Well it’s that time of year again, to make a prediction of how we finish the regular season, and the rest of the league.
As per the last 3 years, it’s pretty easy for me as far as the Panthers are concerned.
- Penrith - should take out the minor premiership, I see us losing 4 games in the middle of the season to finish on 46 points - 4 points clear of 2nd.
=2. Cowboys - no reason to think they won’t improve on last year.
=2. Souths - surprised last year and like the Cowboys should further improve.
4 Sharks - will drop abit after over achieving last year, but should still be competitive.
=5 Roosters - they will hope for less injuries than last.
=5 Storm - on the wane, but will still beat most teams.
A big gap then to =7th with a few teams hoping for and against how their way;
=7 Bulldogs - Penrith reserves almost completely rebuilt with Ciraldo achieving success in first season. Will finish the season with Burton in 7 and Reynolds in 6.
=7 Broncos - much the same as last year, with some favorable home game scheduling
=7 Eels - will loose a lot of early games, due to tough early draw, plus noise surrounding Moses future.
Raiders - Ricky will be gone at the end of this season.
Warriors - same ol same ol
=12 Dragons - Hook will compete with O’Brien for first coach sacked.
=12 Dolphins - I have them winning 8 games, a bit of an early winning steak thanks to favorable draw, before fading.
=12 Sea Eagles - could of course be higher if things go in favor, but combination of new coach and Turbos injury adds not a lot to like.
Then the bottom 3 who will fight it out for the spoon;
Titans - should finish a little higher, but not a lot to have confidence in.
Tigers - will jag 4/5 wins, but still have a big problem with halfback. The Sheens/ Marshal combination will live to see another season though.
Knights - as if Ponga to 6 will fix a teams problems! Probably first coach sacked
Panthers v Cowboys GF