Pre-season is nearly over and over the weekend some impressive attendances for friendlies were recorded.
In fact, one of the best we’ve seen all season, only behind one recorded by Leeds Rhinos at Headingley on Boxing Day, was registered on Saturday as Warrington Wolves took on the Leigh Leopards.
It was an impressive affair to celebrate the career of Ben Currie who scored the clinching try after Peter Mata’utia has broken the dead lock with a lovely score when the game was tied at 10-10.
There were 5,512 fans in attendance to celebrate the occasion. A strong attendance akin to the crowd that celebrated Mark Percival’s testimonial at St Helens the week before.
Another testimonial which took place over the weekend saw Wigan Warriors score six tries against fellow 2022 Super League semi-finalists Salford Red Devils for Sam Powell’s special day.
As Jai Field and Bevan French impressed, 3,846 fans were in attendance.
A similar crowd came to watch Catalans Dragons in France as they defeated an all star team from the Elite One Championship.
3,496 fans were in attendance to get a first look at the impressive Tom Johnstone after his arrival from Wakefield Trinity ahead of the new season.
Speaking of Wakefield, 1,641 fans watched them lose to Hull FC.
Not a great attendance but with the work going on at Belle Vue to redevelop the ground, it can be explained away.
Overall, the attendances in pre-season haven’t been blockbuster but for the most part have been solid given there is nothing at stake.
Hopefully we see big attendances as the Super League season begins proper a week on Thursday.