04 March 2019
Chooks win World Club Challenge
The Sydney Roosters claimed a record-equalling fourth World Club Challenge title with a 20-8 win over Super League champions Wigan in February.
The match was played in front of a crowd of 21,000 and formed a commanding start to the season.
A first half hat-trick from new recruit Brett Morris and a sublime performance from halfback Luke Keary helped the Roosters to the title.
Morris became the first player to claim man-of-the-match honours with two different clubs, having previously turned out for the St George Illawarra Dragons in the annual event back in 2011.
The Roosters were without Latrell Mitchell and Angus Crichton but will welcome them back into the side for their opening match at the SCG against the South Sydney Rabbitohs on March 15, one of nine games the club will play at their new home in 2019.
Coach Trent Robinson said after the match: “The boys stood tall, they had to scrap and fight and found a way to get out of it and I thought it was a really good game.
“Some guys that usually go 30 minutes went 25. But that was what we wanted, a really tough game. To win it is special.”
The Roosters enter the NRL season with goal of being the first team since 1993 to win back-to-back premierships.
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