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Start 2015 what was really a realistic best finish we were hoping for?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Simonmyers11, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. Simonmyers11

    Simonmyers11 Well-Known Member

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    At the start of this season based on the way we had finished last season and off season player recruitment, what was everyone's realistic opinion on how high we would finish on the ladder?

    I was pretty confident we would make the eight, but would just be making up the numbers in the final series, and didn't really see us a chance to take it out. Yes, we finished equal first last season, but the top teams really had a poor start to 2014 and started to come good at the back end when we started to get injuries and our forwards started to show they were not able to compete with the bigger packs like the Roosters, Cowboys and Souths. Even with a fit side playing in the 2014 final series, and being blessed with a very favourable draw in the second week, would of been some effort to knock over a Cowboys, Roosters, or a determined Souths side.

    Looking at 2015 I was hoping and confident though, we would still be playing in an 11th consecutive finals series, having us finish around 6th or 7th

    Cowboys
    Souths
    Roosters
    Dogs
    Penrith
    Manly
    Storm
    Warriors/Broncos

    What I didn't think would happen would be the sudden rise in the quality of the Dragons and Broncos, that the Storm would get even better, and that our forward pack (even fully fit) would have to rank the lowest in NRL. I can't name a single NRL side with a worst pack then ours (fully fit). What makes it even harder, teams such as Knights, Titans, and even Sharks are starting to show real signs of improvement.

    We now have a team of aging stars, a soft pack and not much depth. The Sharks and Titans and Dragons were in our position not that long ago - you couldn't see where they would snag a win, yet they have blooded some great young talent and their forwards have stepped up, along with their structures and team spirit. Defence also is playing a big part

    I know with some players back, we can get a few wins, but we can't expect to do much with the rooster we have. Even if we sign some good halves and a couple of forwards for next year, it would be a great start, but we are still in a lot of trouble unless we are able to bring through a few more turbos and the coaching structures and conditioning need a complete over haul. I watched all 3 games yesterday, just to see how far off we really are - and we are a long way off - even with a fit side. The competitions packs are just bigger, faster and fitter. The outside backs and wingers are quick and doing their job and apart from Penrith (who looked pretty bad without their halves) we have the worst structure in defence (even with a fit side)

    I think we just have to get use to losing more than winning for the next rebuilding period.
     
  2. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    There's a thread where we all made predictions , I thought 5/6.

    I just didn't think there would be a 1 in front of that number.
     
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    • Moondog

      Moondog Amazing Blue Footed Boobie 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Top eight certainly, top four maybe.
      Last, not in my wildest dreams.
       
    • brad

      brad Well-Known Member

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      Yes I thought 4 to 6 .looks like someone turned the bloody table upside down .
       
    • Ryan

      Ryan Well-Known Member

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      I thought 1st overall. Lol, guess i was a little off.
       
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      • Kevinward777

        Kevinward777 Well-Known Member

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        I thought top 4 for sure. So fast has the decline in disappointment enveloped me I haven't had time to take a breath.
         
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        • bob dylan

          bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          Pretty sure i predicted 9th to 12th.

          I thought we were always gonna struggle.
           
        • IQofalimabean

          IQofalimabean Well-Known Member

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          I thought top 4/8 but the warning signs were on the wall after getting flogged by the eels in round 1. It became more than just warning signs when DCE and Foran signed elsewhere. Now it is even worse with mass injures and lack of depth to replace those that don't want to be there or are injured. Its demoralizing to see a team crumble so fast, I would be very happy to see manly beat any team atm.
           
        • Killer03

          Killer03 Well-Known Member

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          I thought 5th to 8th. Thought we would definitely make the 8 but injuries etc would determine whereabouts. Thought top 4 would be a slight stretch too much.
           
        • torana355

          torana355 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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          Top 8 was my prediction, i NEVER thought we would be 16th.....
           
        • The Who

          The Who Well-Known Member

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          Top four, with Titans and Illawarra bottom two.
          Couldn't have been any more wrong.
           
        • simon64

          simon64 Well-Known Member

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          I thought we would make the 8.
          I still think we can make the 8.
          When we start to get some first team players back, we will be a totally different side.
           
        • cherry_poppins

          cherry_poppins Well-Known Member

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          Thought we could go all the way

          Still think we can make the final 4

          If there's one thing I've learnt it's to not write us off
           
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          • Silver Eagle

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            6 to 8th didn't think we would be last at this stage we need to start getting players back quick smart and other players not pulling out last min ie foran
             
          • Chip and Chase

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          • Pittwater Legend

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            To begin with, I was thinking somewhere in the top 6 but I've now accepted that we won't makes the finals this year.

            If Gutherson, Lawrence and Starling hadn't come down with lengthy injuries then I think we would have been doing ok. Probably would have had 3 wins by now, maybe even 4. I feel that Gutherson could potentially have been a matchwinner for us this season.
             
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            • The Eagle Has Landed

              The Eagle Has Landed Well-Known Member

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              I was hoping for a top 4 finish behind Souths, Roosters, Dogs.
              We will get the wooden spoon this year. I think the players want this to happen. To make a statement to management.
               
            • sheridanstand78

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              I believed at the start of the season that 8th - 11th was where we would be placed and I think that is still a realistic goal. I think we will pick up a few wins from origin time as we start to get some guys back from injury as other teams are hampered by losing theirs.
               
            • Mataiforerver

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              love a good old metaphor or two great stuff
               

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