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The first team in 30 years

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Who, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    Easts are the first team in 30 years to be somehow able to retain each member of their premiership winning team for the following season, reports the SMH . . .
    Damn. Shame Hayne must be playing for them again.
     
  2. Killer03

    Killer03 Well-Known Member

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    Whilst the Roosters did fantastically well last year, I think they are going to find backing up a premiership is harder than winning it. There really is a reason why no team has gone back to back since the Broncs of 92 and 93.

    Firstly the WCC, admittedly this is in Australia, so will help, but it's still a big deal.

    Secondly, everyone will be trying to knock them off as premiers.

    Thirdly, they are not a secret anymore, every coach will be studying them (remember the Dogs tactics of 2012?? They were a revelation, in 2013 they were outdated).

    Finally, all those fringe players or young player (ie Tupou, Shek, Guerra), will want more money.

    I think the Roosters will be at the top end (be hard to see them not). But it's a long slog to back up a premiership.
     
  3. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    They lost a couple out of their top 25 though - oldfield, kennedy etc
     
  4. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    I think they will suffer a lot more than they think without Oldfield. Look what happened to us.
     
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  5. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Luke O'Donnell has retired.
     
  6. MPC75

    MPC75 Well-Known Member

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    Roosters had a lot of luck with injuries this year, hence they won the comp. Some injuries to some of their key players in 2014 will see them drop down a peg or 2. The reason no team has gone back to back since the broncs is due to depth and no quality reserve competition. The Roosters will not have the same luck in 2014.
     
  7. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Almost the first team in 30 years.
     

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