Super League VIII

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Super League VIII
League Super League
Duration28 Rounds
Teams12
Highest attendance21,784
Bradford Bulls vs Leeds Rhinos (23 May)
Lowest attendance1,276
Halifax vs London Broncos (22 Aug)
Attendance1,336,374 Increase2.svg
(average 7,955)
Broadcast partners Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sky Sports
2003 Season
Champions Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
3rd Super League title
5th English title
League Leaders Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
Man of Steel Bullscolours.svg Jamie Peacock
Top point-scorer(s) Bullscolours.svg Paul Deacon (286)
Top try-scorer(s) Quinscolours.svg Dennis Moran (24)
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from National League 1 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds
Relegated to National League 1 Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Seasons

Tetley's Super League VIII was the official name for the year 2003's Super League championship season, the 109th season of top-level professional rugby league held in Britain, and the eighth championship run by Super League.

Contents

The season culminated in a replay of the 2001 Grand Final between Bradford Bulls and Wigan Warriors, and again Bradford won, claiming the 2003 premiership, their second in three years.

Rule changes

Table

Super League VIII
Pos.TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPtsQual.
1 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 282206878529+34944Play-off Semi Final
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 281936751555+19641
3 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 281927776512+26440Play-off Elimination Final
4 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 2816111845535+31031 [a]
5 London Broncos 2814212643696−5330
6 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 2814113748619+12929
7 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 2813312701577+12427 [b]
8 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 2812115612633−2125
9 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 2812115640727−8725
10 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 2811116628715−8723
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 287120505774−26915
12 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 2810273721227−8750 [c] 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.

Notes

^  a: St Helens deducted two points for salary cap breaches
^  b: Hull F.C. deducted two points for salary cap breaches
^  c: Halifax deducted two points for salary cap breaches

Play-offs

 Elimination play-offs Qualifying / Elimination semi-finals Elimination final  Grand Final
                 
  
1  Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 30 
2  Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 14    
     Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 25
       Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 12
 3  Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 25     Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 22 
 6  Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 12     Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 23
    Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 40 
    Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 24
 4  Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 24 
 5  Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 6
  
Key:    Losing team progressing  Winning team progressing

Source: Rugby League Project [3]

Grand Final

Media

Television

This season was the final year of Sky Sports' contract with the Rugby Football League allowing them to broadcast matches exclusively live, the deal ended in November 2003. [4]

Records

On 2 March, Matt Crowther of Hull F.C. equalled the club record for goals in a match when he was successful 14 times against Sheffield Eagles. [5]

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