NRL 2023 Season

Discussion in 'The Cesspit: Rugby League Discussion' started by Sultan Pepper, Oct 8, 2022.

  1. Sultan Pepper HG Emm

    Throw your ladders up too. Each teams 2023 ins and outs: here

    -Think it could be an interesting year, Api and Kikau pretty big outs for Penrith and they're due for a bad run with injuries, hard to argue they won't be up there though.
    -Feel Parra will be up against it with Mahoney and Papali'i gone.
    -Expecting Storm and Roosters to be strong, Cowboys better for the year so all up there again.

    -Hopefully the Tigers competitive with their ins, Doggies to start getting it together a bit too, both seem to have done pretty well with some ins. Walsh big for Broncos too.
    -Feel like Titans signing Foran will be a massive flop.
    -Knights and Warriors recruitment pretty meh. Fancy Adam O'Brien to be first coach sacked.

    No real outlandish punts with my ladder. Would love some surprises though, was nice having Cows & Sharks show a bit in 2022.

    1. Sydney Roosters
    2. Penrith Panthers
    3. Melbourne Storm
    4. North Queensland Cowboys

    5. Parramatta Eels
    6. Canterbury Bulldogs
    7. South Sydney Rabbitohs
    8. Cronulla sharks

    9. Brisbane Broncos
    10. Canberra Raiders
    11. Wests Tigers
    12. Manly Sea Eagles

    13. Gold Coast Titans
    14. St George Illawarra Dragons
    15. THE Dolphins
    16. Newcastle Knights
    17. New Zealand Warriors

    Are there any big rule changes on the horizon?
  2. jazman84 JM Eightyfour

    Petty much spot on. Though I'd make that 3rd group 8-12 and move the dogs down to that group, as Eels, Sharks and Souths are a clear cut above those other sides that float around. about the same level.

    Could even make it 8-11 and shift Tigers down. As I can't see them doing much better.
  3. Sultan Pepper HG Emm

    It's been a couple of seasons of chatter about the dogs recruits and how they'll lift, but 2023 especially they look like their gains far outstrip their losses. The existing signings will be better for 2022 together, Ciraldo hopefully keeps Kikau on the same track he was at on Panthers, Mahoney a big in at 9. Thinking something will give and maybe lift some of their talented under achievers.

    On this years late form you'd switch them and Raiders, or possibly bronx with the addition Walsh, but I felt/hope somethings brewing in one of the weaker teams.

    Tigers improvement purely based on how high I rate Koroisau. His craft around the ruck should really improve the penetration of their forwards, get the halves a bit more time and see Laurie and co moving in to a bit more space outwide.

    Thing I'm most convinced of is Warriors last, which probably means they'll challenge for top 4 out of nowhere.
  4. Sultan Pepper HG Emm

    Even though I've put them at 7th the ones that I think could really slide are the Rabbitohs. I think their list is looking a bit tired to me, Cook & Walker getting old, Latrell still a gun but their backs don't really do much for me.

    I do think Murray and Koloamatangi are stars, but wouldn't be shocked to see them drop off considerably, especially given weaker side like Tigers & Dogs should be improved. Hard one to peg though when they're a side that can drop two 50 point losses and make a GF, but they're not getting any stronger.
  5. jazman84 JM Eightyfour

    Man this looks extra fucking stupid when listed with the other teams.

    I think Raiders will start poor again, but they have far more mettle than those other sides so will finish strong. They'll probably come 8th again due to how weak the other sides are. Dogs are probably a couple of seasons away from breaking out of the bottom 8. Mainly due to their lack of a top halfback. Burton is a gun, but the Dogs really need a blue chip halfback. Tigers are interesting, but I don't think Koroisau will improve them out of the bottom 5. As for Souths, I think they are a season or 2 away from a big slide. But as you said, it will depend on the fitness of Cook and Cody. As well as the discipline of their pack, Burgess was a big out in the prelim, and there are other hot-heads there too. Ilias really impressed me towards the back half of the year though, a lot of potential there.

    Broncos are a really soft team mentally. They'll probably have a similar year next season. Will go on a tear and win a bunch of games in a row and maybe even crack the top 4, but as soon as they need to win ugly or have a demoralizing loss their season will fall to bits before the final round.

    Warriors are an unknown for mine. These guys being able to live at home with their families and have consistent home ground matches will help them a lot mentally.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2022
  6. Boobidy BJ Gemmell

    1. Sydney Roosters
    2. Penrith Panthers
    3. Melbourne Storm
    4. South Sydney Rabbitohs
    5. North Queensland Cowboys
    6. Canterbury Bulldogs
    7. Brisbane Broncos
    8. Canberra Raiders

    9. Parramatta Eels
    10. Manly Sea Eagles
    11. Wests Tigers
    12. Cronulla Sharks
    13. Gold Coast Titans
    14. St George Illawarra Dragons
    15. New Zealand Warriors
    16. The Redcliffe
    17. Newcastle Knights
  7. Maroon_Faithful M Faithful

    I'm surprised youre all rating Easts so highly. I think their pack is overall weaker than last year losing Taukeiaho. Before that post-Origin tear they were pretty awful.
  8. Sultan Pepper HG Emm

    Robinson seems to be a good coach, I think Cheese is a good get for them, their older heads are class and are probably looking at one more big push before declining, Suuali and Manu are real weapons, Walker a year older and they're due a decent run with injuries and I think

    Think the other part is the other top sides are looking quite a bit weaker to me. Parra and Penrith haven't replaced what they've lost, Souffs looking a bit tired, Storm going through a bit of a transition/Pap coming back from a big knee.

    I actually really like the Broncos on paper, feels like where there's smoke there's fire with the murmurs about Walters coaching though.

    The Dragons look the real no hopers for mine, Titans and Warriors don't inspire me, but geez the Dragons have problems everywhere
  9. Toolman TR Man

    Surely Parra are better with Hodgson?
  10. jazman84 JM Eightyfour

    Maybe with 2016 Hodgson. Mahoney was pretty important to the shape of Parra's attack.
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  11. Jake A Pimpkins

    This is the big unknown tbh. He's old and done his ACL 3(?) times now, but if he comes back good Parra might not fall off much/at all.
  12. Magic AJ Parker

    I find it hard to pick faults in the Roosters pack. Using Taukeiaho's salary to upgrade at dummy half was smart business. Whether Smith was the right call though is a different story. My biggest issue with the Roosters pack last year was 2nd rowers but Crichton seemed to finally develop into something resembling a genuine 2nd rower, Nat Butcher proved himself as a genuine option and Tupouniua returns early on in the season.

    Prop rotation of JWH/Collins/Lodge + 1 of N.Butcher/Baker/May/Tau Hapua is still very, very good. As is the lock rotation of Radley/Watson/E.Butcher.

    I think Roosters 3/4 line is still their biggest weakness. 3 World class options and then hoping one of Momorovski, Corey Allan or Jaxson Paulo earn a position but even then an injury or two and it’s real slim pickings. Not much in younger talent coming through just yet either, most options still 12-24 months away so it’s a concern which got exposed last year when Manu, Tedesco & Tupou all went down in the finals.
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  13. Boobidy BJ Gemmell

    There is a lot of fire. There is a reason nobody wanted to hire Kevvie, and he was forced into the Broncos job by his media mates. Quicker the club can fuck him off, the better we will be with a pretty solid roster outside of having no #9.
  14. Magic AJ Parker

    Even if they sacked Walters would you back them to make the right decision on bloke who replaces him.

    Outside of Bennett there's not the greatest track record...
  15. Tartmaster AJ James

    Des can save them
  16. Boobidy BJ Gemmell

    Nope. I don't trust the club at all.
    I'd love the club to sign Des on as an assistant for 23' and have him ready to step in
  17. Magic AJ Parker

    Lol @ Staines trying to body-check Montoya, that was brutal.
  18. Magic AJ Parker


    And there it is.
  19. Sultan Pepper HG Emm

    Good call from Ennis too 'Goes whooshka and puts the Forbes Ferrari right back in the garage'

    Why on earth would Broncos renew Walters now, like the Dragons extending Hook last year or Tigers signing Peachey on a 2 year instead of 1 year deal.... You're not bidding against anyone
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  20. jazman84 JM Eightyfour

    yeah, it's weird. Maybe a "fake it before you make it" situation...

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