Crikey’s NRL Hot Form Chart

The respective countenances of Nathan Brown and Jason Taylor said it all. Though halfway down a long plank himself, the Dragons’ coach could afford to smile at the siren incident that brought just one more element of farce to South Sydney’s already unravelled season. Taylor, though, was not laughing. His shoulders said it; his eyes said it; and, finally his mouth said it: he doesn’t know what else to do.

The Dragons’ third straight win brought them to the edge of the NRL top eight and to third in a week of seismic movement on Crikey’s Hot Form Chart. The Tigers went from first to eighth, one-time leaders Gold Coast are wallowing in 11th, and Penrith — about as sexy as Phil Gould in spandex — have climbed to a very svelte second. Matthew Elliot’s head would have been on a pike somewhere in the Blue Mountains after round two if some supporters had had their way. Sport can be surprising, can’t it?

But it’s the Roosters coating all others in dust.

On top of both the NRL ladder and Hot Form Chart, the Bondi Boys have the perfect chance to underline their credentials as Melbourne’s major gauntlet-thrower by downing Manly this week. But can the team du jour do it without their Origin stars?

No team better appreciates this predicament than the Storm, whose uber-representation reduces them to almost also-rans before Origin games. As such, any match is tough let alone the Titans at home.

Penrith take on the Sharks in a battle that, if other results cooperate, could see the winner take a share of the competition lead, a scenario also faced by a depleted Broncos should they overcome coach Bennett’s team of next year. It’s fair to say that the mid-season draw has been kind to the Dragons.

But of course it’s Origin 2 that is dominating the rugby league landscape, and now that Queensland have their maroon backs to the wall (just where they like them, apparently), the Hot Form Chart says the series will be alive when it reconvenes in Sydney on July 2.

Form over
Last 5 games

Team

Last

week

Ladder
position

Sequence

1

Roosters

4

1

L-W-W-W-W

2

Penrith

5

6

W-L-W-W-W

3

Dragons

6

9

W-L-W-W-W

4

Melbourne

2

2

W-W-L-W-W

5

Manly

3

3

W-W-W-L-W

6

Cronulla

10

7

L-W-W-L-W

7

Brisbane

12

4

W-W-L-L-W

8

Tigers

1

8

W-L-W-W-L

9

Warriors

14

13

L-W-L-L-W

10

Parramatta

11

12

L-W-W-L-L

11

Titans

7

5

W-L-W-L-L

12

Newcastle

13

10

W-W-L-L-L

13

Canberra

8

11

L-L-L-W-L

14

Bulldogs

9

14

L-L-L-W-L

15

Rabbitohs

15

16

L-W-L-L-L

16

Cowboys

16

15

L-L-L-L-L

Crikey’s Hot Form Tips for Round 13 are:

  • Dragons
  • Warriors
  • Newcastle
  • Parramatta
  • Tigers
  • Penrith
  • Manly
  • Titans
  • Queensland

Last week: 5

Season: 49

Crikey’s AFL Hot Form Chart

All the signs point to slaughter. New Hot Form Chart leaders Brisbane and the Pies this week face two clubs seemingly without direction or hope.

Fremantle continues to find new ways to lose while the Demons were simply atrocious last week against St Kilda. Any form of serious resistance would be a surprise against two teams who are in the upper echelons of the League.

But the Lions and Collingwood are not the only good things this week. In fact, rarely have eight favorites been more clear cut in one single round. So is any team a chance of causing an upset? Falteringly — like the skinny, freckly kid raising his hand at the back of the class — the Hot Form Chart nominates St Kilda.

The Saints didn’t win too many plaudits for dismantling Melbourne last week but their top-line players are beginning to look good and the younger brigade are promising. So are we tipping them to overcome the superhot Dogs? Not on your life.

The Swans have discovered their inner-Geelong, and fly to the Eagles’ nest unlikely to be ambushed like Adelaide were two weeks ago. Geelong, too, have discovered their inner-Geelong and should make North’s position in the eight even more tenuous with a win tonight.

The South Australian teams will be looking forward to a successful weekend, although the Crows’ chubby 7-3 start to the season has been fed on some pretty easy meat. And surely the Tigers won’t be as toothless as last week.

Hawthorn are the interesting one. While still sitting atop the AFL ladder, the Hawks slipped five places in the more cut-throat world of Crikey’s Hot Form Chart. This followed a loss on the footy field, an outburst in the press conference, and an ejection from the nightclub. To make matters worse, the new lock-out laws meant Buddy Franklin couldn’t find another venue to hog the photographic attention.

The Bombers will lay the tracks allowing Hawthorn to get back on the rails, but Clarko’s mob need only look to their president for an example of what happens to wayward favourites.

Form over
Last 5 games

Team

Last

week

AFL ladder
position

Sequence

1

Brisbane

6

7

W-L-W-W-W

2

Collingwood

7

6

W-L-W-W-W

3

Geelong

2

2

W-W-W-L-W

4

Adelaide

3

4

W-W-W-L-W

5

Bulldogs

5

3

W-W-W-L-W

6

Hawthorn

1

1

W-W-W-W-L

7

Sydney

10

5

D-L-W-W-W

8

Port Adelaide

9

10

W-W-L-L-W

9

N. Melbourne

4

8

D-L-W-W-L

10

St Kilda

11

9

L-W-L-L-W

11

Carlton

8

11

L-W-L-W-L

12

Richmond

12

12

L-L-L-W-L

13

West Coast

13

13

L-L-L-W-L

14

Melbourne

14

16

L-W-L-L-L

15

Essendon

15

14

L-L-L-L-L

16

Fremantle

16

15

L-L-L-L-L

Crikey’s Hot Form Tips for round 11:

  • Geelong
  • Adelaide
  • Hawthorn
  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Bulldogs
  • Port Adelaide
  • Collingwood

Last week: 7

Season: 58

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