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Summary

  1. FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney
  2. Souths inflict a record World Club Challenge defeat on Saints
  3. Joel Reddy scores two of Souths' seven tries
  4. NRL sides win all three World Club Series games

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By Phil Cartwright

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FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

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So it's glory for South Sydney Rabbitohs, who win the World Club Challenge for the first time in their history to seal a 3-0 whitewash for NRL clubs over their Super League counterparts in the World Club Series.

Thanks for your company over the past three nights.

FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

Super League returns on Thursday with Leeds Rhinos against Huddersfield Giants, while Saints will look to put the disappointment tonight behind them when they host Castleford Tigers on Friday evening.

BBC Sport will be providing live text commentaries of selected Super League fixtures throughout the season, with radio commentary available from BBC local radio or BBC 5 live sports extra.

FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

Nathan Middleton's match report from Langtree Park is now available on the BBC Sport website. It won't make happy reading for St Helens or Super League supporters, I'm afraid, as South Sydney inflicted a record World Club Challenge defeat on the English champions.

If you've recovered by 23:40 GMT, you can watch highlights of all three World Club Series matches in the Super League Show on BBC One.

FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

South Sydney coach Michael Maguire told Sky Sports: "I'm extremely proud of my players. They've put a lot of work in.

"The other two games over the weekend were very competitive and St Helens competed tonight. We just put a lot of pressure on them.

"It's been great to be a part of the World Club Series."

FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

Greg Inglis has the trophy in his rather large hands and he lifts it high above his head. The champagne flows and, in the excitement, the sign proclaiming South Sydney as "World Club Champions" has been broken. Even that couldn't withstand the power of the Rabbitohs.

FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

And now the winners coming up to pick up their medals. South Sydney were undoubtedly the better team on the night and deservedly the victors in the World Club Challenge.

FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

The St Helens players look a tired and desolate bunch as they receive their losing medals.

FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

St Helens captain Jon Wilkin told Sky Sports: "Credit to South Sydney, they're a great team and well coached.

"What this has shown is that the NRL teams don't make mistakes. We made errors with the ball and defensively. South Sydney have got the tools to make you pay and they taught us a lesson."

FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

South Sydney captain Greg Inglis told Sky Sports: "It's satisfying to come away with the silverware. We knew it would be a challenge. Full credit to our boys, we came out ready to play."

FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

South Sydney prop George Burgess told Sky Sports: "We expected St Helens to come out very strong. It wasn't easy and they came at us. We're really determined to keep the scoreline as low as we could and to come away with nil against us is really satisfying for the boys.

"It's been an unbelievable week, something I dreamed of as a kid growing up in Yorkshire."

FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

The celebrations begin for the men in red and green. A record World Club Challenge victory for South Sydney gives them their first ever world title.

FT: St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

Richie Myler

Warrington scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Whether he knew that was the record or not I don't know, I think he was just trying to see the game out. St Helens look dejected, they want this game to end and get off the field as quickly as they can."

Full time

St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs

South Sydney Rabbitohs win the World Club Challenge. The World Club Series ends with three victories for Australia's NRL, and none for Super League.

Drop-goal

St Helens 0-39 South Sydney Rabbitohs (Reynolds)

There was nothing else on, so Adam Reynolds puts over a simple drop-goal that makes it 39-0 to Souths. It's a record victory margin for the ruthless Rabbitohs.

St Helens 0-38 South Sydney Rabbitohs

South Sydney have been better than St Helens, no doubt about it, but Saints deserve a few points for their efforts. Only three minutes left for them to get on the board.

St Helens 0-38 South Sydney Rabbitohs

A typical James Roby break sets up a St Helens attack. They're 20 metres out with two tackles left. Jon Wilkin is pressured as he kicks and it dribbles into the arms of Greg Inglis. It just isn't their night.

St Helens 0-38 South Sydney Rabbitohs

St Helens looks dejected
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Souths have had this game wrapped up for a while, just that record victory margin at stake now. The current mark is 38 points. The Rabbitohs lead by 38.

St Helens 0-38 South Sydney Rabbitohs

A few years ago, before the intervention of Russell Crowe and others, South Sydney were the whipping boys in the NRL. Now they are 11 minutes away from becoming world champions. Quite a turnaround for the Rabbitohs. Their co-owner looks extremely satisfied. Definitely worth missing the Oscars for.

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Alison Donnelly: Watching Jurassic Park while checking the score. #rabbitohs are the T-Rex and #saintsrugby are the goat getting ripped to shreds.

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St Helens 0-38 South Sydney Rabbitohs (Reddy, missed con Reynolds)

Joel Reddy goes over for his second try of the match. Some more excellent handling and the winger dives over in the corner. Adam Reynolds misses the kick. 38-0.

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Are Souths over for another?

St Helens 0-34 South Sydney Rabbitohs

If there was any difference between the sides involved in the first two World Club Series matches, it was the quality of the kicking from the two NRL clubs. That's been increasingly evident tonight. Full-back Jonny Lomax gathers another tester under pressure from the Rabbitohs, and at the other end a Saints break ends when Lomax can't find a white shirt with his pass.

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BBC Sport's Nathan Middleton at Langtree Park: "Souths' sixth try is the cue for one or two Saints fans to head for the exits with no way back now for their team.

"One or two are still trying to get chants going for their side, but are being slightly drowned out by the wind which has really picked up for the second half.

"No side has been 'nilled' in a World Club Challenge match since 2003 when Saints were heavily beaten by Sydney Roosters in Bolton."

St Helens 0-34 South Sydney Rabbitohs

South Sydney flood forward again. Bryson Goodwin chases a kick from the left touchline and has he scored? No, says the video referee. James Roby just about got there to boot the ball behind before Goodwin can ground it. As Roby kicked, his knee inadvertently collided with Goodwin's head and the Souths man has stayed down.

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Steve Price: Not a good day for the Saints of the round ball and the Saints of the oval ball.

In case you missed it earlier, Southampton were

beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in the Premier League this afternoon. You can see highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One and the BBC Sport website at 22:30 GMT.

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Ray French

BBC Radio Merseyside

"This South Sydney side are very fit considering they have not played a competitive game yet. The test of this side is that Saints have been under pressure whether it has been a kick to the corner, a kick to the posts or the run. This has been a very professional performance by the Aussies."

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St Helens 0-34 South Sydney Rabbitohs (McQueen, missed con Luke)

Chris McQueen takes advantage of a tiring Saints defence to slide over in the corner. Issac Luke takes over kicking duties and puts his effort wide.

St Helens 0-30 South Sydney Rabbitohs

St Helens were

beating Salford 52-6 just 10 days ago. This is a little bit different to that night.

St Helens 0-30 South Sydney Rabbitohs

Ruthless defending from South Sydney. St Helens work the ball wide to Tommy Makinson, one of the most lethal finishers in Super League, but immediately three tacklers are with him and he's bundled into touch. Remember, this is a Souths team that hasn't even started their domestic season yet. Even post-Sam Burgess, they look the team to beat in the NRL.

St Helens 0-30 South Sydney Rabbitohs

Saints get the ball back, they make ground and a ricochet gives them another set of six 20 metres out. Penalty early in the tackle count - a repeat set for Saints. Can they get on the scoreboard?

St Helens 0-30 South Sydney Rabbitohs

Another testing kick from Souths half-back Luke Keary that turns Tommy Makinson around. Makinson gathers inside his own in-goal area and is swallowed up by a swarm of red and green jerseys. Goal-line drop-out. Their kicking game is so clinical, it's frightening.

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St Helens 0-30 South Sydney Rabbitohs (Keary, con Reynolds)

Luke Keary (centre) celebrates
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If it wasn't game over at half-time, it probably is now. On the last tackle, Adam Reynolds puts a kick up and it's not cleanly gathered. Half-back Luke Keary picks up the pieces and goes over for a fifth Souths score. Reynolds adds the extras and it's 30-0. That record margin of victory in a World Club Challenge is in sight.

St Helens 0-24 South Sydney Rabbitohs

One tackle of the six remaining for South Sydney when we get back under way. With the action still stopped, the television cameras pan to Nathan Brown in the stands. He was coach of St Helens last season, leading them to two trophies, and is back to watch his old club in the World Club Challenge. Jordan Turner has a cut above his eye and is being helped to the sidelines, where his future in tonight's game will be assessed.

St Helens 0-24 South Sydney Rabbitohs

Huge hit by Jordan Turner on opposing centre Dylan Walker. There's a clash of heads, purely accidental, that leaves both players requiring treatment.

St Helens 0-24 South Sydney Rabbitohs

Souths are quick to pounce on any error Saints make, and again it's that man Issac Luke who spots an opportunity when Saints cough up possession. They make ground and earn a penalty 20 metres from the St Helens line.

St Helens 0-24 South Sydney Rabbitohs

A quick break from Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke gains the visitors valuable ground with their first set of six but St Helens repel them with little alarm.

Kick-off

St Helens 0-24 South Sydney Rabbitohs

We're back under way in the World Club Challenge.

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So is there any way back for Keiron Cunningham's St Helens? Or will the red and green machine continue to dominate? The second half at Langtree Park is moments away.

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A reminder that you can watch the highlights of all three World Club Series matches on the Super League Show tonight. It's on BBC One at 23:40 GMT.

Presenter Tanya Arnold and Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock have had a special guest with them...

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