This is similar to a point I made in the "Seriously underwhelming" thread, stating that as a league Super League is not actually get any more competitive. I posted these facts:
NRL 2012. Difference between #1 and #16 - 24 points.
NRL 2012. Difference between #2 and #15 - just 18 points.
SL 2012. Difference between #1 and #14 - 30 points.
NRL 2012. MATCH POINTS difference between best and worst - 461
SL 2012. MATCH POINTS difference between best and worst - a ridiculous 1,095
Although somebody quite rightly made the point that the NRL has a different number of games. But my point was that if SL is to grow and overall get better than the 50-0 games need to be weeded out. If the latter figures does down to 700-800 than it will be good for the game.
Saying that I don't know to what extent Widnes alone make on that last statistic - I seem to remember Warrington, Saints, Catalans, Hudds posting 70+ scores.
I saw Leeds and Saints and thought they were great games. Didn't see Salford v Wigan but it certainly doesn't dound like I missed much. I would like to think that every team in SL before the match feels they have the potential to win and don't go out simply thinking about minimising the scoring. Does that currently happen?? Who knows. Competition is what drives all sport at the end of the day.
The current rules only allow close margins if teams are very well matched in terms of the type of skills needed for the constant running back and forward - something easy to do in the NRL as it is the national sport,but ###### elsewhere around the world. The current rules are geared to the NRL only. IMO they will eventually push to change the rules towards a 15metre 11-a-side game as players become even more accustomed to the 10m rule. Effectively moving away from core rugby league to some sort of Superhuman game. Unfortunately, this will make the game even harder to play and mean Aussie teams will never be beaten thus leading to an isolated sport like American Football.
Why the hell should we follow the NRL? Lets get them to follow us