On this day in 2012: Leeds beat Manly in World Club Challenge

Drew Darbyshire

Kevin Sinfield lifts World Club Challenge trophy for Leeds

On this day in 2012, Leeds were crowned World Champions after defeating Manly Sea Eagles 26-12 at Headingley.

The Rhinos were the first Super League club since 2008 to win the World Club Challenge with their win over then NRL champions Manly.

Brian McDermott’s Leeds side led 16-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Ryan Hall (2) and Kallum Watkins, with Brett Stewart going over for Geoff Toovey’s Sea Eagles.

Daly Cherry-Evans scored for Manly in the second half but further efforts from Ben Jones-Bishop and Carl Ablett saw Leeds lift the World Club Challenge trophy in front of a 21,062 people at Headingley.

Leeds: Webb; Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hardaker, Hall; Sinfield, McGuire; Leuluai, Burrow, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Delaney, Ablett. Subs: Bailey, Griffin, McShane, Clarkson.

Tries: Watkins, Hall (2), Jones-Bishop, Ablett Goals: Sinfield 3

Manly: B Stewart; D Williams, Lyon, Matai, Oldfield; Foran, Cherry-Evans; King, Ballin, Kite, Watmough, T Williams, G Stewart. Subs: Rose, Lussick, Buhrer, Mauro.

Tries: B Stewart, Cherry-Evans Goals: Lyon 2

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