Canberra began this season as a grand final contender. After falling to the Roosters in 2019 decider and then succumbing to the Storm in the 2020 preliminary final, many thought the Green Machine would be able to make it third time lucky.
Instead, they must now pray for the unlikely event that Melbourne obliterate the Sharks by enough points that they fall into the eight.
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If you’re being honest they don’t deserve to be there. It feels like they have thrown more games away than they have won.
“It’s a shocking feeling because I think we are a better team than where we ended up on the table but we are where we are,” said coach Ricky Stuart after Thursday’s loss to the Roosters.
“That’s all because of the middle part of the season…