Trent Robinson says there is no gap between NRL and Super League
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson says his side victory over St Helens from the World Club Challenge reveals there is no gap between the NRL and Super League.
The Roosters were pushed all of the way in front at the richly populated Stadium of a bunch of 16,018, where they procured a 20-12 victory to keep their 100 per cent record at the occasion.
New Zealand Test centre Joseph Manu scored two tries in a success that enabled the Sydney club to equal the record of four wins as they turned into the first group to keep their world crown held Melbourne and by Wigan.
“There Is Not Any gap at all, they were the two best teams in football league and it was a Excellent game,” said Robinson,
“It was hard and physical. Was a amazing competition there, they went after each other and also the backs made a decision to move ball a bit and see who could find the execution right.
“I know Saints had a couple of chances that they’d be disappointed that they did not take. We pinpointed the chances that we had, which was the crux of it.
“It was not perfect but it is a wonderful start to 2020. We showed some terrific hints about that we are.”
England prop Luke Thompson gave St Helens a dream start using a sixth-minute try and winger Tom Makinson had two disallowed either side of half-time until the Roosters showed their class.
But Saints fought to the end and were rewarded with another try from front-rower Alex Walmsley to depart trainer Kristian Woolf shining with pride.
“I’m very pleased with the effort,” he explained. “We created plenty of opportunities and did a excellent job defensively but did not quite make the most of our chances.
“We had two tries disallowed either side of half-time – both have been 50-50 calls – plus that there were a couple of different chances.
“We simply had to ice among those to begin to put pressure on the resistance and it seems another game.
“Our blokes ripped into the ideal package in the world. We had some guys out there and they need to have a lot.
“It was an even competition and it might have gone either way.
“In the end, they win, so they’re still the best team on the planet, but I think we defeat all teams tonight, that’s for sure.”
The Roosters’ victory continued the recent nature of the affair, with NRL winners winning 10 of the last 12 clashes but Robinson stays a major advocate of the concept.
“The scene St Helens set on was wonderful,” said the former Catalans Dragons coach.
“It’s such a chance to visit this floor and perform with the World Club Challenge here. Hats off to them.
“You walk out there, the light show is around, the flames going, the south west stand is acting, it had been what footy is all about.
“You wish to come ahead and cross cultures and that is what we’ve achieved, what an amazing experience for everyone.
“Now we’ve got to make sure it’s correctly calibrated. You in Australia and I would like to have three here and it can be carried out. We do not have to pick in the conclusion of the year.”
Woolf, who in his first season in Super League, also considers the event is deserving of more support.
“Everybody has commented on the atmosphere and how hard a match it had been,” he said.
“It’s something that the NRL should get behind too, it’s deserving of a rightful spot about the soccer team calendar.”