2008 World Club Challenge

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2008 (2008) World Club Challenge  ()
2008 World Club Challenge logo
1 2 Total
LEE Rhinoscolours.svg 8 3 11
MEL Melbourne colours.svg 4 0 4
Date 29 February 2008
Stadium Elland Road
Location Leeds, United Kingdom
Man of the Match Kevin Sinfield, Leeds Rhinos
Referee Ashley Klein
Attendance 33,204
Broadcast partners
Broadcasters United Kingdom Sky Sports
Australia Nine Network
Commentators Eddie Hemmings, Mike Stephenson
 < 2007

The 2008 Carnegie World Club Challenge was contested between Super League XII champions, the Leeds Rhinos and National Rugby League season 2007 premiers, the Melbourne Storm. For the fifth consecutive year the English home team defeated their Australian counterparts.


Leeds Rhinos[edit]

Further information: 2007 Super League Grand Final

Leeds Rhinos qualified through being the 2007 Super League champions, defeating St. Helens 33 - 6 in the Grand Final.

Melbourne Storm[edit]

Further information: 2007 NRL Grand Final

Melbourne Storm clinched the 2007 National Rugby League title in a 34 - 8 belting of Manly, earning them a place in the World Club Challenge.

Melbourne played a warm-up game against National League One team Halifax.[1]


2008 World Club Challenge Teams
Leeds Rhinos Rhinoscolours.svg Positions Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Brent Webb Fullback Billy Slater
Lee Smith Winger Steve Turner
Clinton Toopi Centre Will Chambers
Keith Senior Centre Israel Folau
Scott Donald Winger Anthony Quinn
Danny McGuire Stand Off / Five-eighth Matt Geyer
Rob Burrow Scrum Half / Halfback Cooper Cronk (c)
Kylie Leuluai Prop Jeff Lima
Matt Diskin Hooker Jeremy Smith
Jamie Peacock Prop Brett White
Jamie Jones-Buchanan 2nd Row Antonio Kaufusi
Gareth Ellis 2nd Row Ryan Hoffman
Kevin Sinfield (c) Loose Forward / Lock Dallas Johnson
Ali Lauitiiti Interchange Russell Aitken
Carl Ablett Interchange Adam Blair
Nick Scruton Interchange Sika Manu
Ryan Bailey Interchange Sam Tagataese
Brian McClennan Coach Craig Bellamy

Match details[edit]

The match was played in wintry conditions on Friday evening, 29 February, four rounds into the 2008 Super League competition and one week before the start of NRL season 2008.

33,204 spectators turned out at Elland Road, in Leeds for a hard-fought, low-scoring match in which each side scored a try apiece, with Leeds ultimately coming out winners, due largely to the kicking of Kevin Sinfield. The win meant the English champions side defeated their Australian counterparts for the fifth consecutive year. Many experts blamed the result happened due to Melbourne Storm's loss of many key players which were: Cameron Smith (Captain, Hooker, Australian Test Player), Greg Inglis (Five-Eighth/Centre, Australian Test Player), Matt King (Centre/Wing, Australian Test Player), Ben Cross (Prop, State of Origin NSW Player) and Michael Crocker (Second-row Australian Test Player)

29 February 2008
20:00 UTC+0
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 11 - 4 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Tries: Donald 38'
Goals: Sinfield (3)
Drops: Sinfield
Report Tries: Hoffman 16'
Elland Road, Leeds, United Kingdom
Attendance: 33,204
Referee/s: Ashley Klein

Kevin Sinfield, Leeds Rhinos captain was awarded man of the match.

See also[edit]

World Club Challenge


  1. ^ "Quins to warm up Storm". Sky Sports. 12 November 2009. Archived from the original on 7 January 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 

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