Super League XXIII

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 8,431
Attendance 1,062,355 (as of 15 July 2018) – Round 21
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.

Super League XXIII is located in Northern England
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire
Locations of Super League XXIII teams
Super League XXIII is located in West Yorkshire
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[]

Regular Season Table[]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens (Q) 21 19 0 2 685 290 +395 38 Super 8s
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (Q) 21 15 0 6 542 311 +231 30
3 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers (Q) 21 14 1 6 497 424 +73 29
4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (Q) 21 13 1 7 485 376 +109 27
5 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. (Q) 21 11 0 10 508 452 +56 22
6 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 21 9 1 11 481 456 +25 19
7 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 21 9 1 11 424 498 −74 19
8 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 21 9 1 11 355 583 −228 19
9 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 21 7 2 12 385 489 −104 16 The Qualifiers
10 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 21 7 1 13 436 532 −96 15
11 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils (Q) 21 6 0 15 336 531 −195 12
12 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings (Q) 21 3 0 18 363 567 −204 6
Updated to match(es) played on 13 July 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 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

Round 2[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Round 3[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Round 4[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Round 5[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Round 6[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Round 7[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Final standings[]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 St Helens 21 19 0 2 685 280 +405 38 League Leaders Shield/Playoffs
2 Wigan Warriors 21 15 0 6 542 311 +231 30 Playoffs
3 Castleford Tigers 21 14 1 6 497 424 +73 29
4 Warrington Wolves 21 13 1 7 485 376 +109 27
5 Hull FC 21 11 0 10 508 452 +56 22 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]

The Qualifiers[]

Fixtures and Results[]

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 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.

Round 1[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Round 2[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Round 3[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Round 4[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Round 5[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Round 6[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance

Round 7[]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance


Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Super League XXIV
2 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Toronto Wolfpack 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 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
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: [3]

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[]

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]

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:

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. 

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