2014 World Club Challenge
|2014World Club Challenge|
|Date||22 February 2014|
|Man of the Match||Jake Friend|
|Broadcasters|| Nine Network
The 2014 World Club Challenge was the 15th consecutive annual (and 22nd overall) World Club Challenge and was contested by Super League XVIII champions, Wigan Warriors and 2013 NRL Premiers, the Sydney Roosters. The 2014 World Club Challenge marked a return to Australia, 20 years after the last Australian based game. It was played on 22 February 2014 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. The Roosters won the match 36-14.
By winning the World Club Challenge, the Roosters not only remain the only Australian team to win the challenge on home soil, but the only team to have won twice. In 1976, Eastern Suburbs, the 1975 NSWRFL Premiers, defeated the 1975–76 English champions St Helens 25-2 in front of 26,865 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
This game marked the first time that these two clubs have played each other. It was the third final for Sydney and the sixth final for Wigan and was the first time in 20 years that it has been staged in Australia. The last World Club Challenge staged in Australia was in 1994 and coincidentally, also featured Wigan. In 1994, Wigan defeated the Brisbane Broncos 20-14 in front of what is still the WCC record attendance of 54,220 at Brisbane's ANZ Stadium.
After the 2013 Rugby League World Cup had been staged in England, it was agreed to transfer this game to Australia. The Sydney Roosters had as many as 16 players who had already travelled across to England for the Rugby League World Cup.
Wigan finished Super League XVIII's regular season in 4th place and on 5 October 2013 defeated 2nd-placed Warrington Wolves 30 - 16 in the 2013 Super League Grand final, qualifying the Warriors for their sixth World Club Challenge overall.
Having already played their first game of the 2014 Super League season, Wigan traveled down under. They prepared for the World Club Challenge with a match in Hamilton, New Zealand against a New Zealand Warriors side which was heavily depleted due to the upcoming Auckland Nines tournament. Wigan won the match at Waikato Stadium 46-22.
The Roosters finished the 2013 NRL season in 1st place to claim the minor premiership and on 6 October 2013 defeated the 4th-placed Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26 - 18 in the 2013 NRL Grand final, qualifying Sydney for their third World Club Challenge, and first since 2003. Tony Smith, the coach of Wigan's 2013 Grand final opponents, Warrington Wolves, flew to sydney to assist the Roosters in their preparation for the World Club Challenge.
|Sydney Roosters||Positions||Wigan Warriors|
|Anthony Minichiello (c)||Fullback||Matthew Bowen|
|Daniel Tupou||Winger||Josh Charnley|
|Michael Jennings||Centre||Darrell Goulding|
|Mitchell Aubusson||Centre||Dan Sarginson|
|Shaun Kenny-Dowall||Winger||Joe Burgess|
|James Maloney||Five-eighth||Blake Green|
|Mitchell Pearce||Halfback||Matty Smith|
|Jared Waerea-Hargreaves||Prop||Gil Dudson|
|Jake Friend||Hooker||Michael McIlorum|
|Sam Moa||Prop||Ben Flower|
|Boyd Cordner||2nd Row||Jack Hughes|
|Sonny Bill Williams||2nd Row||Liam Farrell|
|Frank-Paul Nu'uausala||Lock||Sean O'Loughlin (c)|
|Daniel Mortimer||Interchange||Scott Taylor|
|Aidan Guerra||Interchange||Dom Crosby|
|Dylan Napa||Interchange||Eddy Pettybourne|
|Rémi Casty||Interchange||John Bateman|
|Trent Robinson||Coach||Shaun Wane|
22 February 2014
|Sydney Roosters||36 – 14||Wigan Warriors|
|Tries: Jennings (4', 22', 49')
Goals: Maloney 6/6
|(Report)||Tries: Burgess (44')
Charnley (52', 59')
Goals: Smith 1/3
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