You're probably the only person in the thread that doesn't rate their own sides chances. Nothing wrong with that, I value it when someone can back up their opinion and you know your side well. However you argue against the same logic you use for the Broncos when you say that the Knights will win the minor premiership. In the 6 years you say that the Broncos have only made the top 4 twice, you know how many times the Knights have made the 8? Three. 2006 - 4th, 2009 - 7th and 2011 - 8th. Go back one year more and they won the spoon in 05. Wayne Bennett is a great coach but he is not a miracle worker which is what the Knights need to win the minor premiership.
Well, we’re considering two different things here. The Broncos with Lockyer have long had the reputation of being one of the teams to beat, yet we’ve only finished twice over the last six years in the top four, one of which saw us claim the top prize. Newcastle, on the other hand, are your under the radar team. They’ve twice made the 8 over the last three years, and have played some good football. They have some nice pieces: Gidley, Uate, Naiqama, Sau, McManus, Stig, Mullen, Houston, Fa’aoso, Tuimavave, Edwards, Taia, and Hilder. One of Bennett’s favourites, Costigan, is there. They have big hopes for Roberts. Cutherbertson and McKinnon come along. Boyd, Buderus, Tahu and Snowden are top buys. I like the balance. Add to that a coach who knows how to get the best out of his roster, and you’ve got a team that will be hard to beat. Also, a few of the usual suspects won’t be as finetuned as the last couple of seasons, having experienced an offseason where key personnel have left. It’s a great season for a team like the Knights, Bulldogs or Panthers to chip away week to week and be high on the ladder at season’s end.
Petero isn't long for the game, Thiaday is a 2nd rower. McGuire is a gun but Dodds isn't great. You need more (good) front rowers but more important is a better playmaker than Wallace.
I like Wallace. He provides a steady hand. It wouldn’t be easy playing first receiver to Lockyer. If you consider the preliminary final we played in 2009 sans Wallace, we were without structure. Lockyer was ass with the ball in his hand so early. He’s a big part of the side IMO. He isn’t flashy, that’s where a livewire like Beale would have been great. I’d have picked and persisted with 6) Beale 7) Wallace for a fair chunk of the season. You can’t go chopping and changing.