Album: Nrl Predictions 2013!
Bulldogs<br /> The Dogs played some absolutely outstanding football in 2012 only to fall to a clinical Storm side in the final. I think most pick them to go one better this year, and it’s not hard to see why. David Stagg and Jonathan Wright are probably the only notable losses in a squad that was somehow able to pick up unwanted outside backs almost at will mid-season last year. Add to that the addition of NSW and Kangaroo backrower Tony Williams and it’s really hard to see why the Dogs won’t be the force to be reckoned with in 2013. Oddly enough, their biggest weakness probably lies in their halves, but with their big men able to create ball movement close to the line there isn’t a great need for the likes of Reynolds to create something from nothing. Des has had a full off-season to fine tune their game-plan combined with Navy sessions and altitude chambers. He’s leading the coaching revolution and I back them to go all the way. Prediction: Premiers<br /> <br /> <br /> Souths<br /> Goodbye Russell? I’m saddened that he’ll no longer be synonymous with the Rabbits. It’s been a happy union which has turned the perennial easy-beats into premiership contenders. The South Sydney Burgess brothers, err Rabbitohs, look set for another crack at premiership glory. Gringlis was a revolution in 2012, returning to his roots at fullback while Adam Reynolds came from nowhere in an outstanding debut season at halfback. Heck, even John Sutton looked to be playing well. Squad wise they’ve lost Dave Taylor (Titans) but have picked up Ben Te’o from the Broncos as a more-than-adequate replacement. The rest of the league world will be praying for a capitulation to restore order, but it should be strength to strength for the Rabbits this year. Prediction: 2nd<br /> <br /> <br /> Storm<br /> Is the party finally coming to an end? Smith, Cronk and Slater are headed towards 30 and it may well be Bellamy’s last season. The ‘big 3’ will again be central to their fortunes, but they’ve also lost a fair chunk of the supporting cast in Jaiman Lo