Crikey’s NRL Hot Form Chart

“For anybody who’s on the downside of advantage, and relying purely on courage, it’s possible.” Strong words. But will they lift the Rabbitohs to victory over old-timey rivals the Dragons? Yep, things have become messy at Redfern but as Russ says, it’s possible. It is not, however, probable which is why Crikey’s Hot Form Chart is plumping for the Dragons on Sunday.

Aside from the troubled troika of Crowe, Holmes a Court & Taylor, the big news in NRL circles is the ascension of the world’s hardest team to tip, the Tigers, to the top of the Hot Form Chart. On Monday, they line up against the Roosters in a clear match of the round. The bookies have Wests as outsiders, which probably means they will win — unless you tip them of course.

Brisbane kick the round off tonight against Parramatta, a mob that is all shop front and no store room. Expect the Lockyer-led Broncs to get the job done in handsome style. Manly and Melbourne each have games they should win, but the best of last year’s grand finalists hasn’t been seen for a while despite their lofty Form Chart rankings.

All in all, Canberra and the Bulldogs are far from hopeless, and Sonny Bill’s mob in particular (at $7 do you mind!) are well over the odds.

Knights and Warriors do battle in Newcastle which, last time I checked, was not part of New Zealand. Join the dots and you’ll see a little piccy of Newcastle winning easily.

The Titans have one of those matches that, if inclined toward sporting cliche, one could describe as “season-defining”. The Goldies are on the road to the Sharks, a finals aspirant, and must win if they truly want to be counted amongst the competition’s heavy-hitters.

And how about Penrith? The Panthers are just one win off the NRL ladder-leaders, but they go into a match against 15th-placed North Queensland as outsiders! No one has been this unfashionable since Bruce Samazan went country back in ’93.

Form Team Last week NRL ladder position Sequence
1 Tigers 6 7 W-W-L-W-W
2 Melbourne 3 3 W-W-W-L-W
3 Manly 1 4 W-W-W-W-L
4 Roosters 5 1 L-L-W-W-W
5 Penrith 4 6 L-W-L-W-W
6 Dragons 8 12 L-W-L-W-W
7 Titans 2 2 W-W-L-W-L
8 Canberra 9 10 W-L-L-L-W
9 Bulldogs 15 13 W-L-L-L-W
10 Cronulla 7 8 L-L-W-W-L
11 Parramatta 10 11 L-L-W-W-L
12 Brisbane 12 5 L-W-W-L-L
13 Newcastle 13 9 L-W-W-L-L
14 Warriors 11 14 L-L-W-L-L
15 Rabbitohs 14 15 L-L-W-L-L
16 Cowboys 16 16 W-L-L-L-L

Crikey’s Hot Form Tips for Round 12 are:

  • Brisbane
  • Manly
  • Melbourne
  • Penrith
  • Newcastle
  • Dragons
  • Titans
  • Tigers

Last week: 2
Season: 44

Crikey’s AFL Hot Form Chart

Brad Johnson’s post-siren miss may have robbed Tasmania of hosting two undefeated teams on Saturday, but it didn’t do anything to diminish the Hawthorn-Bulldogs clash; the biggest of the season so far. Presumably, Jeff Kennett has put the Atlas back on the shelf, so the backdrop to the match is lacking the Hawthorn president’s take on alternative locations for other Melbourne clubs. Just as well too — the Bulldogs already have motivation enough to knock off Crikey’s new number one team.

The side the Hawks deposed, Geelong, try Carlton on for size after their amazing mauling at the hands of Collingwood. The premiers’ response will be watched closely by all. The Magpies themselves notch up their eighth of fourteen home and away appearances at the MCG against West Coast, a mob who can play after all it seems.

The Demons don’t have Kennett’s “this town aint big enough for both of us” speech as motivation this week, but will be heartened by opponent St Kilda’s abysmal showing against the Lions. At $3.50, Melbourne is the shortest it’s been for a long time. The increasingly impressive Lions host North in a match promising much from two of the Hot Form Chart’s top teams.

Richmond and Essendon do the hard yards this week, travelling to Sydney and Adelaide respectively. Maybe it was the hopeless nostalgic in me but Matthew Knights’ quarter-time spray last week warmed the cockles of my heart. Against a Crows team on the rebound, an encore performance is not out of the question.

And Freo, oh Freo. The Hot Form Chart’s bottom team hosts Port on Sunday, and psychologists, gypsies and ventriloquists have all chipped in with offers of how to help overcome last year’s runners-up. Coach Mark Harvey may not walk away from Subiaco with a win, but he will be able to explain the cognitive significance of the Justice card without moving his lips.

Form Team Last week AFL ladder position Sequence
1 Hawthorn 2 1 W-W-W-W-W
2 Geelong 1 2 W-W-W-W-L
3 Adelaide 4 4 W-W-W-W-L
4 North Melbourne 5 6 W-D-L-W-W
5 Bulldogs 3 3 D-W-W-W-L
6 Brisbane 6 8 L-W-L-W-W
7 Collingwood 10 7 L-W-L-W-W
8 Carlton 8 9 W-L-W-L-W
9 Port Adelaide 7 12 W-W-W-L-L
10 Sydney 9 5 L-D-L-W-W
11 St Kilda 11 10 W-L-W-L-L
12 Richmond 13 11 D-L-L-L-W
13 West Coast 16 13 L-L-L-L-W
14 Melbourne 12 16 L-L-W-L-L
15 Essendon 14 14 L-L-L-L-L
16 Fremantle 15 15 L-L-L-L-L

Crikey’s Hot Form Tips for round 10:

  • Adelaide
  • Collingwood
  • Hawthorn
  • Brisbane
  • Geelong
  • Sydney
  • St Kilda
  • Port Adelaide

Last week: 4
Season: 51