World Club Challenge: What a day for St Helens fans
Whether you were traveling in Australia, beating Penrith in St Helens (or anywhere else in the world) in the World Club Challenge was an epic, nerve-wracking and energy-sapping affair.
The 13-12 win, achieved through Lewis Dodd’s golden point, will also go down as one of the greatest and most dramatic moments in the club’s 150-year history.
The scenes at the west Sydney stadium were incredible with Australian media claiming that 1,000 Saints fans were inside the BlueBet stadium.
At home in pubs and bars – which opened at breakfast time to watch the game – and in living rooms, fans also caught every moment of the drama.
It was exciting to see Saints take an early lead with Jack Welsby outstanding.
But tension mounted in the second half as Penrith picked up momentum and eventually neared death.
Many fans said their nerves were on edge as the competition headed towards the Golden Point, but there was an explosion of joy and relief when Lewis Dodd landed that drop goal.
Taking to the star’s social media pages, supporters then responded to their feelings and congratulated the team.
Caroline Yeoman said, “OMG – what a nail biter that was.”
Diane Cook wrote: “Love it, all the best to the whole team, makes St Helens proud of you.”
Ann Griffiths wrote: “So privileged to be a witness to this game. Astonishing.”
Dee Brookes added, “I think I woke the neighbors up.”
Brian Hill said: “Well done lads, brilliant performance and top marks for Paul Wellens, a fantastic start to his coaching career.
Praising match winner Lewis Dodd, Vicky Atherton wrote: “Well done Lewis – all that hard work has really paid off. You are a young world champion!”
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