Daniel Gordon – A Fun 2017 NRL Season Preview

This is an NRL Season Preview like NO other… It is a very light hearted look at the season ahead. So much so…. For every prediction I get right (16 club position predictions, 48 individual team predictions) I will give $10 to my local volunteer fire brigade, and the bigger more out there predictions I will give $20 (marked with a #). O and in case, you are wondering where that is… Paihia in New Zealand!
So here we go….

Why They Will Win: Settled lineup and an exciting back line.
Why They Won’t Win: Won’t fly under the radar this season. Teams may work out how to play them.
Three Predictions:
-Josh Hodgson wins Dally M Hooker of the Year
-Jarrod Crocker beats Barry Eaton’s world record of 38 successful goal kicks in a row. He does it in….
-Round 12 the Raiders beat the Roosters 2-0 at GIO Stadium with a snow storm nearly stopping the game. The game is titled ‘The Worst Game of League of all Time’. Crocker’s penalty four minutes from time stops the game from being a 0-0 draw (#)

Why They Will Win: X Factor and a brilliant coach
Why They Won’t Win: Missed 33 tackles a game last season. Is that a weakness?
Three Predictions:
-Jarryd Hayne plays Origin (on the wing)
-Neil Henry wins Dally M Coach of the Year
-Jarryd Hayne breaks the most run metres in an NRL game in Round 11 against Manly. He then says he has a dream to run at the Olympics. (#)

Why They Will Win: JT2
Why They Won’t Win: Have lost a lot of metre eaters (Tamou, Kostjasyn and Hannant)
Three Predictions:
JT2 will become a thing!
JT will lead Queensland to State of Origin glory AGAIN!
JT (the other one) wins the Dally M (on his own) (#)

Why They Will Win: Points in them, offloads and excitement all over the park.
Why They Won’t Win: Are the halves too young? Second year syndrome?
Three Predictions:
‘I Can Cleary Now the Rein Has Gone’ will be splashed on the back pages at some point as Cleary and Rein combine to win a game at some point of the season (#)
Trent Merrin will play all three State of Origin Games
Viliame Kikau will play first grade this season and become a cult hero at the foot of the mountains

Why They Will Win: Quality spine and it’s the Chinese year of the Rooster.
Why They Won’t Win: No one outside of Bondi wants them to.
Three Predictions:
Michael Gordon will be the ‘Buy of the Year’
Paul Carter will show his potential and becomes a key player off the bench for the Roosters
lose ‘The Worse Game of League Ever Played’ 2-0 Guerra and JWD drop the ball eight times each and make 120+ tackles as Canberra literally can’t find the try line (#)

Why They Will Win: They did it last year and defence wins games!
Why They Won’t Win: Missing half of their spine.
Three Predictions:
Tony Williams will be a flop
lose six of their first eight to sit well outside of the eight before coming good.
James Maloney will set a record for F bombs in an after match interview (13) after the Sharks lose 10-12 to the Titans in Round 8 (#)

Why They Will Win: Slater, Cronk and Smith. Three of the best ever.
Why They Won’t Win: Proctor will be tough to replace. Where will the metres come from?
Three Predictions: Cameron Smith will be talked about as an Immortal AGAIN!
Craig Bellamy will walk out of two press conferences in a row (around Origin time) prompting one betting agency to run a book on whether he will do it again. He does when the Sharks over run the Storm in Week One of the Finals. (#)
Josh Addo Carr will be in the top five try scorers (regular season)

Why They Will Win: Faced adversity last season, so having no off field issues this season should be welcomed.
Why They Won’t Win: No team wins the comp from 8th
Three Predictions:
Bevan French wins Dally M Winger of the Year.
Nathan Brown plays Origin
The Eels beat the Bunnies 26-20 in Round 26, scraping into the eight on points difference. This after leading 24-0 at the break (#)

Why They Will Win: They have a Kiwis spine!
Why They Won’t Win: The pack doesn’t have enough metres in them
Three Predictions:
Will record the comps, biggest win and loss in 2017. (#)
RTS wins Best Fullback at the Dally M’s
Following a slow start to 2017 the following things will be brought up.
Bro Culture Whats McFadden doing there?
Manu’s a liability Need more Aussies in the team

Why They Will Win: Wayne Bennett and they don’t play Sunday or Monday in the first 20 Rounds!
Why They Won’t Win: Darius Boys is the captain!
Three Predictions:
Jai Arrow plays State of Origin
Are in the eight before Origin starts
Benji Marshall kicks a winning field goal in the Round 24 win over the Dragons. After trailing 20-0 at half time, Marshall leads Brisbane to a 21-20 win, keeping the finals hopes alive. (#)

Why They Will Win: GI, Sam Burgess and Robbie Farah are all superstars.
Why They Won’t Win: 14th in metres gained last season, outside of Burgess where will the metres come from?
Three Predictions:
Will have the best record against top eight sides for teams not in the top eight (follow?) (#)
GI will play anywhere but Redfern in 2018
Michael Maguire will take a job back in the UK at seasons end (assuming he isn’t sacked sooner)

Why They Will Win: Trbojevic, Walker and DCE are match winners
Why They Won’t Win: Trent Barrett is the coach
Three Predictions:
DCE makes TWO line breaks in one game, doubling what he did last season. (#)
Dylan Walker becomes one of the best centres AGAIN!
Tom Trbojevic joins Tedesco, Hayne and 300 other fullbacks in the Origin team.

Why They Will Win: On paper they have a very strong side
Why They Won’t Win: The Panthers set the blueprint on how to beat the Dogs in the finals. Expect teams to follow that blueprint.
Three Predictions:
Will Hopoate not playing Sundays will be brought up again! (the Dogs play four of their first 18 games on a Sunday, the Broncos play 0)
Des Hasler is sacked before Round 12
Someone will find out how/what Sam Kasiano did to lose all of that weight and make billions (anyone has the recipe send it to me!) (#)

Why They Will Win: Tedesco and Aaron Woods!
Why They Won’t Win: Jason Taylor and a light pack on metres
Three Predictions:
Tedesco will join Moylan, Hayne, Trbojevic and fullback, come centre Dugan in the NSW Origin side
Will go thru the most players in 2017 (34) (#)
Jamal Idris will go AWOL after making 32 metres and dropping the ball seven times in Round 25 vs the Cowboys

Why They Will Win: Scrapping the barrel. Josh Dugan!
Why They Won’t Win: outside of Dugan and Frizzell what Dragon player gets near your fantasy team?
Three Predictions:
Russell Packer pees on the field again (ala Brisbane in the rain) (#)
Josh Dugan plays Origin at centre
Tyson Frizzell is crowned Second Rower of the Year at the Dally M’s and finishes top five in overall standings

Why They Will Win: If Leicester at 5000-1 can then….
Why They Won’t Win: Nathan Brown, last in kick return metres, line breaks, metres gained in 2016 (nrl.com)
Three Predictions:
Dane Gagai cries again
Will have beaten one of the GF teams
Win three in a row (Round 16-18 Dragons, Tigers Dogs)

Thanks for reading… I will post an end of season review with the final amount I have given to the Paihia Volunteer Fire Brigade. To follow me, I have a facebook page ‘Ordinary Decent Person’ I have no idea what will be posted next!

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