Robinson keen for World Club Series development


Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson is adamant the World Club Series can flourish as a concept despite his side battering St Helens 38-12 at Langtree Park on Friday.

The NRL completed a 3-0 whitewash over their Super League counterparts in the inaugural Club Series last year and it was a resounding success for the Roosters in the opening game of the 2016 edition.

It is sure to raise more questions about the quality of Super League compared to NRL and all eyes will be on Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos when they come up against Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys over the next two days.

But Robinson is sure those fixtures will be competitive and remains an advocate of the Club Series.

"The next two games are going to be crackers," Robinson said.

"It's here to stay. I don't think questioning it is a good idea. It's about loving it and investing some time and thinking about how to get the best out of it.

"It's hard for the Australian teams coming over, but we've only had one focus.

"The Super League teams have to play a couple of games. If you train a whole off-season and play that game as your sole focus, sometimes it's easier."

Robinson also feels that Saints were hindered by the loss of key personnel such as James Roby and Mark Percival.

"Injuries cost St Helens," he added. 

"Losing Roby was a huge loss, Percival was as well and there was no Jon Lomax."