|Super League VII|
Wigan Warriors vs St. Helens (8 Sept)
Salford City Reds vs London Broncos (19 May)
|Broadcast partners||Sky Sports|
|Champions|| St. Helens |
4th Super League title
11th English title
|League Leaders||St. Helens|
|Man of Steel||Paul Sculthorpe|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Paul Deacon (301)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Dennis Moran (22)|
|Promotion and relegation|
|Promoted from National League One||Huddersfield Giants|
|Relegated to National League One||Salford City Reds|
Super League VII (styled Tetley's Super League VII due to sponsorship from Tetley's Brewery) was the year 2002's Super League championship season, the 108th season of top-level professional rugby league in Britain, and the seventh run by the Super League. Twelve clubs from across England competed during the season, culminating in the 2002 Super League Grand Final between St. Helens and Bradford Bulls, which St Helens won, claiming their third premiership in four seasons.
Lee Briers of Warrington Wolves scored a record-equalling 5 drop goals against Halifax Blue Sox in the Super League match on 25 May 2002.
Salary cap limits were adjusted in an attempt to make Super League more competitive:
|1||St. Helens||28||23||0||5||927||522||+405||46||Play-off Semi Final|
|3||Wigan Warriors||28||19||1||8||817||475||+342||39||Play-off Elimination Final|
|9||Halifax Blue Sox||28||8||0||20||558||856||−298||16|
|11||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||28||5||2||21||566||899||−333||12|
|12||Salford City Reds||28||5||1||22||490||856||−366||11||Relegated to National League 1|
Source: Rugby League Project.
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
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