World Club Challenge: St Helens 12-20 Sydney Roosters – NRL side win record fifth title
Joseph Manu scored Double by beating St Helens as a record fifth World Club Challenge Name was Maintained by National Rugby League side Sydney Roosters.
Luke Thompson driven from close range to provide the Super League winners the beginning.
However, the Roosters hit to lead 8-6 in half-time as Daniel Tupou and Manu went over in either corner.
Manu’s second and a Luke Keary try sealed victory for the Australian side before Alex Walmsley’s consolation.
Roosters become the first side to keep the title having beaten Wigan this past year as well as setting a new record for number of wins in the World Club Challenge.
Saints, who were pursuing a World Club Challenge triumph themselves, dominated the early stages and then kept pace as the southern hemisphere staged their fightback.
Along with the outcome could have been different as they piled the pressure at the beginning of the second half had their opportunities been taken by Kristian Woolf’s side.
More to follow.
St Helens: Welsby, Makinson Bentley, Costello, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley Thompson, Taia, Peyroux, Knowles.
Interchanges: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lees, Paulo, Smith.
Sydney: Tedesco, Morris, Manu, Crichton Keary Waerea-Hargreaves Taukeiaho Aubusson, Radley.
Replacements: Verrills, Liu, N. Butcher, Collins.
Referee: Chris Kendall (RFL)