Them burraneer and sealices can everyone else not sure about
Yeah Wakehurst had a bit of a stumble against the Lice down at Forshaw #2 on Saturday, having beaten them in Round 1 at Wakehurst. Home ground advantage I suppose - it is a long trip between the north and south! Wakehurst narrowly knocked off the Hammerheads (Burraneer) down at AR Hurst so they're no mugs for travel.
I'm not sure if 5th Div is having a Top 4 or Top 6 at this point? Originally they were 12 clubs, then 11, then 10 in preseason.
Brothers have 2 games in hand, so the table is skewed a little by that. With no wet weather weeks left, they're scheduled as follows:
Brothers v Kings OB - Roseville Chase, 20/07 KO 1930
Sea Lice v Brothers - Forshaw #1, 27/07 KO 1930
This is what it looks like right now with 10 played and 2 rounds to go:
1 Menai 47
(10W) - Home v Balmain (8), Home v Dukes (10) - probably good for the minor premiership, based on a likely 10 points at home.
2 Irish 44
(9W) - Away v Lice (4), Home v Wakehurst (3) - Irish are a good side and can take out Menai in the finals with their structured approach I reckon.
3 Wakehurst 35
(7W) - Home v Brothers (5), Away v Irish (2) - interesting couple of games. They've beaten Lice and Hammerheads but also lost big to Lice on the return leg, getting within 8 of Irish. A win against Brothers would help a lot.
4 Sea Lice 31
(6W) - Home v Irish (2), Home WW v Brothers (6), Away v Oatley (9) - would back them to beat Oatley and probably Brothers in the night game. Irish is a 50/50 after they were leading the R2 game against the men in green but conceded 10 points.
5 Burraneer 30
(5W) - Home v Kings OB (7), Away v Brothers (6) only 5 wins for the Hammerheads but collected TEN bonus points during the year, so they're close and scoring tries. Think they'll stay roughly in 5th?
Bit of a drop from 5th to 6th here, noting against that Brothers have 2 in hand and therefore *could* be closer.
6 Brothers 19
(4W) - Home WW v Kings OB (7), Away v Wakehurst (3), Away WW v Sea Lice (4), Home v Burraneer (5). That is a bloody tough ask - 4 games in 2 weeks against 3 of the top 5 and the team a game back on the table. Beat Kings and they push away from them to retain 6th I reckon.
7 Kings OB 14
(2W) - Away WW v Brothers (6), Away v Burraneer (5), Home v Balmain (8). Only 2 from 8 this year and unlikely to improve on 7th.
8 Balmain 11
(2W) - Away v Menai (1), Away v Kings OB (7) - will be aiming to beat Kings and will do their best against Menai, but jeez that is a mountain to climb...
9 Oatley 11
(2W) - Away v Dukes (10), Home vSea Lice (4) - they win that game against Dukes and they put themselves in the frame for 7th.
10 Dukes 4
(1W) - Home v Oatley (9), Away v Menai (1) - top and tails to finish! Tough year at Booralee with the 1 close win against Balmain in R6 and a big loss against them too in R1. A win against Oatley won't get them off the bottom of the table, but it would be something to celebrate before the big trip to Menai.
Overall I don't think the table order will change much. Sea Lice and Burraneer have a chance to push Wakehurst into 5th which means something if it is Top 4. If it is Top 6, well the change in order won't mean much?