Not pretty at all against
Huddersfield but to win having been 16-10 down is a great positive I think,
especially considering the disruptions in the halves already endured this
This week sees the World Club
Series take place and whilst I’m looking forward to the match against Brisbane,
I have been left a little under whelmed by the concept of this event.
First of all I get the idea of
it. It’s hopefully a starting point to a bigger event and our sport needs all
the big events it can get.
I appreciate quite a few reading
this won’t like “The Grand Final”, because they’d prefer a first past the post
champion, or “The Magic Weekend”, because it produces an extra fixture into the
season, but these event titles provide great marketing opportunities and our
sport needs that. I mean we’ve seen Wigan utilise it themselves with their “Big
One” matches to great success. “The Ashes” series was another great marketing
concept for our sport but that strangely has been an illogical absence for 12
years now and in my view a very damaging loss to International Rugby League.
The point I’m making is that “The
World Club Series” could be the next big event to build up but the problem I
have with it is that for fans to really grasp the idea, their needs to be some
logic to qualifying for it.
It should have been set in stone
at the kick off last season that the Grand Final winners, League Leaders and
Challenge Cup winners would be guaranteed the three spots. Theirs obvious logic
to that qualifying criteria and fans would have really grasped that.
In the end who hosted the two non
World Club Challenge games came down to who would put up the most money and
whilst I think coming runners up at Old Trafford and in the league left Wigan deserving
of a game, I just cannot say the same for Warrington.
They had a poor season last year
and to see them hosting a game ahead of Castleford, as an example, is an
injustice. Daryl Powell’s side had an immense season last year and whilst they
ultimately won nothing, a World Series match would have been a great reward to
Leeds also actually won a trophy,
which is something not even we can say at Wigan, so surely they should have
been getting one of these games?
Let me be clear, I’m looking at
this purely from a fans point of view. I get that money talks in sport but I
just find a shame that who hosts games has not been decided by actions on the
field. That’s what leaves me a little under whelmed but I still hope for a big
crowd on Saturday and a great game to watch!