Sydney Roosters head coach Trent Robinson says there is virtually nothing to choose between Super League and the NRL.
The former Catalans boss saw his current side retain their crown as World Club Champions after battling to a 20-12 victory over St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
The score was 8-6 heading into the final quarter before tries from Joseph Manu – his second of the game – and a well-worked Luke Keary effort guided the Roosters home.
It is the seventh time in eight years that a side from the NRL has defeated their Super League counterparts, but despite this, Robinson believes the gap between the two competitions is indistinguishable.
“There is no gap at all,” he said. “They were the two best teams in rugby league and it was a great game.
“It was tough and physical. There was a great middle contest there, they all went after each other and the backs decided to move ball a bit and see who could get the execution right.
“I know Saints had a couple of opportunities which they would be disappointed they didn’t take. We nailed the opportunities that we had, that was the crux of it.”
Following the match, the Roosters boss also expressed his desire for the showpiece event between the two best sides in the world to be organised more efficiently.
This comes after Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone used the visit of NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg to try to persuade the Australian’s to demonstrate a greater commitment to the event.