Which NRL premiership team should I follow?
The NRL has been in turmoil for the past two seasons with the Cronulla Sharks and Manly Sea Eagles failing to make it out of the group stages and the Parramatta Eels falling out of contention for the final spot in the top eight.
In 2017, the Sharks and Eels were the only two NRL clubs to make the cut for the finals, while the Eels finished in eighth place.
The Sharks were expected to make a strong run into the finals but failed to do so, while in 2019 they fell to the Dragons in the preliminary round and lost to the Titans in the finals.
The Sea Eagles were expected on the right side of the ladder with a good record in 2017 but the club was unable to keep up with the NRL’s top two sides and finished in last place.
The Titans and Rabbitohs were the other two NRL sides to make this year’s finals and were expected favourites to win it all, but both of them failed to win their respective groups and finished last.
The Eels have been one of the most successful NRL clubs, finishing in fourth place in the 2017 season, while Cronulla have been struggling since the end of 2017.
The Rabbitoh’s form has dipped significantly since the finals season and were thought to be one of NRL’s favourites to make finals this year, but they have failed to impress in 2017.
It is now up to the Eel and Storm to deliver the same form this year and the Sea Eagles have already started to show their potential in 2018.
Both clubs have been looking to the future, with Cronulla eyeing a return to the NRL by 2020.
With the Rabbitoh and Eel looking to play for the NRL title at the end a long season and the NRL season coming to a close, who should I pick to follow in the future?
The NRL’s teams for the 2017-18 season are set to start the season against the Warriors, Cronulla, Newcastle and Manulife at Pirtek Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, May 1.
For the second consecutive season, the NRL will be playing a round robin series against the same four teams to determine who finishes in the final eight.
The NRL will have seven teams battling it out for the title and that will be a battle between the Raiders and Storm in Round 16.
The Storm will be facing the Raiders in Round 9.
A win for the Storm could mean the Raiders move up the ladder, but a loss for the Raiders could mean a move down the ladder.
Prediction: Cronulla-Raiders Round 16