This will be the first time since 2014 and the fourth time in history that the game will be played in Australia, so it’s a big advantage for Melbourne, and you can watch this exciting League action Live, or stream the replays at a more convenient time.
2018 World Club Series Preview
The Melbourne Storm produced one of the great seasons of the NRL in 2017, only losing a handful of games, claiming the Minor Premiership and of course smashing the North Queensland Cowboys in winning the Grand Final, confirming their status as one of the great sides/clubs in Rugby League history. 2018 is a different challenge for the side. It’ll be the first time since 2003 that they won’t have Cooper Cronk steering the ship as halfback with Cronk off to the Roosters. Bailey Croft is in charge of the jersey now so the teenager has big shoes to fill, but will have some assistance from the likes of Billy Slater and Cameron Smith. It was a magical 2017 for Slater. His return from a bad shoulder injury was one of the great stories of Australian sport. He came back, dominated, won the Origin Series with Queensland and was named the Clive Churchill medallist as the best player in the Grand Final.
The Leeds Rhinos have been similar to the Storm when it comes to the Super League and hovering around near the top. They recorded their record 8th Grand Final win last year when proving too classy for the Castleford Tigers, winning 24-6. It’s a whole new different ball game now as they travel the other side of the world to AAMI Park to take on the Storm in front of their home fans. In the three times these two have met in the World Club Challenge, the Melbourne Storm have won the past two, the latest being an 18-14 win back in 2013. But this Storm does look much better to the one from five years ago, even allowing for the absence of Cronk. It’ll be tough work for Leeds, but they are a powerhouse defensive unit who are very hard to score against.
Melbourne Storm vs Leeds Rhinos Live TV
Friday 16 February
Live TV: 7.30pm – 10.00pm (Nine/Fox League)
Replay: Saturday 9.30am – 11.00am (Fox League)
Saturday 17 February
St George Illawarra Dragons vs Hull LIVE at 5.30pm (Fox League)
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Wigan LIVE at 7.30pm (Fox League)
Shown as Sydney time (AEDT), adjust for regional differences.
World Club Series Streaming and a Free Offer
While you can find this year’s World Club Challenge on Free to Air in Australia (Nine/9Now), the Fox League channel (Foxtel) will broadcast the match LIVE and ad-break free during play, along with TV replays for those that missed out. Fox League will also broadcast and a great double-header on Saturday, Live, when the Dragons face Hull and the Rabbitohs battle Wigan.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to check out Foxtel Now’s 2 weeks Free streaming TV trial, which will broadcast the World Club Series, best of Super League XXIII and every match of the 2018 AFLX live online*, while also offering live World Club Challenge streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go App within minutes of getting started.