In alarming news nothing is more sensible.
Warriors and Dragons lead the competition, and the early premiership smokeys, Parramatta, run lately.
Of the six teams that share the last four finals – Melbourne (seventh), North Queensland (14.), Cronulla (11.), Brisbane (12.), Canterbury (15.) and South Sydney (10th. ) – Nobody is in the top eight.
The trail is more sensible if you turn
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This time last year there was a long moan around the game about all the player's movements.
The big four at West's Tigers soon became the big three, so the two big two and finally the little one. Matt Scott was wooed by the knights. Kalyn Ponga was shopping around, Josh Dugan wanted to play fullback and not in the middle, and Cooper Cronk was careful to plan his exit.
Broncos lost halfback Ben Hunt because they were not willing to pay what St George Illawarra considered his market value for a real half, so spent almost the same to lure Jack Bird to play in the halves of only to discover that he is a center or a lock but not a fifty one.
None of it was sensible then and even less It makes sense now.
But it's not that wonderful.
For all the anxiety that played the movement last year, it was handled over this supposed idea of loyalty (a myth of professional sport) (a contract is only for the protection of both parties' interests and both can willingly agree to dissolve it). The extraordinary activity last year has given a hell of a competition.
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Newcastle, where beat Broncos this weekend, is the quiet secret of why the high pain we have had last season is good.
And the knights are not the only team that can benefit from last year's sales.
The teams who arrived late seem to have had the greatest benefit.