2024 NRL game sends fans running for cover

NRL games are regularly being decided by sin-bins. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

LeagueNews.co | Cooper McEnroe

The game of Rugby League, known for its toughness, resilience, and never-say-die attitude, is facing a challenge in 2024 that is making it unbearable to watch.

Players are supposed to soldier on in the face of adversity, but instead, we are witnessing an ugly sight that goes against the very nature of the sport.

News outlets like news.com.au are highlighting this issue, pointing out that footy is all about grit, determination, and brushing off a big hit like it's just a bump in the road.

However, in today's game, players seem more interested in putting on a show than actually playing the game.

The atmosphere at Suncorp Stadium during Magic Round felt more like a melodrama, with players exaggerating contact in an attempt to win penalties.

It got to the point where even the team doctor was earning accolades for their performance on the field.

It's becoming a common sight to see players go down as if they've been hit by a freight train, only to miraculously recover seconds later and continue playing.

In a sport that prides itself on toughness and grit, it's disheartening to see this kind of behavior taking over.

Rugby League has a rich history of players who would run through brick walls for their team, but now it seems like some are more interested in theatrics than actually playing the game.

So, as we watch the current state of Rugby League unfold, let's hope that players can rediscover the true spirit of the game - where toughness, resilience, and sportsmanship reign supreme.

It's time to leave the theatrics behind and get back to what footy is really about.

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