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Leeds Rhinos

2017 Super League Champions

Rhinos and Storm go head to head again

13th November 2017 | 9:50 pm

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos celebrate.

Leeds Rhinos and Melbourne Storm will meet for an unprecedented fourth time in the World Club Challenge when the Rhinos travel to the Victorian capital on Friday 16th February 2018.

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Leeds Rhinos and Melbourne Storm will meet for an unprecedented fourth time in the World Club Challenge when the Rhinos travel to the Victorian capital on Friday 16th February 2018.

Leeds and Melbourne are both seeking to level Wigan’s record of four World Club Challenge wins after the Warriors won the World title last season with victory over Cronulla Sharks. Leeds will be appearing in a record eighth appearance in the fixture.

The Rhinos were crowned World Club Champions in 2005 (39-32 against the Bulldogs), 2008 (11-4 against Melbourne Storm) and 2012 (26-12 against Manly Sea Eagles). They tasted defeat against Manly Sea Eagles in 2009 (28-20), against Melbourne Storm in both 2010 (18-10) and 2013 (18-14) and against North Queensland Cowboys in 2016 (38-4).

Bradford Bulls (2002, 2004, 2006) are the other club with three previous World Club Challenge wins. The first four of Leeds’ previous World Club Challenge appearances were all at Elland Road (2005 & 2008-2010), with the next three at Emerald Headingley.

Leeds Rhinos 11 Melbourne Storm 4

The 2018 clash comes a decade after the first meeting between Leeds and Melbourne at Elland Road. Leeds ensured the World Club Challenge trophy stayed in England for a fifth successive year with a tense victory on a stormy night.

The Super League champions overcame wild and windy conditions, with Kevin Sinfield’s kicking proving vital.

A Ryan Hoffman try put the Storm ahead before Scott Donald crossed to restore Leeds’ advantage just before half-time

And, as conditions deteriorated, Sinfield’s second penalty and drop goal were the only scores after the break.

Leeds Rhinos 10 Melbourne Storm 18

Melbourne Storm saw off Leeds Rhinos as they were crowned world club champions in a bruising game at Elland Road.

Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow kicked penalties for Leeds, with Cameron Smith landing two for Melbourne in a closely-fought try-free first half.

Kallum Watkins wasted a great chance before Danny McGuire’s length-of-the-field solo try put Leeds in front.

Luke MacDougall replied for Melbourne and Smith kicked them in front, with Anthony Quinn’s late try sealing it.

Leeds Rhinos 14 Melbourne Storm 18

Melbourne Storm won their third World Club Challenge title by beating reigning world champions Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.

The visitors’ kicking game proved the difference with Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater all influential.

Tries by Slater, Jesse Bromwich, Tohu Harris and a six-point haul from Smith were enough to confirm victory.

Ryan Hall and Jamie Jones-Buchanan crossed for Leeds, with Kevin Sinfield kicking three goals.

Missed chances proved costly for the hosts, but they played their part in a match which justified the pre-match hype.

World Club Challenge 1987-2017

7/10/87 Wigan 8 Manly 2 (Central Park, Wigan) Attendance: 36,895

10/10/89 Widnes 30 Canberra 18 (Old Trafford, Manchester) Attendance: 30,786

2/10/91 Wigan 21 Penrith 4 (Anfield, Liverpool) Attendance: 20,152

30/10/92 Brisbane 22 Wigan 8 (Central Park, Wigan) Attendance: 17,746

1/6/94 Wigan 20 Brisbane 14 (ANZ Stadium, Brisbane) Attendance: 54,220

22/1/00 Melbourne 44 St Helens 6 (JJB Stadium, Wigan) Attendance: 13,394

26/1/01 St Helens 20 Brisbane 18 (Reebok Stadium, Bolton) Attendance: 16,041

1/2/02 Bradford 41 Newcastle 26 (McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield) Attendance: 21,113

14/2/03 Sydney Roosters 38 St Helens 0 (Reebok Stadium, Bolton) Attendance: 19,807

13/2/04 Bradford 22 Penrith 4 (McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield) Attendance: 18,962

4/2/05 Leeds 39 Bulldogs 32 (Elland Road, Leeds) Attendance: 37,028

3/2/06 Bradford 30 Wests Tigers 10 (Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield) Attendance: 19,207

23/2/07 St Helens 18 Brisbane 14 (Reebok Stadium, Bolton) Attendance: 23,207

29/2/08 Leeds 11 Melbourne 4 (Elland Road, Leeds) Attendance: 33,204

1/3/09 Manly 28 Leeds 20 (Elland Road, Leeds) Attendance: 32,569

28/2/10 Melbourne 18 Leeds 10 (Elland Road, Leeds) Attendance: 27,697

27/2/11 St George Illawarra 21 Wigan 15 (DW Stadium, Wigan) Attendance: 24,268

17/2/12 Leeds 26 Manly 12 (Headingley Carnegie, Leeds) Attendance: 21,062

22/2/13 Melbourne 18 Leeds 14 (Headingley Carnegie, Leeds) Attendance: 20,400

22/2/14 Sydney Roosters 36 Wigan 14 (Allianz Stadium, Sydney) Attendance: 31,515

22/2/15 South Sydney 39 St Helens 0 (Langtree Park, St Helens) Attendance: 17,980

21/2/16 North Queensland 38 Leeds 4 (Headingley Carnegie, Leeds) Attendance: 19,778

19/2/17 Wigan Warriors 22 Cronulla Sharks 6 (DW Stadium, Wigan) Attendance: 21,011

Brisbane Broncos beat Hunter Mariners 36-12 at Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, in the 1997 Super League World Club Championship final following a competition involving 22 clubs. The attendance was 12,000.