Crosby tips new format to improve the league

Wigan's Dom Crosby in action against Warrington Wolves
Wigan's Dom Crosby in action against Warrington Wolves

PROP Dom Crosby reckons the new Super League format will prove a winner – once he’s got his head around it!

Next season starts with a 12-team competition before breaking into the ‘super 8s’ in the summer.

Under the new model, the bottom four merge with the top four of the Championship to form a new competition –while Super league’s top-eight continue to battle for a place in a top-four play-offs.

Crosby admits the complications of the new system will take some getting used to.

But he welcomed the fact it should drive up competitiveness throughout the year, and reckons the decision to cut the play-offs from eight teams to four is long overdue.

He said: “I’ve not quite got my head around it all yet, but it should mean you have to compete in every game to finish as high up the table, and that’s got to be a good thing.

“To get into the top four, you have to be on your toes throughout the year and I think it’ll be good for the game.

“You won’t be able to afford slow starts while teams get into it – last season we lost some ‘lesser’ games, and we can’t afford to do that next time.”

Meanwhile, Warriors’ Under-19s were left counting the cost of a bruising showdown against the Australian Schoolboys.

Wigan’s young-guns led 18-6 midway through Saturday’s contest before finally going down 36-18, with three players suffering broken bones.

Kieron Sherratt (leg), fellow substitute Jack Wells (jaw) and winger Liam Marshall (ankle) were among the most severe injuries.

Coach Matty Peet said: “I was immensely proud of our players.”