Obviously beating Saints is something Wire need to get off their backs, for mental reasons. But how many clubs/people in sport have bogey teams? Wire can still win trophies and not face Saints it don't matter at the end of the day in the history books it will be remembered that in 2009 Wire won a trophy Saints didn't and possibly in 2010!!!
Smith may have failed badly with England but as have Noble, Waite and every other coach in the last decade or so. But his domestic record is what I would judge him on, he has done fantastic with every club he has been at in SL and has that 'special' knack of turning teams that have been underachievers around. Thats what an NRL club will be looking at, for god's sake if McRae can get a job in the NRL then Smith should stroll in when his contract ends in 2013.
I thought you were from Cheshire, but yes, I had to. I do think Wire have the potential to break the old 'top three/four' apart and I hope they do.
As for the NRL, I know McRae got a job there, but how long did he last? He got blown out fast! He's probably wrecked all other SL coaches' chances for evermore! Who has gone back to the NRL? Smith? Elliott? And ...? I'm just saying that NRL clubs are probably not lining up for his signature. Perhaps they should be, but I don't think they are.