I'VE not watch a RL match for years -- in fact since it became a summer sport.

I did, however, catch the great Wigan v Saints Challenge Cup Final on Saturday and loved it.

What a superb derby final it was despite Saints' dominance. I didn't really care who won because I have lived and worked in the two towns, and the people of both are great.

What amazes me now is that, despite how hard they tackle, the players' kit doesn't get dirty. I recall the days when I couldn't tell which team was which because all they were all covered head to toe in mud.

I really enjoyed the sport then. To me it should have remained a winter game.