It astonishes me to read all the bleating and complaining regarding our
team's performances in the WCC. Two years ago before the advent of Super
League there was much talk of the game being in dire straits and in danger
of extinction. Since then I believe standards have improved slightly with
defences better than last year and more teams in with a chance of the
Consider before the WCC began. With the exception of Stevo did anyone
genuinely believe that we were better than the Aussies? Just watching
highlights on World of Super League should be enough to convince anyone.
Yet as soon as the first few drubbings are dished out everyone is up in
arms. Warrington, for example, struggle to avoid conceding 50 points to
the likes of Leeds and Bradford, is it any surprise that many teams are
getting thrashed? Admittedly there have been disappointing performances
from some teams, but St Helens lost 65-12 at home to Wigan recently and
with all their injuries nobody really expected them to excel.
The WCC has been a harsh lesson to take for fans of the British game,
though thankfully we are not good losers.The competition has come at
exactly the right time as we can now address our deficiancies sooner rather
than later and improve the standards in this country of this great sport.