Pre-season prediction: Sixth
Position: Seventh (6 wins, 10 losses, -164 points differential)
In short: Expectations were high in 2013 after a handful of very solid signings and a good pre-season campaign, but DPC simply did not cut the mustard. Far too often, captain-coach Andrew Herbert was left to wonder why his side couldn’t bring its training form onto the paddock come matchday.
What went right: When they were on, the Roosters were on. Their best football was scintillating and right up there with the cream of Group 20. Off-season recruits Sam Dalby, Nick Briggs and Josh Bryant fitted in brilliantly and were arguably DPC’s three best players this year.
What went wrong: Inconsistency. As good as they could be, the Roosters were disappointing in the big games, registering just one win against an eventual top-five outfit for the season. Herbert struggled to put his finger on exactly why but claimed attitude was a big reason.
Best win: Frustratingly for the club’s coaching staff, the Roosters saved their best performance for last – well, second last. With the season shot and finals out of the picture, DPC claimed an epic 22-19 win over Bidgee in their final home game for the season. It was secured in the dying minutes thanks to forward Luke Gras, who crashed over off a penalty tap for one of the biggest upsets of 2013.
Worst loss: There were a few, but the 50-20 defeat to the Hay Magpies in round 13 stands out. For a side that had genuine finals aspirations at the start of the year to fall to the multiple wooden spooners in this fashion was unacceptable – even if the Pies proved themselves no pushovers.
Best player: Very tough to go past Nick Briggs, the former Melbourne Storm junior who earned Group 20 representative honours in his first season with DPC. Could play anywhere from the second row to the centres and rarely left anything in the tank.
Leading tryscorer: Briggs was also the Point’s best attacking player, scoring 14 tries. The next best for the Roosters was Josh Bryant with six, painting a picture of just how important Briggs was to the side.
Moving forward: DPC needs a new coach with the retirement of skipper Andrew Herbert. It’s probably time for a breath of fresh air at the point and it’s an important decision - the right mentor could turn this side into perhaps 2014’s big surprise package.
Grade: C. Describing this one as a wasted season is maybe a touch too harsh but there’s no doubt the Roosters wanted more out of it. The bar was set high in pre-season but they just couldn’t reach it when it mattered.