Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson admitted he was blown away by the performance of Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin in the World Club Challenge.
The Roosters were crowned world champions as they edged past the Warriors 20-8 at the DW Stadium on Sunday night.
England and Wigan skipper O’Loughlin put in a strong performance, and Robinson was impressed by him.
Speaking after the game, Robinson said: “If he’s not one of the best players in the world…
“He’s an incredible player and asked a lot of questions. When I heard he was going off I thought ‘good, he’s giving us a break’, then five minutes later he was back on the field.
“I thought our ethics were strong and we worked hard for the win. We were high quality on our Roosters DNA, but we lacked finish.
“We are about threequarters into our fitness. I think we could see stuff, but we couldn’t quite get there.”
There has been a lot of debate recently surrounding the future of the World Club Challenge, but Robinson has urged organisers to make sure the concept stays in our game.
He added: “I’m not sure on the timing of it, but I implore somebody to sort it out and get it fixed in for the next 20 years.
“We’re really proud we’ve won four, and when we get an opportunity for a fifth we’ll go at it again. It’s one of the best games to play in.”
Robinson, who spent two seasons in Super League as head coach of Catalans Dragons between 2011-12, also likes the new rules in England’s top-flight.
He finished: “The rule changes and adaptability to those in a short space of time have been really good.
“Everyone should be happy with the product in the first two weeks. It’s what you want to see. Are we allowed to be positive in rugby league?”