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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.

2006 (2006) World Club Challenge  ()
12 Total
BRA Bullscolours.svg 1218 30
WES Wests Tigers colours.svg 46 10
Date3 February 2006
StadiumGalpharm Stadium
LocationHuddersfield, England
Stuart Fielden Bullscolours.svg
RefereesSteve Ganson England
Attendance19,207
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QualificationEdit

Bradford BullsEdit

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 TigersEdit

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.

TeamsEdit

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 Position 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 detailsEdit

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

Goals:
Brett Hodgson (1)
Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 19,207
Referee: Steve Ganson  
Man of the Match: Stuart Fielden  

Man of the MatchEdit

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

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