The Liam Farrell column: ‘We need a win to keep NRL interest in World Club’

Liam Farrell is playing in his third World Club Challenge
Liam Farrell is playing in his third World Club Challenge

Club games don’t get any bigger than this.

This is my third World Club Challenge and I’m really looking forward to it. All the lads are.

We pushed the Dragons close in 2011, we undersold ourselves against Sydney Roosters three years later, but this squad is definitely capable of doing a job.

I’ve played against a couple of the Cronulla players at international level, and we’ve also done video on them all, they have some skilful players in their squad.

But we need to remember we’ve got some skilful players in our squad, who can do special things.

In these kind of games, and in the Tests, the big thing isn’t so much the individuals, but the way they do the simple things really well for 80 minutes.

It’s hard to admit, but our recent results have been pretty embarrassing for Super League

We saw that in the Four Nations, the Aussies in particular were very good at grinding through their sets.

We’re very confident in the ability in our squad, it’s just making sure we have the attitude for the full match and ensuring we challenge them throughout the game.

We all know the NRL is a good standard, but Super league is too – we probably don’t have the week in, week out intensity they have.

But if we can perform to how we can, we give ourselves a great chance.

I’ve always supported other Super League sides in this fixture. If we weren’t involved, I’d be right behind whoever was playing.

Hopefully we get the support of other clubs and players because, at the end of the day, we’re representing our competition. I’ll certainly be cheering for Warrington on Saturday night when they face Brisbane in the World Club Series.

It’s hard to admit, but if you look at the recent results, it’s been pretty embarrassing for Super League.

These games are great for us to see where we’re at.

But if the NRL keep getting massive scores, I could understand it if they said: ‘We’re not going to come any more, it’s not a competition for us.’

We need to try and rectify that by getting a win.

We’ll give it our best shot, and we know we’ve got the team to do it.

I’m not old enough to remember Wigan’s win at Brisbane in 1994, but growing up in the town, you hear the stories and you see how much those achievements mean to fans who watched it.

We’re all very aware of the club’s history in the competition.

We want to give ourselves a shot to get in the history books, and we’ll be doing all we can.