I personally am not a fan of it. As you can see from our record it doesnt benefit us. Why has the ARLC persisted with this Test? I thought it would have been better to have a test series at the end of each year.
They have persisted with it at the behest of the NZRL. The NZRL relies on the mid season test as one of it's few venue streams. I believe both parties trying to build a tradition around it which is why they haven't moved it to the end of the season. What i would suggest is that until more games are played in NZ we'll continue to cop a flogging.