. . . who pays the Manly players in the WCC? Does the NRL pay, or is it in Manly's salary cap? Likewise, those players in the All Stars match? If it is the latter, then is it a one-off match payment, or just part of their season wage? The wider question is: do players receive match payments as well as a base salary? If so, then trying to keep under the salary cap must affect successful clubs who win more matches and play in the final series than the strugglers. When a team wins a GF, as is a regular occurrence for Manly, then are the players given a bonus? If so, then this would also affect the salary cap. Players in successful teams would play more matches, so on a per game basis they are probably financially disadvantaged over those players in teams that never make the finals. It must be a nightmare trying to keep under the salary cap for successful clubs.