Super League XVIII

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Super League XVIII
League Super League
Duration27 Rounds (Followed by 4 round playoffs)
Teams14
Highest attendance31,249
Magic Weekend day 2
Lowest attendance1,136
London Broncos v Catalans Dragons (28 March 2013) [1]
Average attendance9,048 [1]
Broadcast partners Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sky Sports
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg BBC Sport
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg SLTV
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Eurosport
Flag of France.svg beIN Sports
Flag of the United States.svg Fox Soccer Plus
Flag of Europe.svg Sport Klub
2013 season
Champions Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
3rd Super League title
20th English title
League Leaders Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
Biggest home win Hull F.C. 72-10 Widnes Vikings (2 August 2013) [1]
Biggest away win Hull Kingston Rovers 6-84 Wigan Warriors (1 April 2013) [1]
Man of Steel Giantscolours.svg Danny Brough
Top point-scorer(s) Giantscolours.svg Danny Brough (281) [2] [3]
Top try-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Josh Charnley (33)
Seasons

The 2013 Super League season was the 18th season of rugby league football since the Super League format was introduced in 1996. [4] Fourteen teams competed for the League Leaders' Shield over 27 rounds (including the Magic Weekend), 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.

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Teams

Super League XVIII was the second 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. For the 2013 season, all fourteen teams from the previous season will compete, including the Bradford Bulls, who were given a one-year probationary licence after going into administration and taken over by the Omar Khan consortium in the 2012 season. [5]

Geographically, the vast majority of teams in Super League are based in the north of England, five teams – Warrington, St. Helens, Salford, Wigan and Widnes – 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 and London Broncos 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 XVIII.

TeamStadiumCapacityCity/Area
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls (2013 season) Provident Stadium 27,000 Bradford, West Yorkshire
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers (2013 season) The Wish Communications Stadium 11,750 Castleford, West Yorkshire
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons (2013 season) Stade Gilbert Brutus 14,000 Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants (2013 season) John Smith's Stadium 24,544 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. (2013 season) Kingston Communications Stadium 25,404 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers (2013 season) MS3 Craven Park 9,471 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
  Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (2013 season) Headingley Carnegie Stadium 22,250 Leeds, West Yorkshire
Broncoscolours.png London Broncos (2013 season) Twickenham Stoop 12,700 Twickenham, London
Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds (2013 season) Salford City Stadium 12,000 Salford, Greater Manchester
Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. (2013 season) Langtree Park 18,000 St. Helens, Merseyside
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (2013 season) Rapid Solicitors Stadium 11,000 Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (2013 season) Halliwell Jones Stadium 15,500 Warrington, Cheshire
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings (2013 season) The Select Security Stadium 13,500 Widnes, Cheshire, England
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (2013 season) DW Stadium 25,138 Wigan, Greater Manchester
Legend
 Reigning Super League champions
 Defending Challenge Cup Champions

Rule changes

For the 2013 season, the Rugby Football League has introduced a number of rule changes, which will also apply to the 2013 RFL Championship and Championship 1 seasons. This follows trial runs of the proposed rules during Boxing Day friendlies between Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats [6]

Rule changes include changes to the advantage rule, scrummage, marker tackle ruling, plus various changes to the out of play (ball-in-touch, touch-in-goal and dead-in-goal) rulings. [7]

Season statistics

Table

As of 8 September 2013
Super League XVIII
PosTeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
1 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 272106851507+34442
2 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 272016836461+37541
3 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 271818712507+20537
4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 271719816460+35635
5 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 2715111678536+14231
6 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 2713212652563+8928
7 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 2713212619604+1528
8 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 271301464276011826
9 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 27102156406581822
10 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 271021569584114622
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 27101166607498921
12 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 27921670288117920
13 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 27522048794645912
14 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 27612043695351711 [lower-alpha 1]
Source: superleague.co.uk and BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference. Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
Notes:
  1. Salford deducted 2 points on 14 June 2013 for fielding 14 players during home game against Castleford [8]

Results

The regular league season sees the 14 teams play each other twice (one home, one away) plus an additional match, as part of the Magic Weekend, over 27 matches. The team who finishes 1st at the end of the regular season win the League Leaders' Shield.

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 2013 Super League Grand Final. [9]

#HomeScoreAwayMatch Information
Date and Time (Local)VenueRefereeAttendance
QUALIFYING AND ELIMINATION FINALS
Q1 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 8 22 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 12 September, 20:00 BST John Smith's Stadium Phil Bentham8,000
Q2 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 40 20 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 14 September, 15:00 BST Halliwell Jones Stadium James Child8,695
E1 Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. 46 10 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 14 September, 17:00 BST Langtree Park Richard Silverwood9,926
E2 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 14 4 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 13 September, 20:00 BST KC Stadium Ben Thaler4,970
PRELIMINARY SEMI-FINALS
P1 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 76 18 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 19 September, 20:00 BST John Smith's Stadium Richard Silverwod5,547
P2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 11 10 Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. 20 September, 20:00 BST Headingley Carnegie Stadium Phil Bentham12,189
SEMI-FINALS
SF1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 22 12 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 27 September, 20:00 BST DW Stadium Phil Bentham14,600
SF2 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 30 22 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 26 September, 20:00 BST Halliwell Jones Stadium Richard Silverwood10,042
GRAND FINAL
F Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 30 16 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 5 October, 18:00 BST Old Trafford, Manchester Richard Silverwood66,281
2013 Super League play-offs bracket
 Qualifying / Elimination play-offsPreliminary semi-finalsQualifying semi-finals Grand Final
                     
 QPO1:   
1  Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 8 
4  Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 22  PSF1:   
        Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 76  
EPO1:       Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 18   QSF1:  
5  Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. 46       Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 22 
8  HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 10       Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 12  GF: Old Trafford
      Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 30
 EPO2:    QSF2: Warrington select in club call     Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 16
6  Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 14      Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 30 
7  Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 4  PSF2:       Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 22 
     Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 11  
QPO2:       Saintscolours.svg St Helens R.F.C. 10  
2  Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 40  
3  Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 20  
  
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.

Player statistics

As of 29 September 2013

Discipline

End-of-season awards

Awards are presented for outstanding contributions and efforts to players and clubs in the week leading up to the Super League Grand Final: [10]

The winners of the 2013 awards are: [11]

Media

Television

2013 is the second year of a five-year contract with Sky Sports to televise 70 matches per season. [12] The deal which runs until 2016 is worth £90million.

Sky Sports coverage in the UK see two live matches broadcast each week – one on Friday night, which kicks-off at 8:00 pm and another usually on Saturday evenings at 5:45 pm, [13] although for 2013, some matches between May and August will be scheduled for Monday nights, following the introduction during the 2012 season [14] at 8:00 pm, filling the gap vacated by the summer break of Premier League football. The Monday night fixtures switched to Thursday nights from August 2013 following the resumption of the football season and also applies to the play-off fixtures. [15]

Regular commentators were Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson with summarisers including Phil Clarke, Shaun McRae, Brian Carney, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Sky will broadcast highlights this season in a new show on Sunday Nights called Super League - Full Time, usually airing at 10pm.

BBC Sport broadcast a highlights programme called the Super League Show , presented by Tanya Arnold. The BBC show two weekly broadcasts of the programme. The first is only to the BBC North West, Yorkshire & North Midlands, North East & Cumbria, and East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire regions on Monday evenings at 11:35pm on BBC One, [16] while a repeat showing is shown nationally on BBC Two on Tuesday afternoons at 1.30pm. The Super League Show is also available for one week after broadcast for streaming or download via the BBC iPlayer in the UK only. [17] End of season play-offs are shown on BBC Two across the whole country in a weekly highlights package on Sunday afternoons. [18]

Internationally, Super League is shown live or delayed on Showtime Sports (Middle East), Māori Television (New Zealand), TV 2 Sport (Norway), NTV+ (Russia), Fox Soccer Plus (United States), Eurosport (Australia) or Sportsnet World (Canada).

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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