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, England
Referee Stuart Cummings England
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.


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.

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.

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.

26 January 2001
St Helens Saintscolours.svg 20 – 18 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Chris Joynt
Sean Long
Paul Sculthorpe
Sean Long (3)
Field Goals:
Sean Long
Paul Sculthorpe
(Report) Tries:
Shaun Berrigan
Phillip Lee
Brad Meyers
Michael De Vere (3)
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 16,041
Referee/s: Stuart Cummings England
Man of the Match: Sean Long Saintscolours.svg
St Helens Posit. Brisbane
Paul Wellens 1. FB Darren Lockyer
Sean Hoppe 2. WG Lote Tuqiri
Kevin Iro 3. CE Stuart Kelly
Paul Newlove 4. CE Michael De Vere
Anthony Sullivan 5. WG Wendell Sailor
Tommy Martyn 6. FE/SO Shaun Berrigan
Sean Long 7. HB/SH Scott Prince
David Fairleigh 8. PR Shane Webcke
Keiron Cunningham 9. HK Luke Priddis
Sonny Nickle 10. PR Petero Civoniceva
Chris Joynt (c) 11. SR Gorden Tallis (c)
Peter Shiels 12. SR Dane Carlaw
Paul Sculthorpe 13. LF Phillip Lee
Tim Jonkers 14. Bench Shane Walker
Vila Matautia 15. Bench Ashley Harrison
John Stankevich 16. Bench Brad Meyers
Anthony Stewart 17. Bench Chris Walker
Ian Millward Coach Wayne Bennett

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.


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