2 Mar 2009

Sea Eagles down Leeds

10:42 am on 2 March 2009

Manly have become the first Australian side in six years to clinch rugby league's World Club Challenge, snatching the title from Leeds 28-20 at Elland Road .

A three try burst early in the second half saw the NRL champions to a 26-4 lead with Brett Stewart, Anthony Watmough and Steve Matai crossing in six minutes.

Late tries Keith Senior and Ryan Hall made the score more respectable for Leeds in a match which saw Manly's Josh Perry and the Leeds enforcer Jamie Peacock sin-binned after they traded blows.

And the video referee Steve Ganson lived up to his reputation for controversy by awarding Jamie Jones-Buchanan an extremely contentious try for Leeds before Manly took a 12-4 halftime lead.