How well CC clubs do is dependent on how much money they have. All DR does is reduce the financial burden on the playing bill.
However you don't know how much a club had in their playing budget to start with. Sheffield and Crusaders have twice the crowds Hunslet and Swinton have for a start. How much their directors also put in and how much revenue they get from local sponsors is again something we do not know. At Hunslet we have no "directors", just fans running it.
For all I know (the likes of Griff and Derwent will know) Crusaders and Sheffield pay full salary cap, whilst Hunslet and Swinton may well not be able to do this and only pay half the money. Having access to DR players gives them some chance as we saw when we had the Keinhorsts and Singletons playing for us.
I do know that without these DR lads we may now have been on the bottom of CC with no points. We may finish the season outside the relegation zone (putting aside the proposed changes) and if we did I'd say that picking up those early wins could well have saved us. Your argument is flawed because you assume if we hadn't gone for DR we'd have done better because Crusaders and Sheffield don't do DR and have done well.
But you forget they probably have the money to pay the better players. Most of the Crusaders lads have come down from Lancashire. If Swinton could have offered them more they would be there wouldn't they?
What's your view DKW?
I don't think the hope and expectation at Hunslet when they entered this arrangement was that they might just possibly, maybe avoid relegation. I remember Barry Eaton waxing lyrical about making the playoffs with a far superior team. This system has clearly failed Hunslet and others.
I don't follow your point about Sheffield and crusaders having more money to pay players and so produce a better. This is undoubtedly true but this was supposed to be counteracted by Hunslet and the likes having far superior players for free from the DR loanees. This system has clearly failed on that front as well.
I think the independents also benefitted from having a stable team squad not one constantly changing and with a team spirit and ethos and will to win greater than was to be found in the cobbled together, frequently changing, squads with mixed loyalties found at DR clubs.
Joe public has not gone for it, none of the benefits for the championship clubs have arisen. It is a failure and, if it is to be scrapped, then good riddance.
I just hope the will to live and any flicker of independent action has not been eradicated in the DR clubs and that they can come back stronger.