a really good year, I think Queens don't do it again. I'mgoing to go new South Wales. Very biased from me, but I justdon't think months, I think the only reason they won last year's camera andmonths I'll put up the best individual performance I've ever seen and roll matching gamethree and I he's a gun, so he's going to do stuff like thatagain, hopefully on Thursday night against the rabbits. But I just don't thinkhe's going to be able to wild them over the line again. Yes,Ponga will be back, Brimston might be included in the team, but Ijust think you're south Wales are to good not to win. I just can'tsee this team losing two series in a...

...road. But Hey, it's newSouth Wales. Probably the worst organization in Australia. I think it's wrong.It badly lams. But yes, all right, this one's a bit ofa different one this year. The dam. They have changed the voting system.Each week they're going to give the players rating out of ten. SoI don't know if that's going to affect the way you answer this question.It's a tough one to predict, but who do you think will win thedam monster, because I think he's the best player in the competition and Ilike I think what you're going to see this year, which if they ifthey're, is the ones ten system. The top teams are going to dominatebecause up until now the top teams they sort of because I've all got players, a good players go against each other, but if you're a good player they'regoing to score heap. So I think the chances are seeing people likeLuke Brooks being the halfback of the year. You know some of the weird thingsthat happens. That's gone now and the big teams will really dominate.So I think monstrol, monstro like an all latron Mitchell, because I reckonhe love a biggie if he stays fit. But I'd go with monster. Yeah, yeah, absolutely stole my thunder there. I'm going to go ashock, I'm gonna go the trail. I think he's just going to comeout and go bomb because I'm very excited about this south team. I thinkcook if he can get back to his two thousand and nineteen form, Ithink they're almost going to be unstoppable. If Adam Reynolds keeps finding the wayhe's been playing the last two years and then walk on the trail, willjust be able to cut loose off the back of those two. So Ithink he's my favorite twin it. I know you are suggesting he might geta headlock and he might be done soon, but I think luke here might bounceback this year. I think Teddy will be definitely benefited from this newsystem because he'll be I'd like to win, isn't Teddy? And nine out often I think Turbo's also one of La Treill. But yeah, allthose other guys and making clear will be out there, the usual suspects,but I just think monsters will be better. Yeah, it's interesting. I thinkit sucks the Camp Smith might not play the whole season because I thinkthis voting system would have seen Camp Smith win about ten DALLIAM's at a row. But yeah, not going to pick him because we don't even know ifhe's going to be playing. So grand final. We're not always tough topredict because it comes down a lot down to form at the back end ofthe year. But who do you think is going to do it? Youmentioned you're not going to go with the storm, another rabbitos. Yeah,I think the rabbits are. Yeah, I just think they're in that grandfinal wind windows. It's been. It's last year as well, and justthink they've got the most improvement. You know, it's interesting when you lookat them. Last year they you know, they didn't got a lot of games, but they I think. I think they are the team. Ithink the rabbits dull win and I think it's good to see. It's goodto see team like that win. He's better for rugbilligue when you know theseteams like para, matter and souse win, because I got huge followings, whereasif the roosters in Melbourne, when every year it gets a bit dullbecause they don't end riders that aren't be following is in Sydney. So Ithink it's always good to see one of the big traditional clubs come through andwin. So be great. Yeah, I'm going to be boring. I'mgoing to say the roosters be the Rabbitos in the grand final. I thinkthe rabbits will be the hot team coming into it and I think it'll bea lot of their first grand finals and I think they might get a littlebit overawed and the roosters or the old experienced heads will get them over theline it. So it's hard not to prit the storm being there. Butfirst year that can Smith just not sure if they're going to have the firepowerto match the likes of the RABBITOS and roosters. I think they might relyon them having an off day or monster having an absolute blinder. So I'dsee how Harry grant goes though for the storm, whether that improves their teamor whether that he just can't feel the shoes of can Smith. Then they'regoing to be a different looking team, though this year. It's going tobe interesting to see who does the organizing, because monster might have to start doa bit more of that and I'm not sure if that's actually good forhis game. But yeah, excited to see. I'm yeah, I'm justgoing to go to the rooster. I think this is kind of their lastfor are as a group. As you...

...mentioned, Hargraves, friend the MorrisBoys. From here on they're probably going to be looking to go to theSuper League or something. So yeah, I think this would be their lastfor our trend Robinson might look to move on in the next few seasons andI reckon this will be their last premiership as a side. So maybe teddycomes back to the tags as well next year. So yeah, I'm goingto go to the rooster. Has Been The rabbitos in a good one.And that's all I've got for you today. And any other bold predictions you wantto make. Well, and I think it's going to be really interestingbecause the game is going to be different this year because all the new rules. So you know it's some but then you're the good teams adapt, likelast year. All went off the storm. Won't handle the new rules because youcan't wrestle. And after the COVID break they lost the first game,when ever I might either you go, and then they just went they complete. Well, they didn't change the way they played, but they suddenly letthere they're a lot more free. Yeah, like paper house, and those guysjust went nut. So it actually suited there. They adapted really fastand I think that's the good coaches adapt, so that'll be interesting me. Someteams just won't be able to handle it. I think the problem isthe gap between the bottom teams and the good teams will be huge, youknow, because that you just can't compete because it's too fast. So,but I'll be fun. Yeah, which team are you most unsure about?Like they could come first, I come last. Is there a team thatyou just decided to see what they're going off of because you have no ideawhat it's going to be? Well, I think the probably well, ifyou look at last year, penrith came from nowhere. Like you know,no one would have predict a penrith. It be in the youth of beingthe grand father, I'm ever pretty cool to make that Ay. And thenthe year before Camberra was a bit like that. Canberra, you know,the don't just did the same. So there's always one team that gets momentum. But the dead. Yeah, it might be the times, times,because especially Smith. I think with Smith The Times all of a sudden becomea genuine top for contender. I just think he would have such an impacton a young side like that. So I think the tides are definitely theteam to watch a satting in. The warriors will be a very interesting watchthis year, just with feel good coming in. They're brought in four orfive good players. I rated them first in terms of who had the bestoffseason. They're going to have to be in Australia once again, making centralcoast their home. But yeah, they're going to be a tough one.Who knows, they could make the eight, they could come last. So excitedto see how they go and also excited to see how the Broncos go, because surely the broncos organizations are going to put up with another year ofcoming last. But I'm just don't see how they're not going to any surprise. Origin picks players. Yeah, that's too huh to say. I meanthere's there's so many young players out there right now that the cook come through. Yeah, yeah, yeah, that's fair, Davin Napthalma, yeah,fair enough. Right, thanks for joining me today. Is Good. Hopefullygoing to be doing a lot of more nurl content this year and do toomuch last season, but I'm going to try and stick to the Australian sportsa bit more because I know that's mainly my audience. So hopefully going tohave you on pretty frequently this season. But yeah, very excited looking forwardto Thursday. There's a cantos rabbits. Who? Who are you going for? Who Are you picking? It's a hard one because, I said before, storms have all underbelling and never lost their first game in souse and everyone. But it's listening. As you know, storm or a bit.Someone pointed out as listening to something on my podcast this morning is that stormlooked time fit in the last game and they recommend the issues of a storm. They had a very short offseason because of the state of origin, sothere's a feeling that the storm may not be as fit as what they normallyare, and so sous could give them a bit of hard time. SoGuess House? All Right, yeah, I'm going for this house as well. I'm not sure if they'll win, but I'll definitely be supporting them.Might See me in the borrow at some point. There's our other sun,he's a turning down storms. Got To builble this sure membership. Who?There's no evidence of a tigers on either. But now thanks for joining me.Very much enjoyed today's podcast and yeah,...

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