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, England
Man of the Match Frano Botica Wigancolours.svg
Referee Alain Sablayrolles France
Attendance 20,152
Broadcast partners
Broadcasters BBC United Kingdom
Network Ten Australia
Commentators Ray French, Alex Muphy
 < 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]

Wednesday, 2 October
Wigan Wigancolours.svg 21 – 4 Panthers colours.svg Penrith
David Myers
Sam Panapa
Frano Botica (6)
Field Goals:
Joe Lydon
[1] Tries:
Darren Willis

Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 20,152
Referee/s: Alain Sablayrolles France
Man of the Match: Frano Botica Wigancolours.svg
Wigan Posit. Penrith
Steve Hampson 1. FB Greg Barwick
David Myers 2. WG Darren Willis
Sam Panapa 3. CE Graeme Bradley
Joe Lydon 4. CE Brad Izzard
Frano Botica 5. WG Graham Mackay
Shaun Edwards 6. FE/SO Steve Carter
Andy Gregory (c) 7. HB/SH Greg Alexander (c)
Kelvin Skerrett 8. PR Brandon Lee
Martin Dermott 9. HK Royce Simmons
Andy Platt 10. PR Paul Dunn
Denis Betts 11. SR Paul Clarke
Billy McGinty 12. SR John Cartwright
Phil Clarke 13. LK / LF Colin van der Voort
Ian Lucas 14. Bench Ben Alexander
Ian Gildart 15. Bench Grant Izzard
Neil Cowie 16. Bench Tony Xuereb
Mike Forshaw 17. Bench Paul Smith
John Monie Coach Phil Gould

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 unconverted 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.


  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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