Sorry but I just can't get my head round the idea that because a few of the games in the qualifying rounds have been a bit average, the entire Challenge Cup tournament should be consigned to the scrapheap, when the final provides the sport with its biggest attendance and TV audience of the year. And it's one of the few tournaments we have with a title sponsor!
I shake my head at the capacity for some in Rugby League to hunt for negatives in absolutely everything.
Why not start to appreciate what we have and show a bit of faith in the sport for a change? We might start to make a bit of progress then.
Those two final sentences are what I referred to as, the same old, same old previously. I am not a negative person over R/L at all, but I am one that will spell out what I see in front of me and as I saw it over this weekend that was not good sport never mind good R/L.
I do not refer to these games alone when criticising the C/Cup but over at least the past three or more seasons of that comp. The final apart and, in all honesty the ones within the last 4 or 5 of those that are memorable for the expected showpiece that would be expected from any final generally has hardly stuck in the memory either.
No even as you say concerning Wembley and the aura it can generate this C/Cup comp has produced very few thrilling games within its entirety and it is becoming one of those must attend events rather than what in the past almost always had the previous build up of close competitive matches to recall from the earlier rounds, today , well tell me of one, if you can John.
With luck we should get a decent final if Wigan and Warrington contest it, if the previous games they have played so far in S/L this season are anything to go by, but god forbid if the miracle occurs that London beat Wigan and hull turn over Warrington, I can assure you that will not yet again produce anything like the same spectacle and I suspect that you too know it.