Sunday, July 27, 2014

Talking sport...

Super XV

  • Congrats to the Waratahs reaching their first(?) Super Rugby Final - to be played in Sydney next Saturday night. Sadly - they're playing at Homebush. Would be better off to play at SFS, yep smaller crowd but definitely a better atmosphere. Their opponents are the Crusaders who eliminated the Sharks with a 38-6 win.  The Waratahs deserve to start favourites, and have handled that tag reasonably well. 


  • So, the order of the top four is definitely not certain; given Sydney play Port Adelaide (Essendon is another danger game for them); Hawthorn to play Geelong & Fremantle; Geelong tackle Fremantle & Hawthorn, Port Adelaide play Sydney & Fremantle. Fremantle have the toughest run playing Hawthorn, Geelong and Port Adelaide. The game (& margin) between Fremantle & Port Adelaide is most likely going to determine who finishes fourth. 
  • My top eight prediction is (in order) Sydney, Geelong, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, Fremantle, Essendon, Adelaide, North Melbourne.
  • It's just as tough at the bottom with five teams, North Melbourne, Essendon, Adelaide, Collingwood, & Gold Coast battling for the three spots in the eight. I think you can now draw a line through the Gold Coast after their last two losses. 
  • After the game between Sydney & Hawthorn, they are now the favourites to win the flag - I lean slightly to Hawthorn, but I'm hoping the Swans learn the lessons from last nights game and reverse the result. If Hawthorn win the flag, it will be one of their best given the events of the season. 


  • Great win by Newcastle against the Roosters - one of their best in recent years. 
  • Warriors are out of the eight on percentage - was always going to be hard without Johnson. 
  • Sea Eagles are clear favourites for the title now. Top of the table, second best differential (+130). 

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