Super League XIV

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Super League XIV
2009 Super League Grand Final 001.jpg
Leeds Rhinos celebrating after the Grand Final
League Super League
Duration27 Rounds (Followed by four round play-offs)
Teams14
Highest attendance30,122
Magic Weekend Day 2 (3 May)
Lowest attendance1,988
Celtic Crusaders vs Huddersfield Giants (5 Sep)
Attendance1,799,413 Increase2.svg
(average 8,864)
Broadcast partners Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sky Sports Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nine Network
2009 Season
Champions Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
4th Super League title
7th English title
League Leaders Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
Man of Steel Giantscolours.svg Brett Hodgson [1]
Top point-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Pat Richards (252)
Top try-scorer(s) Rhinoscolours.svg Ryan Hall [2] (29)
Seasons

The 2009 Super League season (known as the Engage Super League XIV for sponsorship reasons) is the 14th season of rugby league since the Super League format was introduced in 1996. [3] Fourteen teams competed for the Minor Premiership over 27 rounds (including the Magic Weekend at Murrayfield Stadium) after which, the highest finishing teams entered the play-offs to compete for a place in the Grand Final and a chance to win the Super League Trophy.[ citation needed ] The previous Top six play-offs are extended to eight teams.

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Salford City Reds and Crusaders join the twelve teams from Super League XIII, following the implementation of a licensing system. [4] Additionally, it was the Crusaders' first ever Super League season. [5] The Catalans Dragons played at least one game in Barcelona, Spain, to try to expand their fan base in Catalonia region. [6]

The season officially kicked off on 6 February, at 20:00 GMT, with a Leeds Rhinos defeat of the Celtic Crusaders. [7] It came to a conclusion with Leeds Rhinos beating St. Helens in the Super League Grand Final on 10 October. [8] All clubs also participated in the 2009 Challenge Cup tournament.

Teams

Super League XIV saw the introduction of a licensed Super League. Under this new system, promotion and relegation between Super League and National League One was abolished, and 14 teams were granted licences subject to certain criteria. All twelve teams from Super League XIII were given places, as well as former Super League team Salford City Reds and Crusaders, for whom it was their début season in top-flight European rugby league.

Geographically, the vast majority of teams in Super League are based in the north of England, four teams – Warrington, St. Helens, Salford and Wigan – to the west of the Pennines in Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, and seven teams to the east in Yorkshire – Huddersfield, Bradford, Wakefield Trinity, Leeds, Castleford, Hull F.C. and Hull Kingston Rovers. Catalans Dragons are the only team outside of the United Kingdom, Crusaders are the only team in Wales, and Harlequins are the only team to be based in a capital city (London).

The locations of the teams that will contest Super League XIV. Super League Teams 2009.png
The locations of the teams that will contest Super League XIV.
TeamStadiumCapacityCity/Area
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls (2009 season) Grattan Stadium, Odsal 27,000 Bradford, West Yorkshire
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers (2009 season) The Jungle 11,750 Castleford, West Yorkshire
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons (2009 season) Stade Gilbert Brutus 10,000 Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
Cruscolours.svg Crusaders (2009 season) Brewery Field 12,000 Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales
Quinscolours.svg Harlequins (2009 season) Twickenham Stoop 12,700 Twickenham, London
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants (2009 season) Galpharm Stadium 24,544 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. (2009 season) Kingston Communications Stadium 25,404 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers (2009 season) "New" Craven Park 9,471 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (2009 season) Headingley Carnegie Stadium 22,250 Leeds, West Yorkshire
Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds (2009 season) The Willows 11,363 Salford, Greater Manchester
Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. (2009 season) The GPW Recruitment Stadium 17,500 St Helens, Merseyside
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (2009 season) Belle Vue 12,600 Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (2009 season) Halliwell Jones Stadium 14,206 Warrington, Cheshire
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (2009 season) DW Stadium 25,138 Wigan, Greater Manchester
Reigning championsPromoted via licence

Rule changes

Changes to the play-off system:

Table

Super League XIV
Pos.TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
1 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 272106805453+35242
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 271908733466+26738
3 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 271809690416+27436
4 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 271719650516+13435
5 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 2716011685609+7632
6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 2715012659551+10830
7 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 2714013645702–5728
8 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 2713014613660–4726
9 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2712114653668–1525
10 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 2712015649705–5624
11 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 2711016591691–10022
12 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 2710017502623–12120
13 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 277020456754–29814
14 Cruscolours.svg Celtic Crusaders 273024357874–5176
 Teams qualifying for the Play-offs

Source: superleague.co.uk.
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.

Play-offs

The play-offs commence following the conclusion of 27 round regular season and involve the eight sides finishing highest. The play-offs open on Friday 18 September, with the Week 1 fixtures being completed over the weekend. [9]

A media conference is scheduled for Sunday 27 September following the conclusion of Week 2's preliminary semi-finals the day before. [9] During the conference the highest ranked winning team from the qualifying play-offs in Week 1 will in announce which team they have chosen to play in Week 3, the next week. [9]

The play-offs will conclude with the 2009 Super League Grand Final on 10 October. [9]

 Qualifying / Elimination play-offsPreliminary semi-finalsQualifying semi-finals Grand Final
                     
 QPO1:   
1  Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 44 
4  HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 8  PSF1:   
        Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants6  
EPO1:       Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons16   QSF1: Leeds selected Catalans [10]
5  Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16       Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos27 
8  Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 25       Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons20  GF: 10 October, Old Trafford
      Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos18
 EPO2:    QSF2:      Saintscolours.svg St. Helens10
6  Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 18      Saintscolours.svg St. Helens14 
7  Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 12  PSF2:       Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors10 
     HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers16  
QPO2:       Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors30  
2  Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 15  
3  Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 2  
  
Key:     Losing team progressing   Winning team progressing   Winning team's progression chosen

Week 1. Qualifying/Elimination play-offs: Fixtures decided by regular reason finishing positions. Higher ranked teams play lower ranked teams. Higher ranked teams receive home ground advantage.
Week 2. Preliminary semi-finals: Fixtures decided by regular season finishing positions. Higher ranked teams play lower ranked teams. Higher ranked teams receive home ground advantage.
Week 3. Qualifying semi-finals: Winners of Qualifying play-offs play winners of Qualifying semi-finals. Fixtures decided by Club Call. Winners of Qualifying play-offs receive home ground advantage.

Club Statistics

FLPTeamPTSTRSGLSDGLSMETCARTACKOFFLATKIRFDHTACKBMTACCBREFOTWKIGPMGLSMITACERRPENRCARYCAR
1Leeds8491481273380075536811138627387484610421998506323233821503
2St Helens748142884406245800870829129775090410881826504565637116901
3Wigan707130931381645402859539729982385011911734555474834719005
4Wakefield7011181125356255191803824439393172410141431581343529619812
5Huddersfield698121107037761542892823613249447289361695573232637323803
6Hull KR6741181002379545469906319833279370312341409630303335117202
7Catalans65812088236555517586272482767506179091387524404035525301
8Castleford65711793336128545777862833579107429831483537373832520604
9Bradford6531111033351095299795736528076274310191483460323236020103
10Warrington649118881363555069785532528070675211151532472373836717301
11Harlequins591102911355905350861829431580867910251264549202231917111
12Hull5028679035322513981373593367727389721194556222430214001
13Salford460807003097248498827320258638575861987571191926922314
14Celtic Crusaders357635213022250018397311249747511962940554161734020403

Source: superleague.co.uk.

Notable moments

Awards

Awards were presented for outstanding contributions and efforts to players and clubs: [1]

Disciplinary record

The following table lists all incidents that were reviewed by the Rugby Football League during Super League XIV, which were later deemed "guilty" and resulted in disciplinary action. The offenses were graded, depending on severity, in alphabetical order, "A" being less severe than "B".

Name of PlayerRndOffenseGradeSuspensionFineSource
Chev Walker 1StrikingC1 match £300 Report
Michael McIlorum 2Dangerous throwC1 match£200 Report
Jamal Fakir 2High tackleC1 match£300 Report
Ben Westwood 2High tackleD5 matches£300 Report
Maurie Fa'asavalu 4"Chicken wing"C1 match£300 Report
Keith Mason 7StrikingCNone£300 Report
Ian Sibbitt 10High tackleC1 match£300 Report
Darrell Griffin 17Grapple tackleCNone£300 Report
Jamal Fakir 17High tackleC2 matches£300 Report

Operational rules

Salary cap:

The 'club trained player rule' entered its second year and made a planned adjustment: [14]

Media

Television

2009 was the first of a new three-year broadcasting agreement between the RFL and BSkyB for Sky Sports to screen matches exclusively live within the United Kingdom. [15] The deal for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 season was worth in excess of £50 million, with media speculation that each Super League club would receive £0.9-£1.2 million in 2009. [13] [16]

Sky Sports' continued coverage in the UK sees two live matches broadcast each week - one on Friday Night at 7:30pm and another at 6pm on Saturdays. Regular commentators are Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson with summarisers including Phil Clarke, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Highlights are shown on Boots N' All which is shown on Sky Sports and is rebroadcast on the Internet.

BBC Sport broadcast a highlights programme called the Super League Show, usually presented by Harry Gration. The BBC have elected to broadcast this only to the North West, Yorkshire & North Midlands, North East & Cumbria, and East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire regions on a Sunday. A national repeat is broadcast overnight during the week, the BBC Director of Sport, Richard Moseley, commented that this move was in response to the growing popularity and awareness of the sport, and the large number of requests from people who want to watch it elsewhere in the UK. End of season play-offs are shown across the whole country in a highlights package. Super League Show is available for streaming or downloaded using the BBC iPlayer in the UK.

Orange Sport TV in France shows every Catalans Dragons home match live and also some other matches which are broadcast in the UK live on Sky.

Internationally Super League is shown live on Showtime Sports (Middle East), Sky Sport (New Zealand), NTV+ (Russia), SportKlub (Eastern Europe) and Setanta Sports (USA and Canada) show Super League matches live or delayed each week.

2009 was the first of a three-year deal in which the Nine Network in Australia will show up to 70 live games from Super League over the season. [17] [18]

Radio

Super League XIV is covered extensively by BBC Local Radio:

The competition is also covered on commercial radio coverage:

All Super League commentaries on any station are available via the particular stations on-line streaming.

Internet

ESPN360 has worldwide broadband rights.

Starting from Thursday 9 April 2009, all of the matches shown on Sky Sports will also be available live online via Livestation everywhere in the world excluding the US, Puerto Rico, UK, Ireland, France, Monaco, Australia and New Zealand. List of Super League games available on Livestation.com

In the United Kingdom, BBC London 94.9, BBC Radio Wales and Radio Warrington cover Harlequins, Celtic Crusaders (home games) and Warrington (home games) respectively.

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