SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Rhyse Martin of the Bulldogs reacts after converting a try during the round 17 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Canberra Raiders at Belmore Sports Ground on July 7, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

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?

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Wests Tigers

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.

TAMWORTH, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 21: Luke Brooks of the Tigers runs the ball during the round seven NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights at Scully Park on April 21, 2018 in Tamworth, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)
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