Lewis Dodd’s name will now be remembered by St Helens fans forever after his drop goal against Penrith Panthers crowned the Saints as World Champions in Australia.
Speaking to Sky Sports yesterday, the hero of the game emphasised how big of a win it was for British rugby league given the Saints’ status as underdogs:
“I think, the difference in everything, the resources, the salary cap, every aspect of the game other there is bigger so we’re the underdogs in that and I think the challenge was set for us and we took that with both hands.”
When asked about that drop goal, the young halfback was more than modest:
“We worked on it in training a lot, those scenario sessions in training. We knew the plan, it was about repetition at the end of the day.”
There has been plenty of talk about the NRL interest in Dodd’s teammate Jack Welsby, but surely after his heroics and two impressive displays against St George Illawarra Dragons and Penrith, there were NRL clubs interested in Dodd.
However, when asked if he was contacted by any NRL clubs whilst down under, Dodd said:
“No. It’s not, my focus is on St Helens, my contract is here for the next two years. That’s all I am thinking about.”
He was also adamant that the Saints are ready to move onto the next one and shocking the world by backing up after the World Club Challenge:
“Our job is just onto the next one. We shocked the world by beating Penrith and we will shock the world again by kicking on.”