Leeds Rhinos suffered a brutal 50-0 defeat to Wigan Warriors which all but ended their hopes of Super League glory as their play off hopes became remote at best.
The Rhinos could be about to enter a seventh year without Super League glory, a period that has also seen them miss out on the top four in every season.
Now a former player of the club Adrian Morley has raised questions about the club including about coach Rohan Smith.
On The Last Tackle podcast, Morley said: “Last week there was more of a chance of, a really outside chance, of making the playoffs.
“I think they’d have thrown everything at Wigan, but just to go down in the manner they did, the score line they did; I think a few questions have got to be asked.
“I think Gary Hetherington, he’s got to look at his recruitment and are things right with the coaching staff. You’ve got to ask all these questions.
“A lot of expectation on the club, a lot of fans there and they’d have gone home absolutely devastated (after the Wigan defeat). I think these next two performances need to be a lot better to give them something to build on for next year, if it’s still the same coach, still the same players.”
Kevin Brown also added: “They don’t work together as a group do they? They look like they’re ready to argue with each other. There’s players leaving, you’ve got your captain Kruise Leeming left, then Blake Austin, it just doesn’t look like a club that’s all pulling in the same direction.”
Morley added on Wigan: “I think what he’s done already, he’s got silverware for the club, he’s bringing juniors through as well; but I just think he’s very calm and composed.
“They went through a bit of a dip at the start or the middle period of the year and there was no panic, and the same now they’ve just beat Leeds by 50 points, and he wasn’t getting carried away.
“I just think he’s very grounded; and I think they’re set up for a great end of season; I think they’re the favourites to win some silverware, not only the league leaders but the big one at Old Trafford and then in the next four years I think it’s going to be a very very good time for the Wigan club.”