You just can’t win in rugby league.
It’s taken just four league games for criticisms of Toronto Wolfpack to emerge, their latest win an 80-0 thrashing of North Wales Crusaders.
And the Wolfpack haven’t even played in Canada yet.
Clearly, their expensively assembled squad is superior, on paper and so far on the pitch, than any other in League 1.
While critics may say that the salary cap was changed to accommodate their arrival, there is nothing stopping other teams investing to that level.
Toronto are a unique case, a first for rugby league. They would have been criticised had they been fast-tracked to the Championship.
Now they’re getting criticised for working their way up.
Ultimately, they can only beat what’s in front of them. Barrow have won four out of four too, and have conceded less points than Toronto in those games.
The full-time v part-time divide has always been tough for rugby league to handle, and that dates back plenty of years in the Championship too.
The worry is that the scorelines could get even more one-sided when part-time players have to make the trip to Canada.
But Toronto’s presence in League 1 is bringing greater attention to the division, and clubs like London Skolars and Keighley have stepped up their marketing around their game with the Wolfpack, which benefits them too in the long run.
Here’s what you’ve been saying on Twitter:
For all the uproar about the current @TOwolfpack score, there would have been many more moaners if they’d been fast-tracked
— Gareth Walker (@garethwalker) April 14, 2017
— Robin Peers (@robinpeers) April 14, 2017
— Matthew Nash (@BeardedViking25) April 14, 2017
Crack on lads. See you in SL.
— Chris Hallas (@ChrisHallas) April 14, 2017
Having Toronto Wolfpack in championship 1 is embarrassing and belittles the whole league, rugby is turning into football, all about ?
— Liam Hawkins (@hawkinsl1998) April 14, 2017
— Brian Davies (@BrianDavies12) April 14, 2017
— mark cooley (@07Cooley) April 14, 2017
— Debbie Knight (@debsknig) April 14, 2017
Photo courtesy of Richard Long.
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