Thursday night's horror result confirmed what we have all known for weeks now - that the 2021 Canberra Raiders aren't up to finals footy.
Despite a stacked roster and a coach with premiership success, the former Green Machine's only involvement in the finals will be as distant spectators.
I wrote previously that the Raiders were 2021s underachievers and an overwhelming amount of readers agreed. Nothing short of a comfortable finals finish could match expectations.
One could argue that given their all-star spine, ridiculous forward stocks and a host of young, emerging superstars across the backline, that this side should have lodged a genuine title tilt.
Instead, they spent this past weekend planning their mad Monday celebrations.
Fans have taken to social media to demand answers. For good reason too.
Even if they had beaten the Roosters on Thursday night, their season would still come down to results elsewhere. Even if those went their way, they'd be fodder for Week 1.
Simply put, 2021 is not good enough for a side that promised so much.
The horror run of results and ultimately early season finish has many outside the club joining disappointed fans in asking: "What gives?"
It certainly poses the big question - is it time for change in the capital? Do the Raiders need to freshen up their approach to return to the promised land?
The obvious answer is yes.
Starting with Stuart, he must shoulder a huge amount of the blame.
As someone who has met the premiership-winning coach on multiple occasions, coupled with the incredible charity work he does, I'm loathe to frame Stuart in a negative light.
That said, he certainly does have a reputation of having only one gear - to get angry and yell his team to success.
I say this with tongue firmly planted in cheek but his recent run of press conference performances showed a man under stress. Perhaps a man struggling to find answers.
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The roster absolutely requires an overhaul but there are serious questions as to whether Stuart is the man capable of overseeing such.
It would be ridiculous to place blame for a 40-16 loss on a rookie winger but the late switch was not a good one.
Unless there's an injury to Kris I simply don't see the point of switching a centre out for a fringe first grader, at the expense of seeing Rapana shifted from his preferred position.
Both are capable of much bigger minutes, and impact. Again, unless there's an injury or two we weren't privy too, this looks like a huge error.
In terms of changes, one has become very obvious... Unfortunately.
Former superstar centre Jarrod Croker simply isn't up to standard anymore.
He's had a magical NRL career. With almost 300 games of top grade footy to his name can certainly slot in somewhere but he's not a first-choice centre right now.
Jack Wighton looked an absolute shadow of his 2020 Dally M form.
It would be ludicrous to suggest his time is over but he simply wasn't able to take more playmaking responsibilities on.
He needs a rest and to move back to his original role, beside a ballplaying half who can control the game.
There are a host of possible changes likely for the 2022 Raiders. More will become clear as the offseason develops but one thing is for sure... there will be changes.
Given the results and state of the club right now, I dare say they're very much required.