2001 World Club Challenge

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2001 (2001) World Club Challenge  ()
1 2 Total
ST H Saintscolours.svg 6 14 20
BRI Brisbane colours.svg 12 6 18
Date 26 January 2001
Stadium Reebok Stadium
Location Bolton, United Kingdom
Referee Stuart Cummings
Attendance 16,041
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster United Kingdom Sky Sports
Commentators Eddie Hemmings, Mike Stephenson
 < 2000

The 2001 World Club Challenge was contested between Super League V champions, St Helens and 2000 NRL season premiers, the Brisbane Broncos.[1] The Broncos made the trip to England to play St Helens before the start of the 2001 NRL and Super League seasons and were beaten by two late field goals from the home side in the final minutes.


Brisbane Broncos[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2000 NRL Grand Final.

The 2000 NRL grand final was the conclusive and premiership-deciding game of the 2000 NRL season. It was contested by the Brisbane Broncos, who had finished the regular season in 1st place, and the Sydney Roosters, who had finished in 2nd place, after both teams played their way through the finals series. Prior to the previous World Club Challenge, the Broncos had contested the three preceding it, winning twice.

St Helens[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2000 Super League Grand Final.

The 2000 Super League Grand Final was the conclusive and championship-deciding match of Super League V. It was contested by Wigan Warriors who had finished the regular season in 1s place, and St Helens RLFC who had finished in 2nd place, after both teams had played their way through the finals series. St Helens had played in the previous World Club Challenge, suffering a comprehensive defeat at the hands of the Melbourne Storm.

Match details[edit]

The match was played in wintery conditions on the night of Friday the 26th of January at Reebok Stadium in Bolton, England before a crowd of 16,041. The Broncos players wore black armbands in memory of the club's co-founder Paul "Porky" Morgan who had died from a heart attack the previous day.

Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Position St. Helens Saintscolours.svg
Darren Lockyer 1. FB Paul Wellens
Lote Tuqiri 2. WG Sean Hoppe
Stuart Kelly 3. CE Kevin Iro
Michael De Vere 4. CE Paul Newlove
Wendell Sailor 5. WG Anthony Sullivan
Shaun Berrigan 6. FE/SO Tommy Martyn
Scott Prince 7. HB/SH Sean Long
Shane Webcke 8. PR David Fairleigh
Luke Priddis 9. HK Keiron Cunningham
Petero Civoniceva 10. PR Sonny Nickle
Gorden Tallis (c) 11. SR Chris Joynt (c)
Dane Carlaw 12. SR Peter Shiels
Phillip Lee 13. LF Paul Sculthorpe
Shane Walker 14. Bench Tim Jonkers
Ashley Harrison 15. Bench Vila Matautia
Brad Meyers 16. Bench John Stankevich
Chris Walker 17. Bench Anthony Stewart
Wayne Bennett Coach Ian Millward

First half[edit]

The first try of the match was scored by the Broncos from close to the Saints' try-line when Shaun Berrigan, playing at five-eighth, burrowed over from dummy half. St. Helens answered with a try from their loose forward, Paul Sculthorpe. This was followed by the Brisbane lock, Phillip Lee scoring at the other end. The half-time score was 6 - 12 in favour of the Broncos.

Second half[edit]

Brisbane were again the first to score in the second half through Brad Meyers, giving the visitors a good lead. But a converted try from Saints' scrum-half, Sean Long put the home team back in it at 18 - 12. The scores were then levelled when St. Helens centre, Paul Newlove ran around Wendell Sailor and dashed downfield, passing back inside to his captain, Chris Joynt to score. In the final minutes of the match the Saints managed to wear down the clock without conceding any points as try-scorers Sculthorpe and Long kicked a field goal each, leaving the score at the final siren at 20 - 18.

St Helens 20 Brisbane 18
Tries (3):
Chris Joynt
Sean Long
Paul Sculthorpe
Tries (3):
Shaun Berrigan
Phillip Lee
Brad Meyers
Goals (3):
Sean Long (3)
Goals (3):
Michel De Vere (3)
Field goals (2):
Sean Long
Paul Sculthorpe


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