General NRL 2022 Round 1 - General Discussion

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I believe the Broncos will improve dramatically, don’t have them in the top 8 but they’ll be nipping at the last two spots.

Warriors , dunno yet , will be hot and cold I think.


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I believe the Broncos will improve dramatically, don’t have them in the top 8 but they’ll be nipping at the last two spots.

Warriors , dunno yet , will be hot and cold I think.


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Prepare to be shocked to your core, we have one of the biggest packs we've ever had, Shaun Johnson is back to manage our games and get us over the line in the tight ones, and two secret weapons called the Kepu twins. I've been hearing rumours on the warriors forum that it's our year.
 
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I think that Warriors will do a lot better with Shaun Johnson back in there but still feel the squad isn't balanced.

Manly I think will finish middle of the pack, unless Tommy does another Tommy

Broncs who know, Reynolds could turn the team around, but needs everyone to have their heads in the right place and be on board


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Surely a stir up.

Comes into a forum with Broncos and Warrior fans, and predicts both teams to finish last and second to last?!

I know who I'm picking tomorrow night and its not Manly?!!!!!!!!!!



No. Just my honest opinion.
I studied the teams and who they have gained and lost. The Broncos have a really tough draw. They have gained two excellent players but also lost some good 'uns. The way they were thrashed by the 'Boys in the trial helped make up my mind. I know they can attack but they have lost their winning mindset.
As for the Worriers: Playing away from home each week must take its toll, although they were gallant last season. Shaun Johnson looked well past his best in recent seasons so you must be hoping the jersey fires him up. You have lost your best player and your coach is lucky to have retained his position.
But, as I said originally, there are another 3-5 teams that I considered for the spoon.


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No. Just my honest opinion.
I studied the teams and who they have gained and lost. The Broncos have a really tough draw. They have gained two excellent players but also lost some good 'uns. The way they were thrashed by the 'Boys in the trial helped make up my mind. I know they can attack but they have lost their winning mindset.
As for the Worriers: Playing away from home each week must take its toll, although they were gallant last season. Shaun Johnson looked well past his best in recent seasons so you must be hoping the jersey fires him up. You have lost your best player and your coach is lucky to have retained his position.
But, as I said originally, there are another 3-5 teams that I considered for the spoon.



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Interesting take, I think Shaun Johnson averaged more forced drop outs than any other half and was in the top 3 for try assists over the last two years.
Smaller sample size due to his injury worries, but if Shaun Johnson is to stay on the field for at least 15-18 games we will be in the mix for top 6-8.

Playing away from home - unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) that’s not really an excuse after these last 2 years, and I think we’ve trimmed the fat in regards to players who are actually missing NZ as home. For example out of this weeks team 12 are either Aussie or never played in NZ as a Warrior (will be more next week with Lodge and Walsh in the team).

I think how ever you look at it, you can make a case for Warriors finishing bottom 4, or pushing for a top 8 finish. I think we’ll finish 6th or 7th, but I guess we’ll see at the end of august
 
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Kevvie didn't waste any time slipping his boy into the #6 jersey 🙄


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Either way, I expect the Sea Eagles will start the season stronger now that the combinations have had a chance to gel and some of those SG Ball prospects have had a year to mature. I can't see them losing four straight and their tough opening draw has turned into a blessing now that Cleary is out. It's turned a probable loss into a probable win.

I doubt anyone is convinced that it's their premiership, but then again I don't think you can say the same for the Panthers, Roosters, Eels or Storm either.

Does anyone see any premiership bolters? Can the Sharks go another level now that they have a coach they believe in? It really seems like at this stage only five teams have a real shot with the rest doing well just to play finals.


 
With Fitzgibbon getting COVID, how long before we hear of a player passing COVID on to his team-mates and say "Finally, the idiot's passed something! Just a pity it's not the bloody ball!"

I've taken Buzz's "The Bulldogs don't use drones" warning to heart and have picked the Cowboys.

As it was last season, my strategy for success in the Warriors' Knockout Tipping this season is this: Avoid tipping the Warriors for as long as possible...
 
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With Fitzgibbon getting COVID, how long before we hear of a player passing COVID on to his team-mates and say "Finally, the idiot's passed something! Just a pity it's not the bloody ball!"

I've taken Buzz's "The Bulldogs don't use drones" warning to heart and have picked the Cowboys.

And as it was last season, my strategy for success in the Warriors' Knockout Tipping is this: Avoid tipping the Warriors for as long as possible...



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I can't make it any more clear than saying "Barrett can't coach" might be able to individually coach a few players in a few positions, but can't coach a team to play like a team or coach all positions. He is at best an assistant coach. Gould has had a hard on for him for years, he was the one who pushed him to manly as "The next supercoach" I think by that he meant NRL super coach not an actual coach.

I am buoyed by the fact that now Gould is lumped with him. You could put the best team on paper together and Barrett would coach them to failure


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Disappointed we lost both Addin Fonua-Blake and now Dylan Walker to you boys in New Zealand. Both in their primes, both outstanding quality players.



Coulda been worse - I think we told Schuster he had first dibs at half if he wanted to sign, but knocked us back last year. Now that would have been something to celebrate
 
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Disappointed we lost both Addin Fonua-Blake and now Dylan Walker to you boys in New Zealand. Both in their primes, both outstanding quality players.
At least we got Sipley. And this could be his year, very happy he got the starting spot against Pennies.


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At least we got Sipley. And this could be his year, very happy he got the starting spot against Pennies.



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Do you think your sea eagles will cope this year if Tom Trbojovic gets injured. Think he’ll be a target for many teams after how they started last year when he was injured.
 
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I'd like to see Sipley have a good one, He always had something about him, just seemed to lack the lateral mobility.

I honestly think that the Warriors have one of the more balanced squads they have had in a long time. We have some depth too. Whether or not we have enough quality in the right positions is the question.