Season 2016 was a ground-breaking one for rugby league with Cronulla collecting their first premiership in what was, fittingly, their 50th year in top flight rugby league. On the opposite end of the scale (and the ladder) it was a season crippled by devastating loss after devastating loss for Newcastle players, staff and fans. The Knights won just one of their 24 matches in 2016 and lost their last 18 in succession to register the worst-ever return by an NRL club since the competition was formed in 1998.
Grand Final result: SHARKS (14) def STORM (12)
|STORM||TEAM 1||TEAM 1||TEAM 1||WINNER|
|TEAM 3||TEAM 2|
|PANTHERS||TEAM 5||TEAM 3||TEAM 2|
|TEAM 7||TEAM 4|