If you look at the bottom of the table sides there is a much better spread of young talent rather than imports than there was and that was what franchising was there to help as well as get stadiums sorted and get youth academies sorted etc etc it was meant to do many things but this one change of sh*t imports for good imports is not a stick to beat franchising with..
Right I think thats all off my chest
Not too sure where franchising is the devil here RP? The salary cap is the method of preventing dominance, but it can't achieve full parity between clubs if they are not on a par themselves.
If a club does not have the finances to pay full cap then they simply will not start off with the same value of playing squad. Of course one good coach may make more of his poor hand than a bad coach, but SL is pretty much ranked in order of ability to spend full cap.
If a club does not have a vibrant junior set up with kids coming through then they also miss out on having loyal, local rising stars performing well in their team accepting less money than established stars who are no better performers having seen their best years?. What is the value the current crop of Syoung aints players bring to the team against their current salaries?
If a club offers on the field success to a top top import, then when the money offers are pretty much in the same "ball park" that import is likely to choose the winning sides - much less hard work and no great expectations, than for a one off star signing expected to carry an average side.
If you are a Wigan, Leeds or Saints because you have concentrated hard on the youth set up (for years), because you have the set up to generate full cap, and because you have had success as a result and attracted the best imports, you may well dominate the honours. It may well be deserved.
Many current SL clubs are years behind the top three, but most of them have the wherewithall to catch up. For some like Hull Wire and Fartown that may take a few more years yet, for others like Quins, Les Cats and Crusaders it may be a couple of decades. For anyone short on the salary cap it's goodnight.