Rugby League

Dreams come true for Gildart


Wigan last won the World Club Challenge over 20 years ago. Photo credit: Zimbio

Oliver Gildart says winning the Dacia World Club Challenge with hometown club Wigan was a dream come true.

The Cherry and Whites beat NRL champions Cronulla Sharks 22-6 at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon to be named the best team in the world.

Wigan were 10-0 up at the break thanks to a brace from Joe Burgess and went further in front through Gildart. Jesse Ramien pulled a try back for Cronulla but Burgess completed his hat-trick with seconds to spare as Wigan were 22-6 victors.

Gildart revealed that it was a dream come true to be crowned world champions with Wigan.

“My dreams are coming true at this club,” Gildart said. “The World Club Challenge is something I dreamed of playing in as a young lad and it is nice for my family that me and my dad [Ian Gildart] have both won it.

“It was a real good performance from the boys and it is good for Super League to go 2-0 up against the NRL and show that we can compete at the highest level.

“I thought Warrington played really well against Brisbane [Broncos] and we played very well against Cronulla [Sharks] and we are buzzing to get the win.

“I think they scored from a kick but it just shows how good of a team we are to keep a side like Cronulla out and it was a great effort from us.”

There are more pieces of silverware available to the Warriors this season such as the League Leaders Shield, Challenge Cup and Grand Final.

Gildart has insisted that the club are determined to win everything possible in 2017 but he has noted down a personal aim.

He added: “There are three trophies are up for grabs this year from now and we definitely want to win them as well and I think our determination can help us a lot like it did in the World Club Challenge.

“The Challenge Cup is the one for me this year though. I have set my goal to play at Wembley and to lift the trophy there would mean everything.”



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