Australian legend Paul Gallen reveals his toughest game... was against Wigan Warriors

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Australian legend Paul Gallen reveals his toughest game... was against Wigan Warriors

Post by josie andrews » Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:38 pm

He played in 24 State of Origin matches and even more Tests, yet Australian legend Paul Gallen has revealed one of his most gruelling challenges was against Wigan.

The 38-year-old captained the Cronulla side which went down 22-6 at the DW Stadium in the World Club Challenge in early 2017.

And Gallen, who retired at the end of last season, revealed in his new autobiography Heart and Soul: My Story the loss still "eats at me".

“I rate that match against Wigan as one of the most physical and intense matches that I have ever played in," he wrote.

"We simply weren’t good enough on the day. It’s the only trophy in my entire career that I was never able to hold aloft.

"Our loss to Wigan in the World Club Challenge still eats at me."

In the 2017 WCC, Joe Burgess scored a hat-trick as the Warriors won the title for the first time since 1994. Centre Oliver Gildart also scored a try, while Morgan Escare (two) and Sam Powell added goals.

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Re: Australian legend Paul Gallen reveals his toughest game... was against Wigan Warriors

Post by Caboosegg » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:26 pm

High praise from an NRL Legend.
RL's biggest issue is the constant negativity of its own fans.

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Re: Australian legend Paul Gallen reveals his toughest game... was against Wigan Warriors

Post by widdenoldboy » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:44 pm

Need to get back to that standard, It seems a long time ago with Budgie and Escare having stormers.

Nice to have Gallen's praise.

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Re: Australian legend Paul Gallen reveals his toughest game... was against Wigan Warriors

Post by Caboosegg » Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:36 am

widdenoldboy wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:44 pm
Need to get back to that standard, It seems a long time ago with Budgie and Escare having stormers.

Nice to have Gallen's praise.
Escare would need to play to try 😂
RL's biggest issue is the constant negativity of its own fans.

support verb [ (ENCOURAGE)

"to agree with and give encouragement to someone or something because you want him, her, or it to succeed"

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Re: Australian legend Paul Gallen reveals his toughest game... was against Wigan Warriors

Post by The booze hound » Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:42 am

Caboosegg wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:36 am
widdenoldboy wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:44 pm
Need to get back to that standard, It seems a long time ago with Budgie and Escare having stormers.

Nice to have Gallen's praise.
Escare would need to play to try 😂
ESCARE
Tierney
Gelling
Gildart
Burgess
Williams
Leuluai
Nuuausala
Powell
Flower
Bateman
Farrell
O'loughlin

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Re: Australian legend Paul Gallen reveals his toughest game... was against Wigan Warriors

Post by Caboosegg » Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:06 am

The booze hound wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:42 am
Caboosegg wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:36 am
widdenoldboy wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:44 pm
Need to get back to that standard, It seems a long time ago with Budgie and Escare having stormers.

Nice to have Gallen's praise.
Escare would need to play to try 😂
ESCARE
Tierney
Gelling
Gildart
Burgess
Williams
Leuluai
Nuuausala
Powell
Flower
Bateman
Farrell
O'loughlin
I mean its hard for Escare to have a stormer when he isn't getting selected at wigan 😂
RL's biggest issue is the constant negativity of its own fans.

support verb [ (ENCOURAGE)

"to agree with and give encouragement to someone or something because you want him, her, or it to succeed"

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Re: Australian legend Paul Gallen reveals his toughest game... was against Wigan Warriors

Post by CheshireWarrior » Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:55 am

Agreed re: Burgess, considerably underperformed in 2019!

I remember watching Wigan V St George and being so impressed by the intensity of the aussies pre match warm up and thought we had no chance of winning that game (purely based on fitness).

I never went to 87, 91 and 94, so for me I consider it a PRIVILAGE to see Wigan win the WCC! Wire fans where rather bitter seem to remember :lol:

Anyone know if Wigan V Canberra is taking place?

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