The Representative Round last week came at just the wrong time for some NRL teams, robbing them of momentum. For others, it was perfectly timed as it allowed their players a change of scenery and the chance to galvanise to turn their NRL form around.
With just two weekends of action left in the Premier League there is still plenty to play for at both ends of the table. At the top, this could be the weekend where Chelsea get over the line and win the title but it’s the action at the bottom of the league that Crystal Palace and Hull are interested in.
What a strange season it’s been for West Ham. After impressing so much in the last campaign, the Irons have had a wealth of problems to overcome in their first year since leaving their long term home, Upton Park.
It’s not easy to look back on a 27 game season as merely a warm up but that’s the position that Sydney FC are in ahead of their semi final on Saturday.
Travel is always an obstacle to overcome for teams in the A-League. The regular season sees teams rack up significant air miles and the logistical challenge does not end when we get to the Finals Series.