Super League XXIII

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Super League XXIII
League Super League
Duration 30 Rounds (Followed by 2 rounds of relevant playoffs)
Teams 12
Highest attendance 38,881
Magic Weekend: Day 1 (19 May 2018)
Lowest attendance 2,248
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Vs Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings (15 June 2018)
Average attendance 8,567
Attendance 908,115 (as of 20 June 2018) – Catch Up Round 4 – Leeds Vs Catalans
Broadcast partners United Kingdom Sky Sports
United Kingdom BBC Sport
United Kingdom SLTV
Australia Fox Sports
France beIN Sports
United States Fox Soccer Plus
Europe Sport Klub
2018 season
Biggest home win Saintscolours.svg St Helens 66–4 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants (20th April 2018)
Biggest away win Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 10–60 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (26th April 2018)
Seasons
2019 →

The 2018 Super League season, known as the Betfred Super League XXIII for sponsor reasons,[1] is the 23rd season of Super League and 124th season of rugby league in Britain. Twelve teams compete over 23 rounds, including the Magic Weekend, which took place at St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, after which the eight highest enter the Super League play-offs for a place in the Super League Grand Final. The four lowest teams then enter the qualifying play-offs, along with the four highest teams from the Championship, to determine which teams will play again in Super League XXIV.


Leeds Rhinos are the current champions, after beating Castleford Tigers 24–6 in last year's Final, in front of a sell out crowd of 72,827 at Old Trafford, to win a record 8th super league championship.

Super League XXIII features twelve teams, the fourth year in which this number has taken part. This is also the third year since promotion and relegation was reintroduced into the competition, seeing Hull KR promoted and Leigh Centurions relegated from last season.

This season also saw the first Super League game played outside Europe, as Wigan Warriors faced Hull at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Australia on Saturday 10 February 2018, which Wigan won, 24–10.

Teams

Eleven teams in Super League are from the North of England. Five teams hail from the historic county of Lancashire, west of the Pennines: Warrington, St. Helens, Salford, Wigan, and Widnes. Six teams hail from the historic county of Yorkshire, east of the Pennines: Huddersfield, Wakefield Trinity, Leeds, Castleford, Hull KR and Hull. Catalans Dragons, located in Perpignan, France, are the only team outside the North of England. St Helens, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, and Leeds Rhinos are the only teams to have played in every season of Super League since 1996.

Hull KR were promoted from the Championship after finishing in 2nd place in The Qualifiers for 2017 whilst Leigh were relegated to the Championship after losing the 2017 Million Pound Game to Catalans.

Locations of Super League XXIII teams
Locations of Super League XXIII teams in West Yorkshire


Team 2017 position Stadium Capacity City/Area
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
(2018 season)
1st (League Leaders/Runners-Up) The Mend-O-Hose Jungle 11,750 Castleford, West Yorkshire
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons
(2018 season)
10th Stade Gilbert Brutus 14,000 Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
(2018 season)
8th John Smith's Stadium 24,544 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Hullcolours.svg Hull
(2018 season)
3rd KCOM Stadium 25,404 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
(2018 season)
Promoted Lightstream Stadium 12,225 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
(2018 season)
2nd (Champions) Headingley Carnegie Stadium 22,250 Leeds, West Yorkshire
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils
(2018 season)
7th AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 Salford, Greater Manchester
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
(2018 season)
4th Totally Wicked Stadium 18,000 St. Helens, Merseyside
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
(2018 season)
5th Beaumont Legal Stadium 11,000 Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
(2018 season)
9th Halliwell Jones Stadium 15,500 Warrington, Cheshire
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
(2018 season)
12th The Select Security Stadium 13,500 Widnes, Cheshire
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
(2018 season)
6th DW Stadium 25,138 Wigan, Greater Manchester

Results

Table

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens (Q) 18 16 0 2 581 226 +355 32 Super 8s
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (Q) 17 13 0 4 453 252 +201 26
3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (Q) 18 12 0 6 421 327 +94 24
4 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 17 11 1 5 396 346 +50 23
5 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 18 10 0 8 441 365 +76 20
6 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 17 8 0 9 369 345 +24 16
7 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 18 7 1 10 347 381 −34 15
8 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 18 7 1 10 296 516 −220 15
9 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 18 7 0 11 323 440 −117 14 The Qualifiers
10 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 18 6 0 12 294 425 −131 12
11 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 18 4 1 13 321 476 −155 9
12 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 17 3 0 14 287 430 −143 6
Updated to match(es) played on 20 June 2018. Source: [1]
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Super 8s

Format

After 23 games the league table is frozen and the teams are split up into 2 of the 3 "Super 8s". The teams finishing in the top 8 go on to contest the "Super League Super 8s" to determine which teams would go through to the semi-final play-offs to compete for a place in the Grand Final. Teams finishing in the bottom four (9-12) are put alongside the top 4 teams from the Championship, in "The Qualifiers" Super 8 group, where these teams will reset their season standings to 0 and also play 7 extra games each, as they attempt to earn a place in the following Super League competition.

Table

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 St Helens 18 16 0 2 581 226 +355 32 League Leaders Shield/Playoffs
2 Wigan Warriors 17 13 0 4 453 252 +201 26 Playoffs
3 Warrington Wolves 18 12 0 6 421 327 +94 24
4 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Eliminated
6 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: [2]

Playoffs

# Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referee Attendance
Semi-finals
SF1
SF2
Grand final
F 13 October 2018, 18:00 BST Old Trafford

The Qualifiers

The Qualifiers

The Qualifiers sees the bottom 4 teams from Super League table join the top 4 teams from the Championship. The points totals are reset to 0 and each team plays 7 games each, playing every other team once. After 7 games each the teams finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will gain qualification to the 2019 Super League season. The teams finishing 4th and 5th will play in the "Million Pound Game" at the home of the 4th place team which will earn the winner a place in the Super League XXIV. The loser, along with teams finishing 6th, 7th and 8th, will be relegated to the Championship.


Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Super League XXIV
2 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Million Pound Game
5 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegated to the Championship
7 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: [3]

Player statistics

Discipline

Attendances

  • Statistics correct as of 17 June 2018 (Round 18)

End of season awards

Awards are presented for outstanding contributions and efforts to players and clubs in the week leading up to the Super League Grand Final:[2]

  • Man of Steel:
  • Coach of the year:
  • Super League club of the year:
  • Young player of the year:
  • Foundation of the year:
  • Rhino "Top Gun":
  • Metre-maker:
  • Top Try Scorer:
  • Hit Man:

Media

Television

2018 is the second of a five-year contract with Sky Sports to televise 100 matches per season.[3]

Sky Sports coverage in the UK will see two live matches broadcast each week, usually at 8:00 pm on Thursday and Friday nights.[4]

Regular commentators will be Eddie Hemmings with summarisers including Phil Clarke, Brian Carney, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Sky will broadcast highlights on Sunday nights on Super League - Full Time at 10 p.m.

BBC Sport will broadcast a highlights programme called the Super League Show, presented by Tanya Arnold. The BBC show two weekly broadcasts of the programme, the first to the BBC North West, Yorkshire, North East and Cumbria, and East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire regions on Monday evenings at 11:35 p.m. on BBC One,[5] while a repeat showing is shown nationally on BBC Two on Tuesday afternoons at 1.30 p.m. The Super League Show is also available for one month after broadcast for streaming or download via the BBC iPlayer in the UK only.[6] End of season play-offs are shown on BBC Two across the whole country in a weekly highlights package on Sunday afternoons.[7]

Internationally, Super League is shown live or delayed on Showtime Sports (Middle East), Sky Sport (New Zealand), TV 2 Sport (Norway), Fox Soccer Plus (United States), Fox Sports (Australia) and Sportsnet World (Canada).

Radio

BBC Coverage:

Commercial Radio Coverage:

  • 102.4 Wish FM will carry commentaries of Wigan & St Helens matches.
  • 107.2 Wire FM will carry commentaries on Warrington Home and Away.
  • Radio Yorkshire will launch in March carrying Super League commentaries.
  • Radio Warrington (Online Station) all Warrington home games and some away games.
  • Grand Sud FM covers every Catalans Dragons Home Match (in French).
  • Radio France Bleu Roussillon covers every Catalans Dragons Away Match (in French).

All Super League commentaries on any station are available via the particular stations on-line streaming.

References

  1. ^ "First Utility powers title sponsorship of Super League". Super League. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Man of Steel on SLTV". Super League. 6 October 2009. Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Sky Sports (31 January 2014). "Super League deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Sky Sports (18 February 2012). "Rugby League live on Sky". Sky Sports. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  5. ^ BBC Sport (3 February 2012). "BBC's Super League Show returns". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  6. ^ BBC. "BBC One - Super League Show". BBC. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "BBC Two - Rugby League: Super League Play-Offs - Highlights". BBC. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 

External links

  • Official Site
  • BBC Rugby League
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