Monday 18 December 2017 / 04:40 AM

SIX UP THE MIDDLE: 2016’s BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

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.

The Bunker
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.

Joe Burgess
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.

Tony Archer
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.

Sydney Roosters
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.

The Ads
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.

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Nick Tedeschi

You will not find a more passionate rugby league man than Nick, whose Making The Nut column has garnered a huge cult following over the last decade. The Sydney-based raconteur co-authored The Book of NRL Lists with CBS stablemate WILL EVANS in 2014 and has penned several other books; he joined the CBS team with his weekly Six Up The Middle feature in 2016.

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