Keep calm – it’s only Round 4!

If there is anything that the first few rounds of the NRL competition have taught us, it’s that we know very little about the way that the 2015 season is going to pan out. We’ve had surprises, upsets, scandals and seen teams wrecked by injury.

Despite this, people are very quick to get carried away and make very big generalisations. This was happening after Round 1!

I’m here to tell everyone to take a big breath, keep calm and to remember that it is only Round 4. There is still a long way until October.

My favourite big statement to be made about the season thus far was Phil Gould announcing that ‘Souths had forgotten how to lose’ and various media outlets posing the question as to whether Souths could go a whole season undefeated.

Really? Such a big statement after only three rounds?

The Bunnies are one of this year’s in form teams – definitely. Along with the Bulldogs, Roosters and Tigers, they really are leading the charge.

However, it is extremely difficult to go a season undefeated. Injuries. State of Origin. An off night. These are things which impact even the best teams.

We saw it tonight. Souths had an off night. They were ill-disciplined, looked flat and had none of the flair which they displayed, particularly in rounds 1 and 2. They were beaten by the better team and congratulations to the Eels on a spirited performance.

Another myth we saw shattered tonight was the one floating around about the Parramatta Eels.

The Eels are certainly this year’s unknown. Without Jarryd Hayne, many experts were unsure about how the Eels would perform and had the Eels missing the top 8.

Despite a very big opener against the Sea Eagles, Rounds 2 and 3 saw the Eels hampered by injury. Many wrote the Eels off 2 weeks ago following the loss of Semi Radradra and Beau Champion (added to the suspension of Junior Paulo).

Tonight showed that the Eels are capable of defeating the top teams in the competition when they are on their game. The Eels are a team with attacking prowess all over the field and when Chris Sandow is on, he is on. If the Parramatta Eels can find consistency in the next few weeks, even with injury concerns, they will be a force in 2015.

The final myth is the Cowboys. No one feels more resentment toward the Cowboys than me at the moment (I have tipped them every week so far and despite common sense, have done so for this weekend as well).

Whilst the Cowboys have been atrocious in their opening rounds, it is still far too early to write them off. I would never be so foolish as to write a team with Johnathan Thurston off.

Give the Cowboys some time to find their groove – I am very confident we will see them there come October.

Whether your team is 0/3 or 2/4, the NRL season is still young – anything can happen. Let’s not get too carried away. I also look forward to many more Parramatta Eels upsets throughout the year. 😛


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P.S. This story is dedicated to my friend Wynand, who was a tremendously good sport despite the Bunnies loss tonight.