Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sport shorts - 20 August

So, two rounds left before the finals for the NRL, and one round left before the AFL finals. Although the bye in the AFL means the finals will start on the same weekend.

Not much left to do except make a few crazy predictions on how the top eight will finish.

  • Top eight: Adelaide, Geelong, GWS, Richmond, Port Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Essendon. Meaning, Adelaide play Richmond, Geelong host GWS, Sydney play Melbourne and Port Adelaide host Essendon. 
  • Sydney could finish as high as fourth, but I don't see it happening. More possible is Geelong losing to GWS meaning Adelaide play Geelong and GWS host Richmond.
  • Found it a little tougher topic, but final eight for me are: Melbourne, Brisbane, Roosters, Sharks, Panthers, Eels, Cowboys, Sea Eagles. 
  • I don't see either the Raiders or Dragons sneaking in, might be wrong though ;) 
  • So first week of the finales, Melbourne v Sharks; Brisbane v Roosters; Panthers v Sea Eagles and Eels v Cowboys. 
  • I guess it was  games of two halves, with the All Blacks winning the first half 40-6, before conceding four tries in the second (14-28) meaning the All Blacks won the test 54-34.
  • There's motivation for Hansen to work with for the return test next week in Dunedin.  Hard to believe but the All Blacks have now lost three second halves in a row for the first time since 1996.

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