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Monday, 13 September 2010

The Super League Play offs

During the Super League era, almost all silverware has been won by the so called "big four" of Bradford, Leeds, St Helens and Wigan. If my memory serves me well, Sheffield and Warrington winning the Challenge Cup are the only exceptions. The last three Grand Finals have involved the "big two" of Leeds and St Helens.
Surely all fair minded RL fans deplore this situation and hope another team can triumph.

I am certain (anybody want to bet?) that Bradford won't win anything this year. Under Steve McNamara and his successors they have been woeful. I realise they have worked under financial constraints but so have other teams - look at Crusaders. Bradford have under performed and need to improve dramatically

My really hoped that Warrington would break the monopoly of the "big four" but their defeat by St Helens in the first round of the play offs has put this in doubt. They under estimated St Helens who played well and the conditions were certainly a leveller. St Helens rode their luck and took their chances but there is a long way to go yet. Warrington have not been eliminated and if they play like they did at Wembley they will beat anybody.

Leeds and Wigan will obviously be a threat. By their standards, Leeds have been indifferent all season and they have some injuries but they are the defending champions and their big game players seem to be coming good at the right time. Wigan have been the top team all season and must still be among the favourites although they have lost momentum recently.

For the good of the game, I hope Leeds, St Helens and Wigan struggle.
We need some other Grand Final participants.

The salary cap was introduced to improve the competition and seemed to be having an effect.

I sincerely hope so.

This season has been the most competitive for many years with at least ten teams competing for play off places. This is great news for the game and will help us at international level


We don't want to emulate soccer where everybody can usually predict the top four and only two teams can realistically win the Premiership title.

If Warrington can't recapture their form, I suggest all neutrals should support Huddersfield or Hull KR.

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