After a couple of seasons of blistering-hot form with my annual fearless predictions, I think I’ll come falling back to earth with an almighty thud this year.
It was an entertaining first week of NRL finals, with two clinical performances and two upsets making the premiership puzzle that much harder to solve.
The Roosters looked untouchable in their 30-6 swatting of Souths, Parramatta re-wrote the record books against Brisbane with a whopping 58-0 demolition, Manly proved they can still be competitive without Tom Trbojevic and Martin Taupau after a convincing 28-16 win over the Sharks, but it was Canberra who stole the spotlight with their stunning 12-10 upset win over the Storm.
So, after a wild weekend of finals action, who was the biggest winner from it all?
Did Melbourne’s premiership chances go up in smoke after their qualifying final loss?
We got Roar rugby league expert AJ Mithen on the Game of Codes podcast to name Week 1’s biggest finals winner, before making a call on whether Melbourne can still win the premiership.
The implications of Melbourne’s loss are huge, with a Roosters-Storm grand final no longer on the agenda. Presuming Craig Bellamy’s side get past the Eels – which is no guarantee – they’ll need to knock off last year’s premiers in the preliminary final.