2013 World Club Challenge
|2013World Club Challenge|
|Date||22 February 2013|
|Man of the Match||Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)|
|Broadcasters|| Sky Sports (Live)
Fox Sports (Delay)
Nine Network:GEM (Live)
Maori Television (Live)
|Commentators||Eddie Hemmings, Mike Stephenson, Phil Clarke|
The 2013 World Club Challenge (PROBIZ World Club Challenge for sponsorship purposes) was the fourteenth consecutive annual World Club Challenge and was contested by Super League XVII champions, Leeds Rhinos and 2012 NRL Premiers, the Melbourne Storm. It took place on Friday 22 February at 8pm GMT (Saturday 23 February 7:00am AEDST). Melbourne prevailed afer a hard fought contest 18-14.
2013's match was third time ever that these two clubs have played each other, with Leeds having won the 2008 World Club Challenge, and Melbourne winning, and subsequently being stripped of, the 2010 World Club Challenge title.
On the 19th of February the World Club Challenge was officially announced as a sellout with all 20,400 tickets sold. In addition the referees for the match were also announced, with Ben Thaler to take charge of the game.
Leeds finished Super League XVII's regular season in 5th place and went on to defeat 2nd-placed Warrington Wolves 26-18 in the grand final, qualifying the Rhinos for their second World Club Challenge in succession and 6th overall.
The Storm finished the 2012 NRL season in 2nd place and went on to defeat the 1st-placed Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 14 - 4 in the grand final, qualifying Melbourne for their fourth World Club Challenge, and first since 2010.
The Storm unveiled their special one-off jersey designed especially for the World Cup Challenge in December 2012  The design resembles the club’s away jersey with its predominantly white body but also includes the iconic purple V’ that continues to represent the club’s Victorian heritage.
On 10 February 2013, the Melbourne Storm announced the 21 man Squad that will make the trip to London for the World Club Challenge, the team is as follows: Kenny Bromwich, Jesse Bromwich, Will Chambers, Cooper Cronk, Brett Finch, Mahe Fonua, Ben Hampton, Tohu Harris, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hoffman, Junior Moors, Bryan Norrie, Justin O’Neill, Jason Ryles, Junior Sa’u, Lagi Setu, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith (capt), Siosaia Vave, Sisa Waqa, Gareth Widdop.
On 20 February 2013 the above squad was trimmed to 19 players with the official announcement of the team. Two interchange players were further cut when the final team was announced on the Friday before the game, final teams listed below.
|Leeds Rhinos||Positions||Melbourne Storm|
|3. Kallum Watkins||Fullback||1. Billy Slater|
|25. Joe Vickery||Winger||2. Mahe Fonua|
|12. Carl Ablett||Centre||3. Justin O'Neill|
|4. Joel Moon||Centre||4. Will Chambers|
|5. Ryan Hall||Winger||5. Sisa Waqa|
|13. Kevin Sinfield||Stand Off / Five-eighth||6. Gareth Widdop|
|6. Danny McGuire||Scrum Half / Halfback||7. Cooper Cronk|
|8. Kylie Leuluai||Prop||8. Jesse Bromwich|
|7. Rob Burrow||Hooker||9. Cameron Smith (C)|
|10. Jamie Peacock||Prop||10. Bryan Norrie|
|14. Stevie Ward||2nd Row||11. Tohu Harris|
|15. Brett Delaney||2nd Row||12. Ryan Hoffman|
|11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan||Loose Forward / Lock||13. Ryan Hinchcliffe|
|9. Paul McShane||Interchange||15. Jason Ryles|
|17. Ian Kirke||Interchange||16. Siosaia Vave|
|18. Chris Clarkson||Interchange||17. Junior Moors|
|19. Mitch Achurch||Interchange||18. Lagi Setu|
|Brian McDermott||Coach||Craig Bellamy|
22 February 2013
|Leeds Rhinos||14 – 18||Melbourne Storm|
Goals: Sinfield 3/3
Goals: Smith 3/4
The match was a close, hard fought contest throughout. A slick pass from half back, Cooper Cronk led to fullback Billy Slater scoring the opening try of the match in the 20th minute. Cameron Smith kicked the conversion, making the score 6-0. A penalty goal soon after, extended the lead to 8-0. A last-tackle attacking raid in the 29th minute put Leeds winger Ryan Hall over in the left corner. Kevin Sinfield converted the goal and soon added another penalty goal to tie the game at 8-8 at half time.
Storm prop Jesse Bromwich trundled up the ball in the 44th minute and beat four defenders to score a try next to the posts, with Smith converting, to lead the game 14-8. A 50-metre movement finished with Tohu Harris racing into the clear, passing to Will Chambers with winger Sisa Waqa hemmed in by defence on the right side. Waqa found Chambers in support and the rookie Harris dived over for the try of the match. Down 18-8, Leeds captain, Sinfield kicked to the left, Ryan Hall claimed the ball and passed to Joel Moon. The centre then passed infield to second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan who scored. With 10 minutes left, the Storm appeared to have wrapped up victory when winger Mahe Fonua scored, but referee Ben Thaler ruled forward the final pass from centre Justin O'Neill. Leeds repeatedly attacked Storm's forward line in the final minutes, but failed to capatalise, with Storm winning a close contest 18-14. Storm half back, Cooper Cronk was awarded the Man of the Match.
It was the 13th and possibly final WCC held in England before the match returns to Australia in 2014.
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