2003 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.

2003 (2003) World Club Challenge  ()
The Reebok Stadium hosted the match
12 Total
ST H 00 0
SYD 1820 38
Date14 February 2003
StadiumReebok Stadium
LocationBolton, England
Man of the MatchCraig Fitzgibbon
RefereeRussell Smith England
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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.[citation needed]



St Helens


Sydney Roosters


Match summary

14 February 2003
St. Helens   0 – 38   Sydney Roosters

Craig Fitzgibbon
Adrian Morley
Todd Byrne
Brad Fittler
Todd Payten
Craig Fitzgibbon (9)
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 19,807
Referee: Russell Smith  
Player of the Match: Craig Fitzgibbon  



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.[citation needed]

St Helens
Sydney Roosters
FB 5 Anthony Stewart
LW 2 Darren Albert
RC 3 Martin Gleeson
LC 4 Paul Newlove
RW 19 Ade Gardner
SO 20 Tommy Martyn
SH 7 Sean Long
PR 8 Darren Britt
HK 6 Jason Hooper
PR 10 John Stankevitch
SR 11 Chris Joynt (c)
SR 12 Darren Smith
LF 13 Paul Sculthorpe
IC 14 Barry Ward
IC 15 Tim Jonkers
IC 9 Mickey Higham
IC 17 Mark Edmondson
  Ian Millward
FB 1 Anthony Minichiello
RW 2 Todd Byrne
LC 3 Chris Flannery
RC 4 Justin Hodges
LW 5 Shannon Hegarty
FE 6 Brad Fittler (c)
HB 7 Craig Wing
PR 8 Jason Cayless
HK 17 Michael Crocker
PR 10 Peter Cusack
SR 11 Adrian Morley
SR 12 Craig Fitzgibbon
LK 13 Luke Ricketson
IC 14 Ned Catic
IC 15 Todd Payten
IC 16 Chad Robinson
IC 9 Brett Finch
  Ricky Stuart

See also