Just got back from the game and have to say i heard more London accents than Wigan.. looked like about 12-15 coaches of Wigan fans and the rest made up of London RL regulars, ex-pats and locals.. I'd say the game was definitely a success from the Wigan point of view. A game against a team like Leeds would easily top 10,000 i think, with a bit more lead up.
Pretty sure Wigan will persevere with this, which will be great. A bit more hype/PR outside the usual RL channels and in a few years this could be something special.
As was Ellery Hanley and some might say Garry Schofield..
The big problem for our backs in going out there, i think, is that its just so much tougher to stand out. Tries that are scored every week in SL simply wouldn't be scored in the NRL as defences are that much stronger. They'd have to adapt their game accordingly, and i think only a certain percentage would be able or willing to do that. To a degree Sam Tomkins has done that at the Warriors.
Glad the game is still going to be represented on the BBC, to a degree, but from reading the press release it just looks like BAU. Unless miracle of miracles has happened and the BBC have agreed to show the SL show nationwide (at a reasonable time) and have just decided not to tell anyone..
Head of BBC sport Barbara Slater says the BBC will "showcase the sport to the widest possible audiences".. which of course is only true of online content, as they'll refuse to showcase the sport to the widest possible TV audience as they have done for many years.
"They'll have tuned in hoping to see something intense, dramatic and exhilarating and instead were served up a mismatch." - DSK
Completely disagree. They'll have tuned in wanting to be entertained. Leeds tries would have done that.
Padge mentioned Wigans dominance earlier in the thread. As a kid, one of the first games of RL i saw was Wigan beating saints 27-0, and I was hooked. Complete dominance of that game didn't turn me off the sport, it made me love watching the likes of Ellery Hanley, Kevin Iro et al.
Most people don't see so many negatives as much as some of the misery's that support RL clubs like to.
People that tuned into watch that game for the first time will now be Leeds fans.
No one will be turned off the game after seeing one team dominate another, they'll just marvel at how good a team like Leeds are.
Believe it or not most people aren't as miserable as a lot of Rugby League fans are.
KR played far too conservative in the first half and made errors that Leeds subsequently punished. Same thing happened in the second half and Leeds ran away with it. Disappointing as it's the cup final, but it's been a very very long time since we've had a genuine contest in a Wemey final.
I think capacity of the place is pretty irrelevent at the moment, seeing as the Bronco's will be lucky to fill what space there currently is there. Its a three year deal currently (i believe), and its going to take more than 3 years to get the Bronco's to a position where they are genuinely pushing the capacity limit. This move gives them a few years to try and turn a pound or two.. It does show a lack of ambition to a degree, compared to other clubs maybe. But at the moment their only ambitions in the short term should be stability and a couple of proper revenue streams, then off the back of any success there, they can look to move up another step on the ladder.