Super League II

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Super League II
League Super League
Duration22 Rounds
Highest attendance19,137
Leeds Rhinos vs Bradford Bulls (29 July)
Lowest attendance500
Paris Saint-Germain vs Salford Reds (2 July)
Broadcast partners Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sky Sports
1997 Season
Champions Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
1st Super League title
3rd English title
Premiership winners Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
Man of Steel Bullscolours.svg James Lowes
Top point-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Andrew Farrell (243)
Top try-scorer(s) Wolvescolours.svg Nigel Vagana (17)
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from First Division Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
Hullcolours.svg Hull Sharks
Relegated to First Division Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Bears
Left League
Dissolved Paris Saint-Germain

Stones Bitter Super League II was the official name for the year 1997's Super League championship season, the 103rd season of top-level professional rugby league football in Britain, and the second to be played in summer.



Twelve teams were selected to play in the second Super League season, however Salford Reds were promoted into the League, taking the place of relegated Workington Town.

 Reigning Champions
 Challenge Cup Holders
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Odsal 27,000Bradford, West Yorkshire
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Wheldon Road 11,750Castleford, West Yorkshire
Faxcolours.svg Halifax Blue Sox Thrum Hall 9,832Halifax, West Yorkshire
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Headingley 21,500Leeds, West Yorkshire
Broncoscolours.png London Broncos The Stoop 11,000Twickenham, Greater London
Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Bears Watersheddings 9,000Oldham, Greater Manchester
France colours.svg Paris Saint-Germain Sébastien Charléty Stadium 20,000Paris, France
Redscolours.svg Salford Reds The Willows 11,363Salford, Greater Manchester
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles Don Valley Stadium 25,000Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Knowsley Road 17,500St Helens, Mersyside
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Wilderspool 9,200Warrington, Cheshire
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Central Park 18,000Wigan, Greater Manchester

Season summary

For this season, the Leeds club added 'Rhinos' to their name for the first time.

During the year a secondary title, known as the Stone's Premiership, was also played for the last time on Sunday 28 September, with the final being contested between Wigan Warriors and St. Helens with Wigan coming out victorious 33-20 after a Harry Sunderland Trophy-winning performance by captain Andy Farrell. [1]

At the end of the season Bradford Bulls were crowned League champions by virtue of finishing the season at the top of the table. [2]

At the end of the 1997 season the Paris Saint-Germain club was dissolved. A post-season Super League Test series between Australia and Great Britain was also held in England.

Final Standings

1 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 222002769397+37240Champions
2 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 221534616418+19833
3 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 221417592506+8629
4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 221408683398+28528
5 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 221318544463+8127
6 Redscolours.svg Salford Reds 2211011428495-6722
7 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Blue Sox 228212524549-4918
8 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 229013415574-15918
9 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 228014437647-21016
10 Cascolours.png Castleford Tigers 225215334515-18112
11 France colours.svg Paris Saint-Germain 226016362572-21012
12 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Bears 224117461631-1709Relegated to Championship
Champions Relegated


All 12 teams competed in a knockout play-off series for the Premiership Trophy. Wigan defeated St Helens in the final at Old Trafford.

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  2. "Bradford Bulls Honours List". Bradford Bulls official website. 2007-01-26. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-08-02.