I think you're correct - that means fixtures for week one of finals are locked? I wonder if there will be much resting of players or stacking of lower grades going on this weekend?
Week 1 finals
Uni a big chance to roll Qbn
Vikings narrowly over Royals
Top 4 sides confirmed. There might be movement between 3 and 4, but it makes no difference in the finals projections (one of the main reasons I dislike our finals system). Even if the Eagles destroy Uni, and Easts win with a BP over Vikings, then Uni get through on number of wins.
This weekend, I expect Easts to pull off a tight win against Vikings, Uni to win comfortably (but not by a large margin), and Royals to beat Wests with ease.
Come finals, Uni will eat Whites for breakfast, Royals to pull it off against Vikings. Uni to beat Vikings again in the prelim, and then the final comes down to whether or not Royals show up on the day.
So it's purely based on wins? If Dara wins this week then Dara and QBN both finish on 6 wins. What happens then?
You must be feeling like a right goose at the moment with the Owls having made the finals and in their last encounter defeated Royals....Not a chance in this world or the next. I've got uni getting the spoon in 2018 having lost a lot more players then they've gained with Easts picking up a few good players to strengthen depth. Not to mention their new coaching set up. Vikings would have to be favourites picking up Angus Allen from Wests!
Risky play, winning is an easy habit to break and a hard habit to build... ask the WallabiesUni essentially get to choose who they play in week 1 of finals. I wonder who they feel they match up better against? Tank it this weekend and give it to Darra week 1 of finals. Or go hard against Darra this week and have to back up against a solid Qbn outfit? Hmmm
Risky play, winning is an easy habit to break and a hard habit to build. ask the Wallabies
Did Darra pull off the miracle win?
Come finals, Uni will eat
WhitesEagles for breakfast, Royals to pull it off against Vikings. Uni to beat Vikings again in the prelim, and then the final comes down to whether or not Royals show up on the day.