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September footy and the battle for the wooden spoon

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2nd August, 2020
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It seems by now that the 2020 NRL premiership race is between four teams.

Those teams are the Storm, Roosters, Panthers and Eels.

I can add the Green Machine, however at this stage, their credentials will be ascertained after their crunch match with Penrith next week.

Of the remaining three teams in the top eight, only Cronulla can trouble the top five. Other than that, it’s a four-horse race.

At the end of all this weekend’s games, it is fair to say that the race for the wooden spoon is a three-horse race. That’s quite surprising, isn’t it?

Payne Haas

(Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

If you told me at the beginning of this year that the Broncos would be in the bottom of the ladder fighting for the first time in their 32-year history to stay afloat, I would have said otherwise.

This season has been a turbulent one so far for them and it seemed like it couldn’t get any worse this weekend given that already David Fifita has moved to the Gold Coast, however it did.

I think they will be haunted from the loss to Cronulla. This year we might see them get their first ever wooden spoon.

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Gold Coast and the Dogs, however, have been there and seen it already. However 2020 for them has been quite the same as last year.

Gold Coast – week in, week out – have been consistent but have still fallen short, however they will be buoyed by the fact that next year they will have two of the brightest future stars of the game at their disposal, which is something to work with.

The Dogs have always been in the game but have come away empty handed due to poor decisions, which cost them games. There have been none more so then Sunday’s decision to not take the two on offer.

Well, in hindsight, the weekend’s action was a good round and I’m looking forward to Round 13.

Next week my money will be on the Green Machine to cause an upset and the Broncos to beat Souths.

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