Early favourites according to Sportsbet are the Broncos, just ahead of Cows and Chooks. Manly listed at $15 in 8th spot, level with Panthers. Sharks and Dragons tipped to flop after strong showing this year. Warriors at $10.20 expected to be improvers. My view – Manly to make 2nd week of finals, at least. Cows no hope of back-to-back. Broncos will be thereabouts for sure. Chooks and Dogs are due for a let-down year, might limp into the 8. Souths don't have the roster any more. Eels will be the team the NRL/Channel 9 would love to see do well. But they will probably disappoint again.