Not quite. It was poor as a spectacle when amateur, it is immeasurably better now. I'm not sure of the veracity of that Larder quote either
How about some words from Jiffy then,
As Jonathan Davies, whose outstanding career spanned both codes, wrote in The Independent (a UK newspaper), the sophistication of defensive systems learnt from league can make attacking rugby very hard. He added, however, that "league got them into this situation and now can get them out of it".
We keep getting told that League is not a sophisticated game though !!
Quote from "betterrugbycoaching.com".