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
Frano Botica Wigancolours.svg
Referees Alain Sablayrolles France
Attendance 20,152
Broadcast partners
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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 Frenchman Alain Sablayrolles.



Penrith Panthers[edit]


FB 1 Steve Hampson
RW 2 David Myers
CE 3 Sam Panapa
CE 4 Joe Lydon
LW 5 Frano Botica
SO 6 Shaun Edwards
SH 7 Andy Gregory (c)
PR 8 Kelvin Skerrett
HK 9 Martin Dermott
PR 10 Andy Platt
SR 11 Denis Betts
SR 12 Billy McGinty
LF 13 Phil Clarke
IC 14 Ian Lucas
IC 15 Ian Gildart
IC 16 Neil Cowie
IC 17 Mike Forshaw
Australia John Monie
FB 1 Greg Barwick
RW 2 Darren Willis
CE 3 Graeme Bradley
CE 4 Brad Izzard
LW 5 Graham Mackay
FE 6 Steve Carter
HB 7 Greg Alexander (c)
PR 8 Brandon Lee
HK 9 Royce Simmons
PR 10 Paul Dunn
SR 11 Paul Clarke
SR 12 John Cartwright
LK 13 Colin van der Voort
IC 14 Ben Alexander
IC 15 Grant Izzard
IC 16 Tony Xuereb
IC 17 Paul Smith
Australia Phil Gould

Match details[edit]

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

Greg Alexander (0/2)
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 20,152
Referee/s: Alain Sablayrolles France
Man of the Match: Frano Botica Wigancolours.svg

Penrith were without their star grand final forward Mark Geyer due to ankle injury that required surgery while Brad Fittler was unavailable as he was part of the Australian Kangaroos team on their end of season tour of Papua New Guinea (Fittler made his test debut for Australia 4 days after the WCC).[4] 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. ^ 1991 WCC - Wigan vs Penrith
  4. ^ "Geyer out for ankle surgery". The Sun-Herald. 28 September 1991. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 

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