After Widnes' 30-18 victory over Canberra in the first official World Club Challenge match, the Chemics faced a trip to Yorksire just 4 days later to face the Sheffield Eagles.
After such an heroic performance against their Australian contemporaries to lift the title, it might have been expected, the next performance, given the closeness between the games, would produce a jaded performance. And so it transpired. All due credit to the Eagles who only did what you need to do in a game and beat the side in front of you.
Now, let's play a little imaginary game with these results. If we go with the 'theory' that Sheffield, having beaten Widnes then became 'unofficially' the best team in World Rugby league, surely the next team to beat Sheffield would then take on this 'unofficial' title, and so on and so forth.
Running this theory out until the end of the 1989-90 season gives us a final "World Club Champions" of..... yes.... you guessed it... Widnes!
Below is a summary of how these games finished and how the 'title' went full circle.