Sam Tomkins has claimed that St Helens’ win over Penrith Panthers today proves Super League sides could compete in the NRL.
It has been a long standing debate about whether or not Super League is a level below that of the NRL but St Helens went down under today and beat the reigning NRL Champions of the last two years in the shape of Penrith Panthers in their own backyard.
Speaking on Channel 4, England captain Tomkins believes the debate is now well and truly over:
“There is always the debate of whether Super League teams could go over and compete in the NRL and last in the NRL.
“Well that’s the test there and they’ve gone over and not just a team that has just had a fluke, this is a team that only lost 10 games since the start of 2020 shows just how good they are.”
Meanwhile, former St Helens man Kyle Amor claimed it was the best win in Super League history.
He said: “They are the Champions the last four years and to go down under and win in the lions’ den, they have come up with the performance to put Super League on a world stage.
“I cannot stress how big that moment is, that is probably the best and greatest win ever.
“Saints had all the excuses, they lost Tommy Makinson. That is an enormous win for Super League and for St Helens.
“They are going to enjoy that and then they will fly home and take on Castleford Tigers.
“Who can stop Saints this year.”