It’s Rivals Round and therefore a round full of the biggest games and therefore the best atmospheres.
Yesterday, 45,000 fans turned up over the two traditional Good Friday derbies as Hull FC hosted Hull KR in front of nearly 21,000 fans whilst Wigan Warriors and St Helens played in front of 24,275 fans at the DW Stadium in a sellout crowd.
Speaking at the game, Sky Sports’ Jenna Brooks said it was unreal and something she had not seen anything like it before.
She said at Wigan on Sky yesterday:
“Brian Carney mentioned not being able to hear his guests at halftime.
“I am on the touchline, it is hard to hear anything at all.
“In my time covering the game I don’t think I have experienced an atmosphere quite like this today at the DW Stadium and that is because there is 24,275 fans here.
“It is the biggest home attendance since 2005 and that was on Good Friday 18 years ago.”
Meanwhile Stuart Pyke paid credit to the Saints fans who attended the game as well:
“St Helens sold 6,000 tickets and I think everybody knows even this early in the season they realise how big the game is.”
Terry O’Connor added:
“The fans turn up, and it translates to the players.”