Unbelievably he was 3 weeks late on both Cleary and Turbo, the 2 most important players to have this season. Also 7 rounds late on CHN, didnt get iPap until round 18, Curran round 23! Are you sure this was the guy that came 1st?
The only good things that seemed to work in his favour were ditching guys early when they were injured long term or suspended like Papy and Fifita. Must have got really lucky being able to field 17+ each week.
Bit of tall poppy syndrome going on here IMO. Blokes leading, which IMO takes both skill AND luck, and whilst he may have been late on Cleary and Turbo he wasn’t too stubborn to refuse like many, and got on board when he could. Pretty easy to sit bank miles behind and claim he got lucky whilst you got unlucky.
Maybe a congrats, well played and good luck for the final round might be more appropriate.
People like MTB, Honey Badger, Milchow etc etc don’t rank so high every year on luck. MTB has had an outlier this year obviously with some bad luck, but I’d bet my left nut he is back at the pointy end next year.
TLDR, bad luck can kill you, good luck isn’t the sole ingredient to success.