St Helens victory in World Club Challenge would be 'top' says chairman

Trent Robinson joined Jon Wells on the touch screen to analyze Sydney Roosters 20-12 victory over St Helens in the World Club Challenge ...

NRL sides have now won 10 of the last 12 clashes. "We are getting so close and we just have to make sure we keep the foot down on it so it is well organised and we know each year it's happening".

Saints had the home advantage and 16,018 packed into the stadium in the Peasley Cross area of the town.

St Helens took a sixth-minute lead through prop Luke Thompson with Tom Makinson adding the conversion to make it 6-0 before the Roosters went in front with two unconverted tries in 10 minutes from winger Daniel Tupou and Kiwi center Joseph Manu.

Instead it was the Roosters who crucially scored next, Manu grabbing his second try. Though Flanagan sent his conversion wide it felt like the Roosters were on top despite Saints' bright start to the second period.

Prop Sio Siua Taukeiaho made a line break from deep in the field to put Keary away for the winning try in the 69th minute.

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Taukeiaho took over the kicking duties and landed the conversion before wrapping up the Roosters' scoring with a penalty.

Despite this, Roosters coach Trent Robinson believes there is still merit in these global games of which he is an advocate.

Star centre Joey Manu crossed for two tries as the NRL's best side showed why they are so revered in the rugby league world, toughing it out against a gutsy Saints outfit. There was a great contest there. "There was a great middle contest there, they all went after each other and the backs made a decision to move ball a bit and see who could get the execution right".

But their attention turns to other matters this weekend as they welcome the World Club Challenge's joint-most successful ever side, who have lifted the trophy four times and are now vying to leap ahead of Wigan and clinch the record outright. Hats off to them.

"It's a big game - obviously the NRL sides are hotly favoured when they come to play our Super League sides, but if any side is going to do it, I think it's this St Helens side", he said.

  • Lawrence Cooper