Panthers heading for nasty fall, Broncos to repeat unthinkable: Fox League’s expert predictions

Panthers heading for nasty fall, Broncos to repeat unthinkable: Fox League’s expert predictions

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MATTY JOHNS

2021 PREMIERS

RABBITOHS : The new rule changes will see the pace of the game go up another level. No team will benefit more from the increase in tempo than the Rabbitohs.

TOP 4 : RABBITOHS, STORM, PANTHERS, RAIDERS

BOLTER TEAM

TITANS : I see them as a team that will finish anywhere between 6th and 9th on the ladder. If there’s an old bloke by the name of Cameron Smith running around they might be in the top four.

2020 TOP 8 TEAM THAT WILL STRUGGLE IN 2021

SHARKS: There’s a lot of uncertainty around who’ll be coaching the team in the future, which can be a distraction. Adding to that, key players will carry injuries into the start of the season.

SPOON

BRONCOS : The loss of David Fifita will hurt Brisbane. Also we still don’t know which player will be pushing the Broncos around the park.

Matty Johns believes the Broncos are heading for consecutive spoonsSource: Getty Images

RISING STAR

HARRY GRANT : Harry will be even better this season in the side he came through with over a number of years.

DALLY M MEDALLIST

CODY WALKER: On the back of Souths outstanding season, Walker will benefit from the speed of the contest going up another level.

GREG ALEXANDER

2021 PREMIERS

PANTHERS : Last year was a surprise. This year won’t be.

TOP 4 : PANTHERS, RAIDERS, ROOSTERS, STORM

BOLTER TEAM

TITANS : Finished the year strong and a couple of great buys to beef-up a bolter pack.

2020 TOP 8 TEAM THAT WILL STRUGGLE IN 2021

SHARKS : They’ve got the look of a side that will drop out of the eight. The Shaun Johnson injury doesn’t help.

SPOON

COWBOYS

WHY : They’ve struggled for three seasons since making the Grand Final. It’s going to be a big job for incoming coach Todd Payten.

RISING STAR

BRADMAN BEST : I think he’s in for a big year. Glimpses of him last year, he looks the goods.

DALLY M MEDALLIST

NATHAN CLEARY : He came within a whisker last year. He will go one better in 2021.

MICK ENNIS

2021 PREMIERS

RAIDERS : They showed enormous resilience last year under the COVID affected season. I feel the team evolved mid-season, in particular English halfback George Williams. With Jack Wighton coming off a strong season and the return of Josh Hodgson, the Raiders will be there when the whips are cracking.

TOP 4 : RAIDERS, ROOSTERS, STORM, RABBITOHS

WARRIORS : I really like the addition of Addin Fonua-Blake to the side. It’s a dynamic pack with Tohu Harris on an edge, emerging backrower Eliesa Katoa and the return of Ben Murdoch-Masila. If their back three fire the Warriors will be playing finals footy.

2020 TOP 8 TEAM THAT WILL STRUGGLE IN 2021

PANTHERS : While they’ll still play finals footy I don’t think Penrith will be as dominant. Experience and balance are key to winning premierships and the loss of Tamou and Mansour will hurt. The season after a Grand Final appearance is tough as opposition teams are looking to take you down every week.

SPOON

DRAGONS : The loss of James Graham and Tyson Frizell, in particular their professionalism and leadership will be hard to replace. Consistency from their halves is a must if the Dragons are any chance of challenging quality opposition.

RISING STAR

HUDSON YOUNG : If Hudson can start the season how he finished 2020 he’s every chance of making his origin debut this year. I love him as player.

DALLY M MEDALLIST

HARRY GRANT: He showed his class in a struggling side last season. Add to that his dominance in the Origin series was remarkable. There’ll be competition at the Storm with so much talent in key positions, but I expect Harry to be the standout player in 2021.

COOPER CRONK

2021 PREMIERS

ROOSTERS : A little bias but I think they’ve changed the things that let them down last year and these changes will have a huge impact on their performances.

TOP 4 : ROOSTERS, STORM, RAIDERS, RABBITOHS

BOLTER TEAM

DRAGONS : Griffin coaches to have mentally and physically tough teams. He’s only missed the finals once in seven seasons coaching. I think he gets the best out of McCullough, Hunt and Norman

2020 TOP 8 TEAM THAT WILL STRUGGLE IN 2021

PANTHERS : They will make the finals but I do t think it will be as dominant as last year. Very hard for young guys who have huge breakout years to back it up again because teams apply more pressure to them. Panthers have a lot of young guys who had massive years last year and I think they struggled slightly to get to that level again.

SPOON

WARRIORS : Nathan Brown has a history of building teams up and he needs to build there spine quickly to be competitive this year. Outside of RTS not much star power behind big pack and good outside backs.

RISING STAR

JAYDEN BRAILEY: I like what he did last year before his injury. He seems to be a guy that would work hard and use injury lay off to improve. I expect him to have a big year and get into rep calculations

DALLY M MEDALLIST

LUKE KEARY: More responsibility, more involved, big season!

MAL MENINGA

2021 PREMIERS

PANTHERS : Learnt from last year’s GF and no real weakness in their overall team.

TOP 4: RABBITOHS, RAIDERS, STORM, PANTHERS

BOLTER TEAM

TITANS : I believe they will be very well prepared. They’re a young side but have genuine future superstars ready to start making their mark on the competition.

2020 TOP 8 TEAM THAT WILL STRUGGLE IN 2021

KNIGHTS : Question mark on their key players especially at the back end of the competition.

SPOON

DRAGONS : Don’t believe they have the key players in the key positions. Cameron McInnes is a big loss.

RISING STAR

HARRY GRANT : He’s playing in a team that will let him be him. Surrounded by an experienced forward pack and outstanding halves and fullback. Looking forward to his development this year.

DALLY M MEDALLIST

NATHAN CLEARY: Dominant and more experienced player playing with the eventual premiers.

BEN IKIN

2021 PREMIERS

RAIDERS : Josh Hodgson back, George Williams will be better for last year, unbelievable depth in the forwards.

TOP 4 : RAIDERS, STORM, RABBITOHS, ROOSTERS

BOLTER TEAM

SEA EAGLES : Hit hard last year by injury, so if they stay healthy, they have a strong enough roster to beat the best teams. Plus, something about Des Hasler and Manly just feels right!

2020 TOP 8 TEAM THAT WILL STRUGGLE IN 2021

SHARKS : They just fell into the top 8 last year and I suspect there will be some bottom eight teams who go past them this year.

SPOON

BRONCOS : Wooden spooners last year and their roster is weaker this year. Too much uncertainty around who’ll play where, especially in the key positions, not forgetting they have the toughest draw in the competition.

RISING STAR

SAM WALKER: Walker will get his chance in the halves at some point and show everyone why he is rated the best young playmaker prospect in the game. Great skill and vision, has great instincts but can also play to structure.

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Matty Johns is a very astute expert (-:

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Wishful thinking from Greg Alexander.

I’m glad they not all saying Souths as premiers. It would make me nervous. I remember 2012. Everybody said that Tigers would be premiers. Did not even make the semis.

Most pretty keen on the Easts, Souths, Storm and Raiders Top 4.
Hard to argue.

I cornered Tampon one day at his local fruit shop years ago and told him to stop putting shit on the rabbits on radio :laughing:
Souths not in his top 4 ( GRUB )

John’s topped us in 2014.
I do see a Raiders V Bunnies GF.
MUST finish top two if we are a chance.

Must finish top 4 in my opinion.

Matty Johns has always been a closest South’s fan.

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Top 4 is fine providing our team can win the Qualifying Final and earn a week off before a home Preliminary Final. Still, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. A lot of hard work ahead before we (hopefully) get to that stage though.

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WTF Greg Alexander??? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Too much ‘‘Brandy’’ Alexander !

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Bunnies, Raiders, Eels and Storm for me.