With a round down I guess its time to make ridiculous assumptions on which teams will form part of the top 8
Canteburys’ big mean have showed great stamina so far despite the reduced interchange. If they can keep Aidan Tolman and James Graham fit and playing big minutes I think they are a big chance at securing the minor premiership
Brisbane looks in good form once again. So far they have failed to gel down the right edge with new recruits James Roberts and Greg Eden. With the Wing/Centre combinations not yet firm I don’t see them hitting full form until round 8
Despite the unMelbourne like performance with the ball against the Dragons, Melbourne found a way to win. If they can keep their stars on the field, I think they will got top 4
By half time against the Roosters I had them pegged for the minor premiership. However with injuries to Reynolds and Sutton I expect them to lose a couple of close ones in the first half of the season. Sam Burgess leadership will keep them top 4
I expect the reigning premiers to carry momentum through to Rd 9 where they then have 3 away games in 4 weeks. A loss of momentum through the mid season will see them drop a few spots finishing 5th.
I liked what I saw from the Dragons against the Storm, a gutsy effort with good direction from Benji Marshall and Garreth Widdop. If the halves can build on their current form they will be there come September.
Despite playing half the game without any first string halves the Eels put in a valiant effort against a near full strength Brisbane side. The addition of Kieran Foran will only strengthen the team with Corey Norman already providing some flair in the halves.
Cronulla have recruited well over the past several years signing several unsung heroes to their roster. While they don’t have representative players all across the park, they do posses a good amount of talent and depth.
It is hard to leave them out of the top 8 especially with Trent Robinson at the helm. For me the loss of Maloney and benching Pierce leaves them too much inexperience in the halves. With SKD and Copley in the centers they are a chance but from the weekends performance I don’t see them getting enough quality ball through the halves.