Today the New South Wales Rugby League released the season draws for 6 of its premier competitions, ...
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The bottom three sides of the NRL, Penrith, North Queensland and Canberra have all recorded victories to create a logjam at the bottom end of the NRL Telstra Premiership. Canberra have moved to nine points with their victory over the Northern Eagles and only sit one point outside the top eight while Penrith and North Queensland both move to eight points with wins over the Roosters and Dragons respectively.
Four teams currently sit on eight points at the bottom of the table and they are Penrith, North Queensland, Souths and Cronulla with the latter tow both playing tomorrow byt both faces mammoth task with Souths squaring off against the Bulldogs and Cronulla travel across the Tasman to face an in form New Zealand Warriors. By the close of round twelve, I predict four sides will be sharing last place and only for and against will determine who the spoon is passed to for this week.
It also remains to be seen how the results of today will be felt throughout the betting agencies as no clear cut favourite for the wooden spoon and because of this dilemma, the TAB potenitally stand to lose millions if they come up with the wrong odds.
The NRL would be loving a premiership table so close with the top eight changing on a weekly basis and form extremely hard to pick from week to week. Apart from the top five sides, ten teams are vying for three spots and teams everyone thought would be there are really going to have to find some form and fast if they are to be a threat in this years title race.
If anything, the closeness of the competition will ensure the curious fan has more of a reason to get out to as many games as they can to throw their support behind their team as that may be the one thing that gets them across the line and a date in September.As we have seen in years gone by, anything can happen and after twelve rounds who says it wont?