2006 World Club Challenge

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2006 (2006) World Club Challenge  ()
1 2 Total
BRA Bullscolours.svg 12 18 30
WES Wests Tigers colours.svg 4 6 10
Date 3 February 2006
Stadium Galpharm Stadium
Location Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Man of the Match Stuart Fielden, Bradford
Referee Steve Ganson
Attendance 19,207
Broadcast partner
Broadcaster United Kingdom Sky Sports
Commentators Eddie Hemmings, Mike Stephenson
 < 2005
2007

The 2006 World Club Challenge was a Rugby League match held on Friday, 3 February, 2006, at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, UK. The game was contested by Bradford Bulls and Wests Tigers.

Qualification[edit]

Bradford Bulls[edit]

Further information: 2005 Super League Grand Final

Bradford Bulls qualified for the Challenge after being crowned the 2005 Super League champions, defeating their local rivals Leeds Rhinos 15 - 6 at Old Trafford. This Grand Final win avenged a defeat to the same team in the title decider the year before.

Wests Tigers[edit]

Further information: 2005 NRL Grand Final

Wests Tigers clinched the 2005 National Rugby League title in a 30 - 16 defeat of North Queensland Cowboys to earn a place in the World Club Challenge. The Tigers had reached the Grand Final for the first time since their formation five years earlier following a merger of Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs.

Teams[edit]

The Tigers were without six of their 2005 NRL grand final-winning team: star stand-off half back Benji Marshall had undergone shoulder surgery in the off season; winger Pat Richards and forward Mark O'Neill had signed to play with other clubs, and Dene Halatau, Todd Payten and Shane Elford were also absent.

2006 World Club Challenge Teams
Bradford Bulls Posit. Wests Tigers
Michael Withers Fullback Brett Hodgson
Marcus Bai Winger Shannon McDonnell
Ben Harris Centre Dean Collis
Shontayne Hape Centre Paul Whatuira
Lesley Vainikolo Winger Jamaal Lolesi
Karl Pryce Stand Off / Five-eighth Daniel Fitzhenry
Iestyn Harris (c) Scrum Half / Halfback Scott Prince (c)
Stuart Fielden Prop Ryan O'Hara
Ian Henderson Hooker Robbie Farah
Andy Lynch Prop John Skandalis
Paul Johnson 2nd Row Anthony Laffranchi
Bradley Meyers 2nd Row Chris Heighington
Jamie Langley Loose Forward / Lock Ben Galea
Joe Vagana Interchange Bryce Gibbs
Stanley Gene Interchange Liam Fulton
Brett Ferres Interchange Bronson Harrison
Matt Cook Interchange Sam Harris
Brian Noble Coach Tim Sheens

Match details[edit]

Friday, 3 February
20:00 UTC+0
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 30 - 10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
Tries: Marcus Bai (2)
Stanley Gene
Stuart Fielden (2)
Goals: Iestyn Harris (5)
Report Tries: Daniel Fitzhenry
Brett Hodgson
Goals: Brett Hodgson

Man of the Match[edit]

Stuart Fielden, Bradford Bulls, was awarded man of the match.

External links[edit]