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Burgess: Super League closing gap on NRL
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Burgess: Super League closing gap on NRL

Hat-trick hero Joe Burgess reflected on Wigan's World Club Challenge win as a "mad experience" and is eyeing a clean sweep this year.

Joe Burgess believes the gap between the NRL and Super League is "100 per cent" closing and stated that Wigan Warriors' aim is to win "everything" this season after their historic World Club Challenge victory over Cronulla Sharks.

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The clinical Burgess scored a hat-trick to secure a famous 22-6 victory for the Super League champions at the DW Stadium on Sunday in his first home match since returning to Wigan following a frustrating season in the NRL.


Burgess felt he was not given a fair crack of the whip by Sydney Roosters, who allowed the winger to join South Sydney Rabbitohs before returning to his hometown club, but showed he can deliver on the big stage as Wigan were crowned the best team on the planet for a record fourth time.

Warrington Wolves also upset Brisbane Broncos on Saturday to put a halt to southern hemisphere domination of the World Club Challenge in recent years.

Asked if Super League clubs are bridging the gap, Burgess told Omnisport: "It's closing, 100 per cent. With Warrington last night as well, it's 2-0 to Super League."


Reflecting on Wigan's achievement, he said: "It was a mad experience. I experienced it a few years ago in Australia and it was a similar situation, where I didn't play in a Grand Final the year before [2013] and had the opportunity to play in the World Club Challenge [when the Roosters beat Wigan in 2014]. 

"We didn't do it that year, but we've done it now. It's my first bit of silverware and a very proud moment.

"We were not 100 per cent but it was just our desperation that won us the game I think. One of my toughest games was against Cronulla last year when I was playing for Souths and it was a similar game.


"I'll remember this forever, it's in my top three moments"

Burgess said Shaun Wane's side now have set their sights set on a clean sweep of trophies this year. 

"It's kicked off our season, we've won one a potential four trophies. We want to win everything," he added,

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