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AFL top eight predictions: Seventh place
The series continues as I count down my predictions for the finalists of the upcoming AFL season as we reach the team that will finish seventh. 7. St Kilda Saints The Saints took the step they’d been waiting for last season, making the finals for the first time since 2011. The rise up the ladder can be attributed to smart recruiting and the appointment of Brett Ratten as full-time coach. After the dismissal of Alan Richardson during the 2019 season, Ratten took over as caretaker coach, and his impressive tactical arsenal and fast-paced game style earned him the permanent appointment in the role.
Daly Cherry-Evans can't think of a worse NRL game he's played than Saturday's 46-4 loss to Sydney Roosters, but that's the good news because the only way now is up.
Immediately after Saturday's thrashing, the Manly skipper watched the replay on his couch at home over a cup of tea and a KitKat to figure out where it went wrong.
The answer was: everywhere.
"I've definitely been guilty of that in the past, trying too hard," he said on Tuesday.
"I just wasn't executing and it might look all the same to everyone, which is fine, but there's big difference in me overplaying my hand and just not having a good day and unfortunately I just didn't have a good day in kicking, passing, running and even tackling.
Six talking points from Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa
The Super Rugby seasons are properly up and running now, and there is a lot to like. The domestic focus in these early stages means we’re getting local derbies week in, week out, and it’s a lot of fun. This weekend saw some fantastic matches – some with blowout scores, others with hardly a try to mention, but all of them with plenty to get excited about. Let’s get stuck into some of the key talking points. Sacking Rob Penney would make things worse for the Tahs Unfortunately it was another rough weekend for Tahs players and fans.
"Luckily I've had a few of those in the past so I know how to bounce back.
"I had one last year against the Dragons, I had some big errors, three in the first half but this was just an overall bad game.
"(No other game) pops to memory but I haven't started a season off like this for a while, so the positive of that is that it can't get much worse."
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The Queensland skipper, a veteran of 237 NRL games, said he often watches losses because even though it's hard he learns from them.
"Games like that are harder to watch than they are to experience," he said.
"But you've got to know what happened to know how to fix it.
"One bad game in round one isn't going to determine my season. It never has and it never will."
Melbourne Storm vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: Thursday Night Forecast
Life after Cameron Smith will begin for the Melbourne Storm as they launch the 2021 NRL season at home against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, with both sides carrying high expectations. If there is one story which has dominated the headlines this off-season, it has been the eventual destination of Smith.
After re-watching the horror loss to the Roosters, Cherry-Evans said it was obvious the side had a poor attitude in defence and it won't happen again against South Sydney on Saturday afternoon.
But one narrative out of the humiliating loss did not surprise him.
Reports surfaced on Monday that coach Des Hasler was fighting to save his career, but it has since emerged the club legend is on the verge of re-signing for the next two seasons for potentially his final contract as an NRL coach.
"(Was I) shocked and surprised, do you know what? Not in rugby league anymore," Cherry-Evans laughed.
"Honestly you just go, what? Round one and he's under the spotlight? It doesn't get much better than that, does it?"
The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 2 .
Last week had it all and, even better, we get to experience it again so soon. There were thrillers, blowouts, upsets and comebacks. Some top sides looked vulnerable, some non-finalists looked vastly improved. If it wasn’t enough to play around with our tips last weekend, it’s sure made this weekend a heck of a lot more complicated. The chaos meant five was the score to beat on the AFL expert tipping panel for Round 1, achieved by myself and the newest member of the panel; Dem Panopoulos, with poor Liam Salter getting stung by too many upsets and ending up with four.