Talking Points | World Club Challenge

After what was another successful outing for the Sydney Roosters, let's discuss our top talking points to come out of World Club Challenge.

FOUR TITLES IN AS MANY TRIES

In what continues to be an undefeated streak for the Club, the 2019 World Club Challenge marks the fourth title that the Roosters have won since their first victory in 1976.

They were also victorious in 2003 and more recently in 2014, where they also faced the Wigan Warriors. 

BRETT MORRIS BRINGS THE GOODS

The 2019 pre-season raised a couple of questions when it came to the Roosters backline, but after Brett Morris’s performance against the Warriors it’s clear that there’s no issues to be raised there.

The 32 year old was outstanding on the night, scoring three tries in the first half and claiming the Man Of The Match honours for the second time in a World Club Challenge.

Morris impressed greatly in his first Tricolours outing and it leaves fans itching to watch him play again in the new season.

THE BEST ON SHOW

With the best of the Super League and the National Rugby League going head-to-head, it’s clear that the World Club Challenge really does bring the best of both competitions.

Not only was there some blistering hot talent on show, but there was plenty of passion and intensity coming from both sides.

There was a number of big hits, strong carries, some expansive football and even some tussling early on in the contest.

KEARY'S FORM CARRIES ON

After winning the Clive Churchill Medal in the 2018 Grand Final and a call-up to the Kangaroos squad in the post season, it’s clear that Luke Keary will carry on that momentum into the new year.

He looked sharp with the ball all night and even sealed the game with a pin-point kick to Daniel Tupou in the corner.

Fans should be eager to see what Keary can do as he continues to progress as the Club’s five-eighth in 2019.

BENCH POWER AND DEPTH

There were a few members of the squad unable to line-up in the World Club Challenge, which offered an early look at the depth in the 2019 squad ahead of Round 1.

Matt Ikuvalu was all effort filling in on the wing, while Nat Butcher and Lindsay Collins made their impact felt coming from the bench.

Butcher had a number of strong runs and showed off his offload, while Collins played a tough brand of football all game long.

With that being said, it’s going to be a tough selection process when the squad is 100% fit and available for selection.