Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 22: Wheat and Chaff

Good morning, class.

 

After ‘lessons from last week’ on Monday, let’s revise the situation and see if we can separate the wheat from the chaff by considering what the implications are for this weekend’s round of matches.

 

Firstly, Manly Sea Eagles will need to show that their loss to the Warriors was just a glitch along the way to the finals. Back at ‘Brookie’, they’ll be keen to show their wares to the faithful. Wests Tigers will be gone for the year if they lose. They’ll try to ‘do it for Robbie’ but the real question will be ‘can they do it without Robbie?’ I doubt it.

 

The Eels should look at their clash with the Titans as an opportunity to improve their points differential and, by doing so, keep alive their faint hopes of a top four finish. It’s not out of the question. As for the Titans, their new management will be casting an eye over their cattle to see which might be surplus to requirements and ready for the market.

 

The Broncos are playing yet another mini-Grand Final but after last week’s farce you can’t really see them holding out the Panthers. I don’t think that I’m the only Broncos fan who would almost prefer them to go down and put us out of our agony! Meanwhile, the Panthers want to consolidate their place in the top eight and should send Brisbane to the knackery.

 

The Knights and Cowboys will play a fairly meaningless game, unless you’re a very keen fan of either side.

 

The Storm could do the Raiders quite some damage in Melbourne but the lads from Canberra will hold on to a top four spot on percentages. The question will be whether or not Ricky Stuart can pick up the pieces and get his ‘Green Machine’ back in working order before the finals arrive.

 

The Rabbitohs, on last week’s showing, should get back among the winners by keeping the Bulldogs in their kennel. But those pesky Dogs will nip at their heels for quite a while before giving up the chase.

 

On Sunday, the Roosters will be crowing as they demolish the would-be Warriors. It should be enough for them to lock up second spot. The Warriors aren’t completely out of things yet but, come Monday, they’ll be gone.

 

The Sharks have all the incentive they need with their season is on the line to conquer the Dragons. This could be a mauling given the Dragons’ recent lack of form.

 

So this week’s wheat is comprised of Sea Eagles, Eels, Panthers, Knights (!), Storm, Rabbitohs, Roosters and Sharks. The rest are mere chaff.

 

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About Ian Hauser

A relaxed, Noosa-based retiree with a (very) modest sporting CV. A Queenslander through and through, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league. I enjoy travel, good coffee and cake, reading, and have been known to appreciate a glass or three of wine. As well as being one of Footy Almanac's online editors, I moonlight as an editor for hire - check me out at www.writerightediting.com.au

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