May 26, 2018

St George Dragons beat Wigan in World Club Challenge

Matt Cooper scores for the Dragons despite a large muscular arm being wrapped around his neck.

St George Illawarra have won the Rugby League World Club Challenge with a 21-15 win over three-time champions Wigan Warriors.

Wigan started strongly, going out to an eight point lead with George Carmont scoring a try and Paul Deacon slotting two goals.

The Dragons hit back with tries from Matt Cooper and Brett Morris, only for Carmont to bag a second before half time. With the sides locked 14-14 just before half time, Wigan’s Sam Tomkins, kicked a drop goal to give the Warriors the lead at the break.

In the second half though St George shut down the Wigan attacking game. Cameron King scored for the Dragons after 55 minutes and that was enough for the victory. Jamie Soward added a drop goal with 10 minutes remaining.

Australian sides have now won the last three Club Challenge trophies.

Wigan: S Tomkins, Goulding, Gleeson, Carmont, Roberts, Deacon, Leuluai, Prescott, McIlorum, Coley, Hansen, Hoffman, O’Loughlin.
Replacements: Tuson for Gleeson (38), Mossop for Prescott (25), J Tomkins for Coley (16), Farrell for O’Loughlin (32).

St George/Illawarra: Boyd, Morris, Gasnier, Cooper, Nightingale, Soward, Hornby, Hunt, Fien, Weyman, Scott, Creagh, Prior.
Replacements: Merrin for Hunt (24), King for Fien (50), Green for Weyman (19), Greenfield for Scott (30).

Att: 24,268

Ref: Thierry Alibert (France).