2019 World Club Challenge
The 2019 Betfred World Club Challenge was the 27th staging of the World Club Challenge. It was played on 17 February 2019, and featured Super League champions Wigan Warriors, and NRL winners Sydney Roosters.
|2019Betfred World Club Challenge|
|Date||17 February 2019|
|Location||Wigan, United Kingdom|
This was the second time these two teams had met in the World Club Challenge, with Sydney claiming a 36–14 victory in 2014. Wigan were aiming to extend their record winning total to five wins, whilst Sydney were aiming to equal Wigan's record with their fourth win, as well as keeping their 100% record in the World Club Challenge intact.
Sydney won the match 20–8, thus equalling Wigan's record of 4 wins, and maintaining their 100% record of never losing a world club challenge.
After becoming the first team to win every game in the Super 8s, Wigan finished Super League XXIII's regular season in 2nd place. They went on to beat Castleford Tigers 14–0 in the semi-final, and defeated 4th-placed Warrington Wolves, 12–4, in the Grand Final.
The Roosters finished the 2018 NRL season in 1st place and won the minor premiership. They then went undefeated through the finals series to claim the 2018 Premiership with a 21–6 win in the 2018 NRL Grand Final over the Melbourne Storm.
|Wigan Warriors||Position||Sydney Roosters|
|20. Zak Hardaker||Fullback||1. James Tedesco|
|2. Tom Davies||Wing||2. Daniel Tupou|
|4. Oliver Gildart||Centre||4. Joseph Manu|
|3. Dan Sarginson||Centre||5. Brett Morris|
|17. Liam Marshall||Wing||20. Matt Ikuvalu|
|6. George Williams||Stand-off/Five-eighth||6. Luke Keary|
|7. Thomas Leuluai||Scrum-half/Halfback||7. Cooper Cronk|
|8. Tony Clubb||Prop||8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves|
|9. Sam Powell||Hooker||9. Jake Friend|
|10. Ben Flower||Prop||10. Siosiua Taukeiaho|
|11. Joe Greenwood||Second-row||11. Boyd Cordner (c)|
|12. Liam Farrell||Second-row||3. Mitchell Aubusson|
|13. Sean O'Loughlin (c)||Loose forward/Lock||13. Victor Radley|
|14. Romain Navarrete||Interchange||14. Isaac Liu|
|15. Willie Isa||Interchange||15. Zane Tetevano|
|16. Gabe Hamlin||Interchange||16. Lindsay Collins|
|22. Joe Bullock||Interchange||17. Nat Butcher|
|Adrian Lam||Coach||Trent Robinson|
|Wigan Warriors||8 – 20||Sydney Roosters|
Tom Davies (20') 1
Liam Marshall (65') 1
Zak Hardaker 0/2
|1st: 4 – 14
2nd: 4 – 6
3 (4', 9', 32') Brett Morris
1 (77') Daniel Tupou
2/4 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
(10', 61' pen)
0/1 James Tedesco
- "Wigan Warriors host Sydney Roosters in 2019 World Club Challenge". Sky Sports. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
- "World Club Challenge: Wigan Warriors to host Sydney Roosters". BBC Sport. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
- "World Club Challenge: Morris Hat Trick helps Sydney Roosters claim a record equalling 4th world club title over Wigan". BBC Sport. 17 February 2019.
- "World Club Challenge: Sydney Roosters Announce Squad For World Club Challenge". NRL. 8 February 2019.