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NRL Power Rankings

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +5,118 /51
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 5:57 PM
    Source: SportsFan
    Author: Ben Hocking

    1. Rabbitohs (last week 1)

    Despite losing fullback Greg Inglis and winger Bryson Goodwin to injury the Rabbitohs still managed to smash the Warriors in Perth on Saturday night. The prospect of being able to repeat that feat without that pair and their missing Origin stars against the Wests Tigers on Friday night will be much more difficult though.

    2. Roosters (2)

    Coach Laurie Daley is going to be very unwilling to change a winning line-up, but Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney continue to do everything right to try and work their way back into the NSW line-up, who knows they may even get their chance in game three if things go awry for the Blues.

    3. Broncos (3)

    Brisbane have now won four games in a row, which is a brilliant effort as this period around State of Origin was always going to prove tough. The fact Ben hunt has been called into the Queensland squad will make things even tougher for the next few weeks, especially if he is forced to play.

    4. Sea Eagles (5)

    Daly Cherry-Evans was in magnificent form for Manly and played a massive part in their big win over the Bulldogs before he left the field injured. If he is forced to play State of Origin at less than peak fitness and seriously injures his knee as a result, Geoff Toovey's head may explode.

    5. Bulldogs (4)

    The Bulldogs are the pretenders of the NRL's top four. While they have one of the best forward packs in the competition, they have no spark in the backline and that will always cost them when the whips are cracking.

    6. Wests Tigers (6)

    Fresh from his backflip about leaving the Tigers, James Tedesco put in a brilliant display in his return from a knee injury getting his side across the line against a pretty gutsy Newcastle outfit. Things will be tougher this week against the Rabbitohs without Robbie Farah or Aaron Woods in the side.

    7. Panthers (7)

    The Panthers may have moved into top spot on the ladder with a win against the Titans, but they are still making far too many errors for our liking.

    8. Eels (8)

    Speaking or errors, Parramatta very nearly lost their first game for the season at Pirtek Stadium thanks to a calamitous end to the match against the Cowboys after working themselves into a strong position. As has already proven the case they will almost certainly lose next week when they take on the Bulldogs without Jarryd Hayne in the side.

    9. Cowboys (9)

    Nearly became the first side to beat Parramatta at Pirtek Stadium, which is no mean feat for a Queensland side. Find themselves well placed for this portion of the Origin series with the bye this week and a game against the Knights on the other side.

    10. Storm (10)

    No Cooper Cronk and no Billy Slater make Melbourne Storm pretty pedestrian. Still with the wily Craig Bellamy at the helm and Gold Coast looking equally shallow through the Origin period, they could get across the line for a win this week.

    11. Dragons (11)

    Benji Marshall wound back the clock and reminded us all why he is one of the most exciting players in the competition. Hopefully he has turned the corner, remembered all the tricks he used to have and we get to see more flair for the rest of the season.

    12. Warriors (12)

    Have serious issues defending, allowing an injured Rabbitohs outfit missing Greg Inglis and Bryson Goodwin to run in five tries in the final 21 minutes of the game.

    13. Sharks (13)

    By the time the Sharks play their next game they will have gone at least an entire month without scoring. That is some achievement, although not one they will be particularly proud to have against their name.

    14. Raiders (14)

    If you thought that James Tedesco pulling out of his decision to join the Raiders represented rock bottom for Canberra, you were wrong. Canberra will now be without their best player, Josh Papalii, for up to four weeks with an ankle injury. Surely things couldn't get any worse, unless they announce a Ricky Stuart contract extension.

    15. Titans (15)

    Made just as many mistakes as the Panthers in a match that was comical for the ineptitude on display. Adding to the poor performance from the Titans was a mountain of missed tackles, which were just embarrassing at this level.

    16. Knights (16)

    There were some positives for Newcastle this week, Akuila Uate scored a hat-trick and became the all-time leading tryscorer for the club in the process and their mining uniforms looked fantastic. They did also put in a pretty determined effort, but in terms of stability and concerns about salaries goes, the bad news continues to roll in.

  2. flying sea eagle

    flying sea eagle Active Member

    +216 /27
    The NRL.com one is better they've had us sitting at #1 all year apart from the tigers and broncos hiccups! Souffs at number 1 is a joke!
  3. Eagles2nv

    Eagles2nv Sea you in the finals 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,103 /49
    Yeah Souffs are not No.1

    I would have Manly, Chooks and Riff above them.

    The real accomplishment of the NRL is the riff sitting in first with soward and wallace as the halves.
  4. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +5,118 /51
    Penrith are winning reserve grade too aren't they??
  5. Killer03

    Killer03 Well-Known Member

    +3,437 /32
    Don't get how souths are #1. That boggles me a bit. I agree with his comments about the Dogs having no spark, but they are still a major threat.

    I must say the Roosters are building nicely. They (a bit like us), have not hit top gear yet, and once they do they are going to be hard to contain. And with Pearce and Maloney not playing Origin that could be key. Plus I think there seemed to be a level of complacency at Bondi, the snubbing of those two might just have provided them with that extra motivation to say 'eff you' to all and sundry.
  6. HoldenV8

    HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

    +10,509 /173
    How are the Sharks 13th on any list? They'd be hard pressed scoring against a NSW Cup side.

    Souffs at #1? The writer must live in Redfern.

    Manly and Penrith should be higher than they are. The good thing about Manly this year is we're sitting in equal first and we haven't played anywhere near our best. And at the same time its a worry because while we're winning, we're also being inconsistent.
  7. Moondog

    Moondog What's up Darth? Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +5,250 /51
    They should rename it Poor Rankings and sHocking should try a stint in rehab.
  8. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,650 /39
    I'm still dirty we lost those 2 games against the Storm. Hope it doesn't cost us a top 2 finish.

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