If you swap cooper and thurston regarding teams they played in. I believe thurston would have won a few more comps for Melbourne. CRONK would have been a no body in some of the cowboys teams. Melbourne and roosters have both champion players across the park and cronk has been lucky to have played in those teams. Melbourne still won the minor premiership by 6 points. CRONK didn't make Melbourne better. They already have a great team. Roosters have bought tadesko and cronk this year BRETT Morris and that England winger who is a gun and couldn't even make the team. Crighton and keary from souths Roosters have paid for these 2 premierships They have not built a team from bottom up. A team with all those players compared to all the players in the Raiders team. Or manly or half the other teams are worth more money player by player in each position. NO WAY the roosters are under the cap. Unless they are all getting under paid. It is common sence. Just have TO use logic. Roosters are all STAR studded and any coach MUST win a few comps with those players in the team. I do not believe that roosters top 30 is getting paid like the bulldogs top 30. Or manly or titans or raiders and I can keep going. Roosters have actually under achieved. They should have won the minor premiership also. Melbourne was the best team over 26 rounds EASILY Roosters won 1 extra game in the finals than any other team. Big whoops.