Melbourne will win the Grand Final

Melbourne will win the Grand Final

It may be early but I am calling it, the Storm will win the 2016 premiership.

In last night’s game the Bunnies threw everything at the Storm, in an almost flawless performance. They kept Melbourne scoreless in the first half and almost choked them out of the game. But what Melbourne do best is stay in a game, which allows them to win games they shouldn’t, such as last night. Without a doubt the Rabbitohs deserved to win the match.

You have to be perfect to beat the Storm. No player can capitalise on an opposition error like Cameron Smith. It’s not necessarily him making a break or scoring a try, but the control you give to him when you cheaply hand the ball over. Everything is orchestrated and while everyone is playing checkers, Smith is playing chess.

One poor tackle presented Smith a kick at goal, to tie the match up with the full-time siren gone. On to golden point where a missed field goal by the Rabbits gifted the Storm a 7 tackle set. On what turned out to be the final play of the match, the Rabbitoh’s defence rushed up on Cooper Cronk, which Smith read, taking two steps out of dummy half and kicking the game winning field goal.

With so many big game players, the Storm find another gear this time of year, and sitting in the box seat, they’ll make the most of the oppurtunity.

Real Deal Raiders

Real Deal Raiders

The Raiders have shown they are true premiership contenders, knocking over competition heavy weights, the Sharks. The Raiders ended the Sharks undefeated streak of 17 games.

I have written about the split in the competition, where I highlighted the Sharks, Storm and Cowboys as being a huge step above the rest of the competition. Tonight through a great defensive effort, the Raiders join that group.

Until tonight I was not convinced of the Raiders. Sure they can and regularly do score a lot of points, but I was unconvinced of the team’s defence and discipline. There ill discipline of past, in my belief would make it impossible for them to beat top teams consecutively in a final series.

Tonight the Raiders won a game where 70% of the game was played in Raiders territory. The Sharks had no shortage of oppurtunities and threw a fair amount at the Canberra based team. To their credit, the Raiders met the challenge and it what was arguably their best defensive effort of the season. The whole side is massive and they are going to take a lot of stopping, on the back of confidence and building form.

For the first time in a long time the Raiders fans have something to cheer about.