@Spud_Murphy said in Always next year:
I like your optimism TYGA but honestly mate it’s over. We are at this same junction at this same time just about every bloody year and we always somehow manage to stuff up the box seat ride we have to the top 8. We simply had to beat Canterbury, it was a gifted and crucial 2 points that we once again failed to grab. Despite their doggedness (no pun intended) they really shouldn’t have gotten within 10 points of us if we were a genuine contender for a top 8 position.
Honestly I think it was over several weeks ago, despite the good Newcastle and Cowboys wins. 6 or so wins out of (I think) the final 8 was always too much to ask for a team that had only won 7 of the previous 16 matches.
We can still technically make it and funnily enough, just making it would be enough for most Tigers fans this year, but we are miles away from actually competing with the good sides at this time of the year.
Losing to Bulldogs - Dogs aren’t actually that bad a side. Nor are Parramatta that good a side; I personally believe it’s a Top 3 (Storm, Roosters, Raiders), with two maybes that may or may not come good in the finals (Manly, Souths), then 3 pretenders, of which Parramatta is the “best” pretender. Probably Broncos and Penrith to round it out, but none of those sides in 5 through 8 have remotely what it takes to topple the best teams playing their best.