The NRL Overrated XVII of 2016 - Part 2
We've already covered the overrated backline of 2016, time for the big boys!
Tue, 4 Oct, 12:00 AM
Building off Part 1, which highlighted the most overrated NRL backline of 2016, Part 2 will be looking at which forward pack shares the same unfortunate title as their backline counterparts.
Disclaimer: Lets get one thing straight. You have to be rated to be overrated. The players I’ve chosen have specifically come into the season with expectations and failed to deliver or get way too much praise for what they do or get paid too much.
8. Tom burgess
9. Michael Lichaa
10. Nate Myles
11. Aiden Guerra
12. Greg Bird
13. Ryan Hoffman
Prop - Tom Burgess:
Two to three years ago Tom Burgess was mentioned in the same sentence as his big bruising brother Sam. But this last season has seen Tom underperform significantly for the Rabbitohs. Given how much the team was struggling early in the season, Tom wasn’t able to step it up when it counted most. He has a svery significant family name to live up to and this season just didn’t pass muster. He seemed to become just another run of the mill prop forward.
Hooker – Michael Lichaa
I would say that Lichaa played as significant a role as any player for Canterbury’s rubbish performances late in the year. The team lacked direction, poise, composure and the hooker’s role is to provide just that. Lichaa made bad choices from the ruck, wasn’t finding his halves and overall failed to use the embarrassment of riches available to him in this massive Bulldogs forward pack.
Prop – Nate Myles
For a mainstay in the Queensland origin team, earning $500,000 per season and a forehead that’s bigger than Ben Hur, we didn’t expect Myles to be so anonymous this past season. Myles was stuck at a club in Manly that seemed to have no direction. More was expected from such an accomplished veteran who commands such a hefty price tag. Given his strong seasons with the Titans, old mate Nate was expected to really add some punch to the Eagles forward pack that was often lifeless in games.
Second Row - Aiden Guerra
Aiden Guerra was a solid pick in Queensland’s State of Origin winning side. However, Guerra’s performances for the Roosters were not up to scratch and ended up landing him in reserve grade. For such a star-studded team, Guerra needed to step up early on when the odds were against the tricolours. He failed to do that and then some. There have been rumors of Guerra possibly leaving the Bondi club based off his performances this year.
Second Row – Greg Bird
Greg Bird in recent years has been one of the few bright spots in an often-underwhelming Gold Coast Titans outfit. However, this year the roles were reversed. The Titans played well above expectation but Bird was underwhelming in his performances. Bird gave away the 7th most penalties of any player in the competition combined with the 7th most missed tackles in the league. This made him a liability to this dynamic Titans outfit. Bird’s season has been capped with controversy after being caught in a drunken incident at a New South Wales pub shortly after the season came to a close. Safe to say this hasn’t been one of Bird’s finer campaigns.
Lock – Ryan Hoffman
Hoffman has been exposed a bit this season. Leaving the confines of Melbourne and the winning culture instilled by coach Bellamy, many players tend to see a dip in their performances when they depart. Hoffman was no different. Playing for the Warriors this season exposed some defensive flaws that were brought to light with New Zealand’s unpredictable performances. Another guy on $500,000 a season, Hoffman should consider donating that to maybe bringing in a better coaching staff.
Written by Nik Hatzi