This year was an anomaly.. with the less game time.Teams having a first week win are now 4W and 6L in prelims. While Port predictably just lost to a better more composed team, Bris were awful. I think Geel were a better team, but it didn't look like the 1 game in 3 worked for Bris at all.
As fagan said during the press conference when he was asked by the journalist:
Not an excuse, we were comprehensively outplayed by the better team but having the extra bye this year along with less game time could have been a factor this year moreso than previous years