Is the Magic Weekend format sustainable?
Murrayfield and the Millennium Stadium drew a mixed response, but I thought Manchester was a magic weekend for rugby league.
It remains a unique concept that thrills its fans and frustrates its critics. Fourteen teams, 14 sets of supporters, seven matches, two days, one stadium. It reads like an "all you can eat" menu for the die-hard rugby league fan.
But was the Magic Weekend a success in its first (and presumably not its last) year in Manchester? Is the concept sustainable? And if it is such a magnificent sporting innovation, then why is rugby league alone in doing it?
On attendances alone, the Rugby Football League's (RFL) decision to bring it closer to the heartlands worked. Crowds may have appeared sparse at times on television but the aggregate weekend gate of almost 64,000 was actually a record. Is it proof that attempts to take the game to Cardiff and Edinburgh were not worth it? I'm not convinced.
Sam Tomkins scored two tries to help Wigan beat St Helens 42-16 during an ill-tempered encounter at the Magic Weekend. Photo: Getty
Last year in Cardiff the overall gate was only 2,500 smaller. This was an event played further from the guaranteed areas of rugby league support and at the start of the season in dodgy weather.
This month's glorious burst of Mediterranean sun was a major leg-up for the RFL. You had to pinch yourself that you were in Manchester, not Madeira.
Even strangers to the sport were drawn into the Etihad carnival and the chance to immerse themselves in the kaleidoscope of colours around the impressive home of the Premier League champions.
However, while crowd numbers were at an all-time high for the event, they were still smaller than the RFL had anticipated and indeed hoped for. Had the heatwave faded into the more regular grey Manchester drizzle, I have no doubt the numbers would have been lower still.
But Nigel Wood, RFL's chief executive, seems happy enough. He told me: "I think Magic Weekend 2012 encapsulated all that is great about rugby league - superb athletes delivering skilful and exciting entertainment to enthusiastic crowds in a terrific stadium."
In terms of the product it was as good as anyone could have wished. There was everything: last-minute match-winning drama, sensational solo tries - Sam Tomkins' latest effort will live long in the memory - and three red cards in one match.
Yet in lauding this unique spectacle there is still much to consider. It remains a logistical nightmare.
A Manchester City-supporting BBC colleague wandered up to the club shop on Saturday unaware that rugby league had taken over her manor. "It looked great but how do they control all those different fans together?"
This is indeed why rugby league can put this event on - as a sport with family at its very heart. Indeed the City officials used to staffing Premier League football appeared perplexed that all these sets of supporters could mingle freely.
A couple of stewards near the media and players' area soon learned there was no need for their no-nonsense stewarding approach - the players were happy to be approached by fans for photos and autographs and the officials' attempted interventions were unnecessary.
But there were other issues that other sports would not have stood for. The roll-on, roll-off format means four changing rooms are needed. The two main dressing rooms are of a higher standard than the reserve rooms.
I had a long chat with Warrington's assistant coach Willie Poching during the opening match of the weekend as Wakefield beat Castleford. Warrington were straight on after that against Widnes and were thus given a smaller dressing room. Luck of the draw, perhaps, but Wolves weren't happy and opted to have their half-time team talk and treatments administered on the side of the pitch.
I can't imagine many Premier League football clubs accepting inferior facilities to their rivals, but this did not prevent Warrington walloping bottom club Widnes.
And therein lies the other big Magic weekend issue, namely getting the fixtures right. The move to May from the opening weekend was a guaranteed winner, as ferocious high-scoring contests replaced lacklustre early season affairs that prevailed in Cardiff.
But with this extra round of fixtures on top of the regular home and away calendar, is it right that Wigan and Saints, Bradford and Leeds, Wakefield and Castleford, Hull FC and Hull KR, fight out intense local derbies and Warrington get a chance to smash Widnes?
If I were one of Warrington's title rivals I'd be a little unhappy at the Wolves being virtually handed an extra two points - with all due respect to Widnes it always had the feel that it would go the way it did, with Warrington winning 68-4.
The Magic posters promised "seven of the biggest rivalries in rugby league over one weekend". Warrington v Widnes, Catalan v London and Huddersfield against Salford don't really fall under that banner.
So is it sustainable? I think so. The timing and scheduling are absolutely paramount but I think Manchester was a huge success overall and understand the RFL is keen to take it back there next year - talks are ongoing with Manchester City and Manchester City Council.
And the players like it too. Leeds' Danny McGuire said: "It is a fantastic concept and hopefully in the future we can get more numbers in."
And Warrington's Lee Briers likens it to a cup final: "It's a big occasion and a big stadium and we want to be involved in both of those things."
The minor creases in such an ambitious event can always be ironed out and my overwhelming feeling is that this event offers the sport a showcase to shine, and those Super League clubs who rarely make a final the chance to experience that big-match adrenalin rush.
A final thought this week for Adrian Purtell, the Bradford Bulls centre who was taken ill after suffering a heart attack on the team coach returning from their defeat to Leeds. I know everyone involved in the sport wishes Adrian a full and fast recovery.