Hull FC headed off to Australia for round two of the Super League against Wigan Warriors followed by a game against St George Illawarra Dragons the following week. Whilst the trip afforded the Black and Whites no competition points nor a win last weekend it certainly will have benefited several individual players and the sport of rugby league overall. No question it was a risk to both Wigan and FC taking the first Super League fixture to the opposite side of the world.
Hull KR were very comfortable against the lacklustre Catalan Dragons for most of the game. Does anyone care about the performance of the opposition when their team wins? I certainly don’t. The match was a pressured contest, with both teams on zero points. A loss piles the pressure on the losing side. It could ill-afford to be the Red and Whites in a fixture at home against a team predicted to be in the bottom four once again in 2018.
Growing our game is vital, but how we do so needs strategic planning. Taking a Super League fixture abroad yearly, to Australia, to America, to Dubai or anywhere else we see fit should, in my opinion, become normal. Internationally the game will grow with the Super League fixture and the coverage it brings, while a mid-season Test match proposed in Denver would again grow the game on an international stage.
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