2005 World Club Challenge

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2005 (2005) World Club Challenge  ()
2005 Carnegie World Club Challenge Logo.jpg
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LEE Rhinoscolours.svg 261339
BUL Canterbury colours.svg 62632
Date4 February 2005
Stadium Elland Road
Location Leeds, England
Referees Sean Hampstead
Attendance37,208
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The year 2005 Carnegie World Club Challenge was contested by Super League IX champions Leeds Rhinos and 2004 NRL season premiers, the Bulldogs. The match was played on 4 February at Elland Road, Leeds before 37,208 spectators. Australian Sean Hampstead was the referee. The home team came out winners in the end of what was, at the time, the highest-scoring WCC match ever, with a final scoreline of 39-32.

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Qualification

Leeds Rhinos

The 2004 Super League Grand Final was held on Saturday 16 October 2004, at Old Trafford, Manchester, UK. The game was played between Leeds Rhinos, who finished top of the league after the 28 weekly rounds, and Bradford Bulls, who finished second after the weekly rounds.

Bulldogs

The 2004 NRL Grand Final was the conclusive and premiership-deciding game of the 2004 NRL season. It was contested by the Bulldogs, who had finished the regular season in 2nd place, and the Sydney Roosters, who had finished the regular season in 1st place. After both sides eliminated the rest of 2004's top eight teams over the finals series, they faced each other in a grand final for the first time since the 1980 NSWRFL season's decider.

Match details

The Bulldogs had less than a week to adjust from Sydney summer to Yorkshire winter with four training sessions to prepare whereas the Rhinos had been playing friendlies since Boxing Day. [1] The Sydnesiders were also without six senior players who stayed at home after off-season surgeries. [1]

4 February 2005
Leeds Rhinos Rhinoscolours.svg 39 - 32 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs
Tries:
Chev Walker
Mark Calderwood
Danny McGuire
Willie Poaching
Rob Burrow
Richie Mathers
Jamie Jones-Buchanan
Goals:
Kevin Sinfield (5)
Field Goals:
Kevin Sinfield
Tries:
Hazem El Masri (2)
Jamaal Lolesi (2)
Luke Patten
Tony Grimaldi



Goals:
Hazem El Masri (5)
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 37,208
Referee: Sean Hampstead Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Leeds RhinosPositionBulldogs
Richie Mathers Fullback Luke Patten
Mark Calderwood Wing Trent Cutler
Chev Walker Centre Willie Tonga
Keith Senior Centre Jamaal Lolesi
Marcus Bai Wing Hazem El Masri
Kevin Sinfield (c) Stand-off Braith Anasta
Danny McGuire Scrum-half Corey Hughes
Ryan Bailey Prop Roy Asotasi
Andrew Dunemann Hooker Adam Perry
Danny Ward Prop Chris Armit
Jamie Jones-Buchanan Second-row Sonny Bill Williams
Chris McKenna Second-row Reni Maitua
Gareth Ellis Loose forward Tony Grimaldi (C)
Rob Burrow Interchange Ben Czislowski
Ali Lauitiiti Interchange Nate Myles
Barrie McDermott Interchange Trevor Thurling
Willie Poching Interchange Brett Oliver
Tony Smith Coach Steve Folkes

Leeds opened the scoring with their left centre Chev Walker crossing around the five-minute mark. Kevin Sinfield's conversion was successful so the Rhinos were leading 6 - 0.

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