It's a learning experience though. If we keep getting great viewing figures and as we've had massive crowds we have objective evidence to bring to the table next time. Even the most virulent anti league press outlets haven't been able to vilify us this time. It's not where we want to be , but it's progress.
We'd all like our game to get the press it deserves, but this will take time. Keep the faith - we've come a long way in simply establishing the credibility of our World Cup. Let's learn, build and build. As Bennett says it's about what game we hand over to our children. That will take time but we've made massive strides already.
I agree that we have made huge strides since 2000, but am still mightily annoyed at the total lack of build-up to the semi-final.
There should be a review of the tournament to date, features on the stars, the teams, host venues (Fiji and Rochdale for example)...etc etc.
I'm not arguing for parity with the Ashes but just a little more would be nice.