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Are Melbourne lucky and over rated so far?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by cf2 is back, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. cf2 is back

    cf2 is back Active Member

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    Melb v top 5 team so far:
    Manly - home WIN; no away yet
    Saints - no game yet!
    Bris - no home yet; away WIN (but origin affected)
    Cows - no home yet; away LOSS
    TOTAL: Played 3 matches against top 5 teams for 2-1; and of top 3 rivals played Manly at home and no Saints

    Manly v top 5 team so far:
    Melb - no home yet; away LOSS
    Saints - no home; away LOSS
    Bris - home WIN (at Suncorp!); no away yet
    Cows - home WIN ; away LOSS (the rip off one)
    TOTAL: Played 5 matches against top 5 teams for 2-3; and of top 3 rivals played Melb away and Saints away

    On those stats are Melb really a true no 1 team or are they just having a very soft draw to date?

    Time will tell of course.
     
  2. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

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    They have hardly left bleak city
     
  3. Ralphie

    Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    They have had a dream run this year all the way through and it's pretty soft all the way in.
     
  4. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

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    Still in front of us and you have to give it to them so far - hate saying that.
     
  5. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Smith

    Slater

    Cronk

    No myths around with those 3
     
  6. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    They simply deserve to be smashed by us in the finals.
     
  7. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Slater is a myth
     
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    • lsz

      lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      I am not saying he is a nice person or not a grub but you are letting hatred blind you if you think he is a myth

      Also I think the comp is pretty weak overall - the top 5 can grind out results against all the "lower" teams.

      Melbourne, with those 3, have enough to roll over most teams
       
    • torana355

      torana355 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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      I thought they were pretenders a month ago but im afraid they are the real deal. That said, Stgeorge have showed against us and the Sharks just how perfect they can play in the first 40 mins of a game, imo they are the side to beat with the Scum, us and Broncos all fighting for the second spot in the GF.
       
    • bazeagle

      bazeagle Well-Known Member

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      I believe Melbourne are by a long way the strongest team after us in the NRL this year. As others have pointed out Smith, Cronk & Slater are classy. Plus their pack isn't all that bad. Add to that the siege mentality Bellamy will be drilling them about being done over last year etc etc etc.
      Plus motivation to beat us.
      Interesting days & games ahead.
       
    • Ralphie

      Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member

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      I don't agree that it's a 4 team race. 5th to 8th will be pretty strong this year. I reckon they will be Nth Qld, Kiwis, Tigpies & Penriff. If those teams get their full strength team on the park at the right time any of them are capable of an upset and a run.
       
    • The Eagle

      The Eagle Well-Known Member

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      No im saying Slater is just as good as Inglis
       
    • WAMF

      WAMF Well-Known Member

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      I hope they make the GF so I can swap my ticket for a business class air fare to Europe.
       
    • SeaEagleRock8

      SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      The main players Storm lost from last year are Finch, Inglis, Hoffman, Tolman, and White. They kept 3 of the big 4, but that is still quite a big hole to fill.

      The fact Bellamy has done it with players like Jaiman Lowe and Woolnough is weird really. Maybe he coaches by join-the-dots or something, and granted they wrestle like hell in every tackle, but frankly (in the absence of a major steroid scandal) I find his success startling. And very very annoying.
       
    • cf2 is back

      cf2 is back Active Member

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      Melb might have all that seige stuff going - but they can't be called the strongest team behind us when they haven't played Saints.

      As I pointed out the top 3 stats are:
      Melb - Manly home win, Saints not played - played 1 of top 3
      Manly - Melb away loss, Saints away loss - played 2 of top 3
      Saints - Manly home win, Saints not played - played 1 of top 3
       
    • bazeagle

      bazeagle Well-Known Member

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      Well stats aren't everything. The mental/motivation/revenge factor in elite sport is massive and very hard to measure in a statistical way.
      I know they're current premiers, but I don't rate Saints this year. Bet they won't make the GF.
       
    • stoodamire

      stoodamire Well-Known Member

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      We haven't beaten the Storm nor the Dragons.

      We lost to Nth Qld when they fielded a full strength squad.

      We beat Nth Qld minus Thurston and Scott.

      We beat Broncos minus Lockyer and Thaiday.

      Nothing to write home about neither.

      Same could be said about us.
       
    • The Eagle

      The Eagle Well-Known Member

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      Stoolsample,we got rorted against NQL,We got rorted against the storm (King penalised for running) and we were off on execution when we played the faggons,The boncos without Lockyer are actually more of a threat,they dont have to carry some retiring hag around the park and Thaiday is good for tackling after 2 of his best chums start tackling
       
    • codewana

      codewana Active Member

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      Eagle, I think you're seeing this through maroon coloured glasses. if we're throwing stats around, we have to look at them honestly or there's no point (if there is a point at all).
       
    • stoodamire

      stoodamire Well-Known Member

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      Yeah righto pelican
       

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