Super League Grand Final

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Super League Grand Final
Betfred 2017 Super League Grand Final 014.jpg
Locale Flag of England.svg Manchester
Teams2
First meeting 1998
Latest meeting 2020
Next meeting 2021
Broadcasters Sky Sports
BBC
Stadiums Old Trafford
Statistics
Meetings total23
Most wins Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (8 titles)
Most player appearances Flag of England.svg Jamie Peacock (11 appearances)

The Super League Grand Final is the championship-deciding game of rugby league's Super League competition. [1] It is played between two teams who have qualified via the Super League Play-Off series. [2] The winning team receives the Super League Trophy and goes on to play the NRL champions in the World Club Challenge. The Harry Sunderland Trophy is awarded to the man of the match. The match is normally played at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Contents

Only 4 clubs have won the Grand Final, as of 2020 - Leeds Rhinos (8) St Helens (7), Wigan Warriors (5), and Bradford Bulls (3). St Helens are the current champions, after winning the 2020 Grand Final.

History

Use of a play-off system to decide the Championship brought back a rugby league tradition that had fallen out of use in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The Super League Premiership replaced the Championship final but it was to decide the Premiership winners, not the Championship winners. The Premiership was discontinued after the introduction of the Super League play-off series in 1998.

The Super League Grand Final was introduced for the 1998 season. The inaugural Grand Final match was played that year on Saturday 24 October, between Wigan and Leeds.

Venue

Leeds celebrating their 2008 Grand Final victory at Old Trafford Rhinos2008.jpg
Leeds celebrating their 2008 Grand Final victory at Old Trafford

The Grand Final has been held at Old Trafford in Manchester every year since 1998, except in 2020, when it was held at the KCOM Stadium in Hull due to Covid 19.

CityStadiumYears
Flag of England.svg Manchester Old Trafford 1998–2019
Flag of England.svg Hull KCOM Stadium 2020
Flag of England.svg Manchester Old Trafford 2021–Present

Trophy

2012SuperLeagueTrophy.jpg

The winners of the Super League collect the Grand Final rings and the team's name, captain and year are engraved into the trophy. The winners also collect £100,000 with the runner up collecting £50,000.

The record for most Super League titles won is held by Leeds with eight titles. Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield currently holds the record for captaining the most Super League title winning sides after captaining Leeds to 7 of their grand final successes. St Helens contested the final 6 years in a row (from 2006 until 2011) during which time they succeeded only once in lifting the trophy against Hull F.C. in 2006; after which they suffered consecutive defeats against Leeds in 2007, 2008, 2009, Wigan in 2010 and Leeds once again in 2011.

Awards

The Harry Sunderland Trophy is awarded to the Man-of-the-Match in the Super League Grand Final by the Rugby League Writers' Association. Named after Harry Sunderland, who was an Australian rugby league football administrator in both Australia and the United Kingdom, the Trophy was first awarded in the Rugby Football League Championship Final of the 1964–65 season following Sunderland's death.

Finals

The Super League Grand Final has been the championship-deciding game since Super League III in 1998: [3] This final is held at Old Trafford.

YearWinnersScoreRunner-upAttendance
1998 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 104 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 43,533
1999 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 86 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Increase2.svg 50,717
2000 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 2916 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Increase2.svg 58,132
2001 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 376 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Increase2.svg 60,164
2002 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 1918 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Increase2.svg 61,138
2003 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 2512 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Increase2.svg 65,537
2004 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 168 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Increase2.svg 65,547
2005 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 156 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Increase2.svg 65,728
2006 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 264 Hullcolours.svg Hull Increase2.svg 72,575
2007 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 336 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Decrease2.svg 71,352
2008 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 2416 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Decrease2.svg 68,810
2009 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1810 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Decrease2.svg 63,259
2010 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 2210 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Increase2.svg 71,526
2011 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 3216 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Decrease2.svg 69,107
2012 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 2618 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Increase2.svg 70,676
2013 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 3016 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Decrease2.svg 66,281
2014 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 146 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Increase2.svg 70,102
2015 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 2220 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Increase2.svg 73,512
2016 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 126 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Decrease2.svg 70,202
2017 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 246 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Increase2.svg 72,827
2018 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 124 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Decrease2.svg 64,892
2019 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 236 Redscolours.svg Salford Decrease2.svg 64,102
2020 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 84 Wigancolours.svg Wigan N/A

Results

Grand Final winners and runners up
ClubWinnersRunners-upYears wonYears runner-up
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 82 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 1998, 2005
Saintscolours.svg St Helens 75 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2019, 2020 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 56 1998, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018 2000, 2001, 2003, 2014, 2015, 2020
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 33 2001, 2003, 2005 1999, 2002, 2004
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 04 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 01 2006
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 01 2017
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 01 2019

The Double

In rugby league, the term 'the Double' is referring to the achievement of a club that wins the top division and Challenge Cup in the same season. To date, this has been achieved by ten clubs, four of them during the Super League era.

ClubWinsWinning years
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 71989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93,
1993–94, 1994–95, 2013
2 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 31965–66, 1996, 2006
3 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 21912–13, 1914–15
4 Barrowcolours.svg Broughton Rangers 11901–02
5 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 11902–03
6 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 11907–08
7 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 11927–28
8 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 11953–54
9 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 1 2003
10 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1 2015

The Treble

The Treble refers to the team who wins all three domestic honours on offer during the season; Grand Final, League Leaders' Shield and Challenge Cup. To date seven teams have won the treble, only Bradford Bulls, St Helens and Leeds Rhinos have won the treble in the Super League era.

ClubWinsWinning years
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 31991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95
2 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 21912–13, 1914–15
3 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 21965–66, 2006
4 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 11907–08
5 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 11927–28
6 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 1 2003
7 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1 2015

The Quadruple

The Quadruple refers to winning the Super League, League Leaders' Shield, Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge in one season.

ClubWinsWinning years
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 11994–95
2 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 12003–04
3 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 12006–07

Pre match Headliners

YearAct
1998-2003none
2004 Heather Small
2005 Madness
2006 Deacon Blue
2007 The Kaiser Chiefs
2008 Scouting for Girls
2009 The Wombats
2010 Diana Vickers
2011 Feeder*
2012-2013none
2014 James
2015 The Charlatans
2016 Feeder
2017 Razorlight
2018 Blossoms
2019 Shed Seven

Records

Match Records

31 Points - Bullscolours.svg Bradford 37-6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (2001)
1 Point - Saintscolours.svg St Helens 19-18 Bullscolours.svg Bradford (2002)
48 Points - Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 32-16 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (2011)
12 Points - Saintscolours.svg St Helens 8-4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (2020)
73,512 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds v Wigancolours.svg Wigan (at Old Trafford, 2015)

Club Records

8 - Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017)
3 - Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (2007, 2008, 2009)
12- Saintscolours.svg St Helens (1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2019, 2020)
6 - Wigancolours.svg Wigan (2000, 2001, 2003, 2014, 2015, 2020)
4 - Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (2012, 2013, 2016, 2018)

Player Records

  • 11:
Jamie Peacock (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015)
  • 9:
Jamie Peacock (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015)
  • 8:
Kevin Sinfield (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015)
  • Youngest winner:
  • Oldest winner:

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