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Phil Clarke claims Super League side have “a home disadvantage” because of their fans

Often Super League fans get fixated on attendances seeing them as a symbol for how strong the sport is but also how good a fan base is. 2023 has been a brilliant year for attendances with Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, St Helens, Warrington Wolves and Hull FC all impressing.

Wigan especially should be commended for being involved in multiple attendance records in 2023 including Salford Red Devils’ new stadium attendance record an achievement Huddersfield Giants are chasing when they host Leeds Rhinos in August.

Super League fans are some of the best in the country and last week was a strong week for attendances.

There were three five figure attendances with Wigan and Hull FC over 13,000 and St Helens over 11,000.

Warrington were 109 fans away from 10,000. Meanwhile Wakefield were unable to reach 4,000 but this is likely due to the continuing work on the stadium.

Fans are often seen as the 18th man in rugby league with clubs like Wigan Warriors and Hull FC actually leaving their number 18 shirt vacant for their fans in a great idea.

However, sometimes the passion of fans can have a negative impact when a team is struggling,

This is perhaps true of Warrington Wolves who were greeted with boos as they struggled against Leeds Rhinos last week.

This led Sky Sports’ Phil Clarke to even claim that this turned their “home advantage into a home disadvantage.”

Because of the pressure building on them as they continue an indifferent run of form following a scintillating start to the season.

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