Could a Super League bubble finish the season?

The Super League continues to face further coronavirus problems as an outbreak amongst the Catalans Dragons squad has led to their match with Hull FC getting cancelled. This has raised questions about a potential Super League bubble. 

After postponing the Wigan Warriors fixture with the Catalans Dragons last week, the RFL and Super League were hit with yet another blow as the Dragons returned seven positive coronavirus tests, including five players and two members of the backroom team. This has forced the RFL to cancel yet another fixture this season.

A number of leagues worldwide have adopted the use of a bubble to finish their respective competitions, the NBA, NHL and even the MLB used a bubble for the postseason. While in Europe, UEFA used a bubble to complete the Champions and Europa League in Portugal and Germany. 

At least a dozen Super League matches have been affected since the competition restarted and Wigan Warriors boss Adrian Lam suggested the idea of a secure bubble to finish the campaign. 

Salford Red Devils head coach Ian Watson expressed his views on the matter when speaking to the Match

“Depends where they’re sending us, if it is Dubai it might be alright,” Watson joked. “I don’t know our boys have been pretty good, in fact better than pretty good they have been awesome through all this time,” Watson added. 

While Watson admits the bubble may be a good idea, he has reservations over the potential cost of it all, but accepts it will be up to the game to make the decision. 

“Whether that is the view that the game needs to take, we want to get through the season we are gonna put everyone in a bubble for a month that is something for them to look at and I imagine it’ll be at a big cost to do that,” Watson stated.

Despite the situation that is wreaking havoc across the competition, Salford have been left relatively unscathed since August. Watson underlined the precautions the club are taking to avoid a major outbreak.

“Anything that has been a disruption has been because we have found that there has been an illness at school or a contact of a contact had it and we have had to be careful around them for a day or two until they have been tested,” the Red Devils boss added.

The Red Devils head coach reserved special praise for the club’s medical team for their handling of the situation. 

“Our Covid officer and medical team in general have been absolutely outstanding with the we have had to police all the corona stuff,” Watson said.

While a Super League bubble is the safest option to complete the season, cost and the current finances of the game will likely prohibit the RFL and Super League from taking that action.