"Cairns will get a soft ride home, which sucks, but is par for the course with the weird scheduling."
Yeah, soft ride having to play the top team twice and also the second place team.
As I said "Cairns finishes with FIVE straight doubles, which is a bit rude, so if they do end up getting it a bit easier against Adelaide, that's probably fair enough."
I'm not suggesting Adelaide will tank.
But Cairns are a competitive team, coming good at the right end of the season, and have everything to play for. I don't think Adelaide will mess around, but it would make perfect sense to get a few more minutes into your bench. Plus you have to figure anybody who rolls an ankle, or tweaks something, will be immediately iced and rested.
And that said, I don't know if Joey would be more or less worried about facing any particular team.
But as an example, say Perth was in their position, and could cause NZ to drop to 5th by losing...
Do the 6's have a preference on who they would or would not want to play in the SF???
And even if they did, it could still come down to the final game between MU & Perth