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    I remember someone saying that everyone they knew who ran marathons had either lost their job or lost their relationship. They had something to prove. Motivation is always interesting and it certainly was the theme for round two of the NRL season.

    In the last ten years round one losers have beaten round one winners on handicap 61 percent of the time in the competition’s second round.

    This year the losers went 4-2 against the winners so that trend is continuing.

    A theory with benefit of hindsight might be that teams that lose in round one are far more determined to fulfill all the promise of the off-season. All those hours of training and all the talk of it being “our year” look pretty hollow when you’ve been towelled up in the first 80 minutes of the season.

    While the winners have gotten the monkey off their back and are already switching into “it’s a long season mode”.
    Whatever theory works for round two, what the hell do you do about round three?

    Going into this week, the Rabbitohs, Warriors and Titans must have the 51 most motivated individuals in the competition, if they don’t the wheels might already be looking wobbly.

    But the Bunnies face a Parramatta side fresh off a humiliation, while the Warriors face a Dragons side who had just had their colours lowered by the Sharks. So their opponents are unlikel y to have their eye off the ball.

    For the Titans, they will be hoping that the hype of a local derby will produce a Cronulla style performance to lift them from their funk.

    The problem as I see it for John Cartwright’s men as I see it is that they are still relying on the same play book that they arrived at the competition with.

    This is 2011, not 2007. Luke Bailey no longer seems to be able to dominate the ruck like he used to and a Scott Prince short ball to Anthony Laffranchi seems to have lost its magic.

    If you are going to use some sort of motivation metric as a form guide, it will certainly be given some academic rigour on the position of Melbourne on the competition table.

    If ever a group of players needed to prove something it was the Storm and they have certainly started with promise.
    O f course, it is after all only round three, and I refuse to make judgements on the field until round five and rule any team out until round ten. But I will say this.

    The Warriors purchases of Feleti Mateo and Krisnan Inu are on track to be some of the worst ever made by the club, the impact of these two players so far have been akin to the impact of the pea-shooter on modern warfare.

    And if you are questioning the signing of Mateo and Inu there you can’t help but mention that a recent arrival from Redfern is yet to set the place on fire. However, in fairness that was predicted given the condition that he lumbered into town in.

    If the wins don’t start coming soon for certain coaches, then it won’t only be ALP members of the NSW Government who are feeling insecure about their future.

    And if anyone knows of a tipping competition which allows you to tip retrospectively please contact me through the site’s administrators.

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    The Crowd Says (6)

    • March 23rd 2011 @ 7:13am
      oikee said | March 23rd 2011 @ 7:13am | ! Report

      According to the stats man, those 3 teams you mentioned are already gone. If you lose your 1st two games of the season, you have buckleys and none of winning the premiership. Must be a good feeling for their fans, your gone, gone, gone.

      Lets have alook at these teams, the Titans, like you mentioned, same old style, out the back to birdy, he gets tackled, Prince across feild, a couple of shows and then smashed, Presto, sorry little dude, the magic is now dust. Forwards with as much impact as feather dusters.

      The Warriors, what were they thinking, 2 players who lumbered around at the Eels, now lumbering around at the Warriors.
      Mateo, with all his fancy play with no one to run off him at the Warriors. Cleary has had 5 years at this club, and he goes into the biggest game of the year with a rookie winger and leaves a proven performer at home. It will take them 5 games to learn how to win without the beast.

      Now we get to the 50 million dollar team, Good old Suff Sydnee, a club of show ponies, forget winning, this club only turns up to photo shoots. Putting all your eggs in one basket, as they have done with Inglis, has brought them undone already, the weight of expectations is too much. They have a go forward pack that could not punch a hole threw cardboard.

      The groundhog says, its going to be a long, cold, lonely winter for these 3 teams.

      The new kids on the block have got your measure boys, Storm, Doggies and Knights, now they are protecting their Kingdom. 🙂

      • March 23rd 2011 @ 2:13pm
        Michael Culina said | March 23rd 2011 @ 2:13pm | ! Report

        Umm pretty sure Manly won the premiership in ’08 after losing their first two games of the season…

        • March 23rd 2011 @ 5:34pm
          mushi said | March 23rd 2011 @ 5:34pm | ! Report

          So did penrith I think so there goes that theory

    • March 23rd 2011 @ 7:25am
      alan nicolea said | March 23rd 2011 @ 7:25am | ! Report

      Steve

      Based on what I have seen so far, the Storm for mine remain the team to beat. Their clinical edge is unrivalled and I have even gone as far as tipping them to win the premiership. I wrote an article late last year stating this but there have been a few media outlets who proclaim the Storm would really struggle this season. Hell, if you still have Slater, Cronk and Smith at your disposal, the rest of the team is going to fire regardless. Beau Champion has made the best career move and I think he will flourish big time.

      • March 23rd 2011 @ 5:35pm
        mushi said | March 23rd 2011 @ 5:35pm | ! Report

        I still think that scandal is exactly what the doctor ordered for the long term survival of the Storm

    • March 23rd 2011 @ 1:55pm
      sydboz said | March 23rd 2011 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

      Laffranchi wasn’t even playing

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