Sides would of looked at the rules last year and make a decision on which way they would go. Power or speed.I think the top 3 Storm, Panthers and South’s are a class above just with the speed they play. 300+ points differential for all three teams across the season. Massive step up from the pack.
Manly and the Eels can fire up when it clicks. Have the talent but not as complete or consistent as the top 3. Eels faded while Manly have finished the season strong.
Roosters would be up there but are decimated by injuries. They are well coached which compensated for the talent off the field.
Knights, Gold Coast and the other ‘top 8 contenders’ are still playing the old style. They are the best traditional sides. Noticeable slower and a game plan around strength and power rather than speed and attack. All finished the season with negative points differential and can’t compete with the speed the top teams are playing at.
just as a side point thompson is so far forward that he would never be in position to recieve a pass anyway. and thats exactly what happened. imagine if he was back ready to recieve, paddy goes from zero to hero. just shows its all about the team, not the playerView attachment 45129
BM: Titans have a very deep back line set... David looks super excited, plenty of space... this is where he makes his money.. hands are up calling for the ball... this is gonna be awesome game winner!
View attachment 45130
2. BM: Beautiful hands Patrick . Pass the ball brother.
PH: Pass the ball?
View attachment 45132
3. BM: Patrick, you're crossing into Dave's space. Now would be a good time to pass it.
PH: Yeah mate, Iet me just take it alittle closer to the line....
View attachment 45133
4. BM: the fuck are you doing son?!!!!
PH: Oh, I got an idea....
BM: What???!!!! Oh I see. You want to take the tackle cause there's still 23 seconds on the clock? Genius Patrick!!
View attachment 45134
BM: Oh wait, what are you doing Patrick???
PH: Fark the tackle. FARK Dave Fafita and that other count Thompson. Thats not how we roll brother. I'm gonna pass it to my invisible friend instead!! HE will score the game winning try!!! Muhahahahah!!!!
View attachment 45135
6. BM: Er Patrick, invisible friends dont exist mate...
View attachment 45136
This is all just tongue in cheek aye. Nothing personal or to be taken seriously. I’m sure PH is hurting right now. One of those lessons learnt. I hope he comes out a stronger player next season.
He's giving David a wide birth because thats who he should have passed it to.just as a side point thompson is so far forward that he would never be in position to recieve a pass anyway. and thats exactly what happened. imagine if he was back ready to recieve, paddy goes from zero to hero. just shows its all about the team, not the player