THE gap is closing but Wigan coach Shaun Wane concedes that the Super League will likely never be the equal of the NRL in terms of playing standard.
Wigan claimed the World Club Challenge last year with a convincing win over Cronulla, while UK clubs have traditionally fared well in inter-league clashes.
Wane is also determined the get the victory against South Sydney in this weekend’s double-header at ANZ Stadium but said the NRL is still the premier competition.
“I just want to prove that our competition’s a good competition,” Wane said.
“We’re never going to rival the NRL with the difference in salary caps and the amount of players that play rugby league over here.
“It is what it is, I’m a realist. I’m very, very proud of our game. I thought we saw some very decent stuff [on Saturday].
“I think both teams could’ve done better than what they did but we’re not trying to challenge the NRL, it’s a different competition over here.”