If Corey Parker had his way, Parramatta and Manly could still be in the finals race, the Warriors would be challenging Penrith and Brisbane for the minor premiership and Wests Tigers could offload the wooden spoon with one win. In case you missed it, the Broncos great has come up with a radical proposal to change the way the NRL allocates competition points each round.
We're not sure if it was a case of Corey blurting a thought out loud that should have stayed in his head or he genuine believes in this system, but he'd like a "joker card" introduced to spice things up. We will let him explain… but you may have to read back over it a few times to fully understand.
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"You must nominate the joker card on the Tuesday when the teams are announced," Parker told SEN Radio. "When you go into that game, you must win by ten (or more) points. If you win by ten points, you get four (competition) points.
"If you win by (less than 10 points) and have nominated the joker card, you get zero points." Each club would be permitted to use the joker card once a season but the system would be on hold during the Origin period.
Teams could also choose not to use their joker card at all. "If you are the North Queensland Cowboys - in the current state right now - and you're playing the Dolphins next week and desperate to make the eight, you may play your joker card," Parker added.
Corey Parker's radical idea slammed by NRL fans
But Parker's out-there proposal was widely condemned by fans, who were quick to point out clubs would only use their joker cards on basement teams. One posted: "(This) literally doesn't make sense. Tigers and Bulldogs would have a very exhausting season ahead of them, constantly playing against teams preparing for 4 competition points instead of 2.
"It’ll be like playing finals footy ever week for them. Only benefits the top tier teams, which isn’t healthy for the game."
About the worst thing I’ve ever heard
— Ben Swords (@swordzy4) August 18, 2023
I genuinely had to check if it was April 1st. 🤦♂️
— Necronomicon (@Necr0nomican) August 18, 2023
An idea so bad he should be banned from all media.
— Jason Walter (@JasonWalter80) August 18, 2023
Soooo the better teams will get 4 points for beating a lower table team.
Sounds like we will even the comp up even more………..
— T Mac 🐸 #Toots307 (@NoShins81) August 18, 2023
The NRL won't go anywhere near Parker's idea but four years ago did investigate introducing a "Wildcard Weekend" in a bid to spice up the top eight format. Under the plan, teams finishing ninth and 10th would play teams seventh and eighth in sudden death matches.
The two winners would then join the top six in the play-offs. The NRL argued it would prolong interest in the regular season, but clubs showed little interest in the concept.
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