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Let’s face it, it’s been a poor NRL season

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    The Cronulla Sharks take on the Canberra Raiders in the battle for the wooden spoon. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville)

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    While it has definitely had its fair share of highlights and history making moments, 2013 has been a less than spectacular NRL season with plenty of disappointments.

    Lets start with ASADA.

    To put it simply, they have annoyed fans, dominated headlines and could give some of the game’s stars hefty bans.

    The Sharks finished 14th in 2011 when they were allegedly taking illegal substances. It’s not like they affected the outcome of the comp so can’t they just forget about it?

    The Canberra Raiders were a team that went from a promising pre-season, to an absolute mess.

    Josh Dugan played one game and was sacked. The bromance know as ‘Dorguson’ is no more, with Sandor Earl facing a hefty ban for using performance enhancers and Blake Feguson being sacked by the club.

    Anthony Milford, a favourite for rookie of the year, wants to leave and now Josh Papalii is in trouble over alcohol issues.

    At the Bulldogs, the Daly M winner from 2012, Ben Barba, started the year on fire in the All Stars game but from then on didn’t have half the season he had last year.

    Obviously, he had distractions. A breakup with his partner, having his daughters taken away to Queensland and, apparently, gambling issues.

    The Bulldogs are only a shadow of the team they were last year.

    Finally, a superstar of the game will leave without a happy ending. A favourite son of the Tigers, Benji Marshall hasn’t had a finishing season to remember.

    Matt Bowen will also leave, as will players who have struggled in their final years, such as Matt Cooper and Ben Ross.

    Let me know what you think about 2013 and whether you think the lows outweighed the highs.

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    • September 13th 2013 @ 1:50am
      John said | September 13th 2013 @ 1:50am | ! Report

      Look on the bright side, Souths made the top 8. When your team is competitive you don’t really care about the rest.

    • September 13th 2013 @ 4:50am
      Marldon said | September 13th 2013 @ 4:50am | ! Report

      No we can’t just forget about ASADA, cheating is cheating even when its done by Cronulla. Drug Cheats are far worse than Salary cap cheats yet no article ever gets mentioned about the storm without mentioning some aspect of cheating. The fact that Cronulla didn’t profit from their transgressions means nothing. Wrong is Wrong and wrong needs to be punished.

      • September 13th 2013 @ 6:06am
        Cleveland Steamer said | September 13th 2013 @ 6:06am | ! Report

        Punished if guilt is found. Which none had been yet.

        I like how Issac Gordon is used in photo. Makes me glad cause I have not nice things to say about him. Which I won’t say

        • September 13th 2013 @ 7:54am
          Marldon said | September 13th 2013 @ 7:54am | ! Report

          “Punished if guilt is found. Which none had been yet”

          I agree with that which is why I agree with them being allowed to play in the finals even if we risk this bad situation turning into a nightmare. Thing is, if Cronulla are guilty and they know they are guilty then the honerable thing for them to do would have been to stand down before the finals series begins.

          They have not done that and just like an individual gets harsher penalties for not helping with the enquiry, the NRL should get very very mean if wrong doing is eventually proven.

          • September 13th 2013 @ 9:43am
            Cleveland Steamer said | September 13th 2013 @ 9:43am | ! Report

            They don’t think they are guilty that’s why they’re playing.

            I’ll just hand myself in for dingo are my baby murder even though I’m not sure I did it

    • September 13th 2013 @ 4:56am
      Marldon said | September 13th 2013 @ 4:56am | ! Report

      As for Benji, the prima donna was very lucky to exit the code with what he did. The Tigers bent over backwards for his when they should have dumped him mid season. Benji’s games have been awful and he was very very lucky that the Tigers gave him his 200th game.

      He will now find life very hard. Without the hero status, any lazy none performance will soon be jumped on by the men in the other code. Benji is about to find out what he has been doing wrong and he can either buckle down and solve it or crawl into his corner and feel sorry for himself. Either way, we have seen the last of Benji and on recent performance, I am pretty glad about that.

      • September 16th 2013 @ 4:49pm
        Nate from Nowra said | September 16th 2013 @ 4:49pm | ! Report

        You have no idea about the Benji the person. I’m sure he will really enjoy being in Auckland and not having to deal with the hero status. And I’m sure the new challenge will spark some good rugby.

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      September 13th 2013 @ 5:36am
      peeeko said | September 13th 2013 @ 5:36am | ! Report

      disagree, even with my dragons struggling its been a good year of footy. you seem to be dwellling on a few controversies which havent detracted form the footy for myself

    • September 13th 2013 @ 6:16am
      nathan chapman said | September 13th 2013 @ 6:16am | ! Report

      Me thinks issac gordon who was an average player at best wants a quik payday,and people until sharks have actually been found guilty get over it so much of what has been written is just rubbish, do a bit of reading and you will find peptides are 1000 miles away from the likes of anabolic steroids which they are stupidly being compared too,how do i knw, you work it out!!!

      • September 13th 2013 @ 9:44am
        Cleveland Steamer said | September 13th 2013 @ 9:44am | ! Report

        It’s that for sure. The player was average at best. Was terrible in the vs raiders semi last yer and was cut
        Now he’s a young fella with no job and needs some quick cash

    • September 13th 2013 @ 6:53am
      Jay C said | September 13th 2013 @ 6:53am | ! Report

      The actual football has been poor this year. Boring and predictable