Some gloom and doom merchants on this forum need a reality check. To get in the top eight you just need to win 13 matches - that's one more than 50/50. To get in the top four you'd probably need to win 15 matches, which means you can lose 10. This comp is so even that any team in the top 8 will have a realistic shot at the title, they just need a good run with (lack of) injuries. I don;t think there is such a thing as an upset in this comp; we must get used to seeing every match being close to an even contest. Which brings me to Manly. I'm much more confident now than I was at the start of the season that we will be premiership contenders. We've had 4-5 'nobodies' step up and become 'somebodies', underlining our much doubted depth. Against Souths we played well. I've not seen a South team play that consistently for seasons. This comp will be won by a team which has few injury disruptions. Given luck, that can be the mighty Manly.