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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop on – NRL Finals Contenders 2011 – the SeaEagles Exposed …

July 31, 2011
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Title: NRL Finals Contenders 2011 – the SeaEagles Exposed …
SeaEaglesSnoop-Poop’s comments this week on his NRL Finals Contenders series is on the Manly Sea Eagles.   The top five of the eight finalists have already been decided and include – Dragons, Storm, SeaEagles, Cowboys and Broncos.

The remaining three spots are filled by the Warriors, Tigers and Knights– after Round 21 – and the gap between these teams and the next best team on the ladder is 2 competition wins.It’s a safe bet with five rounds to go – to say that any of the bottom eight teams will not make the eight.

On this point on the runaway wins recorded over the weekend – there is definitely weak teams in the NRL competition – and in an earlier post made by Snoop-Poop [linked here] – comment was made on the need to go to a two by 10 team competition.  Read the linked post above for more information.

The difference between the top teams this season and the rest of the competing teams – dictates that this should be on the NRL’s agenda.  Fans don’t want to see embarrassing losses – and the quality of players and player drain to off-shore competitions to chase fair and equitable pay and conditions – is definitely harming the NRL here in Australia.

Back to the SeaEagles – who currently 2nd on the ladder with 32 points – some 4 points off the leaders – the Storm provided they beat the Eels Monday night. The SeaEagles have a tough run home and currently have a for/against record of +157…

Their run home includes games against –

  • Rd 22 Roosters (H) –
  • Rd 23 Eels (A) –
  • Rd 24 Bulldogs (H) –
  • Rd 25 Storm (H) –
  • Rd 26 Broncos (A) –

Predictions for their run home include wins against Roosters, Eels and Bulldogs – and  losses to the Broncos and Storm for a final point tally of 38 Premiership points.  This will see them finish 2nd or 3rd … and a home semi final the first weekend of Finals football.

All season they have been building and the defeat 14-12 loss to the Tigers over the weekend after leading 12-0 at half-time – was unexpected.

If they have trouble with the Roosters next week-end then their mid-season surge may be on the brink of collapsing. Their halves have been a strength all season – and their forward pack – whilst formidable – has many weak-links.

Watmough for one – a forward who only shines in a dominate forward pack – NSW SOO have gone to him a number of times in the 6-0 series domination by QLD and he has failed every time. He looks sharp and full of running when the pack is on a roll – but as soon as the pack struggle – his cross field runs look silly and go nowhere.

Defensively he is suspect to inside balls and does not rate on the ‘heart’ scale for players who play the game for their mates – I call him a lose-cannon who is gonna cost his team at some point.

George Rose is a find and is improving with every game as he steps up and plays more game time. Glen Stewart is the workhorse and their hooker Ballen is also first class. They’re a well rounded team and have a good coach in Hassler – but they’re a team that is easy to want to see beat.

Snoop-Poop does not see them as Grand Finalists – and how they play against Broncos and Storm in the last two NRL rounds will give a clearer picture as to how far they will go in the finals series.

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Snoop – Poop …

Links to Previous Post by Snoop-Poop …

1st August 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Finals Contenders – the SeaEagles Exposed …
24th July 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Finals Contenders 2011 – the Broncos Exposed –
9th July 2001 – Snoop-Poop – State Of Origin Game III – the Washup…
6th July 2011 – Snoop-Poop – State of Origin Game III …
4th July 2011 – Snoop-Poop – State of Origin III and NRL comment …
28th June 2011 – Snoop-Poop – Update on NRL Season …
26th June 2011 – Snoop-Poop – Update on NRL …
16th June 2011 – Snoop-Poop – State of Origin Game 2 Match Report …
15th June 2011 – Snoop-Poop– Comment on State of Origin Game 2 …
13th June 2011 – Snoop-Poop – Split Rd 14 Wrap –
10th June 2001 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Round 14 Game Preview and Selections (Split Rd)
7th June 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Round 13 Weekend Wrap …
7th June 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NSW State Of Origin team comment and rating …
3rd June 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Round 13 Preview and Selections & NRL Ladder
20th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Round 12 Summary …
30th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – Corruption – FIFA – OLYMPICS – IAC – and the list goes on …
27th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Round 12 Preview and Selections …
26th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – State of Origin Game 1 – Player and Game review …
24th May 2001 – Snoop-Poops last word of State of Origin …
24th May 2011 – Snoop-Poops – NRL Round 11 Weekend Wrap ……
20th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Round 11 Weekend Game Previews and Selections – …
17th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – “State Of Origin” QLD & NSW Team player Rankings and comments …
17th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Round 10 Match Review and Results …
16th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NSW “State of Origin” Team selections …
13th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Round 10 Match reviews
12th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – State of Origin – 2011 – “Snoop Poop” gives the scoop …
11th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Round 9 wrap … and State of Origin preview …
6th May 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Round 9 …
29th April 2011 – Snoop-Poop – Special NRL report – The Most DISLIKED player in Rugby League …
29th April 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Round 8 report …
25th April 2011 – Snoop-Poop – NRL Player Conduct … and those bloody unforced errors …
24th April 2011 – Snoop-Poop – What price a “HEART” when it comes to playing for your NRL CLUB …
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