1989 World Club Challenge

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1989 (1989) World Club Challenge  ()
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CAN Canberra colours.svg 12618
Date4 October 1989
Stadium Old Trafford
Location Manchester, England
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Referees Francois Desplas Flag of France.svg
Attendance30,786
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The 1989 World Club Challenge (also known as the Foster's World Club Challenge due to sponsorship by brewers, Foster's) was the third ever and first official World Club Challenge match. 1989's NSWRL season premiers, the Canberra Raiders travelled to England to play 1988–89 RFL champions, Widnes.

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Background

Widnes

Widnes came into the World Club Challenge having won two straight Stones Bitter Premierships. Coach Doug Laughton's team had won many admirers throughout England for their free-flowing, attacking style of rugby. At this time player poaching from rugby union was at a level not seen in decades, and the Chemics benefited from a board flush with cash and a coach with a keen eye for talent. Three members of their famed back division all came from the amateur code. Alan Tait started in union for Scotland but had grown up around league as his father played for Workington Town in the Borders. Jonathan Davies cited a need to provide for a young family and heavy pressure as Wales five-eighth as his motivation for accepting a then-record £230,000 signing fee. Finally Martin Offiah desired to prove doubters wrong, whether they be Southern union power-brokers put off by his unapologetic blackness or St. Helens scouts who passed him over, believing he was "an uncoordinated clown". Combining with home-grown talents like Andy Currier, the Hulme brothers and Tony Myler, the Chemics scored an eye-popping 726 points in the 1988-89 league, winning the title over Wigan by three points.[ citation needed ]

Canberra Raiders

The 1989 NSWRL season was the 8th in the history of Australian club the Canberra Raiders. Coached by Tim Sheens and captained by Australian international centre Mal Meninga, the Raiders finished the minor rounds in 4th spot. They then won through to their second ever Grand Final (after playing in the 1987 game) where they made history by not only being the first team to win the premiership from 4th spot or lower after defeating Balmain in the Grand Final, but also by becoming the first non-Sydney team to win the premiership in its history dating back to 1908.[ citation needed ]

Teams

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Widnes
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Canberra Raiders
FB1 Alan Tait
RW2 Andy Currier
CE3 Jonathan Davies
CE4 Darren Wright
LW5 Martin Offiah
SO6 Tony Myler
SH7 David Hulme
PR8 Joey Grima
HK9 Phil McKenzie
PR10 Derek Pyke
SR11 Kurt Sorensen (c)
SR12 Paul Hulme
LF13 Richard Eyres
Substitutions:
IC14 Barry Dowd
IC15 Paul Moriarty
IC16 Brimah Kebbie
IC17 David Smith
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Doug Laughton
FB1 Gary Belcher
RW2 Matthew Wood
CE3 Mal Meninga (c)
CE4 Laurie Daley
LW5 John Ferguson
FE6 Chris O'Sullivan
HB7 Ricky Stuart
PR8 Steve Jackson
HK9 Steve Walters
PR10 Glenn Lazarus
SR11 Dean Lance
SR12 Gary Coyne
LK13 Bradley Clyde
Substitutions:
IC14 Phil Carey
IC15 Paul Martin
IC16 Mark Lowry
IC17 Craig Bellamy
Coach:
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Details

Wednesday 4 October
Widnes Widnes colours.svg 30 – 18 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
Tries:
Martin Offiah (2)
Jonathan Davies
Richard Eyres
Paul Hulme
Darren Wright
Goals:
Jonathan Davies (3)
[1] Tries:
Mal Meninga
Chris O'Sullivan
Steve Walters


Goals:
Matthew Wood (2)
Chris O'Sullivan (1)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 30,786
Referee: Francois Desplas Flag of France.svg
Man of the Match: David Hulme Widnes colours.svg

The match was played on Wednesday, 4 October at Old Trafford, Manchester. A crowd of 30,786 [2] saw an all-action game of two halves, with a Mal Meninga-inspired Canberra opening up a 12-0 lead by playing a brand of rugby that BBC commentator Ray French described as "like basketball". However Widnes' offload game would bring them back into the match, with tries by Offiah and Paul Hulme both coming as a result of good late passes to make it 12-8 at the interval. The match turned in the second half when Jonathan Davies was clothes-lined across the chin by Laurie Daley in the act of scoring a try: Daley could call himself lucky to only be given a sin-bin by the French referee. Widnes would consolidate the man-advantage by crossing the Stretford End try-line twice courtesy of Offiah and Eyres, adding a Darren Wright try as insurance while Steve Walters would got a valedictory four-pointer for the Australians. [3] David Hulme was named man-of-the-match.

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References

  1. 1989 WCC - Widnes vs Canberra
  2. HighBeam [ dead link ]
  3. "Sheen backs Tigers to shine". Yorkshire Post . UK: Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 23 October 2010.