General NRL 2018 FINALS Week 1 - General Discussion

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NRL 2018 FINALS Week 1 - General Discussion

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A thread for all 2018 Finals Week 1 team lists, discussions, news and views. Serves as a team list thread and game day discussion for all games through the week (besides the Warriors one of course :) ).

Qualifying Final: Friday, September 7
7.40pm, AAMI Park
(2) Melbourne Storm v (3) South Sydney Rabbitohs

Elimination Final: Saturday, September 8

5.30pm, ANZ Stadium
(5) Penrith Panthers v (8) New Zealand Warriors

Qualifying Final: Saturday, September 8

7.40pm, Allianz Stadium
(1) Sydney Roosters v (4) Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Elimination Final: Sunday, September 9

4pm, Suncorp Stadium
(6) Brisbane Broncos v (7) St George Illawarra Dragons

Times AEST...
 

Miket12

Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 20, 2012
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Game 1:
Melbourne to beat the Bunnies

Game 2:
Warriors to beat the Panthers

Game 3:
Roosters to beat the Sharks

Game 4:
Broncos to destroy the Dragons

Next weeks games to be:
Game 1:
Sharks vs. Warriors

Game 2:
Bunnies vs. Broncos
 
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razzrillinger

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Nov 8, 2016
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I've heard people backing everybody this weekend except the Dragons. Not one person saying they can win.
I have this weird feeling that Milford/Nikorima are due a game where it just doesn't click?

Having said that, still going to tip the Broncos I think haha.

So for me :

Storm
Warriors
Sharks
Broncos
 

Sup42

Warriors 1st Grader
May 7, 2012
17,339
Cant wait !

Nothing gets you excited about other teams games like knowing your team is part of the show.

The flip side is that if we lose I wont take more than a passing interest in the Roosters Sharks, be too busy licking me wounds.

Tonight sure is a cracker. If you have to pick favorites for the title then these two are those sides for mine.

The bunnies look too big and too classy out wide i recon, but I would never back against a Storm side in the finals.

Think Im going to adopt the cheats because Id love to see fhe bunnies lose two in a row and be out of it.
 

eric

1st Grade Fringe
May 27, 2015
1,023
GC
I've heard people backing everybody this weekend except the Dragons. Not one person saying they can win.
I have this weird feeling that Milford/Nikorima are due a game where it just doesn't click?

Having said that, still going to tip the Broncos I think haha.

So for me :

Storm
Warriors
Sharks
Broncos

I thought the same thing. This is Ben Hunt’s chance at redemption. Would be cool to see him shut the Suncorp crowd up.
 

Lance155

1st Grade Fringe
Feb 24, 2013
497
Yea I think the Dragons will win be then lose embarrassingly in week 2. Souths/Storm is a toss of the coin and I think we all expect the Roosters to take out the sharks
 
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gREVUS

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May 8, 2012
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Yea I think the Dragons will win be then lose embarrassingly in week 2. Souths/Storm is a toss of the coin and I think we all expect the Roosters to take out the sharks
i went to like this, and then realized you picked the Dragons to win, nah cant do it.
 

Boats n Hoes

1st Grade Fringe
May 14, 2012
1,510
I think Widdop coming back will be huge for the Dragons.

He'll settle them down.

He'll also take a lot of stress of Hunt leaving him able to play eyes up....which is when he's at his best.

That said i'm still going for the Bronco's, just cause of the Suncorp and Bennet factor.

They hype of finals hasn't hit me yet......if tonight's game turns into a titanic struggle tho i'll be amped to warp factor 4 come 2morow.
 

eudebrito

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Contributor
May 21, 2013
3,668
I've heard people backing everybody this weekend except the Dragons. Not one person saying they can win.
I have this weird feeling that Milford/Nikorima are due a game where it just doesn't click?

Having said that, still going to tip the Broncos I think haha.

So for me :

Storm
Warriors
Sharks
Broncos

I think it will come against melbourne next week, souths will run over them tonight, then broncos will come unstuck next week, they just cant beat that team.
 
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Stalefish540

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May 13, 2017
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I think Broncs v Dargs will be closer than people think, if Dargs somehow manage to muscle up milf/niko arn't backfoot halves and could struggle(big IF since they handled chooks fine), losing Vaughn was also not ideal.

Rabbits havn't ever won in Melbourne in 14 games, but Storm still don't have Nelson or Chambers so who knows.

All 4 games are really coin flips, Donkeys maybe to a lesser extent.
 

Defence

Warriors 1st Grader
May 9, 2012
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NAS is a massive out- I think souths are gonna be too strong through the middle.
Similar thing with the roosters missing napa I'm on the sharks.
I think we can beat the panthers but I'm biased.
I was thinking the broncos were certainties till I saw that James graham interview last night- wouldn't want to be playing him this week and if the rest of the dragons pack get in behind they could cause a boil over.
Who knows tho- it's so close- may as well toss a coin.
 
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Stalefish540

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May 13, 2017
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NAS is a massive out- I think souths are gonna be too strong through the middle.
Similar thing with the roosters missing napa I'm on the sharks.
I think we can beat the panthers but I'm biased.
I was thinking the broncos were certainties till I saw that James graham interview last night- wouldn't want to be playing him this week and if the rest of the dragons pack get in behind they could cause a boil over.
Who knows tho- it's so close- may as well toss a coin.
I just looked at the teams on the NRL app and you'd have to side with Souths man for man. But just that bloody Bellamy factor that has me guessing who to tip.
 
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