Monaghan wants Warrington to show Super League’s star quality

Warrington three-quarter Joel Monaghan is keen to show the world that Super League is a high quality competition, when his side clash with St George-Illawarra Dragons on Friday night.

Monaghan is well aware of the quality on show every week in the NRL, but is optimistic that his side, as well as Wigan and St Helens, can show that they can match the best on offer from Australia.

“They talk about the NRL as the best competition in the world, and it is,” he said.

“But the top teams over here can definitely go out and do a job against them.

“The three teams on show from England are definitely capable of going out there and doing the job.

“Hopefully we can do that, and the quality over here can be spoken of in a different breath over in Australia.

“Maybe then there’ll be more teams who want to come over and play in this concept, and that starts with us on Friday night.”

Monghan is well aware of the attacking threat that the Dragons pose, and is expecting defence to play a key role in the game.

He also expects the noisy home crowd to play their part by roaring on the Wolves.

“It’s going to be a tough one, they’re a quality side with some quality players,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to it. I know we’re not playing for two points, but we want to win the game, and we’re going to do everything we can to go out and do it.

“Hopefully it’s a packed house at the Halliwell Jones, and a very hostile environment, so we can go out there and get the job done.

“We want it to be a tough place to come and play. We love playing in front of our fans, and the NRL teams are probably not going to be used to the crowd noise we get over here compared to back home.

“Any team that’s got Benji Marshall, Gareth Widdop, Josh Dugan in it, they’re going to be a good attacking side.

“So our defence is going to have to be as good as it’s been. But I think we can throw a bit of attack at teams as well. Hopefully we can go out there and give as good as we get.

“Either way, it’s going to be a good spectacle and we’re really looking forward to it.”

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