Cronulla Sharks legend Paul Gallen says their World Club Challenge defeat to Wigan was one of the most physical matches he’s ever played in.
The Sharks went down to a 22-6 defeat against the Warriors at the DW Stadium in 2017.
Gallen won the NRL with Cronulla the year prior to the World Club Challenge – but he admitted he was gutted not to have won a World Club Challenge in his career.
In his Heart and Soul autobiography, Gallen wrote: “Our loss to Wigan in the World Club Challenge still eats at me.
“It’s the only trophy in my entire career that I was never able to hold aloft. The trip itself was fantastic and a huge moment for the club, as it was our first trip to the United Kingdom.
“In typically testing north of England conditions – slippery under foot, wet and cold – Wigan played to their strengths, beating us 22-6. In the aftermath, Sharks fans made a lot of the refereeing performance. And sure, if a few calls had gone our way, it could’ve been a different story – but we simply weren’t good enough on the day.
“I rate that match against Wigan as one of the most physical and intense matches that I have ever played in.”
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