2003 World Club Challenge

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2003 (2003) World Club Challenge  ()
1 2 Total
ST H Saintscolours.svg 0 0 0
SYD Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 18 20 38
Date 14 February 2003
Stadium Reebok Stadium
Location Bolton, United Kingdom
Referee Russell Smith
Attendance 19,807
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster United Kingdom Sky Sports
Commentators Eddie Hemmings, Mike Stephenson
 < 2002
2004

The 2003 World Club Challenge match was contested on Sunday, 16 February by National Rugby League season 2002 premiers, the Sydney Roosters and Super League VII premiers, St Helens. 19,807 spectators turned out at Bolton's, Reebok Stadium for the match, which was refereed by Russell Smith.

Background[edit]

St Helens[edit]

Sydney Roosters[edit]

Main article: 2002 NRL Grand Final

Teams[edit]

The Roosters went into the Challenge making only one change in their starting lineup (Todd Byrne went on to the wing for the retired Brett Mullins). In the end, though, it made no difference as the Sydney Roosters ran out comprehensive 0-38 champions over the Saints outfit. Tries to Craig Fitzgibbon, Adrian Morley, new input Todd Byrne, captain Brad Fittler and Todd Payten plus the 9 goals from Fitzgibbon completed a wonderful season for the Sydney Roosters.

2003 World Club Challenge Teams
St Helens Saintscolours.svg Positions Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Darren Albert Fullback Anthony Minichiello
Ade Gardner Winger Todd Byrne
Martin Gleeson Centre Chris Flannery
Paul Newlove Centre Justin Hodges
Anthony Stewart Winger Shannon Hegarty
Tommy Martyn Stand Off / Five-eighth Brad Fittler
Sean Long Scrum Half / Halfback Craig Wing
Darren Britt Prop Jason Cayless
Jason Hooper Hooker Michael Crocker
John Stankevitch Prop Peter Cusack
Chris Joynt 2nd Row Adrain Morley
Darren Smith 2nd Row Craig Fitzgibbon
Paul Sculthorpe Loose Forward / Lock Luke Ricketson
Barry Ward Interchange Ned Catic
Tim Jonkers Interchange Todd Payten
Mickey Higham Interchange Chad Robinson
Mark Edmondson Interchange Brett Finch
Ian Millward Coach Ricky Stuart

The lineups were: Sydney Roosters
Anthony MinichielloTodd ByrneChris FlanneryJustin HodgesShannon HegartyBrad FittlerCraig WingJason CaylessMichael CrockerPeter CusackAdrian MorleyCraig FitzgibbonLuke Ricketson

Ned CaticTodd PaytenChad RobinsonBrett Finch

Ricky Stuart (coach)

St Helens
Darren AlbertAde GardnerMartin GleesonPaul NewloveAnthony StewartTommy MartynSean LongDarren BrittJason HooperJohn StankevitchChris JoyntDarren SmithPaul Sculthorpe

Barry WardTim JonkersMickey HighamMark Edmondson

Ian Millward (coach)

Result[edit]

Sydney Roosters 38 (Craig Fitzgibbon, Adrian Morley, Todd Byrne, Brad Fittler, Todd Payten tries; Fitzgibbon 9 goals)
St Helens 0

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