1999 Super League Grand Final

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1999 (1999) Super League Grand Final  ()
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BRA Bullscolours.svg 606
ST H Saintscolours.svg 268
Date9 October 1999
Stadium Old Trafford
Location Flag of England.svg Manchester
Harry Sunderland Trophy Flag of New Zealand.svg Henry Paul ( Bullscolours.svg Bradford)
Referees Stuart Cummings
Attendance50,717
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The 1999 Super League Grand Final was the Second official Grand Final conclusive and championship-deciding game of the Super League IV season. The match was played between St. Helens and Bradford Bulls on Saturday 9 October 1999, at Old Trafford.

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Background

Super League IV retained the top five play off after the success of the previous years Grand Final. The league was expanded to 14 teams with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Gateshead Thunder both made their debuts in Super League although Gateshead Thunder and Sheffield Eagles both left the league after merging with Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants respectively. Bradford Bulls finished as League Leaders for the first time since they finished top in Super League II as Champions.

TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
1 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 302514897445+45251
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 3023071034561+47346

Route to the Final

Bradford Bulls

By finishing first in the regular season, Bradford automatically qualified for the play-off semi-final. They were drawn at home to St Helens and in a one-sided game, they brushed St Helens aside 40–4 to qualify for the Grand Final.

St Helens

The play-off system in use only gave the league leaders a bye to the semi-finals. St Helens had finished second so had to play a qualifying play-off first. Drawn at home to Leeds Rhinos St Helens won 38–14 to go through to the semi-final. This was an away fixture to Bradford where they were beaten 40–4. However this loss did not end their season. The losers of the qualifying semi-final got another chance by playing the winners of the other semi-final in a final eliminator. Therefore Saints' third play-off game was a home tie against Castleford Tigers where they won through 36–6.

St Helens
RoundOppositionScore
Qualifying Play-Off Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (H)38-14
Qualifying Semi-Final Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls (A)40-4
Final Eliminator Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers (H)36-6
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue.

Match details

9 October 1999
Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg 6 - 8 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
Tries: Henry Paul
Goals: Henry Paul
Report Tries: Kevin Iro
Goals: Sean Long (2)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 50,717
Referee: Stuart Cummings (Widnes)
Bradford Bulls Position St Helens
Flag of England.svg Stuart Spruce Fullback Flag of England.svg Paul Atcheson
Flag of Tonga.svg Tevita Vaikona Winger Flag of England.svg Chris Smith
Flag of England.svg Scott Naylor Centre Flag of New Zealand.svg Kevin Iro
Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Withers Centre Flag of England.svg Paul Newlove
5 Flag of England.svg Leon Pryce Winger Flag of England.svg Anthony Sullivan
6 Flag of New Zealand.svg Robbie Paul Stand Off6 Flag of England.svg Paul Sculthorpe
7 Flag of New Zealand.svg Henry Paul Scrum Half7 Flag of England.svg Tommy Martyn
Flag of England.svg Paul Anderson Prop Flag of New Zealand.svg Apollo Perelini
9 Flag of England.svg James Lowes Hooker9 Flag of England.svg Keiron Cunningham
Flag of England.svg Stuart Fielden Prop Flag of Australia (converted).svg Julian O'Neill
Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Boyle 2nd Row Flag of Samoa.svg Fereti Tuilagi
Flag of England.svg Bernard Dwyer 2nd Row Flag of England.svg Sonny Nickle
13 Flag of England.svg Steve McNamara Loose Forward13 Flag of England.svg Chris Joynt
Flag of England.svg Paul Deacon Interchange Flag of England.svg Paul Wellens
Flag of England.svg Nathan McAvoy Interchange Flag of England.svg Sean Long
Flag of England.svg Mike Forshaw Interchange Flag of New Zealand.svg Sean Hoppe
Flag of England.svg Brian McDermott Interchange Flag of Samoa.svg Vila Matautia
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Elliott Coach Flag of England.svg Ellery Hanley

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