This is the year of the 111th season of the National Rugby League, and needless to say, expectations are quite high for the fans as well as the coaches.
The fixtures have been set and the games are ready to begin. If you can’t keep your excitement within and want to learn as much as possible about the new season, then the following are some of our top expectations for NRL 2018.
Garth to Take Time
The Titans are pretty confident with their new coach Garth Brennan and have high expectations from him. However, it’s going to take him some time before he can show his true ability regarding the success of the team.
By getting some of the top players on board including Brenko Lee, Mitch Rein, and Micheal Gordon, Garth is already showing signs of good planning and mentorship. However, overall the team lacks enough experience and skill to deliver an outstanding performance. Many players, including Ash Taylor, are still in the learning phase. So, although the team is unlikely to lose, it won’t surprise anyone either.
Warriors to Stay in the Bottom
We all know how the Warriors started with a mixed performance in the Origin period but ended up totally defeated by the end. It was believed that it was their lowest point ever. Now, even though Tohu Harris and Adam Blair have joined the New Zealand club, experts believe that there is little hope for them to come out of the mire they have fallen into. So, don’t get your hopes up just yet.
Women’s NRL to be a Hit
The women’s involvement in the game of rugby is growing on a consistent basis in Australia and this year is going to be big for the players as the CEO Todd has already confirmed a women’s competition this year.
NRL is to get 40 women players for the Elite Women’s Program, which means that the game will be short. However, the platform alone is a big deal and it’s expected that it will grab a lot of attention this year.
To consider some facts, last year, the women’s league observed a 32% growth and today there are 110 outstanding female competitions in Australia. So, it’s a fair assumption that the game will be bigger this year.
GI to Make a Mega Comeback
After suffering a serious ACL injury in March, Greg Inglis had to get out of the field for the entire year and was missed by us all. However, this year we are going to see him once again on the training track in a fighting fit condition.
Coach Anthony Seibold has already made it clear that he will choose none other than GI for the fullback position as he has proven himself in the past many times, including the 2014 premiership when he was instrumental in the club’s success.
So, these are some of the things that you can expect from the NRL this year. But of course, there is a lot of action and fun to look forward too as well. So, which club are you rooting for?
What the Bookies are Saying
As always, the bookies are taking odds early and if you are a sports betting fan SportsBets, William Hill, Ubet and Paddy Power are offering short odds on Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm and Nth Queensland Cowboys. So too is Ubet, and William Hill.
Whatever, way the season pans out, this is going to be an exciting year ahead. We are looking forward to a lot of action and fun.
So, which club are you rooting for?