Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis blasts NRL draw
Marc ChurchesBy Marc Churches
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Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis has blasted the NRL’s revamped draw, declaring it’s unfair and nothing but a “TV schedule.”
Already sitting at 0-2, the Roosters’ bid for a three-peat was dealt a huge blow with the reigning champions handed arguably the most difficult draw in the competition. Under the revised 20-round draw, the Roosters will face the Storm, Raiders, Rabbitohs and Broncos twice - clubs who all featured in last year’s finals series.
Responding to his club’s fixture, Politis said he’s now banned the word “draw” from being used within his club while also taking aim at the integrity of the competition. “It’s not a draw – it’s a TV schedule,” Politis told Fox Sports. "A draw is when you’ve got fairness. I’ve told (Roosters CEO) Joe Kelly we’re banned from using the word draw. "I’ve been bringing this up at the chairmans’ meeting for the last couple of years now. “What’s next? We’ve had the rule changes, the referees, next thing they’ll tell us we can only take the field with 12 players.”
After it was announced the premiership table would remain the same and teams would keep their points, the Roosters chairman slammed the decision and said it would be “meaningless” and difficult for some sides to make the top four. “If you change the draw, you’ve got to start again. If the current points are to stand, we have to play over a full season,” Politis said back in April.
"It’s like changing the race from a Melbourne Cup (two miles) to a Doncaster (one mile) after it’s already started. "It becomes meaningless and makes it almost mathematically impossible for the bottom sides to make the top four. “This isn’t just about the Roosters. It’s about the integrity of the competition and giving every club and their fans a fair chance.”