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Former Leeds Rhinos star Blake Austin says Super League is tougher than the NRL

Former Leeds Rhinos player, Blake Austin

Former Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos half-back Blake Austin has opened up on the difference between Super League and the NRL.

Before moving to Super League ahead of the 2019 season with Warrington, the Parramatta native made over 100 appearances in the NRL, for Penrith Panthers, Wests Tigers and most notably, Canberra Raiders, for whom he scored 34 tries in 88 games.

He also made an appearance for England in 2019, as well as two appearances for Great Britain in their tour of the Southern Hemisphere.

Speaking on former St Helens man James Graham’s The Bye Round Podcast, he was asked how the game was different in the two leagues.

He said: “It’s a tougher brand of footy (in England). The weather lends itself to that.

“I think it’s a more bash-up game, but you can’t count on anything happening over there either.

“Super League, you know exactly what they’re going to do and you know exactly how to counteract it.”

Super League is tougher, says former Leeds Rhinos star

Blake Austin. Credit: Imago Images

Austin then went further, highlighting a difference in mentality between the leagues.

He said: “No offence James, but [there are] big, goofy forwards everywhere that, you know, they’ll flop in from an angle, where in the NRL, the game is so fast that it’s hard to hurt anyone at all.

“Your thoughts are consumed of doing your job, sticking to your role.

“In Super League, they’d rather win a game 40-38 than 6-0. They want excitement, that’s what they want.

“People always ask ‘what’s the difference’ – it’s f***ing tough, man. It’s tough footy.”

Austin had his most prolific time of his career at Warrington Wolves at the start of his time in Super League, scoring 33 tries in 67 appearances: almost exactly one every two games.

He did, however, struggle later on, in his time playing for Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers.

Austin is now playing for The Entrance Tigers in the Central Coast Division Rugby League in Australia.

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