Number one for points scored. Number three for points allowed.
Answer, Jeopardy style: This NRL club took the Telstra 2019 NRL Premiership, only to return for the 2020 and look the epitome of a premiership hangover.
Question: Who are the Sydney Roosters?
After 11 games, the Chooks are climbing the ladder with the league’s most potent attack. Only Melbourne Storm are close, trailing by 23 points.
When it comes to preventing the other club from scoring, only Melbourne and Parramatta Eels have held opponents down better, but a couple of tries against is all that stand between Sydney and the top figure.
The Roosters are on top for difference, currently +160, while the Storm are next with +147.
Sydney seems to have gotten on track after losing its first two at the start of the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition.
The question now shifts to one wondering how long Penrith Panthers can hold onto the top run.
The question is compounded by the Panthers playing to a draw with St. George. The Knights might find that draw costly when the regular season finishes. They are currently in sixth place, with Cronulla and Manly ready to pounce. Wests Tigers and Souths could also steal a march on the Knights.
St. George have drawn Melbourne for their next opponent, while the four clubs directly beneath them have softer opponents waiting in the next round.
An interesting wrinkle to all of it is that Sonny Bill Williams and a number of other NRL ex-pats are being made available by Toronto Wolfpack after the club withdrew from the 2020 Super League competition.
Toronto, the only transatlantic club in Super League, bailed on the competition out of a sense of responsibility to other members of the human species.
A reuniting between SBW and Sydney is not out of the question, but the New Zealand Warriors, another responsible outfit, are mentioned as a club that could seek SBW’s signature.
TAG: The NRL is forming up nicely, while SBW and other Super Leaguers from Australia and New Zealand are free to seek jobs after Toronto Wolfpack suspended its Super League campaign.