What’s your gut feeling about our chances and about how the finals will unfold?. Finals are decided by very small margins. AN injury here, a bounce of the ball there, heaven forbid a refs error (quite likely). I think this season the Top 5 are all extremely quality outfits. Been a while since you could genuinely say that. You could mount a case for any of the Top 5, with the Warriors a genuine smokey at 6. The Cows and Knights can’t win it.
My gut feeling is we might be watching the best 2 equipped teams this Friday night. Whilst the Top 3 are all formidable sides they seem to be having a few issues at the wrong time of year. My gut feel is Friday nights game will be a belter and decided in the last 5 minutes. I reckon the loser will survive the chop and from there I reckon we will line it up again against Saints in October for the prize. Now obviously we don’t want to be counting on this to happen. Without Lawrence I feel we might lose by a few points.
Obviously things can change from week to week and we would be no chance with a key injury. However at the moment our troops are returning, whilst other teams are losing them. I just think we are now a battle hardened footy side, more then we are given credit for. And we have the most dynamic and unpredictable attack in the league. For the last 3 years we have been playing our best football this time of year when other teams are out of puff and out of new ideas. Sheens coached teams don’t put in poor Finals campaigns.
I’m not overly confident we will take out the Premiership. LIke I said small details decide it, and little things like having a relatively inexperienced fullback worry me against the other big 4 sides. However I just think with how tight our side has become, and the drive they have from last year, that bar injuries we might just squeak past a Manly or Melbourne in the prelim and be there in the first week of October. And my guess is it will be against Saints Illawarra.
Saints worry me a little more then the other 3 as they have that finals mentality and now they have performed on the big stage. They know how to do it.
For The record, here is my stab at it.
WT v Saints
Brisbane V Warriors
Manly v Cows
Melbourne v Knights
Saints v Broncos
Warriors v WT
Manly v Saints
Melbourne v WT
GF - Saints v WT