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Is 3rd or 4th a better result?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mmmdl, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. mmmdl

    mmmdl Active Member

    +105 /2
    I'm doubting we can finish any higher than 3rd on the ladder.

    Assuming it's Dogs 1, Scum 2, what's better in the finals?

    Finish 4th, and we play the Dogs in Sydney. Beat them, and we remain in Sydney for the whole finals. Lose, and assuming Melb win (I can't see Souths beating them down there) that puts us on track to have to play them in the qualifying final in week 3.

    Finish 3rd, and we play Melb in Melb.........and then no matter what will play the rest of the games in Syd - win and of course we stay in Syd, lose and then be on track for a game with the Dogs (or Souths) in week 3.

    Not that I think it matters either way as we won't lose week 1 (or any week for that matter), but which is better is the unthinkable happens?
  2. IQofalimabean

    IQofalimabean Well-Known Member

    +283 /12
    I think finishing fourth is the better option, Melbourne is a tougher ask to beat then the dogs.
  3. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +7,257 /173
    Agreed, but primarily because it means we can get to the match.
  4. the mauler

    the mauler Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,886 /30
    Definitely 4th. Don't have to travel and Dogs will be easier opponent. Melbourne in Melbourne would be our worst scenario. Very confident wel have the Dogs measure come finals time.
  5. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +19,033 /368
    So long as we are in the 4 - so we get a rest week 2,it does not matter.
    What matters is to keep the winning mentality.:angel:
    Based on Ladder 14/8/2012
    WEEK 1 Manly finishing 3rd
    Game 1 Bulldogs Rabbitohs
    Game 2 Cowboys Tigers
    Game 3 Sharks Broncos
    Game 4 Storm Manly

    WEEK 2
    Game 5 RabbitohsCowboys

    Game 6 Broncos Storm

    WEEK 3
    Game 7 Bulldogs Storm

    Game 8 Manly Rabbitohs

    GF Manly Storm
    WEEK 1 Manly finishing 4th
    Game 1 Bulldogs Manly
    Game 2 Cowboys Tigers
    Game 3 Sharks Broncos
    Game 4 Storm Rabbitohs

    WEEK 2
    Game 5 Bulldogs Cowboys

    Game 6 RabbitohsSharks

    WEEK 3
    Game 7 Manly Rabbitohs

    Game 8 Storm Cowboys

    GF Manly Storm
  6. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,383 /74
    After the badminton experience at the Olympics, hopefully the players aren't aiming to finish 4th...
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    • Duff

      Duff Well-Known Member

      +636 /12
      You get to play 8th and then a team that's just had to go through a top 4 bash up and come out beaten.
      Straight into the GF quali without much effort and playing yourself into form.
    • SeaEagleRock8

      SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +10,565 /215
      Not bad. Although the problem is that the 8th team might be some no-hoper outfit that has just hit a purple patch of form. A team like Raiders or Tigers are capable of carnage if things fall their way.
    • Brookvale

      Brookvale Well-Known Member

      +155 /1
      Softs can still finish 2nd right?
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      • mickqld

        mickqld Sack Greenslime 2017 Tipping Competitor

        +5,250 /109
        Doesn't matter. If we are good enough we will beat them all wherever whenever.
      • Masked Eagle

        Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

        +976 /0
        Opponent doesn't worry me in the slightest, but I think the scenario shows one thing that I didn't necessarily like about this version of the top 8. Its a bit nonsensical to think teams wouldn't want to finish as high up the ladder as possible, or that there isn't any real benefit in doing so. Whilst that could have happened in the McIntyre model IMO it can happen more often in this current model.
      • Central Coast Eagle

        Central Coast Eagle Active Member

        +108 /2
        I'd prefer to not play the bulldogs at all. Not because I'm scared of them, just because of the **** storm this forum will turn into when we do.
      • Mals

        Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

        +1,652 /39
        Yep the forum will go into overdrive & all our "friends" from the kennel who have been absent during our recent winning streak will return. I don't care who we play, it could be the Raiders in the grand final for all I care :D
      • ads

        ads Well-Known Member

        +29 /1
        4th is heaps better because then we will play in Sydney first week and I can go watch it. We will beat whoever we play.
      • Stevo

        Stevo Well-Known Member

        +1,401 /56
        I don't think it's unreasonable to believe 2nd is a possibility.
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        • Frank

          Frank Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

          +1,453 /27
          I want to play the Bulldogs - every weekend.
        • weev

          weev Well-Known Member

          +849 /22
          Lol, I think we have already played our badminton games (hopefully)
        • TokyoEagle

          TokyoEagle Well-Known Member

          +571 /8

          I'm with you Stevo, if we can knock off Melb. and they drop another game we are in with a big chance.
        • Duff

          Duff Well-Known Member

          +636 /12
          5th will win the comp (or at least make the gf).
        • TokyoEagle

          TokyoEagle Well-Known Member

          +571 /8
          Anyway, there are so many variables. Who gives a stuff where we finish, we have the team to go all the way.

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