2012 World Club Challenge

The 2012 World Club Challenge (also known due to sponsorship as the Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge) was the thirteenth consecutive World Club Challenge and was contested by Super League XVI champions, Leeds Rhinos and 2011 NRL Premiers, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.[1]

2012 (2012) World Club Challenge  ()
12 Total
LEE 1610 26
MAN 66 12
Date17 February 2012
StadiumHeadingley Carnegie Stadium
LocationLeeds, West Yorkshire, England
Man of the MatchRyan Hall
RefereeAshley Klein Australia
Broadcast partners
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Background edit

Leeds Rhinos edit

Leeds had finished the 2011 Super League season in 5th place before making their way to the Grand Final with wins over Hull F.C. (42-10), Huddersfield (34-28) and Warrington (26-24). In the Super League Grand Final, Leeds defeated St. Helens 32–16.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles edit

The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles finished the 2011 NRL season in 2nd place and went on to defeat the 6th placed New Zealand Warriors 24–10 in the Grand Final. To get to their 3rd Grand Final appearance since 2007, Manly defeated North Queensland 42–8, and the Brisbane Broncos 24–14.

Following the off-season, they lost one trial match against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 6-36 before flying to England for the World Club Challenge. Unlike 2009, Manly would not play a warm up game while in England.

Teams edit

Leeds Rhinos
FB 1 Brent Webb
RW 2 Ben Jones-Bishop
RC 6 Kallum Watkins
LC 4 Zak Hardaker
LW 5 Ryan Hall
SO 13 Kevin Sinfield (c)
SH 6 Danny McGuire
PR 8 Kylie Leuluai
HK 7 Rob Burrow
PR 10 Jamie Peacock
SR 11 Jamie Jones-Buchanan
SR 15 Brett Delaney
LF 12 Carl Ablett
IC 9 Paul McShane
IC 20 Darrell Griffin
IC 16 Ryan Bailey
IC 18 Chris Clarkson
  Brian McDermott
FB 1 Brett Stewart
RW 2 David Williams
RC 3 Jamie Lyon (c)
LC 4 Steve Matai
LW 5 Michael Oldfield
FE 6 Kieran Foran
HB 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
PR 8 Jason King
HK 9 Matt Ballin
PR 10 Brent Kite
SR 11 Anthony Watmough
SR 12 Tony Williams
LK 13 Glenn Stewart
IC 14 Jamie Buhrer
IC 15 Vic Mauro
IC 16 Darcy Lussick
IC 17 George Rose
  Geoff Toovey

Match details edit

Sunday 17 February
20:00 UTC+0
Leeds Rhinos   26 – 12   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Ryan Hall (2)
Kallum Watkins
Ben Jones-Bishop
Carl Ablett
Kevin Sinfield (3/5)
Brett Stewart
Daly Cherry-Evans

Jamie Lyon (2/2)
Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds
Attendance: 21,062
Referee: Ashley Klein  
Player of the Match: Ryan Hall  [3]

The game was highlighted by Ryan Hall's 90-metre intercept try off a Brett Stewart pass midway through the first half to give Leeds a 10–0 lead.[4] Leeds' win in front of a full house at Headingley saw them get revenge for their 28–20 loss to Manly in the 2009 World Club Challenge at Elland Road.

References edit

  1. ^ Smith, Peter (11 October 2011). "Leeds Rhinos exclusive: Bring on Aussie champs Manly Sea Eagles". Yorkshire Evening Post. Yorkshire Post Newspapers. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  2. ^ "2012 WCC - Leeds vs Manly-Warringah". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  3. ^ Mascord, Steve (19 February 2012). "Rhinos trample Wolfman in his comeback game". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  4. ^ 2012 World Club Challenge highlights

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