Melbourne dominated to finish on top of the NRL ladder but seemed to suffer from stage fright when they reached the grand final.
Canberra provided loads of entertainment as the NRL's best attacking team, but Ricky Stuart's team couldn't turn it into finals success.
The reigning premiers looked a chance to break the back-to-back curse for a fair part of the year but ultimately fell short.
Brisbane failed to bounce back from their heartbreaking defeat in last year's grand final, suffering through a horrid mid-season run.
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Injuries didn't stop Penrith this year as the young side charged into the finals under new coach Anthony Griffin.
Des Hasler took Canterbury to the finals for a fifth consecutive season but 2016 was no party, and 2017 looms as a crucial year.
The only way was up for Gold Coast this season after the disaster that was 2015, but few foresaw a year as good as this for the Titans.
Brad Fittler drops in to the Sportsfan studios and gives us his tips for what next season holds
Brad Fittler picks his top three coaches of the 2016 NRL season
Brad Fittler joins Will McCloy to tell us his top three players of the thrilling 2016 NRL season.
Brad Fittler says there are a host of reasons the odds are against premiers Cronulla winning the title again in 2017