Super League XIII

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Super League XIII
League Super League
Duration27 rounds
Teams12
Highest attendance32,516
Magic Weekend Day 2 (4 May)
Lowest attendance2,112
Harlequins vs Castleford Tigers (20 July)
Attendance1,674,809 Increase2.svg
(average 10,338)
Broadcast partners Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sky Sports
2008 Season
Champions Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
3rd Super League title
6th English title
League Leaders Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
Man of Steel Saintscolours.svg James Graham
Top point-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Pat Richards (269)
Top try-scorer(s) Saintscolours.svg Ade Gardner (26)
Licences
Licence awarded to Cruscolours.svg Crusaders
Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds
Seasons

Engage Super League XIII was the official name, due to sponsorship, for the 2008 Super League season by Engage Mutual. [1] Twelve teams competed for the Minor Premiership over 27 rounds (including Millennium Magic) after which, the top 6 finishing teams entered the play-offs where they competed for a place in the Grand Final and the chance to win the Super League Trophy.

Contents

The Castleford Tigers took the place of the Salford City Reds who finished last in the Super League in 2007 and were therefore relegated.

The season kicked off on Saturday 2 February, with Leeds Rhinos playing Hull Kingston Rovers at Headingley Carnegie. This was the only game played on this weekend, due to Leeds' 2008 World Club Challenge fixture with Melbourne Storm on Friday 29 February. Leeds won the close-fought game 20-12.

The interest in events on the pitch was matched by those off it with the lead up to and the announcement of which teams were to be awarded Super League licences for 2009–11.

Teams


The locations of the teams that contested Super League XIII. Super League Teams 2008(2).png
The locations of the teams that contested Super League XIII.
TeamStadiumCapacityCity/Area
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls (2008 season) Grattan Stadium, Odsal 27,000 Bradford, West Yorkshire
Cascolours.png Castleford Tigers (2008 season) The Jungle 11,750 Castleford, West Yorkshire
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons (2008 season) Stade Gilbert Brutus 12,000 Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
Quinscolours.svg Harlequins (2008 season) Twickenham Stoop 12,700 Twickenham, London
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants (2008 season) Galpharm Stadium 24,544 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. (2008 season) Kingston Communications Stadium 25,404 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers (2008 season) "New" Craven Park 9,471 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (2008 season) (Reigning Champions) Headingley Carnegie Stadium 22,250 Leeds, West Yorkshire
Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. (2008 season) Knowsley Road 17,500 St Helens, Merseyside
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (2008 season) Belle Vue 12,600 Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (2008 season) Halliwell Jones Stadium 14,206 Warrington, Cheshire
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (2008 season) JJB Stadium 25,138 Wigan, Greater Manchester

Rule changes

Operational rules

Refined salary cap regulation to prevent clubs over-spending: [3]

To provide a bigger pool of talent for the Great Britain team: [3]

Season Summary

Table

Super League XIII
PosTeamPldWDLPFPAPDPtsQualification
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 272115940457+48343Play-off Semi Final
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 272106863413+45042
3 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 271629694625+6934Play-off Elimination Finals
4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 27133116486985029
5 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2714013705625+8028
6 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 27140136907132328
7 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 271111556471314923
8 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 271101657476018622
9 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 271101656976319422
10 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 27101166386814321
11 Hullcolours.svg Hull 27811853869916117
12 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 27711959386927615
Source: superleague.co.uk
Rules for classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.

Media

Television

In 2008, Super League games were broadcast exclusively live by Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. [5]

Sponsorship

Engage Mutual, a financial services provider, agreed a deal with the Rugby Football League to extend their title sponsorship of the Super League competition for up for three years. [1] The agreement continues title sponsorship until the end of the 2010 season and gives Engage Mutual an option for the 2011 season. [1]

Statistics

Source: [6]

Attendance

The average attendance for the regular season in 2008 was 10,338 (a Super League record) this was up from 9,855 in 2007 which was previously the record. The regular season attendance aggregate was also the highest ever for Super League at 1,674,809 up from 1,537,326 for 2007. For the seventh consecutive season since 2001 the regular season average attendance and aggregate attendance had increased from the previous year.

Tries

No.PlayerClubPT
1 Ade Gardner St Helens R.F.C. 2628
2 Scott Donald Leeds Rhinos 2421
3 Luke Dorn Castleford Tigers 2619
=3 Pat Richards Wigan Warriors 2519
5 Semi Tadulala Bradford Bulls 2317
=5 Clint Greenshields Catalans Dragons 2717
=5 Danny McGuire Leeds Rhinos 2117
8 Kirk Yeaman Hull 2316
=8 Chris Hicks Warrington Wolves 2716
10 Paul Sykes Bradford Bulls 2515
=10 Justin Murphy Catalans Dragons 1415
=10 Brent Webb Leeds Rhinos 2515

Points

No.PlayerClubPTGFGPts
1 Pat Richards Wigan Warriors 25191151307
2 Thomas Bosc Catalans Dragons 2671181265
3 Kevin Sinfield Leeds Rhinos 2641191255
4 Sean Long St Helens R.F.C. 2381042242
5 Chris Hicks Warrington Wolves 2716700204
6 Danny Brough Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 254860188
7 Chris Thorman Huddersfield Giants 215831187
8 Danny Tickle Hull 255810182
9 Paul Deacon Bradford Bulls 183821177
10 Ade Gardner St Helens R.F.C. 262800112

Red cards

No.PlayerClub#Date(s)
1 Richie Mathers Wigan Warriors 203/08/2008; 15/08/2008
2 Michael McIlorum Wigan Warriors 118/07/2008
=2 Tevita Latu Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 114/03/2008
=2 Darrell Griffin Huddersfield Giants 116/03/2008
=2 Maurie Fa'asavalu St Helens R.F.C. 106/04/2008
=2 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook Harlequins 112/07/2008
=2 Ben Westwood Warrington Wolves 106/04/2008
=2 Luke Robinson Huddersfield Giants 115/06/2008
=2 Adam Mogg Catalans Dragons 112/07/2008
=2 Ned Catic Castleford Tigers 106/09/2008
=2 Paul Sykes Bradford Bulls 106/07/2008
=2 Nick Scruton Leeds Rhinos 120/06/2008
=2 Gareth Hock Wigan Warriors 125/07/2008

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