Super League XVI

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Super League XVI
League Super League
Duration27 Rounds (Followed by 4 round playoffs)
Teams14
Highest attendance30,891
Magic Weekend Day 1 (12 February)
Lowest attendance1,766
Harlequins vs. Crusaders (20 February)
Average attendance9,615 [1]
Attendance990,439 [1]
Broadcast partners Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sky Sports

Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nine Network

Flag of France.svg Orange Sport

Flag of the United States.svg America One

Flag of Europe.svg Sport Klub
2011 season
Champions Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
5th Super League title
8th English title
League Leaders Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
Runners-up Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
Man of Steel Castleford colours.svg Rangi Chase
Top point-scorer(s) Saintscolours.svg Jamie Foster (330)
Top try-scorer(s) Rhinoscolours.svg Ryan Hall (28)
Seasons

The 2011 Super League season (known as the Engage Super League XVI for sponsorship reasons) was the 16th season of rugby league football since the Super League format was introduced in 1996. [2] Fourteen teams competed for the League Leaders' Shield over 27 rounds (including the Magic Weekend at Millennium 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 championship and the Super League Trophy. Leeds Rhinos claimed their fifth Super League crown, tying the record previously held by St. Helens, whilst the Warrington Wolves lifted the League Leaders' Shield.

Contents

The season kicked off on 12 February with the Annual "Millennium Magic Weekend", which was brought forward from its usual slot in May. All clubs also participated in the 2011 Challenge Cup tournament.

The first game of the new season was Warrington Wolves vs Huddersfield Giants, a repeat of the 2009 Challenge Cup Final and a repeat of the classic play-off match between the two sides. Former Giants captain and Warrington Full Back Brett Hodgson made his debut for his new club against his old one.

The 2011 season included the introduction of the Rugby League International Origin Match, wherein the England national rugby league team played the RL Exiles, an outfit made up of Australians and New Zealanders playing for Super League clubs. This contest is intended to henceforth become an annual fixture to replace the previously existing annual test against the France national rugby league team, due to the onesidedness of such contests in recent years.

Teams

Super League XVI was the third year of a licensed Super League. Under this system, promotion and relegation between Super League and Championship 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. This was the final year of the initial licensing cycle; a new set of licences would be awarded for 2012–14.

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 based in France and are outside of the UK, Crusaders are the only team in Wales, and Harlequins are the only team to be based in a capital city (London).

The maps below indicate the locations of teams that competed in Super League XVI.

TeamStadiumCapacityCity/Area
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls (2011 season) Grattan Stadium, Odsal 27,000 Bradford, West Yorkshire
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers (2011 season) The Jungle 11,750 Castleford, West Yorkshire
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons (2011 season) Stade Gilbert Brutus 10,000 Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
Cruscolours.svg Crusaders Rugby League (2011 season) The Racecourse Ground 15,000 Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales
Quinscolours.svg Harlequins (2011 season) Twickenham Stoop 12,700 Twickenham, London
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants (2011 season) Galpharm Stadium 24,544 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. (2011 season) Kingston Communications Stadium 25,404 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers (2011 season) "New" Craven Park 9,471 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (2011 season) Headingley Carnegie Stadium 22,250 Leeds, West Yorkshire
Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds (2011 season) Salford City Stadium 12,000 Salford, Greater Manchester
Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. (2011 season) Halton Stadium 13,350 Widnes, Halton
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (2011 season) Belle Vue 12,600 Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (2011 season) Halliwell Jones Stadium 14,206 Warrington, Cheshire
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (2011 season) DW Stadium 25,138 Wigan, Greater Manchester
Legend
 Reigning Super League champions
 Defending Challenge Cup Champions

Rules

Rule changes

Operational rules

Table

Pos.TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
1 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 272205107240167144
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 27203485243242043
3 Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. 27173778251526737
4 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 271601170752418332
5 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 271511175760315431
6 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 27151116896266331
7 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 27140137136922128
8 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 271311371856914927
9 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 2712213664808-14426
10 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 279216570826−25620
11 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 2710017542809−26720
12 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 276120524951−42713
13 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats*277020453957−50410
14 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders*276021527857−3308
 Teams qualifying for the Play-offs

Notes:

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 commenced following the conclusion of the 27-round regular season. To decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams, Super League uses its unique play-off system. The finals concluded with the 2011 Super League Grand Final.

HomeScoreAwayMatch Information
Date and Time (Local)VenueRefereeCrowd
QUALIFYING AND ELIMINATION FINALS
Warrington Wolves 47 – 0 Huddersfield Giants 16 September 2011, 20:00 Halliwell Jones Stadium Steve Ganson10,006
Catalans Dragons 56 - 6 Hull Kingston Rovers 17 September 2011, 19:45 Stade Gilbert Brutus James Child8,413
Leeds Rhinos 42 – 10 Hull F.C. 18 September 2011, 17:15 Headingley Stadium Ben Thaler9,075
Wigan Warriors 18 - 26 St. Helens 18 September 2011, 14:45 DW Stadium Phil Bentham12,893
PRELIMINARY SEMI-FINALS
Huddersfield Giants 28 – 34 Leeds Rhinos 23 September 2011, 20:00 Galpharm Stadium Phil Bentham7,872
Wigan Warriors 44 – 0 Catalans Dragons 25 September 2011, 17:00 DW Stadium Steve Ganson6,790
SEMI-FINALS
Warrington Wolves 24 – 26 Leeds Rhinos 30 September 2011, 20:00 Halliwell Jones Stadium Steve Ganson12,074
St. Helens 26 - 18 Wigan Warriors 1 October 2011, 18:00 Stobart Stadium Phil Bentham9.421
GRAND FINAL
Leeds Rhinos 32 – 16 St. Helens 8 October 2011, 18:00 Old Trafford, Manchester Phil Bentham69,107
2011 Super League play-offs bracket
 Qualifying / Elimination play-offsPreliminary semi-finalsQualifying semi-finals Grand Final
                     
 QPO1:   
1  Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 47 
4  Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 0  PSF1:   
        Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants28  
EPO1:       Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos34   QSF1: Warrington selected Leeds [5]
5  Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 42       Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves24 
8  Hullcolours.svg Hull 10       Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos26  GF: 8 October, Old Trafford
      Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos32
 EPO2:    QSF2:      Saintscolours.svg St Helens16
6  Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 56      Saintscolours.svg St Helens26 
7  HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 6  PSF2:       Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors18 
     Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors44  
QPO2:       Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons0  
2  Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 18  
3  Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 26  
  
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.

Statistics

The following are the top points scorers in the Super League during the 2011 season. Statistics also include tries and goals scored in the play-offs. [6]

Most points

PlayerTeamTriesGoalsDGsPoints
Jamie Foster St. Helens 211230330
Brett Hodgson Warrington Wolves 181210314
Pat Richards Wigan Warriors 211150314
Kevin Sinfield Leeds Rhinos 21382286
Scott Dureau Catalans Dragons 11925233
Patrick Ah Van Bradford Bulls 9870210
Danny Tickle Hull F.C. 9830202
Danny Brough Huddersfield Giants 8821197
Kirk Dixon Castleford Tigers 7840196
Luke Gale Harlequins 8752184

Awards

Awards were presented for outstanding contributions and efforts to players and clubs: [7]

This season the Engage Mutual Charity Man of the Match Award scheme was undertaken as well.

Media

Television

2011 was the last year of a three-year broadcasting agreement between the RFL and BSkyB for Sky Sports to screen matches exclusively live within the United Kingdom. [8] The deal for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 season was worth in excess of £50 million. [9] [10]

Sky Sports continued coverage in the UK that saw two live matches broadcast each week – one on Friday night at 7:30 pm and another usually on Saturday evenings. Regular commentators were Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson with summarisers including Phil Clarke, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Highlights were shown on Boots N' All , shown on Sky Sports and rebroadcast on the Internet.

BBC Sport broadcast a highlights programme called the Super League Show, usually presented by Harry Gration. The BBC 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 was 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 aired every Catalans Dragons home match either live or via tape delay.

Internationally Super League is shown live on Showtime Sports (Middle East), Sky Sport (New Zealand), NTV+ (Russia), SportKlub (Eastern Europe).

2011 was also the last of a three-year deal in which the Nine Network in Australia showed up to 70 live games from Super League over the life of the contract. [11] [12]

Radio

BBC Coverage:

Commercial Radio Coverage:

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

Internet

ESPN3 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

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