It may be premature to write off the Sydney Roosters at this juncture of the NRL season, but it seems that many punters are of a mind to keep paper and pen close by.
The Roosters have played five, lost five so far and only the Newcastle Knights have a larger negative point differential.
Not since 1999, when the Brisbane Broncos started the season winless after five weeks, has a team made the finals after a 0 – 5 start.
The Broncos’ stumble came after they had taken the premiership the previous season. At least in the case of the Roosters, their fall was not quite as precipitous, at least not quite, as they came away from last season with 18 victories and the minor premiership.
The Roosters could benefit from some of the same magic that struck the Broncos in 1999, when the team from Brisbane snuck into the finals one point ahead of the Canberra Raiders. A Broncos resurgence that began in round 11 was responsible.
For the Roosters, winners of three consecutive minor premierships, the five-game losing streak to start the year is their worst in nine seasons.
Trent Robinson might be facing the same future that saw 2007 Roosters’ coach Chris Anderson getting the chop after 16 games.