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NRL Round 1 Review | Rugby League - Episode 111

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Edition 1 of the weekly NRL podcast begins with a solo review of Round 1. 

Winners & Losers

Top 8 Prediction 

Players of the Week 

Round 2 Preview 

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Cheese he settle. Hello and welcome to episode a hundred and eleven of the on the ball podcast. Today I'm here by myself. I've not managed to get a guest today, but that's all right because we will be talking about problem. One of my favorite sport, if not my favorite sport, the NL. It returned on the weekend for around one of the competition and it was a pretty successful round. I thought crowds were back up to I think fifty percent, maybe more at some grounds, but if I know it's fifty percent in Melbourne at the game I went to store versus Rabbitos is, yeah, pretty good round a footy. I thought there's a little bit of Rus there, which you would expect for round one, but I thought over all those some pretty good performances and I think some of the competition leaders already have shown themselves, really played their cards and shown how good they really could be this year, even though it is still twenty five rounds or so from finals. So today I'm going to be using the NFL format that we used during the NFL season. So we'll go through winners of the week, so teams, players, coaches, etc. Then losers. Then we'll go. We'll have a running finals brackt it for the whole season. Each week I'll talk about my changes to my predicted top eight, then we'll go through a bit of the team of the week situation and then I'll make some predictions for next week's games and maybe discuss some of the headlines that we will be looking out for. So to start this week, as I mentioned, some of the big dogs really put their best foot forward straight out of the blocks around one. So I'm just going to that they're my first wins the big five teams. The Big Five teams I'm calling the rabbits, the storm, the raiders, panthers and the WHO of a miss there, the roosters. So so...

...howdy there it was. Just aren't considered in my big dog bracket just yet. They all were pretty impressive. They all one, except for the rabbits, who have to play the storm. But I think arguably those two performances on Thursday night were the best two performances of the round. I guess you could argue the roosters absolutely dispatch band. The yes Manley don't look like a good team, but to put forty six points up against anyone in round one's pretty impressive when you don't have your full roster there. Radley and Verrel's obviously to come back and boy cordner. The raiders, I thought were pretty impressive. The Tigers were pretty resolute in defense, but I don't think the Tigers through too much at the offensively, however, the raiders still put them away pretty comfortably. The Panthers, I thought the panthers were probably the least impressive out of the five. Yes, they won without even showing signs losing. That inconcede a single point it. However, I don't think their offense was looking that good. Yes, people said the cowboy was defendingble on twitter, but I completely disagree. They missed like the most tackles in the whole competition. For the round. They mis like forty two and had, I think, the lowest tackle efficiency of any team. So I'm not sure where those calls were coming from. And if it wasn't fair Hammiso tabuifed out, they probably would have conceded two more tries. So I don't think the pants as were that outstanding, but they still, you know, held a team to zero, which is pretty impressive in the NL. And then obviously the storm and Rabbitos. As I mentioned, the storm were absolutely freakish in that first ten minutes. Looks like they're going to be hard to stop. Once again, I did predict them for the minor premiership, so I'm pretty happy with that prediction. So far have the RABBITO's definitely held their own. I was a bit worried at the start of the first half or halfway through the first half. I thought it could turn into a blowout, but the bench players came on, clomber tongue in garrow and I guess you can argue Benja Marshall as well, and they really change the game. Jira gave the Ford pack...

...something like the back something to get behind in terms of running the ball up the middle, and I think the Rabbitos they are. Don't even think they'll playing really too far out of first gear like they were obviously trying. But they almost won the match and I don't think they really hit their peak level. I don't think Cody Walker had a great game. I don't think Damian Cook had a great game. So that's pretty exciting for Rabbitos fans to see. So they're going to be my first winners all five of those teams. Probably won't go into too much depth today as it is just round one. It's hard to read too much into these round one fixtures, but I think those five teams are the ones we're going to be, you know, comparing all year. Maybe throw the eels in there sometimes, but those five teams are going to be the real ones who are going to be competing for the premiership this year. So each week they're probably going to be the teams we look to see who is dropping in, who's winning that race, if you know what I mean. Next up, I actually didn't catch this game. I caught all but two of the matches. I didn't see the warriors titans because I had cricket and I didn't see the dragon sharks because I had cricket as well. The warriors upset the titans, which I think puts them the number one winner of the week. They one onsand nineteen and twenty six completed ninety one percent, which was the best completion rate across the league. They're the second most contact post contact meters of any team the NL, which just means you forwards are doing the hard duds all your outside backs. So post contact meters is from the point you've been contact by the defensive line. How much further do you go? And that's obviously all added up. So they had the second most of any team. They're just wanted to pilight Adam for nor Blake. I talked about him in the preview episode. I do believe he is arguably the best prop in the competition. On the days, almost unstoppable, and he was on Saturday. He had two hundred and two meters from nineteen runs, including ninety four post contact meters, so almost every second meter he made was after contact. He had five tackle breaks and for off load. So that's pretty incredible stats there. It's going to be hard to,...

...you know, win the Ford Pack Battle when one of the big props is doing that for the warriors. There are other guys who impressive well. Bailey syrum was impressive. He got over the white line to WHO Harris was reliable as always and I think well in particularly. The reason I had the warriors actually slipping this year is I just thought it would be too much of an ask for them to back it up in Australia yet again. But look, they've got off to the perfect start. They've been a highly praised titans lineup who, yes, aren't completely gelled together yet but still on paper look like they should be beating this warriors team. So that's very exciting for the warriors and looks like they've picked up exactly where they left last year. And also that probably puts Nathan Brown in the winner's column because all his signings look to have made a pretty good start at the in the warriors and they look like they fill at home at central coast yet again, so that's going to be good for them moving forward. My final winners are the broncos. They did lose to the EELS. However, they were within two points of the win as the eels scored in the last minute to, you know, not blow it out, but you know what I mean, make it look a bit better than it was. So it was one thousand eight hundred and sixteen with a minute to go. The broncos completed eighty five percent of their sets, which is obviously pretty key stat yes, sometimes it can be misleading because you can just complete your sets and off absolutely nothing an attack, but it generally shows that you've had a pretty solid game. Patrick Carrigan and Tom fleglue were pretty awesome. Had crazy start lines. Alex germ was pretty good after what I thought was a pretty bad year on his behalf last year. I think he was injured for a bit of it, but when he was on the field I think he was far from his former self. And Milford and Croft both showed signs, and then they're both had a limebreak assist at a try sis. So they showed signs. That don't doesn't look like they're going to be the best Haus in the competition. Will absolutely tear it up, but if they can just be reliable, solid halves with a moment of Flair,...

...you know, once a week, and set up a try each, you can't really ask too much more from them. The outside backs played pretty well. Fun Worth Testing, you and David Mead all had over fifty post contact meters, which is what you want. David Mead scored in his return to the NL after his stint with the catalans dragons, and to Beta Pango, who I actually thought I had a bit of an off game. He didn't usually paying guys, one of those guys who can't not see, if you know what I mean. He's always in the action. He actually only at yeah, they had just over a hundred meters, I think. Don't quote me on that, but he had seven offloads. So you can't really criticize him there because he's basically creating almost what could be up to seventy meters in offloads there. So it's pretty awesome stuff from him. That's pretty much all by winners for the week. Normally it's going to go a bit longer because I'm going to do a bit more in depth in our is on the teams. But a because it's around one and be I'm a little bit time push this week with at the moment I'm just a little bit time push because I've playing cricket Saturdays and Sundays, so it doesn't leave me too much time for Uni work and the potty. But yes, I'll do a bit more in depth analysis in the following weeks. But they're all my winners, all very at all had very impressive weeks. Onto my losers, the titans, basically just on the flip side of the warriors. Being a winner, they have to be able loser. They only manage six points against the warriors team who at times weren't great in defense. Last year. Everyone was pretty keen on them. I've seen it a lot and a lot of sports recently. It happens a lot in the NFL where a team will make a lot of offseason signings, they'll get really hyped up and they just don't deliver and it's usually the following season where they impress because the hypes died down a little bit, of the pressures a little bit lower. But I'm not ruling the titans out yet. I'll talk about where I've still got them finishing coming up. But yeah, it's a little bit of a worry there. You'd expect them to be beating the warriors with the team they've got, but yeah, who...

...knows? And also, based on my predictions, I was kind of thinking that they might have got Camp Smith and now he's retired. We know that and it won't be happening. So they've got to bounce back in the following a few weeks to get some wins on the board, otherwise they will be in a bit of a sticky situation early how but yeah, I didn't watch that game so I can't comment on it too much. My next loser is manly. I thought manly didn't have the worst performance of the week. I actually think someone else did, but they were pretty wayful against the roosters. Let's be honest. The roosters were clinical at at best, not at best, but, as usual, at their best. Bret Morris scored a hat trick, James des Goo scored to hat trick. They just looked awesome. Pretty much every chance they had to score a try they put it away. But yeah, man, they were just horrible. They missed thirty nine tackles, which was the third most across the competition. Cherry Evans, WHO's normally meant to be leading from the front, he had three errors and yes, I know he does have to do a lot for this team, but that's not really good enough and we actually saw it a little bit at the back end of last year. He had a couple stinkers where he was very error prone. So I'm not saying he's past his prime and he's got to stop being that reliable, consistent halfback that we know and love, but maybe he's going to start to put up these stinkers a little bit more often. But I hope not, because chairman's is really good to watch when he's on. I thought Dylan Walker did not look down through at fullback at all. He was passing most of his kick returns, which is fair enough if that's the tactic he wants to go with, but he didn't get involved too much in the passing game and I just didn't think he had too much impact on the match at all. So I'm not sure what they'll do there. That could be the teams are announced this afternoon when I'm recording this, so that could be a change we see from des has lot. But yeah, man, they just really poor. A lot of errors that led to try as. Yes, the roosters were good, but they're manly, which is pretty sloppy overall. Hopefully here and Foren Zon injured. Was a limping for most of the second half because I'm sick of seeing that great man injured. But yeah,...

...there weren't too many positives. Jackashevsky. He missed a lot of tackles, but he played a right I guess he's one that could improve for the season. But yeah, apart from that Alloh I had a bit of an underwhelming debut. You didn't see too much of him and yeah, not too much positive to talk about. Manly. Sadly, some people talked about them in the top eight, but off that performance I think you're pretty hard. It's a hard task to argue their case at the moment. And next up I have todd Payton's cowboys. I thought they were the worst team of the week. People were complementing them like they were the Tigers actually on their resolute defense, but I'll be honest, I think both of their performances were overrated a little bit. I probably won't talk too much about the Tigers this week because I don't actually think they were that bad. I think they would just up against a good raiders team, but I think their performance was being a little bit overrated. I don't think they threw much of them in offense, but the cowboys looked absolutely woeful, in my opinion. They lost twenty four to Neil talked about the titans only scoring six points. For the cowboys to not score a single point, that's pretty poor. Miss the most tackles across the competition with forty two. People were saying their defense was good and yes, I'll cop that for the first twenty, but from then on I thought their defense was actually really bad, and the stats kind of back me up. There with the most tackles the cop across the competition. Some of those line breaks they think you cleary and Dal and Edwards were making. Yes, they were impressive bits of play with bursts of speed, but they shouldn't be gaps up the middle of the field where someone can just run a straight line through like. Yes, you can forgive it if they you know, sized up a big tiring forward or something like that, but when there's just a genuinely big gap like there was for Dylan Edwards, try when Josh McGuire was just doing circles. I don't know what was going on there. That's pretty disappointing. Yes, it was round one, so you can maybe blame a little bit of lack of fitness on their poor defense, but for a team...

...that used to hot conditions and stuff, you think they would maybe be in their element early on. Where's other teams from the colder climates wouldn't necessarily be, but they yeah, they also had the most errors, with eighteen. That's just not good enough. That's almost one every four minutes, which is basically one every two sets. You can't really win a game doing that. They can seeded seven penalties and I'm sure a lot of those were six again and with the six again, you just got to limit your penalties. Tamalolo had nine runs for seventy three meters. They were obviously talking a lot about it in the coverage and I completely agree with what they're saying. He only played fifty one minutes, so I think they've really got to have a conversation out the cowboys facilities or officers and talk about what they want from Tamalolo. I do understand that last year some of the Games he was playing eighty minutes, his impact was less because you know, he is kind of having to extend his effort over a longer period of time rather than going hard for a short time. But if he's only going to get nine runs in fifty one minutes and he's only going to run, you know, around eight meters of carry, I know that's more down to him than the manager in how many meters per carry gets, but that's just awkward enough from someone who they're paying a million dollars a year. Also, the fact that valhomes is on a million dollars a year and playing wing is an absolute joke. That's probably one of the worst contracts I've ever seen. How he managed to get a million dollar a year contract coming back from another sport is out of this world. And Yeah, Michael Morgans also on a million dollars and right now he's probably playing like a six hundred thousand half. So I tweeted about it earlier. GOO check out my twitter if you haven't already a my other social media's. But yeah, that it's probably one of the worst organized caps when you've got three mills stuck up with Tamlolo, Morgan and homes when they're not really providing much for you at the moment. Looking at the back row, Co and Hesse and Mitch done played eighty minutes each and they had eleven runs between them for eighty meters. And yes, I know it's not necessarily a back rowers job to take hit ups. It's all the middle forwards and the outside backs,...

...but this is something I know just last year they just don't like. I Know It's a new coaching staff, but the back rollers for the cowboys just don't have impact on the game and I'm not sure what it is, but I know it's a last year colines, Sen Mitchell done, I hardly even saw them all night, and Jay Clifford also had a pretty disappointed in game. Yes Vossi, I think who's commentating, was complimenting him for running the ball when he could, which is true. He looks exciting. Is a bit like Luke Brooks in that fact when he does run he's exciting. But you got tackled, I think, three or four times on the fifth tackle without a kick. A couple times there was in really poor feel position, you know, forty thirty a from their tri line and that sets up basically a try scoring opportunity for penrith. And he also had four errors, which is not really good enough. Just mentioned it. But also thought Luke Brooks had an absolute shock against the raiders. But won't talk too much about the Tigers this week. We'll save them for another week. Seeyeh. I think the cowboys of some real soul searching to do. They have a really winnable game this week against the dragons up in towns wall, so it's going to be really huge for them to bounce back. If there's any positives, I guess you could say Hammer. He didn't show much at attack but he saved a couple triers on Charlie staying, so well done. To him. But yeah, part from that not too much to mention right now. Looking at my top eight brackets, I predicted the storm, rabbit O's, brewsters, panthers, eels, nights, titans raiders coming into the season. I have to say I don't want to just backtrack because it's around one, but I didn't really believe in my rates prediction. I just didn't want to have the same top five or six is I did last year, because I think that's pretty rare that that happens. But I'd honestly do believe the raids are a really good team and shouldn't I shouldn't have predicted the made. I should have stuck with my gun. My new top eight is I've still got the storm coming first. I think their performance, if anything, solidified my belief that they are the best team in the competition, especially over the regular season.

I've got the RABBITOS in second. I do think the rabbits will be a little bit less consistent in the likes of the storm or the Roosters, but I think they will be able to compete with a lot of the big teams, which they didn't necessarily do last year, but they should be good enough to put away all the bad teams and a few more wins against the good teams. I think they could be pushing per second. The roosters I'm going to put third. Based off the weekend. It's hard not to see why they can't win the minor premiership, but I just think they're a bit older, so they're probably going to have a few more injuries. They've got a few guys coming back from injury and mine take them all while to get back into it. Origin always hurts the roosters more than it does most teams, so I'm going to put them in at third or so. I think locky lamb had a pretty good game. I'll mentioned that. The raiders I've got now up at fourth. I think putting them in eights was pretty stupid for me. I think their home field advantage down and cameras so strong. I think they could beat almost any team on their day. And to think how well they played. And they have Corey Harse br and Corey. How are where and I are to come back that Ford pack is outrageous. I've got the panthers down at five. Yes, I think they were impressive to hold the cow words to zero points, but I just don't think they looked as good as they did last year. Yes, it's round one, but I think the other teams I've put higher looked better. I could the nights in a six they had a bit of a No thrills victory over the bulldogs. They just did what they needed to do in a wet game. So I'm pretty confident they'll make finals. I'm not too sure they are. Just think they're better than the likes of the Warriors, the titans, the Tigers, etc. Not sure why I just said etc, etc. But seventh, I've got the EELS. I've dropped them down from FIV. I just think, just creatively, they just don't look that good last last year they didn't look good at times. This year they look like they've picked up where they left off last year. Moses and Dell Brown just really need to step it up because they need some creative flare. And then number eight. I've Gone The Times. I've still got them making the eight just because I do think they're more likely to beat a big team than the warriors and still a...

...few points against those teams that you wouldn't expect it from. But yeah, it's warring for them. And if they have another poor performance, someone like the likes, someone like the sharks, might push into that eight. For me, moving into the players at the week section, so I've split it into backs and forwards, and then I also will do a rookie of the week, which is what I did for the N NFL. But I haven't noticed in the NRL is actually not that many rookies because you have to play less than five batches. And I made a list of them and there's about eight blokes and six of them I didn't even notice on the weekend. So backs of the week. I haven't done any stats for the subject. Gone off the I test. My third best player in the backs was James Tedesco. scored a hat trick against Manley. was back to his best. Some of He's best talent, in my opinion, is his defensive plays, defensive reads, but we didn't have to see that on the weekend. He didn't really have too many big line breaks but he was just there or thereabouts when they needed him to score. He set up a few plays as well, so I thought he was pretty good. Number two I've got latrell Mitchell. I don't think statistically he was as good as some of these other players, but just from what I saw at the match myself, he was pretty impressive. Every time he would run the ball back he would bump off two or three tacklers. He obviously set up. He scored that try where you know, look like it was set up for a block play and he just went stuff at I'm just going to run this over. So that was pretty impressive. And then, yeah, I thought he was the standout in the backs for the RABBITOS. And Number One I'm actually going to go George Williams. I don't think this would be a popular opinion, but I thought he was really good against the Tigers. I think the tiger's weakness is what probably their kick pressure. They're not very good at it like some other teams, but he really thrived on that. He put a few balls on the absolute on an absolute dime. I think it was their second last try. Can Remember who he scored it, but one of the outside backs jumped up and tapped it down. But yet that was really good performance from George Williams. Forwards...

...of the week. Number three, I've Gone Daniels. I feedy absolute me to eat up against the bulldogs. He was easily their best player, in my opinion. The commentators were raving about him all all day and he deserved it. The bulldogs couldn't stop him. He just kept breaking through, popping up through that middle and yeah, he was really impressive, just like he was last year and the year before that. Gi Ara, I thought, was really good. I have to be honest. Dry Ours one player actually don't know too much about in terms of how good he is. Obviously everyone rates him highly, but maybe it's because the titans and they weren't in the most relevant games in previous seasons, but I've never really seen him have like an absolutely standout game. But seeing him in person on Thursday, I gained appreciation for Gira. What he did off the bench was incredible, I think too. Toll and bird just really luck. We're lacking in that first twenty, thirty minutes, and then Giro came on though Kloma tongue. He was a little bit here, like a little bit iffy, but people were raving about him on twitter, so who knows? But yeah, I thought ourrow was easily the best player for the rabbitos across the whole park. He really brought them back into that game. With big charges through that Middle, regularly getting twelve, fifteen meters a carry. So I thought he was really good and number one. I'm actually going on another camera player. I'm going Hudson Young. I thought he was absolutely unreal against the Tigers. He looks like he's going to turn into one of the best back rowers in the competition. I'm excited to well, not excite, I'm interested to see what they do with Hare. We are and I are and Worse Bra obviously that bench is going to be stacked, because it already was on the weekend. You know they'd Ryan Sutton Ryan James. So I'm not sure if huts young is going to have to drop back to the bench, but at this rate you surely couldn't do that. And how are ware and I will just have to set off for the bench or Whitehead. But yeah, Hudson Young had an absolutely outstanding game and he picked up where he left off the back end of last...

...year. Him and Joe Tarpany of kind of take it probably he is obviously playing really well. But tuppenny and young have definitely stood up in the last six weeks, including the back in the last year, and they've really started to help him out and now that Ford pack is as good as it ever has been. And then rookie of the week. I can't lie. This guy's probably going to get it most weeks. But Dane Laurie. If you look at the other guys going for rookie of the week, there was just not really many options. Daniel s Luca five feet are he only played like twenty minutes. Charlie stains and do much basting, Chris had a disallowed try. Stefano, you Takoman, who didn't play him any minutes. So Dane Laurie. Yes, he's at fullback, so he's going to have more impact than guys on the wing and stuff, but he looked not out of place at all that tigers backline. I have to say the Tigers have a very good history of picking good fullbacks. Every full back we bring in usually does pretty well, so if that's anything to go but I think Dan Laur is going to be a really good player. Martin, then concern is I was watching him on the weekend. I am a little bit worried about his size. He's only young and we've seen the likes of Billy slayer going to have it insane careers, but saw it a lot with Corey Thompson, who is probably small, and Dane Laurie, but just he was a really good player, but just because he was really small, he would struggle to burst through the line and the tackles like he would get through it and then he couldn't fully drop them off, if you know what I mean. So I'm a little bit worried day Laurie might suffer a little bit from that. But yeah, I'm really excited to see how the spine looks for the Tigers with Dewey back, I think, and by had a really bad game and books it as well. So hopefully do we fixes some of those issues. And yet excited to see Laurie progress over the course of this year and at the moment it's going to be hard to see anyone take a rookie of the year off him because he looks like it's going to have a really good year. Looking forward to round to the NERL tells the premier ship. I think that's still...

...it's cool. I don't even know. So I'm going to be making some predictions more to do with betting actually, like not. I'm not a big better myself. But I like analyzing the betting markets to see who is the assumed favorite and stuff like that. So I'll have a short bed of the week, upset of the week and I'll look at a few spreads. So like lines that I think a bit generous to a team or something like that. Sure better the week. I'm going the roosters to beat the Tigers. I just think I'm a tigers fan, so it's hard to say that, but the roosters just look so good on the weekend and the Tigers, in my opinion, didn't look too good, especially on attack. In attack, the Tigers have beaten the roosters only once since two thousand and eleven, so in wakes. In my opinion, I think the Tigers actually do pretty well against the big teams, but for some reason the roosters is always one they're really struggled against. I think we have pretty good record it's the storm or even if we lose, we genuinely compete with them. The rabbitos. I think we're pretty good against the RABBITOS, but the roosters in particular. Raiders are another one that we're not too good aince, but the roosters, they just always seem to be too classy for us. And Yeah, the Tigers, as I said, but earlier they people are saying that were good in defense, but they did still concede thirty points to what you woulds have to say is a weaker attacking team than the roosters in the raiders. So I think the roosters are a short thing to beat the tags. I don't think it's all doom and gloom for the tags. I think round three against Newcastle is a winnable game. Then they've got, I think, the cowboys and maybe the dragons in round five and six or something like that. They've got a few winnable games in around there. But it is a tough start starting at the raiders and rooster. So you got to feel for the tags and Michael McGuire because you probably will come under some fire, but hopefully they put up a competitive performance. Upset of the week I'm going dragons to beat the cowboys. Once again, similar to last week, there's a lot of the big teams playing small team so it's not too many upsets confident in, but...

...this one I think is the most likely. It's in towns will, which obviously favors cowboys and probably is why they're a big favorite. They're actually paying a dollar fifty when I checked, which is pretty strong favoriteism. But yeah, just the way the cowboys looked on the weekend I don't think they really deserve to be favorites, if if at all, but necessary, not necessarily that heavy. Their attack looked woeful. They didn't score a single point. And yes, the dragons are significantly worse to defensive team than the then the panthers. But yeah, still wouldn't be too confident in the cowboys putting up twenty plus points. Dragons aren't great, but they you know, they put up some points against the shark sharks were a fairly good team. So I think if there's any I'm not necessarily going to be tipping this way. I haven't actually done my tips yet this week, but I'm not too sure. It probably will maybe depend on some of the team news that comes out later this afternoon. But yeah, if I have to pick one of the upsets to happen, I think the dragons to beat the cowboys is a fairly solid chance. Looking at the line. That just because I've said that the dragons at plus five, point five. I think that's fairly good odds there. I think the dragons could easily win that game and to lose within a try would be fairly standard. I'd say the bulldogs at Plus Sixteen Point Five. I think the bulldogs were pretty impressive against the nights. Yes, it was wet weather games, so they were never really going to get flogged, but I think they definitely showed signs and are on the other hand, I actually think the panthers, who's their opponent this week, weren't actually as good. Then the cowboys made them look a lot better than they were. So I think the bulldogs might come out a little bit inspired after last week. I think it's their home game, so their new fans will get to come out and see their new signings and they're new team under Trent Barrett. So I don't think they're going to win. Then panthers will be too good in the end. But plus sixteen point five that's a pretty big victory for the panthers. So I'm going to say it's pincers will be will win by less than sixteen. So I'm going to say the bulllldogs of Plas. Sixteen point five...

...is good value. And then the raiders. It under six and a half. I think the raiders should be pretty strong favorites to beat the sharks. Yes, they had a good win against the dragons, but we saw last year the sharks they really struggle whenever they came up against a quality team like the raiders are. And in Nurl to win a game, you know, eight points, ten points, that's pretty common. So I don't think that's a smashing or anything. So I think that's fairly I think it's a pretty fair call for me to get around at the raiders at my minor six point five. Looking forward to the rest of the Games. The Games are most interested in probably the warriors and nights. is a really interesting one. The six o'clock kickoff on Friday, backtoback early kickoff on Fridays for the nights. The warriors, they were good on the weekend beat a good titans team. The nights, I think they were all right. They were pretty good at the fords but I don't think creatively they were anything special. Blocks like Texhoy and stuff had a quiet game. So I think they will be looking to bounce back in terms of that. So on that side of things, say, however, they did score about thirty two points. I can't be too harsh on them and the warriors will be looking up to back up a good performance. So I'm excited to see that one. I think it will be a good measure during stick for both teams. If the warriors come out and beat the nights and all of a sudden they will be you know, I'll be considering them for my top eight and then if the nights lose similarly, I'll probably be considering to fade them out. So that's a big game and other ones the times versus the broncos. After titans come out and lose to the Broncos, then all of a sudden we've got serious concerns over them and they're probably going to have to move out of my top eight. And if the broncos win this, all of a sudden they could be shooting up people's latter predictions pit they could become a really competitive team because on paper they have a fairly decent team. So they're probably the two story lines I'm looking out for most this weekend and yeah, really looking forward to another good weekend of footy. Great to have the NFL back. It's such a great thought I'll say this to my parents that it's just a beautiful thought to think for the...

...next six seven months it's not going to be a weekend without footy. So I'm loving it. Very excited. In the future weeks I'm definitely going to try and get on my older brother and dad, maybe rotate them through. I'll try. Me a bit organized. This week is a little bit rushed, but I hope you enjoyed the episode. Please subscribe and follow us on all platforms if you can. Really appreciate the support. And yet lot more content coming out, a bit more AFL content coming out. I know there's not too much of a crossover between NR and AFL, but yeah, stay tuned. Lots of content coming out from the on the ball podcast and thanks for watching all listening. Cheers.

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