I'd say today is a bigger one-off occasion, certainly in terms of testing latent fanbase. A rare occasion to pit their wits against SL opposition, and against their most fierce local rival to boot. Whether you like it or not, today's attendance must be a big factor in how serious any SL application of theirs can be. We got over 7K when we beat Wire back in 06, for example, which was I think a watershed moment for our realisation that we could both get into and compete in SL.
Cas sold 981 tickets and that's official. So what does that say about the SL credentials of a club which has been in SL for several years? I was told on here by Parky that our crowd would be swelled today by the attendance of several thousand Cas fans. Not so, it was a poor effort from the local SL club. If they had sold as many as Fev then it would have been a full house. Do we also need to apply a like for like comparison and seriously look at whether the RFL should award a license next time to Widnes and Saints based on yesterdays pathetic attendance of 3000? Wasn't that a SL derby between fierce rivals? Looks to me as though a Championship club performed much better than Widnes in attracting a crowd.
As for the performance? Cas were out coached and outplayed by a far more skilful side and couldn't cope with the expansive Championship style of play. Instead of the SL way of five drives and a kick Rovers caught them on the edges time after time in that first half and they'd no answer to it. Rangi Chase was left to run up his own backside and was totally ineffective. A magnificent day not only for Featherstone Rovers but for Rugby League and the Challenge Cup.
Edited by Terry Mullaney, 15 April 2012 - 06:47 AM.