As I write I am sitting watching Canberra play London on SKY, I
already know the result, (Canberra 66 London 20) having looked it up
on teletext, and it is YET another lame defeat for a European side in
this competition. And judging from the empty seats in the stadium I
reckon the fans knew it as well.
Why oh why when the rest of British sport is actually starting to win
something are the Rugby League teams incapable of doing anything, it
really is an embarrasment, not just to Rugby League, but to British
sport in general. Especially embarrasing is that, with the honourable
exception of Wigans win and Bradfords close defeats (played well last
night I thought), most of the results have been cricket scores, and
this against modest Australasian opposition, newly formed composite
sides like Hunter and Adelaide, and primarily only half of the
assembled might from down under, given that the ARL still has its own
All of the teams bar two have been outplayed, and we stand the very
real chance of having teams qualifying for the latter rounds based on
points conceded only, having lost all of their games in the prelims.
What REAL good does this do Rugby League !
Will ANYTHING really be learnt, Rugby League as a sport is singularly
fixed in its past, there is an attitude in League, as there is in
Union and used to be in Cricket, that we do not need to evolve or
change, we are doing very nicely, that is pure crap.
This comeptition is has turned into a pathetic joke, a total turn off,
in principal it was a good idea, but given the crushing defeats on a
regular basis for European teams have merely made it a nonsense. Who
really wants to tune in to watch yet another exhibition match from the
latest Australian side.
The only crumb of comfort is that these embarrasing regular beatings
will be dropped as this competition is simply too expensive to run,
thank god for that, a classic example of a great idea, but poorly
"Once Upon a time there was a little sausage called
Baldrick. The End"
"Sausage, Sausage, Blast your eyes"