1991 World Club Challenge

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1991 (1991) World Club Challenge  ()
1 2 Total
WIG Wigancolours.svg 14 7 21
PEN Panthers colours.svg 4 0 4
Date 2 October 1991
Stadium Anfield
Location Liverpool, United Kingdom
Man of the Match Frano Botica, Wigan
Referee Alain Sablayrolles
Attendance 20,152
 < 1989

The 1991 World Club Challenge (marketed as the Foster's World Club Challenge due to sponsorship from the brewer[1]) was contested by 1990–91 RFL Championship winners, Wigan and 1991 NSWRL season premiers, the Penrith Panthers. The match was played on a dry Wednesday the 2 October 1991 at Anfield, Liverpool. A crowd of 20,152[2] was in attendance for the game which was refereed by Alain Sablayrolles (France).

Match details[edit]

Penrith Panthers Position Wigan Warriors
Greg Barwick 1. FB Steve Hampson
Darren Willis 2. WG David Myers
Graeme Bradley 3. CE Sam Panapa
Brad Izzard 4. CE Joe Lydon
Graham Mackay 5. WG Frano Botica
Steve Carter 6. FE/SO Shaun Edwards
Greg Alexander (c) 7. HB/SH Andy Gregory
Brandon Lee 8. PR Kelvin Skerrett
Royce Simmons 9. HK Martin Dermott
Paul Dunn 10. PR Andy Platt
Paul Clarke 11. SR Denis Betts
John Cartwright 12. SR Billy McGinty
Colin van der Voort 13. LK / LF Phil Clarke
Ben Alexander 14. Bench Ian Lucas
Grant Izzard 15. Bench Ian Gildart
Tony Xuereb 16. Bench Neil Cowie
Paul Smith 17. Bench Mike Forshaw
Phil Gould Coach John Monie

Penrith were without their star grand final forward Mark Geyer due to ankle injury that required surgery.[3]

By just the 13th minute Wigan had gotten away to a handy lead with the score at 8 - 0 after Frano Botica kicked four consecutive penalties. Penrith then answered five minutes later with an uncoverted try from Darren Wills. However this was to be the last time Penrith scored in the match. Wigan's Sam Panapa got their first try in the 27th minute which was converted by Botica, bringing the scoreline to 14 - 4 which lasted until half-time.

No points were scored in the second half of the game until two thirds of the way through when Botica kicked a fifth penalty goal. David Myers scored Wigan's second try and the last of the match in the 77th minute. Just before the full-time whistle, Joe Lydon successfully kicked a field goal, adding insult to injury and making the final score Wigan 21, Penrith 4.

Penrith 4 Wigan 21
1 Try:
Darren Willis
2nd try-scorer
2 Tries:
Sam Panapa
David Myers
6 Goals:
Frano Botica
1 Drop goal:
Joe Lydon


  1. ^ McKeone, Dermot H. (1995). Measuring your media profile. Gower Publishing, Ltd. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-566-07578-0. 
  2. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-40337011.html
  3. ^ "Geyer out for ankle surgery". The Sun-Herald. 28 September 1991. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 

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