We’re 12 rounds into the 2021 NRL season, and with the first split round next weekend, it’s a good time to assess the 16 teams’ fortunes so far.
Who is preparing for a premiership run, who are the top eight bolters, and who can start booking their end-of-season trips?
Penrith (12-0) = While there were concerns about how the young Penrith side would back up from the grand final loss, they’ve quickly blown those concerns away, with 12 straight wins. Aside from the tight Storm win, they’ve dominated everyone, occasionally playing with them like a mischievous big cat before slamming Mjölnir down and putting them away. The big question is how they’ll go during Origin, especially with key players backing up? While they may drop a game here or there, they should skate to the minor premiership. Anything other than a premiership (during the 30th anniversary of their first premiership) would be a huge disappointment.