St Helens have proven that they are one of the best teams in Super League history.
They won the last four Grand Finals defeating Salford Red Devils, St Helens, Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos.
They have also won three League Leaders’ Shields and a Challenge Cup in 2021.
Now they have a chance to prove their quality by defeating back-to-back NRL Champions Penrith Panthers.
But St Helens star Alex Walmsley has underlined the task ahead of them by describing the NRL as “the superior league.”
“We’re really excited, it was 2020 when we played Sydney and I think prior to that we’d had a couple of cracks. 2015 when we played Souths and Sydney again a few years prior to that, I think those first two games we didn’t do ourselves justice as a team. That’s been the one downside of these last few seasons. Not being able to have another go at that World Club Challenge,” Walmsley said to the Sportsman.
“It’s clear the NRL is the superior league, it’s got the finances, it’s got the playing pool there that we don’t necessarily have and only now and again do we get the opportunity to show what we’ve got as a league. It’s an opportunity we’re looking forward to, a few weeks out in Australia it’ll be a bit warmer and we’ll have a good camp and lots of team bonding and hopefully then a good performance against what is an exceptional Penrith side.
On the treble: “We go into every season wanting to win everything we can, we’ve got a good side again and kept hold of some key players. All the young boys are a year older, a bit more wiser so we’re going in confident in terms of who we are as a team and what we’ve got in our squad. It’s going to get harder and harder to keep retaining the title but we’re going into it with the aim of silverware. You don’t play for St Helens without those aims and ambitions. It’s no different this year, we’ll be going for every single trophy.”