RL Fans and the Play offs
Posted 13 September 2010 - 06:52 AM
Last night's crowd 12,117.
Anybody at the game think that crowd was correct?
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:34 PM
St Helens vs Warrington 14,632
Hull FC vs Hull KR 17,699
Huddersfield vs Crusaders 5,869
Wigan vs Leeds 9,987
Final Weekend 1 NRL crowds:
Gold Coast vs NZ Warriors 27,046
Wests Tigers vs Sydney Roosters 33,315
Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders 16,668
St. George Dragons vs Manly Sea Eagles 15,574
So the NRL attracted nearly double the crowds of the Super League.
It is true that Super League has nothing like the mass media publicity of the NRL. But that does not explain why there were only 9,987 at the Wigan vs Leeds game. All the fans of the two best supported clubs knew the match was on. But they just failed to show up.
Moreover the NRL games were all live on terrestrial television (Channel 9). No one had to pay to watch the TV.
Clearly there are more Aussies who follow rugby league, and they are more passionate about their clubs than people from the northern so-called heartlands of English rugby league. That is why Australia is number 1.
The only hope for the northern hemisphere is to get more passionate French people involved. That entails giving them their own Super League clubs in Toulouse in 2012, and later in Paris.
Pretty soon the gate at the DW will be in negative figures.
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