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 8,547
Attendance 1,166,425
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
League Leaders Shield Saintscolours.svg St Helens
Biggest home win Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 72–10 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC (22nd July 2018)
Biggest away win Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 10–60 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (26th April 2018)
Seasons

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 were 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, but after a run of 10 games without a win, they were condemned to The Qualifiers, thus meaning they must now fight for survival.

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

Regular season results

Standings After 23 Rounds

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 23 21 0 2 713 298 +415 42 Super 8s
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 23 16 0 7 573 345 +228 32
3 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 23 15 1 7 567 480 +87 31
4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 23 14 1 8 531 410 +121 29
5 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 23 11 1 11 427 629 −202 23
6 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 23 11 0 12 534 544 −10 22
7 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 23 10 1 12 581 506 +75 21
8 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 23 10 1 12 488 531 −43 21
9 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 23 8 2 13 431 527 −96 18 The Qualifiers
10 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 23 8 1 14 476 582 −106 17
11 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 23 7 0 16 384 597 −213 14
12 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 23 3 0 20 387 653 −266 6
Source: [1]


Super 8s

Format

After 23 games the league table is frozen and the teams are split up into two of Super 8s. The teams finishing in the top eight 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. The teams retain the points scored so far and play each other one more, a total of seven further games per team.

Fixtures and results

The Super League Super 8s sees the top eight teams from the Super League play seven games each. Each teams points are carried over and after seven rounds the top four teams will contest the play off semi-finals with the team finishing first hosting the team in fourth, and the team finishing second hosting the third placed team; the winners of these semi-finals will contest the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.

Round 1

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 13–31 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 10 August 2018, 19:45 KCOM Stadium Jack Smith Not given
Saintscolours.svg St Helens 12–16 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 10 August 2018, 19:45 Totally Wicked Stadium Scott Mikalauskas 8,979
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 56–6 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 10 August 2018, 19:45 Halliwell Jones Stadium Ben Thaler Not given
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 24–22 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 10 August 2018, 19:45 DW Stadium James Child 10,293

Round 2

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 16–36 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 16 August 2018, 19:45 The Mobile Rocket Stadium Liam Moore 4,295
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 28–18 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 17 August 2018, 19:45 Mend-A-Hose Jungle Gareth Hewer 7,142
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 24–6 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 17 August 2018, 19:45 John Smith's Stadium Robert Hicks 4,499
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 6–35 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 18 August 2018, 17:15 Stade Gilbert Brutus Greg Dolan

Round 3

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 30 August 2018, 19:45 Halliwell Jones Stadium
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 31 August 2018, 19:45 John Smith's Stadium
Saintscolours.svg St Helens Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 31 August 2018, 19:45 Totally Wicked Stadium
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 1 September 2018, 19:45 Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Round 4

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 6 September 2018, 19:45 DW Stadium
Hullcolours.svg Hull FC Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 7 September 2018, 19:45 KCOM Stadium
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 7 September 2018, 19:45 Halliwell Jones Stadium
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Saintscolours.svg St Helens 8 September 2018, 17:15 Stade Gilbert Brutus

Round 5

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 14 September 2018, 19:45 Mend-A-Hose Jungle
Saintscolours.svg St Helens Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 14 September 2018, 19:45 Totally Wicked Stadium
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 14 September 2018, 19:45 The Mobile Rocket Stadium
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 14 September 2018, 19:45 DW Stadium

Round 6

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 21 September 2018, 19:45 Mend-A-Hose Jungle
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 21 September 2018, 19:45 John Smith's Stadium
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Saintscolours.svg St Helens 21 September 2018, 19:45 Halliwell Jones Stadium
Hullcolours.svg Hull FC Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 22 September 2018, 17:00 KCOM Stadium

Round 7

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Saintscolours.svg St Helens Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 28 September 2018, 19:45 Totally Wicked Stadium
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 28 September 2018, 19:45 The Mobile Rocket Stadium
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 28 September 2018, 19:45 DW Stadium
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 29 September 2018, 17:15 Stade Gilbert Brutus


Play Offs/Semi-Finals

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Saintscolours.svg St Helens Totally Wicked Stadium

Grand Final

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
13 October 2018, 18:00 Old Trafford

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (Q) 25 22 0 3 761 330 +431 44 League Leaders Shield/Playoffs
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (Q) 25 18 0 7 632 373 +259 36 Playoffs
3 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 25 16 1 8 617 522 +95 33
4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 25 15 1 9 605 444 +161 31
5 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 25 13 1 11 467 647 −180 27 Eliminated
6 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 25 11 1 13 628 555 +73 23
7 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 25 11 0 14 553 600 −47 22
8 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons (E) 25 10 1 14 500 612 −112 21
Updated to match(es) played on 18 August 2018. Source: [2]
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.


Playoffs

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

Player statistics

Discipline

Attendances

  • Statistics correct as of 27 July 2018 (Round 23)


The Qualifiers

Format

The Qualifiers sees the bottom four teams from Super League join the top 4 teams from the Championship. The points totals are reset to zero and each team plays seven games each, playing every other team once. 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 to determine who will take the final place to gain promotion to Super League XXIV. The loser, along with teams finishing 6th, 7th and 8th, will be relegated to the Championship.

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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