French connection vital
STEVE McNAMARA holds Super League’s credibility in his hands over the next few weeks.
It’s a fate the former England boss wouldn’t have expected when he joined Catalans in June.
At the time, the French side were dangerously close to the cut-off point for the Super 8s.
But he inherited a strong enough squad to suggest he would pull them up the table.
Instead, McNamara won just one of the remaining five regular games of the season to condemn the Dragons to the Middle 8s.
Even then, with the luxury of four home games, they looked more than capable of saving their skins.
But a narrow win over Halifax at home has been followed by defeats by Warrington and Leigh. Now they are in trouble – and so is Super League if the French club go down.
Without a European element to the competition, Super League will revert to being a northern sport.
Toronto are at least a year away from helping the game spread across the Atlantic.
London disappeared from the top flight three years ago so we lost a presence in the capital.
If Catalans disappear as well then the reputation of the game will take a massive hit.