16 teams is an optimum number as it allows some of the 8 games a round to spread across the prime television viewing times while still allowing for the tradition of the afternoon games. I hated it when it was only 14 teams. 12 teams would be far too few, 18 teams is too many. 16 is perfect.Story on NRL universe with Andrew johns calling on the NRL to let the weakest clubs go and play a 12 team comp. with Newcastle only joining the NRL in 1988 they're hardly one of old clubs like Souths that have been going and the amount of wooden spoons in succession a few years ago thought that was a bit rich.
Not sure about the validity of this quote after only 2 rounds either:
"The stronger will get stronger and the weak will get weaker. I've been saying for a while that I think the best number is 12 teams for the competition, I think if you look this year especially, I think the stronger teams, the teams up the top, look far superior to the teams down the bottom."
Last years premiers are winless and the Eels who are at the top were wooden spooners in 2018.