NOT everyone will collect a Dally M Medal or a premiership ring this season. Here are my 10 biggest flops - Phil Rothfield
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Where do you start with the disaster that has been Parramatta’s campaign?
Stephen Kearney was sacked as coach four weeks ago, Chris Sandow was voted the NRL’s worst-value player in The Daily Telegraph fans poll last week and superstar fullback Jarryd Hayne was sprung shopping at Woolworths on game day. Good luck Ricky Stuart.
The Eels are almost certain to finish with the wooden spoon and at no stage of the year even remotely looked like a chance to play finals football.
The former Storm forward was signed by Tim Sheens at the Tigers on a $500,000-a-year contract.
He has offered nothing, averaging just 10 runs a game for 77.8m. He also averages three missed tackles a week. The players the Tigers released, Bryce Gibbs and Andrew Fifita, have had huge years with the Sharks.
Appears to have scored more often on the social scene than he has on the football field and has been seen more in Sydney Confidential than these sporting pages since the beginning of the season.
He fell out with coach Brian Smith during the season, sparking speculation he wanted a release to join another club. The Roosters are ranked lowly in all attacking statistics and Pearce averages just one line-break assist and one try-assist each game, which is low for a chief playmaker.
The standard of refereeing this year has slumped to an all-time low and Harrigan, as the boss, has to accept responsibility.
There have been shocking mistakes, involving almost every referee, in almost every round of the season. The video refs have been as poor as the men in the middle.
Phillip Ronald Gould was signed as a club saviour midway through last season. They have gone backwards ever since.
Club legend Luke Lewis has quit to join teammate and State of Origin winger Michael Gordon at the Sharks.
Michael Jennings has had his worst season for years and team morale under new coach Ivan Cleary has been at an all-time low.
Andrew Johns described this freakishly talented halfback as another Benji Marshall at the beginning of the season. He has played nothing like it in a side that has under-performed throughout the year. He misses three tackles a game and averages one try assist.
Warriors coach Brian McClennan paid the ultimate penalty by losing his job after 24 rounds.
Their attack has been poor under new coach Steve Price. They rank last in points scored per game (15.4), tries scored (2.8) and second last for line breaks (4.1).
The halves have been the biggest problem. Jamie Soward, before Saturday night, had made only five line breaks and 13 try assists. Ben Hornby tried his hardest but has struggled to keep up with the pace of the game.
It’s hard to believe this guy played Test football last season. He looks to have struggled with weight problems in an injury-interrupted season. He hasn’t made half the impact he made at the Bulldogs in previous seasons and averages three missed tackles a game.
Made the bench for the Kangaroos earlier this season but has been one of many Broncos to struggle since State of Origin. Copped a hammering from the Manly pack on Friday night.
It’s not hard to do a $1 billion television deal when Kerry Stokes, Kim Williams, Lachlan Murdoch and David Gyngell are throwing their cash at you. The NRL and new commission have failed to fix the big problem areas in the game - refereeing, mid-season transfers and an inconsistent judiciary.
They also ignored fans in the TV deal by providing no extra free-to-air coverage and switching back to a night grand final.
Actually don’t disagree with too many of his top 10, certainly could add a few more though.