Pretty happy WB and TPJ have a chance at a gf. Like, if you were TPJ you'd have to be very happy how a tumultuous year is finishing and WB might give the finger to his detractors , both within our ranks and in the wider community.
I thought for all the discussion of how much value the Storm have gotten out of their backline the likes of Jennings and R. Smith were exposed in the final. That drop from Jennings with the line wide open was a huge moment and it took Melbourne far too long to get into the game.
So much of their recent success has come off the back of their backline. Players like Vunivalu and Addo-Carr could score tries few players in the competition would be able to. Coates is a good project player but he'll simply fill the hole the Fox left behind. It remains to be seen who else can step up, unless Lumelume is able to fix his game.
Points for both sides:
To'o (the man is just to'o beautiful)
Bennett getting a most likely unbeatable record
Latrell missing out on a GF and maybe a premiership
Penrith took out Melbourne
Souths are mostly likeable
Benji potentially going out a winner
Points against both sides:
Penrith are as dirty as the Storm
Pangai plays a GF and possibly wins a premiership
Souths remind us all of Seibold
The NSWRL will likely somehow figure out a way to let Latrell play
All in all, Melbourne and the Roosters aren't there, so its a win either way.