2001 Super League Grand Final

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BRA Bullscolours.svg 261137
WIG Wigancolours.svg 066
Date13 October 2001
Stadium Old Trafford
Location Flag of England.svg Manchester
Harry Sunderland Trophy Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Withers, ( Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls)
Referees Stuart Cummings
Attendance60,164
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The 2001 Super League Grand Final was the Fourth official Grand Final and the conclusive and championship-deciding match of Super League VI. The match was held on Saturday 13 October 2001 at Old Trafford, Manchester, and was contested by Bradford Bulls and Wigan Warriors. Refereed by Stuart Cummings, 60,164 saw Bradford Bulls win 37 - 6.

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Background

Tetleys Super League VI was the fourth and final time the top five playoff system would be used and the first season relegation was reintroduced with Huddersfield Giants again finishing bottom and relegated. Bradford Bulls finished top for a third time.

TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
1 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2822151120474+64645
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 282215989494+49545

Route to the Final

Bradford Bulls

Bradford finished first in the table so they automatically qualified for the play-off semi-finals where they had a home time against Wigan at Odsal Stadium. Bradford won 24–18 to qualify for the Grand Final.

Wigan Warriors

Wigan vs St Helens in the preliminary final St Helens 2001.jpg
Wigan vs St Helens in the preliminary final

The play-off system in use only gave the league leaders a bye to the semi-finals. Wigan had finished second so had to play a qualifying play-off first. Drawn at home to Hull F.C. Wigan won a close game 27–24 to go through to the semi-final. This was an away fixture to Bradford where they were beaten 24–18. 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 St Helens where they won through 44–10.

Wigan
RoundOppositionScore
Qualifying Semi-Final Hullcolours.svg Hull FC (H)27-24
Semi-Final Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls (A)24-18
Preliminary Final Saintscolours.svg St Helens (H)44-10
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue.

Match details

13 October 2001
Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg 37 - 6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
Tries: James Lowes, Michael Withers (3), Stuart Fielden, Graham Mackay
Goals: Henry Paul (5), Graham Mackay
Drop Goals: Henry Paul
Report Tries: Adrian Lam
Goals: David Furner
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 60,164
Referee: Stuart Cummings
Bradford Bulls Position Wigan Warriors
1 Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Withers Fullback1 Flag of England.svg Kris Radlinski
Flag of Tonga.svg Tevita Vaikona Winger2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brett Dallas
Flag of England.svg Scott Naylor Centre3 Flag of England.svg Gary Connolly
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Graham Mackay Centre Flag of New Zealand.svg Steve Renouf
5 Flag of England.svg Leon Pryce Winger5 Flag of Ireland.svg Brian Carney
6 Flag of New Zealand.svg Henry Paul Stand Off Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Johns
7 Flag of New Zealand.svg Robbie Paul Scrum Half7 Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Adrian Lam
Flag of New Zealand.svg Joe Vagana Prop Flag of Ireland.svg Terry O'Connor
9 Flag of England.svg James Lowes Hooker9 Flag of England.svg Terry Newton
Flag of England.svg Brian McDermott Prop Flag of England.svg Harvey Howard
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Daniel Gartner 2nd Row Flag of England.svg Mick Cassidy
11 Flag of England.svg Jamie Peacock 2nd Row Flag of Australia (converted).svg David Furner
Flag of England.svg Mike Forshaw Loose Forward13 Flag of England.svg Andy Farrell
Flag of England.svg Paul Deacon Interchange Flag of England.svg Paul Johnson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shane Rigon Interchange Flag of England.svg Chris Chester
Flag of England.svg Paul Anderson Interchange Flag of England.svg Denis Betts
Flag of England.svg Stuart Fielden Interchange Flag of England.svg Neil Cowie
Flag of England.svg Brian Noble Coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg Stuart Raper

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