2003 World Club Challenge

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2003 (2003) World Club Challenge  ()
1 2 Total
ST H Saintscolours.svg 0 0 0
SYD Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 18 20 38
Date 14 February 2003
Stadium Reebok Stadium
Location Bolton, England
Craig Fitzgibbon Eastern Suburbs colours.svg
Referees Russell Smith England
Attendance 19807
Broadcast partners
World Club Challenge

The 2003 World Club Challenge match was contested on Sunday, 16 February by National Rugby League season 2002 premiers, the Sydney Roosters and Super League VII premiers, St. Helens. 19,807 spectators turned out at Bolton's Reebok Stadium for the match, which was refereed by Russell Smith.

This was the first time the two clubs had played each other since the inaugural World Club Challenge game at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1976. On that occasion the Roosters, then known as Eastern Suburbs (as it was a Sydney only competition at the time), defeated St Helens 25-2. The attendance on that occasion was 26,856.


St Helens[edit]

Sydney Roosters[edit]

Main article: 2002 NRL Grand Final

Match Summary[edit]

14 February 2003
St. Helens Saintscolours.svg 0 – 38 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters

(Report) Tries:
Craig Fitzgibbon
Adrian Morley
Todd Byrne
Brad Fittler
Todd Payten
Craig Fitzgibbon (9)
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 19,807
Referee/s: Russell Smith England
Man of the Match: Craig Fitzgibbon Eastern Suburbs colours.svg


The Roosters went into the Challenge making only one change in their starting lineup (Todd Byrne went on to the wing for the retired Brett Mullins). In the end, though, it made no difference as the Sydney Roosters ran out comprehensive 0-38 champions over the Saints outfit. Tries to Craig Fitzgibbon, Adrian Morley, new input Todd Byrne, captain Brad Fittler and Todd Payten plus the 9 goals from Fitzgibbon completed a wonderful season for the Sydney Roosters.

2003 World Club Challenge Teams
St Helens Position Sydney Roosters
Darren Albert Fullback Anthony Minichiello
Ade Gardner Winger Todd Byrne
Martin Gleeson Centre Chris Flannery
Paul Newlove Centre Justin Hodges
Anthony Stewart Winger Shannon Hegarty
Tommy Martyn Stand Off / Five-eighth Brad Fittler (c)
Sean Long Scrum Half / Halfback Craig Wing
Darren Britt Prop Jason Cayless
Jason Hooper Hooker Michael Crocker
John Stankevitch Prop Peter Cusack
Chris Joynt (c) 2nd Row Adrian Morley
Darren Smith 2nd Row Craig Fitzgibbon
Paul Sculthorpe Loose Forward / Lock Luke Ricketson
Barry Ward Interchange Ned Catic
Tim Jonkers Interchange Todd Payten
Mickey Higham Interchange Chad Robinson
Mark Edmondson Interchange Brett Finch
Ian Millward Coach Ricky Stuart

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