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Ten Bold Predictions For the 2022 NRL Season

Which teams will succeed, and which teams will struggle? What could make the NRL news in 2022? With just over a month until the 2022 NRL Pre-Season matches kick-off, we look at 10 bold predictions for the new season.

Check out our 2021 Bold Predictions to see how we went.

Related: NRL 2022 Trial Matches – who play’s who

COVID-19 To Play Havoc With Early Season Draw

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to play with our freedoms. Australia is experiencing a sharp rise in cases, with the peak yet to be reached. You get the feeling that the NRL draw may need some refinement early in the season while cases start to fall.

Most clubs are down in troops to start the new season as players and staff are identified as being COVID-positive, or close contacts and reduced to being in isolation.

Surely the NRL will endorse Ricky Stuart’s suggestion to allow for players from any grade to be eligible to play in the top grade. It may be to the detriment of fans who want to see their full-strength side week in, week out. But the game must go on, just like it has been with cricket’s Big Bash.

Manly To Go One Step Further in 2022

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The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles became the entertainers in 2021 with Tom Trbojevic (28), Jason Saab (23) and Reuben Garrick (23) scoring 55% of the clubs tries during the season.

Should they be able to sharpen their defence, the Sea Eagles have the springboard for success and the ability to dominate the competition, just like Melbourne and Penrith have in the past two seasons. Given that Des Hasler’s success has been set on defence, expect this facet of the Eagles’ game to tighten in 2022.

Their squad is quite stable with Ethan Bullemor the only notable signing. Should Tommy Turbo, Jake Trobjevic, Reuben Garrick, and DCE stay fit, they look in a strong position to be playing on grand final day.

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