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There is an issue in seeing a team that finished 5th and at times were humiliated by around 40 point by Saints and Wigan winning the Grand Final because Leeds are clearly not The Team of 2012. This must mean that the GF is worth less than in previous years. Of course it is now easier for the 5th team to prosper in the new play-off system, so why strive to be first or second in the table, just save your players for the play-offs. In addition the way Leeds plays is not that attractive: a prop at loose forward; Burrow on the bench, not bothering to use their backs for long periods of the game, kicking goals from penalties in the first half of a game etc. etc.
Posted 18:49 2nd November 2012
Why do we always hark back to who finished where in the league. The competition is to win the Grand Final, not to finish top in the league. Whilst consistency is nice it is obviously not what is required to win a Grand final, as Leeds seemed to have proved over the last two years. If we want to reward consistency, then do away with the final, or hold a separate competition. I also don't know if it's a planned thing or not, but it would appear that the Rhinos have also realised that you cannot keep peaking week in week out, this I believe is best highlighted by their inability to produce the same performances at Wembley.
Posted 16:32 24th October 2012