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    Really fear for the Broncos this year.

    We've lost so much aggression/strike power - Hodges, KHunt, Carroll, Taylor (won't include Clinton).

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    2010 Predictions then

    1 St George Illawarra Dragons
    2 Parramatta Eels
    3 Canterbury Bulldogs
    4 Newcastle Knights
    5 Melbourne Storm
    6 Canberra Raiders
    7 Penrith Panthers
    8 Wests Tigers
    9 Manly Sea Eagles
    10 Gold Coast Titans
    11 Brisbane Broncos
    12 South Sydney Rabbitohs
    13 Sydney Roosters
    14 North Queensland Cowboys
    15 Cronulla Sharks
    16 New Zealand Warriors

    Premiers: Canterbury Bulldogs
    Runners Up: Parramatta Eels
    Prelim Finals: Dragons and Storm
    Leading Point Scorer: Michael Gordon
    Leading Try Scorer: Brett Stewart
    State of Origin: NSW 2-1
    Rookie of the Year: Ryan Williamson (Roosters), Trent Hogkinson (Manly) or Albert Kelly (Cronulla)
    State of Origin Debut: Brett Morris (NSW), Richard Fa'aoso (Qld) and David Taylor (Qld)

    Other Stuff Which I usually get wrong
    Todd Carney will actually see out the season without getting sacked! He might play ok too.
    Jamie Soward will dominate the City vs Country clash and still not get picked for Origin
    Panthers to be big improvers and become an attacking force.
    Michael Gordon will become the second player to score 300 points in a season.
    Brett Morris, Michael Jennings, Brett Stewart and Israel Folau will all score 20+ tries
    NSW will win the first two Origin games as Qld struggled without a host of injured stars
    Ben Hannant steps up to the mantle of best prop in the game.
    Melbourne to struggle early in the season without Cooper Cronk.
    Aidan Tolman will have a break through year and be a household name by the end of the season.
    The Raiders will lose less than two home games all year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Leading Point Scorer: Michael Gordon
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    Panthers to be big improvers and become an attacking force.
    Michael Gordon will become the second player to score 300 points in a season.


    I think there's a good chance of that happening as long as he doesn't get injured.

    As to the rest I think we'll be much more consistent than last year, with more depth in the halves, front row and back row. (like we needed it there though) Still too much dead wood in the squad for mine, and we've poor depth out wide and possibly weak at fullback (Coote is still unproven potential for mine, Flash has lost a yard of pace which I hope he gets back and I still carry Sammut related scars on my soul) but we're on paper, stronger than last year. Burns in particular should be a very good pickup, and I'm happy with the aquisitions of Laurie and Plum. I just hope we hit form at the right time tbh.

    If Elliott doesn't make the finals with this team, he never will.

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    2010 Predictions then

    1 Parramatta Eels
    2 Canterbury Bulldogs
    3 Melbourne Storm
    4 Wests Tigers
    5 St George Illawarra
    6 Manly Sea Eagles
    7 South Sydney
    8 Gold Coast Titans
    9 Brisbane Broncos
    10 Penrith Panthers
    11 Sydney Roosters
    12 Canberra Raiders
    13 North Queensland Cowboys
    14 Newcastle Knights
    15 New Zealand Warriors
    16 Cronulla Sharks


    Premiers: Parramatta Eels
    Runners Up: Melbourne Storm
    Prelim Finals: Dragons and Tigers
    Leading Point Scorer: Luke Burt
    Leading Try Scorer: Tim Moltzen
    State of Origin: NSW 2-1
    Rookie of the Year: Albert Kelly (Cronulla), Andrew Fafita (Tigers) or Gareth Widdop (Storm)
    State of Origin Debut: Chris Lawrence (NSW) Brett Morris (NSW), Keith Galloway (NSW) Todd Carney (NSW) and David Taylor (Qld)

    Other Stuff Which I usually get wrong
    * Todd Carney to be the shining light for the Roosters.
    * Brett Stewart to be found guilty of sexual assault charges and de-registered by the NRL
    * Arana Taumata to be the buy of the Season, Combining with Marshall to take the Tigers top 4 and helping the Kiwis win the Anzac Test.
    * Michael Jennings and Chris Lawrence to pair up for NSW and show QLD dont have all the young superstar outside backs.
    * Ben Hannant steps up to the mantle of best prop in the game.
    * Lote returns and is selected for Game 3 for QLD.
    * Ricky Stuart sacked as coach of the Sharks, closely followed by Ivan Cleary at the Warriors, Jim Dymock and Stephen Kearney replacing them.
    * Penrith to be known as the sleepers, not because they are the danger team but because they are lazy (Daine Laurie, Frank Pritchard etc)
    * Souths to be the 1st team in NRL History to name a 17 containing 15 forwards.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blewy View Post
    Leading Try Scorer: Tim Moltzen
    Am I right in assuming that Moltzen is going to be your starting 7?

    Thought he looked pretty good in the game I saw him play there.

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    Who would you have as Panthers as 1,6,7,9 and 14

    I would go with:
    1 Coote 6 Graham 7 Walsh 9 Kingston 14 Sammut - I don't rate Burns, Iosefa unlucky but he needs to do more than he did in 09.

    Also, I don't think Panthers props are anything special at all, great backrow depth though, but someone like Nathan Smith is a little wasted coming off the bench when you've got 80 minute players such as Waterhouse and Lewis in the backrow already.

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    Elliott seems to like to use Wade Graham on the bench so it wouldnt surprise me to see
    6 Burns 7 Walsh 9 Kingston 14 Graham and then move Burns into the 9 after about half an hour and bring on Graham. Not the worst move imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausage View Post


    I think there's a good chance of that happening as long as he doesn't get injured.

    As to the rest I think we'll be much more consistent than last year, with more depth in the halves, front row and back row. (like we needed it there though) Still too much dead wood in the squad for mine, and we've poor depth out wide and possibly weak at fullback (Coote is still unproven potential for mine, Flash has lost a yard of pace which I hope he gets back and I still carry Sammut related scars on my soul) but we're on paper, stronger than last year. Burns in particular should be a very good pickup, and I'm happy with the aquisitions of Laurie and Plum. I just hope we hit form at the right time tbh.

    If Elliott doesn't make the finals with this team, he never will.

    Just purchased my season tickets Incidentally my man Gordon provided the automated phone instructions.
    Isnt it funny Tigers fans are happy Laurie is gone... He's lazy and has an attitude problem... Pretty much expected considering he hangs around the man Mundane..

    Quote Originally Posted by Ausage View Post
    Am I right in assuming that Moltzen is going to be your starting 7?

    Thought he looked pretty good in the game I saw him play there.
    I think he'll start at fullback with Taumata at Half... Either way im happy...

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    How do people see Manly doing this year? Any team that have been successful but then loses its captain and halfback could struggle a bit. I reckon they'll do ok but outside of Watmough its hard to see who will step up for them when the pressure is really on, Foran is quality but young, Lyon is solid but hardly an organiser while Cherry-Evans and Hogkinson are rookies so who knows what they will bring.

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    I think for Penrith this year the pressure is really on the forwards, obviously Petero is a legend and he'll do his job but guys like Bell and Grant who the club have invested in over a good period of time need to show they belong this year. If the team is going well then Pritchard will play well and he'll improve them so I dont think Penrith need to worry about him.
    With Gordon, Jennings, Tighe and Purtell they have genuine tryscorers in the backline, they just need to find a way to get them the ball in a good position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    How do people see Manly doing this year? Any team that have been successful but then loses its captain and halfback could struggle a bit. I reckon they'll do ok but outside of Watmough its hard to see who will step up for them when the pressure is really on, Foran is quality but young, Lyon is solid but hardly an organiser while Cherry-Evans and Hogkinson are rookies so who knows what they will bring.
    I think they'll still be there abouts... Won't be as threatening as recent seasons but will still be there..

    Foran is the key for me, if he handles the pressure then they will do well if not they be bottom end of the 8 or even just miss out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Who would you have as Panthers as 1,6,7,9 and 14

    I would go with:
    1 Coote 6 Graham 7 Walsh 9 Kingston 14 Sammut - I don't rate Burns, Iosefa unlucky but he needs to do more than he did in 09.

    Also, I don't think Panthers props are anything special at all, great backrow depth though, but someone like Nathan Smith is a little wasted coming off the bench when you've got 80 minute players such as Waterhouse and Lewis in the backrow already.
    Petero? The rest I'll pay though. Puletua is getting on although had some cracking games last year. Bell works hard and does ok but has defensive issues. Grant/McKendry need to show more. Hoping for the best from Laurie. Very disappointed that we lost Arona (damn you chooks ) who was a shining light in a disappointing 09 NYC team.

    Smith is part of that "dead wood" I mentioned. Good guy, hard worker but we have many many better backrow options. Cooper and Paulo fall into the same category.

    Agree with your analysis re 1,6,7,9,14 with the caveat that I'd rather Iosefa at 9 IF (and it's a big if) the coach thinks he's ready. Had a shocking 09, but he's got enormous potential. Gordon should be our second choice fullback which is scary if he has lost that yard of pace for good.

    Happy with the Burns pickup because I can't see Graham going the entire year injury free. He played the second half of the year with a busted shoulder and it showed in his performance. He's still young, so I think his body still has some toughening up to do. Some competition that isn't an improvised backrower will keep their motivation up too imo. Not to mention the depth issue.

    My round 1 team would be.

    1. Coote
    2. Tighe
    3. Jennings
    4. Blair
    5. Gordon
    6. Graham
    7. Walsh
    8. Petero
    9. Kingston (or Iosefa as above)
    10. Bell
    11. House
    12. Plum
    13. Lewis

    14. Sammut
    15. Laurie
    16. Pritchard
    17. Puletua/Grant

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    Reckon Purtell and Smith will be in there, Elliott love and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Elliott seems to like to use Wade Graham on the bench so it wouldnt surprise me to see
    6 Burns 7 Walsh 9 Kingston 14 Graham and then move Burns into the 9 after about half an hour and bring on Graham. Not the worst move imo.
    Not a fan of Graham on the bench personally, though you're right that Elliott does seem to like that option. I'd rather see someone with a bit more impact coming off the bench, or someone that can cover more positions. I'd rather see Sammut at dummy half than Burns too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    How do people see Manly doing this year? Any team that have been successful but then loses its captain and halfback could struggle a bit. I reckon they'll do ok but outside of Watmough its hard to see who will step up for them when the pressure is really on, Foran is quality but young, Lyon is solid but hardly an organiser while Cherry-Evans and Hogkinson are rookies so who knows what they will bring.
    Depends on how the Brett Stewart issue pans out imo. If they lose him for an extended period of time they're in trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Reckon Purtell and Smith will be in there, Elliott love and all.

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