This will be the third time these two teams had met in the World Club Challenge, with Sydney claiming a 25–2 victory in the inaugural World Club Challenge in 1976, and a 38–0 victory in 2003. St Helens will be aiming to extend their record winning total to three wins, whilst Sydney will be aiming to break Wigan’s record with their fifth win, as well as keep their 100% record in the World Club Challenge intact.
St Helens finished 1st in the regular season, to earn a home tie against 2nd place Wigan Warriors in the semi finals. Saints dominated the first half by scoring 4 tries inside 20 minutes, before Wigan hit back with 1 of their own.
Saints were irresistible in the first half, and led 26-6 with tries from Theo Fages, Kevin Naiqama, Luke Thompson, and Jonny Lomax.
Wigan knew they had a job to do in the 2nd half, but this was not to be, as Saints Zeb Taia’s score and a Mark Percival double extended the lead to send Saints to their first grand final in 5 years.
This was also Justin Holbrook’s final game for Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium, without losing a single home game all season.
Saints defeated Salford 23-6 in the Grand Final.
The Roosters finished the 2019 NRL season in second place and went undefeated through the finals series to claim the 2019 Premiership with a 14–8 win in the 2019 NRL Grand Final over the Canberra Raiders.