Super League III

Last updated
Super League III
League Super League
Duration23 Rounds
Teams12
Highest attendance19,188
Bradford Bulls vs Leeds Rhinos (12 April)
Lowest attendance2,014
London Broncos vs Huddersfield Giants (23 Aug)
Broadcast partners Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sky Sports
1998 Season
Champions Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1st Super League title
18th English title
League Leaders Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
Man of Steel Rhinoscolours.svg Iestyn Harris
Top point-scorer(s) Rhinoscolours.svg Iestyn Harris (255)
Top try-scorer(s) Saintscolours.svg Anthony Sullivan (20)
New franchise
Awarded to Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from First Division Hullcolours.svg Hull Sharks
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
Seasons

JJB Sports Super League III was the official name for the year 1998's Super League championship season, the 104th season of top-level professional rugby league football in Britain, and the third season played in summer. The League format changed in 1998 and the championship became a play off series to determine the Super League champions, similar to the way the Premiership was played a few seasons earlier. This meant the first Final to determine the British champions since the 1972–73 season. Huddersfield Giants, the league's bottom club was saved from relegation in 1998 due to the expansion of the league to fourteen teams in Super League IV. The season culminated in the grand final between Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors, which Wigan won, claiming the 1998 Championship.

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Teams

Legend
 Reigning Champions
 Challenge Cup Holders
 Promoted
TeamStadiumCapacityCity/Area
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
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Galpharm Stadium 24,500Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Hullcolours.svg Hull Sharks The Boulevard 10,500Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Headingley 21,500Leeds, West Yorkshire
Broncoscolours.png London Broncos The Valley 27,000Charlton, Greater London
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

Table

TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPtsQualification
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 232102762222+54042Play-offs Semi Final
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 231904662369+29338Play-offs Qualifying Final
3 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Blue Sox 231805658390+26836
4 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 231418673459+21429Play-offs Eliminator Final
5 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2312011498450+4824
6 Cascolours.png Castleford Tigers 2310112446522-7621
7 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 2310013415476-6120
8 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 238213495541-4618
9 Hullcolours.svg Hull Sharks 238015421574-15316
10 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 237115411645-23415
11 Redscolours.svg Salford Reds 236116319575-25613
12 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 232021288825-5374

Play-offs

The top five clubs at the end of the 23-round regular season entered the play-offs to decide the championship.

The format was to have an elimination play off between the fourth and fifth teams (the fourth team gaining home advantage) and then have a qualifying play-off between the second and third placed teams (the second placed team gaining home advantage). The winner of the qualifier would play the team finishing first in the first semi final whilst the losing team got a second chance and played against the winner of the eliminating play off between fourth and fifth. The winner of the qualifying semi final would progress to the final of the Super League championship and the losing side would get another chance and play against the winning side of the elimination semi final.

 Qualifying / Elimination finalsSemi-finalsPreliminary final Grand Final
                 
 11 October 1998
 1  Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 17 
     Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 4    24 October 1998
         Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 10
 4 October 1998    18 October 1998    Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 4
 2  Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 13      Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 44 
 3  Faxcolours.svg Halifax Blue Sox 6  9 October 1998    Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 16
     Faxcolours.svg Halifax Blue Sox 30 
 2 October 1998    Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 37
 4  Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 46 
 5  Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 24
  
Key:      Losing team progressing    Winning team progressing

Grand final

24 October 1998
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 10–4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
Tries: Robinson
Goals: Farrell (3)
Report Tries: Blackmore
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 43,533 [1]
Referee: Russell Smith (Castleford)

Dream Team

The Super League Dream Team for the 1998 season was: 1. Kris Radlinski (Wigan) 2. Jason Robinson (Wigan) 3. Gary Connolly (Wigan) 4. Brad Godden (Leeds) 5. Anthony Sullivan (St. Helens) 6. Iestyn Harris (Leeds) 7. Gavin Clinch (Halifax) 8. Dale Laughton (Sheffield) 9. Robbie McCormack (Wigan) 10. Tony Mestrov (Wigan) 11. Steele Retchless (London Broncos) 12. Adrian Morley (Leeds) 13. Andy Farrell (Wigan). [2]

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