2019 Predictions


#1

After seeing an article making some predictions for next year some of which were good, others ludicrous, I thought I would come up with a few of my own:

  • Panthers to beat Roosters in Grand Final
  • Newcastle top 4
  • Cowboys & Raiders lower half of the 8
  • Broncos, Warriors & Sharks to miss the finals
  • Sharks to become insolvent, NRL to relocate them to Brisbane from 2020
  • Manly wooden spoon
  • Widdop to walk out on Dragons mid season
  • NRL to announce 2 magic rounds from 2020, in Brisbane & Sydney, with each club to forfeit a home game over the 2 rounds
  • NRL to announce expansion into Perth & Wellington NZ from 2023
  • Greenberg to retire for “health reasons”
  • Rothfield to enter rehab
  • Panthers to lure Wade Graham to return from 2020
  • Maloney to head to England after his Clive Churchill medal performance in the Grand Final
  • Hayne to pick up a 1 year deal with Young Cherrypickers, then walk out mid season to pursue his dream of figure skating at the Winter Olympics
  • Wigan 13+ over Roosters in World Club Challenge
  • Cronk to win Dally M

#2

Mutley,

Excellent set of predictions. I think some of them will be frighteningly accurate.

Jarryd Hayne getting a contract with the Young Cherrypickers is completely (in)appropriate, given the two cases he’s fighting here & in the U.S.

Merry Christmas!


#3

Having run my eye over the draw, taking into account when & where teams are playing, I have come up with the following ladder:

  1. Panthers - will be consistent through the season, although will leave supporters scratching their heads after losses to cellar dwellers the Eels during the SOO period, and Bulldogs just after. A round 24 loss to the Roosters will leave them sweating on final round results before taking the minor premiership.
  2. Roosters - will be top 2 all year, and a shot at the minor premiership until the end
  3. Storm - will start slow, but build into the top 4 as the season progresses
  4. Knights - will be in the 8 most of the season, but give their supporters a few heart attacks, will squeeze into the 4 despite a final round loss to the Panthers
  5. Dragons - will break from tradition & start slow, building their season, unlucky to miss top 4 after their final round loss to the Titans
  6. Souths - will sit just outside the 8 until after the SOO period, before charging home
  7. Broncos - will spend most of the season sitting in the bottom half of the 8, with the odd foray into the top 4
  8. Sharks - will spend the season sitting just in or just out of the 8, with inconsistency being the story of the season, claiming big scalps of Panthers, Roosters & Storm will be offset by losses to Eels, Bulldogs & Titans
  9. Cowboys - will look like a top 4 side at times, but a flat spell after SOO will ultimately cost them a spot in the 8
  10. Raiders - will be hard to beat at home, but dodgy on the road, will make forays into the 8 throughout the season, but not be able to stay there
  11. Warriors - will sit tantalisingly close to the 8 all season, and possibly sit in the 8 early, but will know their race is run about a month out from the finals
  12. Titans - will put up a good showing, but never play consistently enough to be a realistic chance for the finals
  13. Tigers - will come out firing, with wins over Sea Eagles, Warriors & Bulldogs, but back to back losses against Panthers & Broncos will knock the wind out of their sails, and they will slowly slide down the ladder
  14. Eels - another tough year, the only highlights being a win over the ladder leading Panthers during SOO & a final round win over the Sea Eagles to avoid the spoon
  15. Bulldogs - will push teams throughout the season & claim a couple of big scalps, but will be battling to avoid the spoon for most of the season
  16. Sea Eagles - a long season ahead with few highlights, will “win” the Spoon courtesy of a final round loss to the Eels.

#4

I don’t see the Sharks making the 8 this year to be honest. The damage has been done early to them this year, and I think they will struggle for most parts of the season, especially if their depth is tested.

The Titans on the other hand will have a better season and will finish in the top 8. Brennan has had a season to flesh things out and their side looks solid. I think they could be a real bolter this season.

Last place this year is a toss up for me Eels, Sharks, Bulldogs, and Sea Eagles all have plenty of reasons to pick up the wooden spoon in 2019.


#5

Before I went through the draw, I was expecting Sharks out of the 8 & Cowboys in. Was surprised it turned out the way it did. I think Sharks have too much talent for the spoon, but their off field issues could still haunt them.

The top 6 & bottom 3 ended up pretty much as I expected, the middle 7 is where all the question marks are.


#6

Regardless of how you try to apply your logic mutely, you should, at all times, have the Eels last.

They should be penalised at the start of a game for turning up and when the C questions the ref he gets 10 in the bin for dissent :ok_hand::rofl:

  1. Penrith

.16. Parra

That is all that matters, the rest is mere details!


#7

My predictions:

Top 3;

Penrith
Roosters
Storm

Positions 4-6

Souths
Knights
Dragons

Positions 7-9

Broncos
Warriors
Cowboys

Positions 10 - 13

Cronulla
Canberra
Titans
Tigers

Battle for the spoon

Bulldogs
Sea Eagles
Eels