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2021 NRL Season Review Pt.1 & Finals Week 1 Preview | Rugby League

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

After the end of an amazing 2021 regular season in the NRL, I turn my attention to the 8 unfortunate teams who will not take place in the NRL finals. For each team i provide some analysis on their season, a future outlook and announce some award winners. As usual, I review Round 25 and preview finals week 1. 

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Welcome back to another episode of theon the Bale Podcast, the first finals episode will, I guess, finals previewwill obviously be reviewing around twenty five, that was of the Narl and,more importantly, today we're going to be doing a bottom eight season review.So reviewing all the teams who missed out on finals, we discussing their bestplayers that most improve their best young players, give them a rating out,often and discuss their outlook for the future and sort of a Owie of whathappened to them. This season so stay tuned. For that it's going to beanother bumper episode very excited for finals, unfortunately, over tiges fenso non the greatest mood at the moment, but that won't stop us from having somefun today so round twenty five headlines I'll just run through thematches raters sixteen to the roosters forty. This is really disappointing for theraiders. I thought I kept the roosters thought they weregoing to win and thought they were going to maybe bounce back from adisappointing loss to the Rabbit Os, but I didn't expect them to beat theraiders twenty by twenty four points. I think it's just cut off a reallyreally poor season from the raiders. I don't want to talk too much about thebottom ake teams, because I will be chatting a lot about them in the reviewpart of the episode, but yeah really disappointed from the raiders, as RickyStewart said in the press conference. If they can't beat that injury battered roosters line up, thenjust not like good of a team and don't deserve to play finals. So, Oh yeah,that was really disappointing for raiders. I'm glad they missed out onfinals, though not playing good foot at the moment and the richest movedthrough and they look like look they're, obviously not the side.They were in the last three or four years due to injuries, but they stillgot the finals experience in the star power to challenge a couple teams, sothat will be interesting to see how they go. Then we moved into the sharks es as thestorm Yeah. The storm proved that even with alot of players, how they can still get the job done, I think the rhetorics,the retrick rhetoric, that's Liso. That's a buzz word these days, buteveryone was talking about the sharks getting the w there and making finals Inever really bought into it. I think the can't remember what the line was.It was very short. It might have been like eight points, so I yeah in the endit was only twelve, so in people's defensive wasn't far off but yeah. Iwas come from the storm again. The job done here- and I guess similarly to the rat, is thesharks or look they've showed some flashes in the last two months, butjust in general, this season, I don't think they've deserved to make finals.To be honest, is hyer. There's really only been sixteen, maybe deserving of afinal spot, but I think normally the eighteens all look like finalsteams, but I think it's because this year the top six is so much betterrelative. These teams don't look like they deserve to make it, but yeah theshark IES missed out and they sort of closed the book on a bit of a chapterthis year, you'd have to say John Morris going out Sean Johnson going outwoods. He leaving and then they're opening a new chapternext year with, like Nikoline and stuff, but yeah storm roll on look decent.Have some injury issues, though, which will discuss in the preview eelspanthers game with two halves. Really, first,half eels reserve side really put up a good fight. I thought macatee frontrole was probably the stand out race stone, I think he's a free Asian at the end ofthe year. I think he's someone that a lot of clubs should look at. I think Iwould love to see the Tigers and make a crack for him, because he looks likesomeone who every time he's on the park e gives you all and that's all you canreally ask for beforeward, but then the panthers just overpower them in thesecond half got their Mojo back a little bit. You'd have to say to Loithat left side's operating pretty well and Pantes. Look dangerous going tofinals, but yeah, not much to add, obviouslywas the eel. Second Eleven and we'll see if that move of resting thoseplayers will pay off Bronco's nights. This is probably I called this one. Itip the bronchos really disappointing from the nights. Look, they they'll say they arrestedplayers on no atamor made that excuse, but I'm pretty sure they only restedlike two plates. I'm pretty sure it was like Jadan Brayley and maybe one of thesifers, and I think the other sipets injured so yeah. They really onlyrested like two starters. Baby Frazil got rested or something here. There areonly a couple forwards. Pretty much are they still have the rest of their teamfull back line for spine, except for Braes, but then they subbed off Ponga,pierce t at the fifty minute mark, I...

...think, and that ultimately wouldn'thave made a impact. In fact, they actually got better when poean piecegot off the ground, really not sure. What's going on with calm pong at themoment. I know these last couple years of a very difficult fever on in thecode times and maybe that's playing a factor, but apart from maybe a couple origin gameswhere he's looked really good. He and there's been a few good in real gameshere or there, especially this season. He just has not looked like theCalumpang of old, maybe is playing injured, but yet they especially thelast like six weeks, I'd have to say yeah, really poor from Callan Ponge,and if the nights are going to make any waves in finals, he's really really gota step up PC as well. It's an interesting one andthey actually look better. The more Clifford controls the team. In myopinion, I think Clivir's paying great footy at the moment. I think we sawwhen pacy went off. Clifford took the reins and yeah they looked like. They had a lotmore direction. I think they use Clifford a bit weirdly. They sort of they just use him as like a kick targetalf the time but yeah anyway, Adam o Brian seems like he's not sure what he's doing and we'll seehow they go on finals, the next game, one of the best games of the season.This was absolutely awesome. Cowboys manly, both teams play attractivefootball and the scoreboard suggest I see woot, but don't like that for you,there was about three tries in the last five minutes. I think the score that Ithink the march was only like. Eight points was six minutes to go, so I wasa pretty good effort from the cowboys, even though they only won one game. Thelast like ten, I think they finished with some sort of momentum. Manly gointo the finals humming they weren't over the last two weeks. They haven'tlooked themselves at times, but when they've needed to they've flicked intogear and looked really really dangerous. Obviously Turbo probably scored inindividual tried the year and then score team tried the year about twominutes later that Reuben Garrity was absolutely incredible, probably the best tribe of seenhonestly but yeah that turbo try that individual and it's sort of beenforgotten, probably because of the Reuben tried but yeah that had like nine tackle, businor something it was absolutely ridiculous. WILSE had a great call ofboth triers made over them all all the more entertaining, and that was anawesome game and that sort of led us into one of the most disappointinggames. Rabos dragons rabbi as sort of put up a second eleven or secondthirteen and yeah. Just wasn't that interesting. I'll be honest. I didn'twatch all of it. I did flick over to the a flat point, but yeah the firsthalf was pretty dull. Obviously one of crystal lies, or whatever his name is,got to try break the as to commentating on the game. When he's a player agentof the player really put me off the game, because I just didn't want tolisten to anything, he had to say, because it was obviously going to bebiased, but yeah. The Peter Mammas Welles looksreally really good. That half back like Talhook stace in at full back as well, the dragons fall back at the end, butyeah when I was watching the game they weren't really offering much at all, asthey haven't really for the second half of the season in attack and then Sundaycrazy day football for a lot of reasons. Some not good some very good times warriors now the times came out.They only need to win by twelve points. I thought I said I actually tip thatthey would make the a which I think looking back, is a pretty good tip. Alot of people thought Sharke's had it in the bag, but yeah they absolutelycrucifier of the warriors. But sort of the highlight of this game, I must say,was the punch, Ons Warri's, really just a rupt in the second half started withabout lodge losing his temper a few little skits and scouts like there was one where for feeder wasbeing held up, had his back expose lodge, came in so late and just whackedhim in the back. Wasn't illegal, but it was just a bit of a dog shot. Didsomething else sort of similar to that, and then I think, with twenty fiveminutes to go yet all sort of just erupted. There wasa few a few grabbings of the jump. I and then the thing that boiled it overas Philip Sammy went over to someone on the ground and like pick them up by thecollar and sort of push them into the ground a bit like they do a lot andthat just erupted. The worries were not having a bar that they came. Arvernestarted pushing around just to hung a deck someone and then punches with theon can emans through a punch, Jad walls through a punch. I believe that lodgemight have thrown a punch as well and yeah. It was. It was funny at times,but I don't know he's. A apology on instagram was a bitweird because mat lodges that I'm talking aboutbecause he seems very sincere bute.

It's almost a little bit scary like itseems like he loses control of his actions, which is pretty frightening onand off the field. Actually, so yeah he's got a bit of I history, so Ialways feel a bit weird, seeing him get aggressive on the field because italways brooks me out a bit debatable whether you should be in thecompetition. But I don't really want to talk about that today, but yeah thatwas the highlight and then the big fellow, the Tines Fan got the red outcelebrating tries and then he was doing shees. That was also a high light, butyeah big win for the titans. They show they've got some grunt, which they'llneed to go on a bit of a run in this final series, and I actually think theyare a dangerous team out of that bottom. Full. Obviously, I'd probably ratherplay them than the likes of the roosters in Powerman, just because this are their floor or averageperformance is a lot worse than those two, but in terms of sealing of whatthey can get to. I think the Times are arguably the most dangerous team inthat bottom for we've seen them sort of push the storm twice this year having and we saw them, always be therabbit as early on in the season on that day, they can really turn it on.Unfortunately, their days are few and far between, but hopefully they're onsong in September Tigers, bulldogs, look, I'm a tigers fan I'm sort of Numb to it. Now, the firstday I was just my whole family and I we were just down in the dumps. It was oneof the worst afternoons of Football. I've ever seen- and I know a lot of people like to clanon the Tigers, but surely like let I'll be honest likesurely this and sympathy to be thrown out for Tiger's fans like it's, a veryloyal fan base and we've sort of stuck by this club for so long and not seeany success, and I know people like giving it back and forth. That's notreally the way I roll. I like to support other people by anyway. Yeah itwas. It was a B, it's a bit hard, seeing all the pot shots from otherfans and journalists and you're also suffering from supporting the team. But yet I don't know what the way forward.Goro the boardotrade from a objective point of view, happy to see alot of their players go out on a wind like will hop, Wade and stuff Nicban gointo the storm as well. He played pretty well a but yeah. The Tigers werejust awful looks like like I'm, not really making any R rerevelations here, but it does look like this of the Tigers a lot of the time. Iknow they care because they do it's their job, but it always looks like theTigers, don't care- and that's maybe there's maybe about three or four gamesof season where that's exempt, but for the most part in this game perfectexample, yeah just looks like they don't care that much and, as I said,I'm sure they do, I'm sure they do because they're competitive sportsmanand that's what they do, but yeah it's hard to believe that at times, obviously doing in Larry being injured,not helpful, but yeah that you can't lose to the woodspring. Er. Thirty Eine, that's disgraceful! Before this game. I wasstrongly on the team of keeping Maguire. I did sort of think that if we lostthis game, my opinion might change them. Look I'll, be honest right now, I'munsure because the way I see it is, I don't think the coach bounders nextyear. I think next year is going to be a very, very tough season, for whoeverit is. We've obviously got tim chains coming back as a bit of a director offootball which I think will have only positive impacts on the club, and it'salso good to hear that we're in a good financial position. But in terms of thecoaching position, I think it's really hard to make the call, because madgehas not done well. You can't sugarcoat that there's not really been anyprogression and the road map out of this mess is still very unclear. But my issue is, I don't know if there'sthat many other better options like I for example, the way so, as I said, Idon't think the coach matters next year. I think it's going to be a tough you,no matter what, but what you've got to now think about is when you've finished,like let's say next year is the dip and we start going up from there, and youwant to think about who's that coach, you want when you're bouncing up andwhich coaches have play a pool and yeah. I just don't know enough about thecoaches in the available selection pool to really make that call hard to know.When you don't see behind the scenes. I'd say: Michael Maguey is the biggestname, that's available and there's maybe shame Flanigan. But to me that'sson, inspiring coaching change. If we bring in Shame Flanagan and yeah, I don't know it's really hard.Let me know in the comments of what you...

...think the tie should do really of fifty fifty on it in a normalsituation in say, match doesn't deserve another chance, but my issue is that a he's had a lotof shit to deal with with salary count like there's been a lot of players onmore than they should so he's sort of working with a team. That's maybeeighty percent of what other squads are, but yeah there's not really been muchplayer Progression under his coaching, which worries me, but the issue is whowere the better options out there and I'm really not sure if there's too manyavailable so yeah, let me know what the tiger should do. I know the need. Jokething is to suck madge, but that's sort of been our way of doing business inthe last six seven years, and so I think we've really really got to thinkabout this one, because it could have big consequences on the club movingforward and yeah. It's just really sad and Teste personnel, chicken and Ja Lur both being released. Let go I'llbe honest. Che Gains on a bad player, but like it's, not a big loss, I'm surehe'll go be a decent place somewhere else. Bj La Loire, I think that's afair list that definitely wasn't a great signing and obviously the headlines are about Lukerooks. I don't know it's a tough one, because he's got one more year left onthe contract, so I don't really know if it's worth shipping them off and thenhaving to pay his contract unless it's against his will, but I'llsort of rather just have him, even if he's just coming off the bench orsomething like he's, not the worth club player but he's. Obviously, as we'veseen what the half back is going to lead us to glory. So, for me, what Iwould do is i'ld give jackson hastings the keys to the castle play do at six,and maybe play just have brooks is a back up but yeah. If someone comes and offers totake books off our hands and pay, you know eighty. Ninety percent of thesalary i'd be more than happy to let him go because at this point it's noteven for the club. I would also like to see him go somewhere else, because ithink he can be a good player, but unfortunately i don't think it's goingto happen at the tigers. Any time soon and his he's, you know he's getting onan age like he doesn't want to hang around at thetigers for three more years get more abuse. I think he's better off going tosomewhere that it's better set up for him and i think he'll be fine, but yeah.It's just really hard. At the moment we can't draw big players in we've got alot of cat space, but that doesn't seem to be helping out calls and what willprobably end up happening will suck. The coach will go by we'll go splashone point: one million on seven out of ten player and will be stuck in thismiss for mess forever, but yeah, hopefully, there's a way out of it,because it's pretty hard right now. As a tiger's fan, i did a bit o content on transfersearlier on in the season. So i thought i would just get a little update. Ihaven't really mentioned any of them recently, since i think m by but yeahjust a little update won't be long about booth has gone to the titans, themelbourne third string, hooker it'll be an interesting one. He might startthere. I don't think mitch. Rain or aaron clark are the best of players, sothat would be an interesting maneuver, because we don't really know what toexpect the adam clunes gone to the night, which is really interesting, not a young man at all, so not reallyone for the future. I think they're probably brought him in as a back up tomitchell pierce sort of like why they brought in blake green, butunfortunately, injuries didn't allow them to be that service of will back uppc, obviously pretty injury praying at the moment. So i think clones isserviceable back up and i really like how i clung. I think it's a good playergo to serena's gone to saint helen's, obviously struggling to get into thatmanly team at the moment, and i think he's got a bit of good footy left. Ithink you would be really good back rode about for saint helen's. They lovean australian back rower. They have joe thompson and siona matadi at the momentand jordan. Parera has just as of this morning gone to the bronchos, which ithink is pretty interesting, probably suggest that a sacer doesn'thave much of a future at the club, which is interesting but yeah so you'dhave to. You would think that oats and prow will be the wingers going intonext year, but i'm not sure how that will go because brisben squad is sortof having a bit of an overhaul. At the moment i just quickly before we getinto the power rankings in the bottom ate season rot you. I thought i'd touchon the super league being really into the super league at the moment beenwatching a lot of it and this weekend was magic weekend and if you haven't,if you have access to kor anything highlights youtube. I don't know whereit is. Please go watch catalan versus saint helen's and watch the last ten five minutes. You do not to watchthe last ten minutes. I was one versus to featuring a lot of it for m nl starsseen in the tarriar james baloney, sam tomkins and sam casiano, and...

...so, if you want to go watch it feelfree to go watch it because trust me it's! The great is five minutes offootball up ever witnessed, so go watch that, but i'm going to spoil it catalanscore three tries in five minutes to come back, it's absolutely ridiculous.They look down and out. The commentators are even set talking aboutlike how the winnin the loss affects them on the table and then jamesmaloney sealed in golden point, with a forty two minute draft. Kick it'shonestly one of the best come back is it is fortop the best comeback victoryi've ever witnessed. I was absolutely incredible: was a very dry game, likevery you know, forwards, just bashing in each other? Wasn't expensivefootball, but oh yeah! That was a great game and then the following game leadshull, f c went to gold point as well, and then the game i watched yesterdaywarranting wigan warrington got the chocolates. They look like they'regoing to be an interesting team. George williams and gariff wilde in the harvesmake a bit of a dynamic duo. They got the job done over wigand who are reallyout of source of the moment. They can't score a point which is exciting for thetags, because jackson hastings can give it arter cone from wigan and they can'tsee for co points, but anyway enough about the tags but yeah i'll be i'll,probably be providing just a little super league updates. I might even do afinals preview episode, as finals are in two weeks, so yeah watch out forthat, but yeah i recommend to any australian regulae fan, who has kao gowatch. It do have to watch every game, but just yet keep in mind finals runsoon and especially before daylight. Saving, it's actually not on that late.Like some games are at midnight. I usually just watch it. When i wake upin the morning, it's really good to watch down. They do a really good jobof covering the game over there and then the power rankings. I don't knowif there's any changes to my power an kings last week, so these are sort ofthe who's the best team right now, in myopinion, i've got the stall number one. I saw jamie souard had the panthers atnumber one. I still think the storm just have like. I have more confidencein the storm being able to produce on the big stage. I think there i thinkthe storm, panthers and seagulls are the clear top three and then i thinkthe rabbits are sort of a wild card who i don't think they're of that ill, butthey might be. I don't think they are, though, but yeah the storm for me out of thosethree there, the most tried and tested on s. Injury concerns right now, but idon't really bind to those games with the melbourne storm and i just think whatever happens, evenif they lose this week. I think they're going to be there on the final day inseptember or my actually by october this year, and i think they're going tobe very, very hard to beat number two. I've got the panthers, probably themost informed team right now, as i mentioned before. I have not got itdone before. So that's why i've got them in second. But if we look at thelast three rounds and each team's performance, they've probably had themost complete performances and they look like they're playing really reallygood football manly defensive. The defense is not as good as the top twoteams, but they have the ability to score points and score shit, tons soand they're going to be a very dangerous team. I think storm seagullscould be a game for the ages. If it's played in the right way. I raved os init, for, as i mentioned, with latrell out and sort of their team gettingrested on the weekend, there's sort of a bit of an unknown quantity. They havehad much success against the big teams, but they've looked dangerous atdifferent periods of this year, so they're a bit of a wild car. For me, idon't think they went on in round one. I think it will be really tough forthem to make it from there, but you never can ride out o way and bennettteam sinney roosters in the number five a lot of injuries but, as i mentionedwith the storm, they've they've got the job done before they've got experience,big match experience and i think when you've got a team with janes going inthat's enough to sort of scare an opposition into. Maybe you know notplaying the bradford there, like paramotors ite their shop, we know ofthe storm. I still haven't seen enough of them to consider them a realcontender and i've got them down at sick. I've got the times above the night.Actually i just seen the times on their day, i'm more likely to be a big teamthan the nights. I don't. I just don't think the nights have the points inthem to beat a good team at the moment and yeah that defense doesn't make upfor that. So that's my power rakings heading into the bottom. Eight seasonreview, i'm going to go from sixteen to ninth, got to chat about my preseasonprediction and then i'm going to give out the award so starting with thebulldogs- and i don't want to be too harsh here, because obviously all theseteams haven't had the greatest season. So i'm going to keep a try, try andkeep it somewhat positive. But i've got to be real with you and i probablysound like a saw loser as a tigers fan from the weekend, but i did not realizehow bad can every season was. To be honest, i thought they may be on five or sixgames, but they wone three games, which...

...is pretty ridiculous. They were in quite a few games. Theydidn't sort of get blown out much at all in the second half, but which issort of what they've done the last two or three seasons, but still they look along way off being a good team. They've made a lot of good signings on paperand i stress on pay parkers. We said that last year and it had absolutely noimpact, but there is a future for canby andthere's excitement with those new players coming in. So that's somethingthat you can have the high use fans can't, including myself, but anywayi'll try and not talk about the tigs too much here. Until is the typesection n vp not going to lie. It was tough to pick their most valuableplayer. I went with adam elliot. He played the third most gains for them. Ithink, and he started pretty much every singleone of them and he's sort of just one of their. Only players who he'll giveyou a seven or eight out of ten every week. Most of their players are eitheran eight out of ten or a one out of ten or they're like consistently five outof ten. So he's, probably the only one who's got an elevated consistency andfor me, he's the best player was their best play this year. Someone who ithink went pretty close to that, but maybe didn't have the consistency abouta elle. It was jake averill, o playing in five at at the start of the season,end up being the half back, people think it's going to part theburden in the harves next year. He won the most improved for me in the gamesthat they won. The very few didn't i don't even know if you played onagainst the tigers, is to busy foxing on us, but i remember the game againstthe dragons that they won on could have been good friday. I couldhave been easter monday now it's on easter monday, because they don't playthat could have been. What day do they play the queen's birthday? Maybe theyplay on some sort of monday, the dragon, the bulldogs and it's a public holiday.I've forgotten which day it is, but yeah he's dad the boys around there. Ithink he actually maybe scored two tries running himself so yeah. I thinkhe is a really good player. Last year he looked really good at in the centers,but yeah the levels he went out to be in a decent half back in thiscompetition. I thought was really impressive. Best young player i've gone withplayers who were sort of ninety nine one, hund, nine ne and ninety seven oryounger, but it's sort of pretty loose. I went with aaron shop playing in thesentence for the back off of the year. I actually think he's really exciting.I just had a really really good junior career playing australian school boys,i'm pretty sure, and from what i've seen of him, he looks like he couldturn into a pretty good player nick mani. Also someone who had a few pretty good games here, althere and always gives us all rating out of ten. I actually predict thebullocks to jump up to twelve and my dad pretty good them to jump up to leleven. So if we keep that in mind pa being five out of ten look, i'm itcan't be too good. It's maybe a two. I know that's harsh, because no one wasever really expecting much of them, but yeah to i thought they were going to betwelve for them to come. Sixteen s, not great! Is it so i've given them a twoout of ten, maybe i'll feel business could push it up a little bit, but yeah,unfortunately, for the dogs have got got them as a two out of ten and i'vegot the cowboys in it fifteen. Where i exactly predict the right, some of mypredictions were pretty spot on. I must not why interesting in for the cowboys. Theysounded really really well. At one point, i believe there on the top eightafter i think, sort of round five to around ten. They had maybe four out offive win stretch or something like that, and they were putting on a lot ofpoints. Clifford left and newcastle did and came in, and i think that had a bigshock throughout the team. I think they strolled for the next six weeks afterthat and it sort of looked like a really bad move for them, but what wesaw in the last month, out of tommy, did and sort of changed my opinions onthat. I still think jake cliffords a great player, and i think it would dobrilliant things in new castle, but i think tom did mills be a good player. They've got a lot of youth comingthrough a lot of exciting youth. I think it's jero anana and criffan name.They both look really exciting. The young forwards been condon and hal amlukey, also back rowers, so yeah there's hammer so as well. So there's asome excitement at the cowboys which some of these teams outside the finalscan't possess. They've got a lot of young players. They've just got a newto the right ones, pick the right ones to keep because, as we talked about thejunior development, that they've actually had quite a few gun, playerscome through their junior ranks in the last eight years and they have notnecessarily chosen the right ones to keep so yet, hopefully, the cowboys dowell with this generation, but np i've, given it to scott drinkquarter. I thought this one was pretty tough to pick, but for me their successrelies on scott drink water. I think when they play well. He playswell l and his defense improved a lot...

...this year, which i think is somethingthat needs to be noted so well on scotty drink water, most improved ofgiven it to mittel don back rower e bob injured last year, or maybe that wastwo thousand and nineteen, but i mean was sort of just a bit part player bitof like a like. Maybe a michael, cheeke sort of just filled a hole for you andwhether year, especially in the back heart, he looks really really excitingand i think he's got skills. I think you can play in the half centers backrow, so i think he is one who's going to be one to watch the future and bestyoung player of given it to mary tow long e. I was actually close to givingthis gurt because i think he's one of the great best wingers in thecompetition personally but yeah. I didn't really want to give wingetrating out of ten. I predicted fifteen and i they came fifteen. My rating isagainst expectation by the way. So for me, it's probably get it fourout of ten. If i would give them a five out of ten if they're more consistentthroughout the year, but the fact that they showed glimpses early and thensort of had a bad run down the back end of the season, i'll give them a four asout of ten, and also the they've got a sort out. The jason tomoe think becausethey've obviously got in for a long time left of that huge contract andit's on a lot of money. So they've got to work out the best way to use tamalolo because he definitely did not have his best year. This year an then we gotthe brisben bronchos in at fourteen and, interestingly, i think son to thecowboys, maybe a bit more for brismann. I think they're finishing with someambition and some positive hope for next year. I think kevin walter saidnext year. They want to win more than their loose, which i'm sure likecoaches would say, but i think he truly believes that they are a chance ofmaking the eight next year n bp. For me, it's got to be pain. Has it's just alevel above everyone? Hopefully is dinjy from the weekends not to knowsorr. I think we indispose is actually, hopefully that's, not too nasty and you can get into a fullpreseason and come back even bit better and bigger and stronger next year, most improved. I've got her by funworth. I think this guy's are really underrated player. To be honest, ithink he's one of the best centers in the competition i'll definitely havethem in my top five sentence. He runs for like a hundred and thirty hundredand forty meters of game lime brake, try assistant machine yeah. I love herbe farm worth. I think he's got a lot to offer and we saw that on the weekend.He played pretty well again to you castle special mention to tyson gamble.Sort of came out of the wood work, fill a role for the broncos for a solidtwo three months there and i think, he's a big reason why they becamecompetitive in the second half of the season so shot out to tyson gamble andthen best young player. I've got testy new first of the season, forgettablefor testing you. I think i got dropped in about round three or four, but hecame back in the second half earned himself a contract extension and helooks like he's going to be a gun in the future. A really really good player,so kessy knew best young play for merating out of ten. I get them. I predict them to win the wooden spoon,and i know this is a robe brisben coming fourteen and i'm not critiquethem harshly, but i don't know the way they finished the season and some ofthe winds they produced over top eight teams, i'm actually going in them. Isix out of ten i've. We did this in the half way point out of probably givethem like a four but yeah. I think the second half they really changed. Thenarrative surrounding brisbane ben ikon came in at a director of football roleand yeah. A lot of the talker about brisbinis sort of hushed really, and i think there's excitement for nex year thatthat's a big signing, so yeah they're going to be one to watch over thepreseason to see if they could be a surprise bolter next year, then westtiger's. Next in the thirteenth i pretty en to come twelve. So i was onlyone spot off. This is the opposite to brisband and cowboys. I think the cot.The atmosphere surrounding the tigers at the moment is a lot more negativethan the latter may be suggests as it's alot more positive for the cambis and broncos and the ladder suggest, butyeah look not the best season. I think people's expectations cominginto this were too high. I look back at our preseason predictions, my brotherand lock my brother look and my dad. Both predicted tires to back the aidand just looking at the seventeen. I don't think that was a fair expectationnot to salmon not or whatever, but i think my prediction of twelve waspretty fair. They didn't really improve their side from last year, which cameninth and there are a lot of sort of role, players that will let go,and there was a lot more dependence on you. So i think there was always goingto be a back backward step and a lot of...

...the players teams below them took astep up like the titans, so i think there was always going to be thatbackward step this year. Personally, i know a lot of people didn't see itcoming, but to me it made sense and i think that shouldn't be held againstthe tigers. I think like coming night this year was a bit unexpected in. Inthe end, i was sort of surprised how close the tiges came to finishing ninth,but it all all not a good year, though more in the sense that there wasn't adirection set and it's sort of not clear the part of success, which i thought was maybegoing to be the result of this season. I into the awards and vp i've got outof doe. I think he's a really unsung hero, i think just because he plays fora club that you know doesn't play many prime time games and people thought of just can. You know count the tags all thetime, but i think do is a really really good player. Hopefully we can hang ontwin. Unfortunately, he's got that serious injury and is going to misssome one next season, but him at five eight him at center, wherever he playshe's one of our best players most improved. This is where you sort of seethat maybe michael mcguire, not the best player, not the best coach,because most improvers are really hard thing to predict s thing to pick iactually went the alex, say, arth and i'm sure a lot of you at home. Don'treally know who that is. But i went from playing a couple games on thebench in the last couple seasons to he ended up being a started before joshali ruin, his season with a callabale tackle and wasn't punished heavily enough forthat, but anyways and yeah he gives it is all reallyaggressive forward and he's someone that, hopefully, is back to fullfitness next year and couldn't continue his improvement, tommy till owl, alsomore, not necessarily from last yeat this year, more from the side of theshear to the end and the start he was one of our biggest live abilities. Hegot dropped. He had the worst hands in the rublee dropping you know two orthree balls a game, but by the end he was a very solid center. Who would justgive you a six seven out of ten every week and as a tiger's fan? That's anice change. I am happy to couple player who will do that every week, soyeah and unfortunately is acl on the week can, which is really reallyshadowing news. It's pretty daunting to think that two of our top, you know,maybe ten players until out do we are going to be out for a lot of next year,but anyway, best young player dane laurens to fine. You talk amanu, icouldn't split them, so i've, given it to them both incredible signings, to befair, to manage great pickups and they're going to be once for the future.It just a matter of whether we can hold on to them it's to find as the sort ofplayer that the tigers won't be able to hold on toin the past. You know he's going to be objet. Youjust can't hold on to him, so hopefully we can, because that would be a hugething for the ties moving forward rating out of ten, i'm doing it against my prediction. Soi know a lot of you will say one out of ten, but i think that's the recency bis.I'm only going to give it a four out of ten. I think three could be debatable aswell, but for me they only finish one below where i predicted and they weretired with twelve so yeah. For me, it was disappointing season, but i'm notoverly shocked at the latter position. So for me it's a fourout of ten moving into the warriors and i actually think the warriors haven'tbeen things enough this year last year they got all the plaudits all thecredit, and this year it seems to have died away, and i think it needs to beechoed. The rugby league world is indebted to the warriors franchise, alot of coaches, a lot of staff, a lot of trainers, a lot of players livingaway from home, not seeing their families for months on end all for the competition to keep runningas a sixteen ten competition, shoud shout out to the warriors. They ahundred percent sacrifice some on field success for that to happen. That was areason why i could a goom to come thirteen. They came twelve timethirteenth, as i just mentioned with the tigers, i thought staying in australia for asecond year straight was going to be pretty taxing on them and i think itended up being pretty taxing on them. So i m yeah. Just is you shout to thewarriors? As i mentioned, i don't think it's been talked enough and aboutenough, but yeah what they have done for thegame has been pretty awesome so well to the warriors. Now. Look i don't know. Why is a hardteam to judge because they sort of always seem like they'rein games, all their matches are close and then you look at the ladder and yougo. Oh shit they've lost six, their last six, which i'm pretty surehappened in the in about july, but and then they camehome strong one for the last five. I think so and look like one point to bea dark wars for the top eight. So all in all, i think it was a decent seasonfor the warriers i'm going to give it a flat five out of ten. I think some oftheir signings were maybe a little bit...

...underwells, i think the likes of fenelblake and maybe like a bailey, serina surinam orsomething did not. They didn't like change the teamourselves expecting. I thought they were going to really elevate them, but yeah overall, it's pretty much exactlywhere i expected them solve, giving them a flat five out of ten for theawards. Look, i don't know if everyone thinks this, but i think rewash is alike absolute freak like i know everyone thinks it is a good player,but i honestly think this kid is like deck level, like i borderline arguewith you right now. That is better than calumpang out right now, which is a interesting like. I thinkit's a unique take. I don't think many would agree with me, but if you takehis performances over the last week, can compare it upon her. For me, it'shard to argue that that's not true. I think he single handed the providescreativity to this team that really lacks it, and i think he adds a starquality to that team. That they've lacked. I hope he doesn't go back tothe bronchos, not from a jealous point of view, but ithink the broncoes should learn to live with this mistake. The tigers often doand they often get canned for it a lot. So i think the bronco should have toand i think a club like the warriors who took a punt on a young kid. I knowhe had a huge rap, so it wasn't necessarily a pup, but i think i'd loveto see res wall to reward them with you know, four or five years, ten in newzealand. I know it's a big thing for a young man to go, live in new zealandand playing in south east queensland for the warriors in quotation marks isa bit different, actually living in aukland and playing for them, but yeah.I really hope these days, i think, he's yeah the kind of star they need to be a dominant force in the game, soi've given him most and most valuable and also bechan player and mostimproved. I are given to josh karen saw him a couple times last year. Didn'treally know what he was like. The t e was decent player, but he showedhimself to be an absolute freak of a back rower when they went through their struggles.He was out for a lot of it and that i don't think, as a coincidence sawsomeone include him in a predicted australian team bench this week andthat just says it all. He is argued with the mv, but for me he didn't play enough games, eventhough i think resiny paid like one more than him, but yeah five out of ten.For me for the warriors into the dragons two ten three teamsleft a pretty for them to come fourteenth. They came eleventh so onthat no fair play to the dragons, but ultimately a goat, similar to well they've, givensome young players, some experience, which i think isimportant. But if i was a dragon's fan right now, i don't think i'd be filledwith confidence where i think brisben and maybe even the cowboys could be alittle bit more boyed by their finishers to the season. I think theway the dragons finished out the season was really disappointing. I know thatwhole barbecue incident had a huge bearing on their season. I don't thinkthat can be ignored the way they started, though it's justa. It must be a cultural thing like i don't know how hectic their pre seasonsare, what they do during the season, but that's definitely there's going tobe a review into that. There's been about three or fourseasons where they've been one of the best teams out of the gates like theywere this year and they just fall away, and this was probably one of theirbiggest fall backs. I'd have to say, i think, the difference between theirfirst half and second after the season was incredible, most valuable play out, i'm giving itto ben hunt. I i don't know i feel like in the firsthalf a lot of people. First, half of the season, a lot of people weresinging his praises and i think everyone sort of jumped off that bandwagon, but i think this was genuinely one of his best seasons of all time. Iaveraged over a hundred meters running as a half back like that's awesome, special mention to matt dufty didn'tplay sort of fell out of favor once they realized he was moving on and theystarted playing like slone and stuff, but i still think when he played therewas a strong correlation to victory most improve tough, giving as ben hunt.I think it was a bit of a liability ever since he's been at the dragons,but this year really stepped up best young player hard to pick causalem xdidn't play many games his year, so she had it to him. It would have been himif he played all games, but i give to blake lorry starting prop, didn'treally kill it, but a young starting problem with potential and he's playingdecently rating out of ten based on my prediction. I should give them abovepast score, but sort of just the way they wentabout their season. I think they ended up only being two points ahead ofthirteenth. I could be wrong ahead of...

...the likes of the tigers, i'm going to give them a five out often. They yeah, as i mentioned, based purely on the stats that they cameeleventh a pretie fourteenth. They probably should get a six, but i'llgive them a five. I just don't think their fans would be boyed withconfidence. They've got some exciting talent coming through, but i think thenext couple years could be lean years for the dragons, but we'll see we'llsee how good at the co anthony griffin is in the next couple of years. Forsure, then in tenth, we've got the cambrarades actually pretty then to slide this year, which i'm i'm sorry but i'mpumped with that prediction baby. I didn't go all the way of saying theould rise, the eight, but i said they would come eight. Obviously they let set george williams.Well, they didn't let but george williams left, which i don't think thatcan be ignored. That's obviously going to have a big impact on your seat andyour half back leaving middle of the year, but i don't think their wholeseason could be put down to that whatsoever. I think there forward werereally lacking on paper. They've got the best forward pack in thecompetition period and they were playing far from it. Joshpuppel was nothing like him as old self top and he had a few good games here orthere, but he wasn't like his normal self either. Hudson young showed glimpses here orthere. How were an i showed glitz fom, not pronouncing that right, but heshowed glimpses here all there, but ultimately it never really jelledtogether, i think jack whiten had a really underrated, like it's beingunder, talked about how poor his season was. He was good last year. Obviously idon't think he was the best play in the game, but he won the dalim and he justdid not back it up at all. I was like i looked to him a lot more this yearafter he won the jalm, because i was like oh maybe this guy's a freaking,i'm just missing it, but yeah. I just don't really think he's that good. Ithink, like this sounds outrageous. Luk brooksis not a great player, but i honestly don't think jack widens that far offhis level, like, i honestly, don't think jack wines very good and a sorry shan's injured as wellanother big factor for me. They look a lot better when schanz plays, i think,ricky stewart, i'm not saying you should be sacked or anything, but ithink that spot should be talked about, because i think what they got out oftheir team this year. It was really disappointing. It's going to be hard for them toreplace george williams. Here's not many half backs on the market. You'relooking at luke brooks you're looking at ash taylor, and that's probablyabout it, because the likes of bichel piece and benjie marshall a m not goingto want to move to camera. That's for certain! So yeah it's going to be a bigyear and i think if they don't make the top aid again next year, i think wecould see the end of the rikisha cambra error, but most valuable player. I'vegot with jordan rapine top five most tackle breaks for the season, whetherit was full back or wing. He always gives a hundred and ten percent, andalways is a brilliant ball carrier out of the backfield and yeah. He was a bit of a reason why theywere as close to back in the eight as they were first improved i've given itto hudson young. I think the way you came out of the blocks in this season.I thought he was going to be a breakout star, be sort of was hit and miss, buti was looking at his starts and i was looking at the games. He started versethe games he didn't and they actually, when he starts in the back row, theyactually won. Eight games lost five, and that means when he doesn't startthey only one like night, the only one one game. I think so obviously he's apretty big player in that camera team. He always gives it its all sabasianchris one may best young player. This was probably the most random break outof the season. Didn't even think he would get a keep with jared croker and how my drawing playing on the otherside. Well, i guess it was cortos and then end up being that to moco, but yes,bashan chris was awesome. I remember round one who tore us up against thetigers and then he do the game round to did again around three and then all ofa sudden you're like this guy's, actually had a pretty good season. Sohe's one of my best younger player rating out of ten look. It's got to probably be a threeout of ten. I think it was a really poor season for them to think they wereonly in the grand final two years ago, they've only really lost two playersand they've actually replaced not george williams, but there e e placebatin with pretty good players as well to fall to tenth and not look at intotheir old cells. I think it was really disappointing, so i give him the threeout of ten finally crinal bit of a weird season for canal, as it has been.The last couple actually predicted the john morris sacking on the podcast gotthat right and predicted them to come. Tenth was one off and yeah. It was aweird season for them and they sort of made the finals the last couple years,but not been playing great footy, and i thought the same was going to happenthis year. They just missed out, though i think they've got a direction now,obviously nicois coming in delphine and coming in, but they're always a bit weird like i.They never really commit to rebuilding...

...they sort of just keep rolling on, butcrayford skins coming in. So i guess, you'll give him a crack. They've got agood enough team to make finals next year. Just a matter of how fits givenscan go with the side. Mv i've given it to will kennedy the fox lead. Commodes, absolutely lovewill kennedy. I don't think it's as good as they say, but definitelyprovides a seven or eight out of ten every week, which is there's not manyof them in the competition. But it is not like the best fool back on round oranything, but yeah v pope will kennedy most improved of given it to connotracy. I think he had a underrated season this year, playing all sorts of positions playingin the harvest playing wing playing center playing full back and he alwaysgave it is all and had a real red hot crack for the sharke brandan trendlealso mentioned there went from playing reserve grade to steering the ship anin de finals team in the second out of the season bestyoung player. Although you didn't play many games i'll, give it to rinaldomore tolo when he plays, they won fifty percent of the games, meaning when theydon't play. They have like a thirty percent win rate, so he's. Obviously avery influential player on the field. Writing out of ten l, give it to five out town. It's goingto give it a four, but it's pretty much exactly where i predicted them and idon't think they improved or got worse, so probably a five out of ten. For me,there i'll dress my top eight season review once they all get knocked out.But i'll tell you what my predictions are pretty decent all right time for apreview. I'm not going to wait for the team list, i'm doing it early today ona tuesday. So sorry about that. But i do want to be more organized this weekand get it out earlier. On friday night we've got melbourne versus manly at thesunshine cors stadium, the line a and a half towards melbourne. This is goingto be a game of the week. Surely it's going to be a good game and last timethey played it was an enthralling encounter. Melbourne got the best monsters gotquestion marks, but arcano play. I just seeing this is melbourne line games butwe'll see we'll see it could be true or it's a tough one to predict. It'sgoing to be interesting to see what they do with nico, hins andpoppenhausen, and i think paven azan's won the shirt but more interesting tosee if hines gets picked on the bench or not manly in good form, not necessarily ingreat form, they've really put together too many eighty minute performances fora while, but except since paramatta, i'm probablygoing to be boring and tip melbourne here. I wanted it manly, but i thinkmelbourne at the chuckies. It's pretty much a home game for them out sunshinecoast mike o manly, at the line just for a bit of fun, but melbourne had tohit for me sydney titans. This is another tough one. I think thetimes have the ability to beat the roosters but and they're coming in darkhorses, and i feel like the titans sibilate this tigers. Whenever youexpect them to win, they lose when ev. You expect them to lose. They win, buti play this game out at my head, maybe ten times i think the times, maybe whentwo or three then when they show up- and i think the other seven they don'tshow up so i've got to go with the odds there and i'm got to back roosters inthe lines of love and a half i'll, probably back that i as well becausethe times defense isn't great, but i think it could be an interesting watch.Actually the roosters they produce good footy games. I m not sure what it isand the times do as well, so it could be interesting. I apologize if i'm justtipping the favorite, but this is truly what i think is going to happen. Penrisouth towns will, i don't know, look. This could be oneof wayne bennett's career hearts if they get this win in my opinion. Butfor me i just don't think it's going to happen. I'm going to take penrith atthe line and head to head, i think they're in too good a form. I think therabbit os might give them a red hot crack early onsimilar to when they played the other week, but i think penrith will over runthem. Yet again, i just don't know. Well it's going to be a huge jess forcody walker. This is the final time i'll give him a chance if he does notplay well in this final series, i'm concluding that it's just a solidplayer, i'm sick of this cody walk of flattery and then he doesn't stand up.So for me, this is cody walker's final test. If he doesn't show up he's just asolar player if he shows up he's a good player because yeah. This is really the timethat, where south need him to put on a clinic against penrith and i'm not sureif you will, they also need damien cook to really stand up which he as not beendoing as of late, that moves us into a sunday's game. Surprisingly, at rockhampton i'll be honest, not the greatest pitch gone round, but theyprovided a good atmosphere, a new castle dragon saltcote and the cowboysdragon. Sorry paramatta. You got to back em in here. The nights have justlost to the broncos. You can't go anyone but para. I know they haven'tbeen in great form all year, but what...

...the second half of the year, but theybit storm. I think that defense will be too good. Go the andes on this game.Please, the night struggled to score more thantwenty points against anyone, let alone, arguably the best goal line: defense inthe competition in power and yeah paragot, the job done surely, andthe lines only seven and a half i'm taking that all day. For me, that'seasy money watch new castle win now watch them with we'll take a poer andpierce clinic for sure that's certain, but that's it for another podcast preview, a bit shorter today, but teamson at yet don't await just want to get into it. I hope you enjoy my bottom atseason review. Let me know what you think, whether it's too hard to kind onyour team, how you think your team far, let me know who you think is going towin the four finals games this week. End very excited for it very palmedfinals for he's here: baby, let's go and yeah go talks a.

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