Betfred Super League: The season so far with Steve Simms

With Wigan Warriors beating Hull FC down under, the World Club Challenge about to begin, the Super League season has hit the ground running.

A crowd of 12, 416 watched Wigan beat Hull FC 24 – 10 at the WIN Stadium, Wollongong. A large group of English fans made the journey.

This was the first time a Super League game has been played outside of Europe, giving the Australian fans a chance to see what the European teams are truly made of.

Both teams are staying in Australia in preparations for their World Club Challenge fixtures which are set to take place next week.

The Warriors will play South Sydney Rabbitohs and Hull will face St. George Illawarra Dragons.

Super League champions Leeds Rhinos are on Australian soil also, preparing to face last year’s NRL Grand Final winners Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge.

When speaking to former Salford Red Devils, Featherstone and Leigh Centurions coach, Steve Simms, he spoke about the difficulties of playing Down Under.

He said: “It’s not an easy journey for the Super League teams but it depends on how they fair during the game.

“If there’s any injuries they’ve picked up and there is the long journey home, but I don’t think it’ll have too much of an effect on them as long as they’ve not got any major injuries over there.”

When asked for his predictions for the World Club Challenge clashes he said: “Well you should ask me that after this weekend after all the fixtures. I think it’s a positive step going over there with Wigan and Hull playing each other but this week they all play Australian teams so it depends on the results as to whether it’s a good move or a bad move really.”

He added: “It’s hard to say. I think Melbourne will win but Melbourne haven’t played a game yet so it’s sort of just a friendly to them. They’re just going to treat it as a game as preparation for their upcoming season.”

Bringing things closer to home the Super League season has started with St. Helens, Leeds Rhinos, Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors winning two out of two games so far.

On Leeds’ and Wigan’s start to the season, he said: “Well it’s certainly started good for them, they’ve won two out of two, so they’ve started pretty good. But it’s a long season so there will be twists and turns as everyone goes along.”