A few points should be borne in mind with regard to Aussie Rules attendances. Games tend to be played in bigger venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground. MCG members are entitled to attend virtually all cricket and Aussie Rules games played at the venue. The MCG is centrally located within the city and has excellent rail and metro connections that whisk you to Federation Square in minutes. The majority of the NRL clubs are concentrated within the outer suburbs of the Sydney Metropolitan area. Sydney's metro is great for getting you to the main tourist areas but hopeless for getting you to the main sporting venues. Suburbs like Parramatta and Manly are a 30 minute ferry ride from the central harbour area. Even Allianz Stadium (Sydney Football Stadium) the venue closest to the city centre, requires a train and bus ride to reach the stadium. Also public transport fares in Sydney rate as amongst the highest in the world, thus NRL fans have to make more effort to attend games than their Aussie Rules counterparts.
Having just come back from Oz - I can't agree.
The lowest single train fare is $3.70 - about £2.00
Its £4.00 lowest fare on the London tube
Day travel ticket is more expensive than London, but covers the ferries so still good value at about £13 for all forms of transport.
The logistics of the Sydney trains to me is unique and makes for good travel connections - to have every train come through Central station, loop around the main (tourist) areas, then back through Central makes it so easy.
Only the airport train I would describe as expensive.
Olympic Park has direct trains from the centre, and often, with more on match days. Loads of extra trains on the way back. It was easy.
Granted Manly is out of the way, but there are direct buses from the centre of Sydney. We got one back from Manly - took 20 to 25 mins. Easier than getting to Harlequins or Barnet from centre of London.
Free trains to/from the games as well this season.