2003 Super League Grand Final

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2003 (2003) Super League Grand Final  ()
12Total
BRA Bullscolours.svg 42125
WIG Wigancolours.svg 6612
Date18 October 2003
Stadium Old Trafford
Location Flag of England.svg Manchester
Harry Sunderland Trophy Flag of England.svg Stuart Reardon ( Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls)
Referees Karl Kirkpatrick
Attendance65,537
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The 2003 Super League Grand Final was the 6th official Grand Final conclusive and premiership-deciding match of Super League VIII. Held on Saturday 18 October 2003 at Old Trafford, Manchester, the game was played between Bradford Bulls and Wigan Warriors. The match was refereed Karl Kirkpatrick and watched by a crowd of 65,537, with Bradford winning 25 - 12.

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TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
1 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 282206878529+34944
3 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 281927751555+19641

Route to the Final

Bradford Bulls

Bradford finished top of the table so qualified straight to the play-off semi-final. They were drawn at home to Leeds Rhinos and won 30–14 to qualify for the grand final.

Wigan Warriors

Wigan finished third in the table so had to play their way through three rounds of play-off matches. In the elimination play-off they beat Warrington 25–12, the semi-final saw them beat St Helens 40–24 and then in the elimination final they beat Leeds Rhinos 23–22 to set up the final against Bradford.

Wigan
RoundOppositionScore
Elimination Play-Off Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (H)25-12
Elimination Semi-Final Saintscolours.svg St Helens (H)40-24
Elimination Final Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (H)23-22
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue.

Match details

18 October 2003
Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg 25 - 12 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
Tries: Stuart Reardon
Shontayne Hape
James Lowes
Goals: Paul Deacon (6)
Drop Goals: Paul Deacon
Tries: Danny Tickle
Kris Radlinski
Goals: Andy Farrell (2)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 65,537
Referee: Kark Kirkpatrick
Bradford Bulls Position Wigan Warriors
Flag of England.svg Stuart Reardon Fullback1 Flag of England.svg Kris Radlinski
2 Flag of Tonga.svg Tevita Vaikona Wing2 Flag of Ireland.svg Brian Carney
Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Withers Centre3 Flag of England.svg Martin Aspinwall
Flag of New Zealand.svg Shontayne Hape Centre Flag of England.svg David Hodgson
5 Flag of Tonga.svg Lesley Vainikolo Wing5 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brett Dallas
Flag of England.svg Karl Pratt Stad Off Flag of England.svg Sean O'Loughlin
7 Flag of England.svg Paul Deacon Scrum Half7 Flag of England.svg Luke Robinson
Flag of New Zealand.svg Joe Vagana Prop Flag of New Zealand.svg Quentin Pongia
9 Flag of England.svg James Lowes Fullback9 Flag of England.svg Terry Newton
10 Flag of England.svg Stuart Fielden Prop Flag of England.svg Craig Smith
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Daniel Gartner Second Row Flag of England.svg Mick Cassidy
11 Flag of England.svg Jamie Peacock Second Row Flag of England.svg Danny Tickle
Flag of England.svg Mike Forshaw Loose Forward13 Flag of England.svg Andy Farrell
Flag of England.svg Leon Pryce Interchange Flag of England.svg Paul Johnson
6 Flag of New Zealand.svg Robbie Paul Flag of England.svg Mark Smith
Flag of England.svg Lee Radford Flag of England.svg Gareth Hock
Flag of England.svg Paul Anderson Flag of Ireland.svg Terry O'Connor
Flag of England.svg Brian Noble Coaches Flag of England.svg Mike Gregory

World Club Challenge

Having won the championship, the Bradford Bulls were to play 2003 NRL season premiers, the Penrith Panthers in the following February's World Club Challenge.

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