We are halfway through round one with four completed matches, with some results going as expected and some a little surprising.
The biggest surprise was the dominant performance of the Eels. They thrashed the hapless Warriors 40-10 at Parramatta Stadium and they did it in style. Most people (me included) picked the Eels to run dead last. I might have to revise that prediction. Yes, one game does not make a season but a 30 point flogging tells me the Eels will do enough to steer clear of the wooden spoon.
The less said about the Warriors the better. They face the Roosters next week who were also on the end of a decent hiding at the hands of the Rabbitohs.
The Broncos performed to my expectations. They started strong but faded badly and will struggle to make the top eight with Peter Wallace and Scott Prince in the halves.
Manly weren’t overly impressive. They were workman like in their performance and should finish on the cusp of the eight.
The Cowboys were impressive in the 24-12 win over the much hyped Bulldogs. Yes, the Doggies were missing Barba, Graham, Pritchard and Kasiano and that would definitely have an impact but the biggest question will still remain and that is do they have the halves to win the competition? I don’t think so.
The Cowboys will continue to improve and are certain to finish in the top four in Thurston stays healthy. They have all the necessary pieces in place to win this year and on their day will be very tough to beat. Kane Linnett had an exceptional game and once Tariq Sims works his way back to full fitness, the Cowboys will be on a mission to demolish as many teams as possible.
Let’s see what the rest of the round brings as there are bound to be a few surprises.