End of The 2011 RL season

So after the hugely disappointing 4 Nations Final we’re now in the off season. The final was a magnificent spectacle, it truly did bring the curtain down on the best player of this era Darren Lockyer. Even at his age he ran the show, dictated play and must have been a nightmare to play against. The frustrating thing from an England perspective was the fact that Mcnamara stuck with Rangi Chase who has proved inconsistent in this tournament was given the starting place over Gareth Widdop who has been in scintilating form for Melbourne. If I was Gareth Widdop I’d tell the RFL not to bother calling again. England were simply outplayed by an exceptionally fit Australia side who should dominate the international game for years to come yet again. The only thing Mcnamara can complain about is the fact that Australia finished the match with 13 players. Jonathon Thurston should have been sent off for his forearm smash on Ryan Hall which ultimately resluted in a penalty try. But surely if it was a penalty try then Thurston should have been repimanded for causing the offence? Maybe with an impartial referee the story would have been different but the RFL in their infinite wisdom appointed an Aussie ref in a match which the Aussies were playing, once again the mind boggles.

But now in the off season we have to wait until the new season. Very much unlike football the off season is nowhere near as exciting with fans more often knowing transfers than the clubs themselves. This is mainly because Rugby is still a sport were the players still communicate with fans. It does happen in football communication between players and fans, but it is rare to say the least. As a Leigh fan I can say that my club has pushed on from our recent well known troubles and made some very exciting signings. I personally think with regards to Super League that next year will see the rise of Saint Helens again, mainly because they now have a ground to call their own instead of squatting at Widnes. Saints will be very much be back on the map next season, along with the usual suspects, Leeds, Warrington and Wigan. I as a fan who can remember a while back am still waiting for Bradford to return to their glory days of years gone by…