Season 2018 is over for half the teams in the competition. The players are dreaming of white sandy beaches and end of year trips. Yet before the bags are packed and we erase from our memories the often terrible performances of the teams that finished in the bottom eight, let’s have a look at some of the positives that they had. Whilst all these teams will have a lot of work to do to improve their fortunes in 2019, what can they take from this season to build on?
The team that many believed coming into 2018 would leak the most points, showed that they really worked on their defence in the off season.
In 2017, the Tigers gave up 571 points, however in 2018 they had pulled that back to 460.
They made more tackles than any other team in the competition and the work they did in defence was evident in the opening rounds of the seasons when they had hard fought wins over the Storm and Roosters.
Esan Marsters, Mahe Fonua and Moses Mbye showed there is some strength and excitement in the backs. Whilst Luke Brooks had undoubtedly his best season.
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