SOUTH Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson, due to step down next week to become the NRL's head of strategy, has publicly revealed his hopes for an expanded international competition at club level.
But the Rabbitohs' 39-0 demolition of Super League premier St Helens in the final game of the World Club Series suggested that vision could be a long way off.
In front of a sell-out crowd of almost 18,000 - which included Souths owner Russell Crowe who arrived by helicopter - the NRL premiers ran up a record winning margin in World Club matches.
Former Manly forward Glenn Stewart opened the scoring in the second minute, and with halfback Adam Reynolds expertly directing play, Souths ran in another six tries to illustrate the gulf in standard between the competitions, particularly in defence.
New captain Greg Inglis, centre Dylan Walker and five-eighth Luke Keary also showed they weren't interested in any talk of a premiership hangover with classy displays.
The romp completed a 3-0 clean sweep of the series by NRL clubs after earlier wins by St George Illawarra over Warrington, and the Brisbane Broncos against Wigan.
RABBITOHS 39 (G Stewart, D Walker, G Inglis, J Reddy 2, L Keary, C McQueen tries; A Reynolds 5 goals, field goal) def ST HELENS 0; Crowd: 17,980 at Langtree Park yesterday morning.
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