Don't forget we were coming 2nd at this time last year.
However with Bell/Orford they have added quality to our backline. Along with the improvement in Matai/Burns we have a fair dinkum NRL backline from 1 to 7.
The difference has been in the forwards Kite is playing to his potential, while Bryant has turned into a quality prop. George Rose is coming off the bench making hard yards while Glen Stewart has proved an ideal fill in when one of our backrow is out.
I watch the replay a couple of times over the weekend and have to give Deadwood a wrap, in the last 20 minutes of the games he made some valuable metres.
As Phil Gould said we have a lot more petrol in the tank this season.