Wigan Warriors 22-6 Cronulla Sharks

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Super League champions Wigan Warriors earned themselves the tag of ‘best club side in the world’ and another piece of silverware after defeating 2016 NRL Premiers Cronulla Sharks in the Dacia World Club Challenge at the DW Stadium on Sunday.

The Warriors named an unchanged squad ahead of the game, Shaun Wane keeping the same 19 that beat Salford 26-16 in their Super League opener at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Cronulla brought close to a full-strength squad over to the UK. NYC Player of the Year Jayden Brailey started the game at hooker, with utility Fa’amanu Brown named amongst the Cronulla interchanges. An injury to Valentine Holmes meant that Gerard Beale started at the back, with Kurt Capewell slotting in on the wing.

Joe Burgess opened the scoring early for the Warriors after getting on the end of an overlap on the left touchline. The conversion was missed by Morgan Escare, 4-0.

Luke Lewis crossed for the Sharks in the sixth minute after taking a high ball, but the referee thought the try should be ruled offside from one of the chasing Sharks players. The video referee had a look and ruled no try, as Jesse Ramien was ahead of the kicker when setting off to chase the high ball.

Things started heating up when Sharks player Wade Graham was penalised in the 13th minute for an elbow to the face of Sam Powell after being tackled.

The home side extended their lead in the 23rd minute. It was a brilliant try from Burgess, his second of the match. The break was made by Powell, but George Williams and Oliver Gildart linked up well to release Burgess down the left who stepped inside the cover defence for a vital try. Escare converted, 10-0.

Tempers continued to flare after the Sharks were penalised for dragging a man into touch in the 28thminute.

The video referee was once again called upon in the 30th minute. Kurt Capewell dotted down, but looked to have knocked on in the air. The ball wasn’t knocked on, but the video referee decided, after lengthy deliberations, that the ball was dotted down in touch. It was the right decision, but a split-second one.

The Warriors led 10-0 at the break thanks to a double from Burgess and some great defence.

Gildart opened the scoring in the second half. He got on the end of an overlap after some good work by Escare and stepped inside the cover defence for a vital try. The conversion was slotted by Escare, 16-0.

Ramien put the Sharks on the board in the 59th minute. Cronulla attacked down the right before Gerard Beale put in a clever kick which Ramien got to first to score for the visitors. The conversion was slotted by James Maloney from the touchline, 16-6.

Escare attempted a drop goal in the 68th minute to try and put his side 11 points ahead, but his kick went left of the uprights.

With seven minutes remaining, a penalty was awarded to the Warriors for a high tackle from Graham. Both sides charged in for a bit of pushing and shoving after the collision. Once again, the referee chatted to the captains.

Burgess looked to have scored a hat-trick in the final minute of the game, but the video referee was asked to have a look. The try was awarded and the resulting conversion from Escare sailed over. That was the game and Wigan are crowned World Club Champions for a record fourth time.

Wigan’s victory completes a 2-0 win for English sides in the World Club Series, following Warrington’s win over Brisbane on Saturday.

Penalty count: 7-12

Referee: Robert Hicks

Attendance: 21,011

SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 10-0, 16-0, 16-6, 22-6.

Written by Adam Gray.

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
21Lewis TierneyWing000000
3Anthony GellingCentre000000
4Oliver GildartCentre100000
5Joe BurgessWing300000
6George WilliamsStand Off000001
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half000000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 17Prop000000
10Ben Flower 19Prop000000
12Liam Farrell 11Second Row000000
13Sean O’Loughlin 15Loose Forward000000
14John BatemanSecond Row000000
16Sam PowellHooker000000
22Morgan EscareFull Back030000
11Joel Tomkins 12Interchange000000
15Tony Clubb 13Interchange000000
17Taulima Tautai 8Interchange000000
19Ryan Sutton 10Interchange000000
 Total 430001

Cronulla Sharks

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
Gerard BealeFull Back000000
Jack BirdCentre000000
Jayden Brailey Hooker000000
Kurt CapewellWing000000
Andrew Fifita Prop000000
Paul GallenLoose Forward000000
Wade Graham Second Row000000
Ricky LeuteleCentre000000
Luke Lewis Second Row000000
James MaloneyStand Off010000
Matt PriorProp000000
Chad TownsendScrum Half000000
Jesse RamienWing100000
Fa’amanu Brown Interchange000000
Chris Heighington Interchange000000
Sam Tagataese Interchange000000
Jayson Bukuya Interchange000000
 Total 110000

Match Details

Date Time Season Match Day
February 19, 2017 3:00 pm 2017 Sunday


DW Stadium


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Wigan Warriors101222
Cronulla Sharks066