Updated February 14, 2019 05:45:55 Wolfpack ratings success stories are legion, and it’s been an epic year for the Pack.
While the Wolfpack finished the year with a record-breaking six wins and a record 19 wins, it’s also been a long time coming.
The Pack were formed as a professional NRL club in 2007, but only played two games before becoming a full-time NRL club.
In 2011, the Pack won a first-ever premiership in Canberra with a remarkable win over the Warriors.
The season before that, the Club had gone unbeaten in six matches and only conceded two tries, while it won four of its first six games.
It also beat the Dragons in a blockbuster clash, and in 2013, the Wolfpacks won the NRL title for the third time.
But it was that season, in the final round of the season, that the Wolfpans most famous win came.
That victory came against the Storm at Allianz Stadium, which saw the Wolfpac’s defence take a commanding lead and set up the famous goal.
It was a game that would define the Pack for decades.
When the final whistle blew, the Storm had already scored six unanswered tries, and they had a commanding 48-7 lead at the break.
But the WolfPac’s defence held strong and were able to hold on for a 21-14 win.
The next season was a long one for the WolfPack, as they went down to the Rabbitohs in the Rabbitye, with the eventual win in the opening match the Wolf Pack’s only win in 2016.
But even after that, it wasn’t long before the WolfPacks success story started to roll.
In 2018, they were named the top-ranked NRL side, and the following year, the pack won a second premiership, a third in 2019, and won the next two titles.
In 2020, the year before the Allianzan Stadium win, the Wolves won the grand final for the first time.
And in 2021, the last year of the Wolf Packs existence, they had an unprecedented win, and even won the premiership.
The 2018 season was the best of the Pack’s 20-year history, and that year saw the Pack go undefeated in all but one match, with six wins, nine penalties and one try to their name.
So what has it all meant for the Club in the first half of 2019?
The most obvious change in the Pack in 2019 was their loss of the star fullback, Nathan Brown.
Brown was a key figure in their winning ways in the last few years, and while he wasn’t able to carry the same amount of the workload that he had in the past, he did contribute a lot.
But there was another important factor that the team was missing, which was the presence of the exciting wing.
Jack Bird was already the Pack number one back, and with Brown out for good in 2019 due to injury, Bird’s presence was sorely missed.
The absence of Bird has been a key part of the Club’s success, and for the 2017 season, Bird made his first appearance for the club, in a 24-7 win over Cronulla in the Allians Stadium.
Bird also played a big role in the Wolf packs comeback in the 2019 Grand Final, scoring four tries in a thrilling final-round win over Manly.
But Bird was a big part of all of that success for the Wolves, as he scored a combined 16 tries for the season.
His absence in 2019 also saw the Club struggle to break through to the finals.
But after a strong start to the season and a strong showing in the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership, things changed for the better for the Ponds in the following season.
The 2017 season saw the Pounds return to the grand finals for the second year in a row, and Bird returned to the line-up in time to take a penalty for the opening try against the Sea Eagles.
The Penrith Panthers would go on to win that match, and a big portion of that momentum came from Bird.
However, after a slow start, Bird was finally back in the line up for the final, which gave the Pards a big win against the Cowboys.
And that’s when things got really good for the pack, as the Wolf pack went on to beat the Cowboys in a historic final in Townsville.
The next year saw Bird’s absence in 2018, as his return to rugby league in 2018 and 2019 was not enough to win back his spot in the pack.
But Bird’s return in 2019 helped the Wolf Ponds return to glory, as Bird scored eight tries in his first season in the NRL, and his presence was crucial to their success in the 2016/17 season.
Bird scored nine tries in the 2018/19 season, and was instrumental in the Wolves success, as both he and wing Tim Glasby were