2000 World Club Challenge

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2000 (2000) World Club Challenge  ()
12 Total
ST H Saintscolours.svg 24 6
MEL Melbourne colours.svg 2024 44
Date22 January 2000
StadiumJJB Stadium
LocationWigan, England
Brett Kimmorley Melbourne colours.svg
RefereesStuart Cummings England
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The 2000 World Club Challenge was contested by 1999 NRL season premiers, the Melbourne Storm and 1999's Super League IV champions, St. Helens. The match was played on 22 January at JJB Stadium, Wigan before a crowd of 13,394. The Melbourne Storm defeated St Helens 44 - 6.[1] This was the first World Club Challenge since 1997 and the Super League war.


St Helens[edit]

The 1999 Super League Grand Final was the conclusive and championship-deciding game of the Super League IV season. The match was played between English clubs St. Helens and Bradford Bulls on Saturday 9 October 1999, at Old Trafford, Manchester, UK.

Melbourne Storm[edit]

The 1999 NRL Grand Final was the conclusive and premiership-deciding game of the 1999 NRL season. It was contested by the competition's two newest clubs: the Melbourne Storm, competing in only its second year (having finished the regular season in 3rd place); and the St. George Illawarra Dragons, in their first year as a joint-venture club (having finished the regular season in 6th place), after both sides eliminated the rest of the top eight during the finals.

A new rugby league world record crowd of 107,999 was at Stadium Australia for the game. The attendance, which saw 67,142 more people attend than had done so for the 1998 NRL Grand Final at the Sydney Football Stadium, broke the record attendance for a Grand Final, eclipsing the previous record of 78,065 set in 1965. After trailing 0-14 at half time, the Melbourne Storm defeated the St. George Illawarra Dragons 20-18.[2]


With the game set to be played in England, the Rugby Football League chose Wigan's home venue, the JJB Stadium which could hold 25,333, as the host venue in preference to St Helens' home ground of Knowsley Road which could only hold 17,500.


St Helens
Melbourne Storm
FB 1 Paul Atcheson
LW 2 Chris Smith
RC 3 Paul Newlove
LC 4 Kevin Iro
RW 5 Sean Hoppe
SO 6 Tommy Martyn
SH 7 Sean Long (c)
PR 8 Julian O'Neill
HK 9 Paul Wellens
PR 10 Sonny Nickle
SR 11 Chris Joynt
SR 12 Bryan Henare
LF 13 Paul Sculthorpe
IC 14 Apollo Perelini
IC 15 Fereti Tuilagi
IC 16 Anthony Stewart
IC 17 John Stankevitch
England Ian Millward
FB 1 Robbie Ross
RW 2 Brad Watts
RC 3 Aaron Moule
LC 4 Tony Martin
LW 5 Marcus Bai
FE 6 Scott Hill
HB 7 Brett Kimmorley
PR 8 Wayne Evans
HK 9 Richard Swain
PR 10 Robbie Kearns (c)
SR 11 Paul Marquet
SR 12 Stephen Kearney
LK 13 Matt Rua
IC 14 Danny Williams
IC 15 Russell Bawden
IC 16 Tasesa Lavea
IC 17 Dane Morgan
Australia Chris Anderson

Match details[edit]

22 January 2000
18:00 UTC+0
St. Helens Saintscolours.svg 6 – 44 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Sean Hoppe

Sean Long (1)
(Report) Tries:
Robbie Ross (2)
Scott Hill (2)
Aaron Moule
Marcus Bai
Wayne Evans
Dane Morgan
Brad Watts (5)
Tasesa Lavea (1)
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 13,394
Referee: Stuart Cummings England
Man of the Match: Brett Kimmorley Melbourne colours.svg


  1. ^ "Storm warning on World Club Challenge". Brisbane Times. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  2. ^ "1999 NRL Grand Final". rugbyleagueproject.org. Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 15 June 2016.