There have been plenty of disappointments in 2016. Here are the six biggest.
New Zealand Warriors
No team made a bigger splash in recruitment than the Warriors, who added Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke to an already good-looking side. For the fifth straight year they failed to make the finals with RTS suffering a season-ending injury and coach Andrew McFadden unable to get his side firing.
“They were the most disappointing thing of the whole season, again” – Sterlo on the Warriors #TripleMNRL
— Triple M NRL (@TripleM_NRL) August 29, 2016
Over the first two weeks of the season, the NRL Bunker was hailed as so successful that it got Todd Greenberg the job as the NRL CEO. Since then it has been mired in controversy after controversy as the men in charge fail to get it right.
Bunker call wrong on Kata NRL try: Archer https://t.co/o496imAmdB
— Sports News (@SportsNewscomau) August 29, 2016
An England international who arrived at Bondi amid much hype, Burgess failed to win a starting job at the World Club Challenge and then had a shocker in the season opener. He was shunted to Souths not long after, where his handling has been beyond substandard.
— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) August 22, 2016
The referees’ boss has presided over one of the most tumultuous years for officials yet and the men in the middle show no signs of improving. Referees have lost all control and confidence, while the public has little faith in the system or the man who continually justifies abhorrent decision-making.
EXCLUSIVE IN THE MOLE IN @LEAGUEWEEK TODAY: besieged refs boss Tony Archer reads his bunker officials riot act after another week of bungles
— The Mole (@RLW_Mole) April 6, 2016
The Chooks suffered a heavy fall from grace after three straight minor premierships. The season started poorly when Mitchell Pearce was outed for eight weeks and the club endured plenty of injuries, but they had their chance to contend and missed out through some poor defensive efforts.
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) March 2, 2016
No Tina Turner. No Hoodoo Gurus. Not even Thomas Keneally. Jess Mauboy was punted and the NRL ran some bland, completely forgettable ad that did nothing to engender excitement for the game. It is little wonder the game is dealing with such an image crisis.