Sydney Roosters officials have been quick to deny any link to the NRL’s match fixing affair, admitting that their poor form is explained simply by the fact that the team is absolutely woeful at playing rugby league. The club, which has lost nearly every one of their first grade matches in the 2016, is adamant that “there’s no corruption”. Officials have privately admitted to Broken News that “we just totally suck at footy”.
The once proud foundation club were minor premiers in 2013, 2014 and 2015, but this year have languished at the bottom of the ladder, just one point shy of the wooden spoon position currently occupied by the Newcastle Knights.
Media reports suggest that it is clubs other than the Roosters who have a case to answer over match fixing. But in a climate of finger-pointing over corruption, the Roosters have found themselves in the crosshairs of speculation about their form in 2016. Broken News makes no suggestion that the Roosters are in any way involved in any of the match fixing activity. We tend to agree that they just suck too.
The Eastern Suburbs club has posted just two wins and conceded seven losses this year, the shocking record making the team’s 2013 hoisting of the NRL Premiership trophy a distant memory.
In an official club statement to Broken News, the club denied any wrong doing. “We admit that our form hasn’t been great this year, but there is certainly nothing suspicious about it. We haven’t won games for a simple reason. And that simple reason is, we’re not very good.”
“I’m not sure what it is,” one League expert told Broken News. “But you can’t spend your days sipping lattes at Bondi Junction and going shopping for Hermes handbags at Double Bay and then front up and hope to do well on the weekend.”
“There was a time that the hole in the ozone layer was the biggest hole in the Southern Hemisphere,” another told Broken News. “But now it’s the hole in the Roosters defence.”
BrokenNews.com.au was the first news organisation to obtain images of the alleged match fixing which had occurred at other clubs.
Our report and photos yesterday sent shockwaves through the NRL and broader community, after we exclusively broadcast images from the fixed match.
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