Super League X

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Super League X
League Super League
Duration28 Rounds
Teams12
Highest attendance25,004
Wigan Warriors vs St. Helens (25 March)
Lowest attendance2,682
Salford City Reds vs Huddersfield Giants (2 July)
Attendance1,492,464 Increase2.svg
(average 8,884)
Broadcast partners Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sky Sports
2005 Season
Champions Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
4th Super League title
6th English title
League Leaders Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
Man of Steel Saintscolours.svg Jamie Lyon
Top point-scorer(s) Bullscolours.svg Paul Deacon (322)
Top try-scorer(s) Rhinoscolours.svg Mark Calderwood (27)
New franchise
Awarded to Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from National League One Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
Relegated to National League One Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
Seasons

engage Super League X is the official name of 2005's Super League season. It was the 10th season of the Super League and saw twelve teams from across England compete for the premiership. The season kicked off in early February, culminating in a six team play-off series

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The Grand Final, held at Old Trafford on 15 October, saw Bradford Bulls crowned Champions. The Grand Final was the final match of a which itself was the climax of a league season that kicked off in early February.

Season summary

Either one or two teams were to be relegated from the league at the end of the season in order to make way for new entrants. The bottom team were certain to be relegated, in order to allow in French club Catalans Dragons. The second bottom team would only be relegated if the winner of National League One met the criteria for Super League entry. On the 3 October the Rugby Football League announced that both finalists in this competition, Castleford Tigers and Whitehaven were eligible for promotion, hence two teams were relegated.

The season was a commercial success, with a rise in average crowd size for the regular rounds of 8,887, continuing the trend of rises every year since 2001 [1] . This is the first time in the history of Super League the Grand Final has not included the league leader at the end of the regular season: St Helens were knocked out by Bradford Bulls in the semi-final.

Table

Super League X
Pos.TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPtsQual.
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 2823141028537+49147Play-off Semi Final
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 2822061150505+64544
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2818191038684+35437Play-off Elimination Finals
4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 2818010792702+9036
5 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 2815211756670+8632
6 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 2813213800718+8228
7 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 2814014698718−2028
8 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 2812016742791−4924
9 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 2811017549732−18322
10 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 2810018716997−28120
11 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 2861215981048−45013Relegated to National League 1
12 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 2821254451210−7655

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.

Play-off

 Elimination play-offs Qualifying / Elimination semi-finals Elimination final  Grand Final
                 
  
1  Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 16 
2  Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 19    
     Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 6
       Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 15
 3  Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 44     Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 18 
 6  Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 22     Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 23
    Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 71 
    Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 0
 4  Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 6 
 5  Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 40
  
Key:    Losing team progressing  Winning team progressing

Grand final

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