|Super League XVIII|
|Duration||27 Rounds (Followed by 4 round playoffs)|
Magic Weekend day 2
London Broncos v Catalans Dragons (28 March 2013)
|Broadcast partners|| Sky Sports |
Fox Soccer Plus
|Champions|| Wigan Warriors |
3rd Super League title
20th English title
|League Leaders||Huddersfield Giants|
|Biggest home win||Hull F.C. 72-10 Widnes Vikings (2 August 2013)|
|Biggest away win||Hull Kingston Rovers 6-84 Wigan Warriors (1 April 2013)|
|Man of Steel||Danny Brough|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Danny Brough (281)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Josh Charnley (33)|
The 2013 Super League season was the 18th season of rugby league football since the Super League format was introduced in 1996.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.
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.
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.
|Bradford Bulls (2013 season)||Provident Stadium||27,000||Bradford, West Yorkshire|
|Castleford Tigers (2013 season)||The Wish Communications Stadium||11,750||Castleford, West Yorkshire|
|Catalans Dragons (2013 season)||Stade Gilbert Brutus||14,000||Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France|
|Huddersfield Giants (2013 season)||John Smith's Stadium||24,544||Huddersfield, West Yorkshire|
|Hull F.C. (2013 season)||Kingston Communications Stadium||25,404||Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Hull Kingston Rovers (2013 season)||MS3 Craven Park||9,471||Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Leeds Rhinos (2013 season)||Headingley Carnegie Stadium||22,250||Leeds, West Yorkshire|
|London Broncos (2013 season)||Twickenham Stoop||12,700||Twickenham, London|
|Salford City Reds (2013 season)||Salford City Stadium||12,000||Salford, Greater Manchester|
|St Helens R.F.C. (2013 season)||Langtree Park||18,000||St. Helens, Merseyside|
|Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (2013 season)||Rapid Solicitors Stadium||11,000||Wakefield, West Yorkshire|
|Warrington Wolves (2013 season)||Halliwell Jones Stadium||15,500||Warrington, Cheshire|
|Widnes Vikings (2013 season)||The Select Security Stadium||13,500||Widnes, Cheshire, England|
|Wigan Warriors (2013 season)||DW Stadium||25,138||Wigan, Greater Manchester|
|Reigning Super League champions|
|Defending Challenge Cup Champions|
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
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.
|8||Hull Kingston Rovers||27||13||0||14||642||760||−118||26|
|11||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||27||10||1||16||660||749||−89||21|
|14||Salford City Reds||27||6||1||20||436||953||−517||11|
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.
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.
|Date and Time (Local)||Venue||Referee||Attendance|
|QUALIFYING AND ELIMINATION FINALS|
|Q1||Huddersfield Giants||8 – 22||Wigan Warriors||12 September, 20:00 BST||John Smith's Stadium||Phil Bentham||8,000|
|Q2||Warrington Wolves||40 – 20||Leeds Rhinos||14 September, 15:00 BST||Halliwell Jones Stadium||James Child||8,695|
|E1||St Helens R.F.C.||46 – 10||Hull Kingston Rovers||14 September, 17:00 BST||Langtree Park||Richard Silverwood||9,926|
|E2||Hull F.C.||14 – 4||Catalans Dragons||13 September, 20:00 BST||KC Stadium||Ben Thaler||4,970|
|P1||Huddersfield Giants||76 – 18||Hull F.C.||19 September, 20:00 BST||John Smith's Stadium||Richard Silverwod||5,547|
|P2||Leeds Rhinos||11 – 10||St Helens R.F.C.||20 September, 20:00 BST||Headingley Carnegie Stadium||Phil Bentham||12,189|
|SF1||Wigan Warriors||22 – 12||Leeds Rhinos||27 September, 20:00 BST||DW Stadium||Phil Bentham||14,600|
|SF2||Warrington Wolves||30 – 22||Huddersfield Giants||26 September, 20:00 BST||Halliwell Jones Stadium||Richard Silverwood||10,042|
|F||Wigan Warriors||30 – 16||Warrington Wolves||5 October, 18:00 BST||Old Trafford, Manchester||Richard Silverwood||66,281|
|2013 Super League play-offs bracket|
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.
Top try assists
Top points scorers
Awards are presented for outstanding contributions and efforts to players and clubs in the week leading up to the Super League Grand Final:
The winners of the 2013 awards are:
2013 is the second year of a five-year contract with Sky Sports to televise 70 matches per season.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, although for 2013, some matches between May and August will be scheduled for Monday nights, following the introduction during the 2012 season 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.
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.
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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).
Commercial Radio Coverage:
All Super League commentaries on any station are available via the particular stations on-line streaming.
ESPN3 has worldwide broadband rights.
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