You can find flaw in both systems if you want to. The only perfect system would be a straight elimination scenario where 1 plays 8 and so forth with the grand final in the 3rd week. Obviously the NRL wants more games so they have a 4 week 9 game series. The system being used this year is vastly superior to the old one and I am not sure how anyone can think different. I am too young to remember but if it’s true that the system originally got ditched to prevent 1 playing 2 in the prelim than that is ridiculous. If 1 or 2 is not good enough to win their 1st match than I would rather see them play in the prelim than not at all which was the McIntyre solution. You don’t have to go far to see how ridiculous the McIntrye system is. Last year the Warriors who were 6th got flogged to the tune of 26 points by 3rd and were “punished” by having to face 4th the following week. 6th should never ever ever ever ever get a 2nd chance in any top 8 model, nor should 5th.