Off the Wall

There is something serious wrong when seven of the then fifteen NRL clubs are fined for salary cap breaches.

Are club administrators incompetent, reckless, or devious, or a combination of all three? Or are the salary cap in urgent need of overhaul, and simplification?

In past years it has been the former, when the Warriors and the Bulldogs suffered the indignity of losing points because of gross salary cap breaches.

But this year it seems that all seven clubs are victims of what is a most complex system - though one really must ask how the Canberra Raiders can run up a fine of $173,203?

Each of the seven clubs has trotted out their explanations - and they are remarkably similar.

It seems to be all a matter of