The same old 16 teams were trundled out again with no sign of expansion, when most would agree there is a desperate need to do so. We can but hope.
Too much of a Sydney emphasis.
The referees and the referral bunker system were criticised too much. No system will ever be perfect and some need to accept that. Media should be banned from raising officiating at press conferences with coaches immediately after games.
The Melbourne Storm as an example to others as how to run a RL club.
The quality of new players coming through the system continued unabated.
The public interest and support despite a media that wants to taint its image.
The overall quality of officiating. Compared to some other sports, the number of poor decisions is very low.
Chart Below: The first points column was the Nines tournament, won by the Roosters over the Panthers. Teams that came last intheir group got zero points. Interestingly, the poorest four performers at the abbreviated form of the game took that lack of success into the rest of the season. Then comes the regular season and the finals.
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