SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Mitchell Moses of the Eels shows signs of dejection as he leaves the field following the round five NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on April 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Its that time of year again, just past the halfway point of the NRL competition, so it’s time to rank the ‘duds’ of the year so far.

Dud

noun
a thing that fails to work properly or is otherwise unsatisfactory or worthless.

adjective
not working or meeting standards; faulty.

These are the players who this year have been doing well below their calibre or expectations and just aren’t performing the way their team needs them too.

With this in mind, here are my Top 5 duds of 2018:

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5. Bryce Cartwright (Gold Coast Titans)

2018 saw Bryce Cartwright leave the Penrith Panthers to join the Gold Coast Titans on a long-term four-year contract until the end of 2021, but its safe to say the first year of the deal isn’t quite going to plan for Bryce.

Once in the frame for an NSW Origin selection in 2016, Cartwright hasn’t seen any of his career-best form in 2018, only managing 763 running metres, with a mere average of 63.6 metres.

From his first 12 appearances for the Titans, he has a simple 14 offloads along with 0 tries or line breaks to his name.

Reduced minutes, inconsistencies and off-field personal issues has seen Cartwright’s form drop, but the most notable question regarding his game would be his defence, only completing 190 tackles and missing 35, some turning out to be crucial to the outcome of their games.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 28: Bryce Cartwright of the Titans runs the ball during the round eight NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and Cronulla Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
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