|Super League XXI|
|Duration||23 Rounds (Followed by up-to 9 rounds of relevant playoffs)|
Magic Weekend: Day 1 (21 May)
Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants (18 June)
|Attendance||1,260,474 (as of round 23)|
|Broadcast partners|| Sky Sports |
Fox Soccer Plus
|Champions|| Wigan Warriors |
4th Super League
21st English title
|League Leaders||Warrington Wolves|
|Biggest home win||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 62 – 0 Wigan Warriors (Sunday 10 April 2016)|
|Biggest away win||Castleford Tigers 16 – 58 Hull Kingston Rovers (Sunday 24 April 2016)|
|Man of Steel||Danny Houghton|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Denny Solomona|
|Promotion and relegation|
|Promoted from Championship||Leigh Centurions|
|Relegated to Championship||Hull KR|
The 2016 Super League season, known as the First Utility Super League XXI for sponsor reasons,was the 21st season of the Super League and 122nd season of rugby league in Britain. Twelve teams competed over 23 rounds, including the Magic Weekend which took place at St James' Park (Newcastle upon Tyne), after which the eight highest entered the Super League play-offs for a place in the Super League Grand Final. The four lowest teams then entered the qualifying play-offs, along with the four highest teams from the Championship, to determine which teams will play again in Super League XXII. Wigan Warriors are the current champions after successfully defeating Warrington Wolves 12–6 at Old Trafford.
Super League XXI features twelve teams, the second year in which this number has taken part. This is also the second year since promotion and relegation was reintroduced into the competition although there has been no change in teams for 2016.
Eleven teams in Super League are from the North of England: five teams, Warrington, St. Helens, Salford, Wigan and Widnes, west of the Pennines in the historic county of Lancashire and six teams, Huddersfield, Wakefield Trinity, Leeds, Castleford, Hull F.C. and Hull Kingston Rovers, to the east in Yorkshire. Catalans Dragons, in Perpignan, France, are the only team outside the North of England. St Helens, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos as the only teams to have played in every season of Super League since 1996.
|Castleford Tigers (2016 season)||5th||The Mend-O-Hose Jungle||11,750||Castleford, West Yorkshire|
|Catalans Dragons (2016 season)||8th||Stade Gilbert Brutus||14,000||Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France|
|Huddersfield Giants (2016 season)||3rd||John Smith's Stadium||24,544||Huddersfield, West Yorkshire|
|Hull F.C. (2016 season)||7th||Kingston Communications Stadium||25,404||Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Hull Kingston Rovers (2016 season)||9th||KC Lightstream Stadium||12,225||Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Leeds Rhinos (2016 season)||1st||Headingley Carnegie Stadium||22,250||Leeds, West Yorkshire|
|Salford Red Devils (2016 season)||11th||AJ Bell Stadium||12,000||Salford, Greater Manchester|
|St Helens R.F.C. (2016 season)||4th||Langtree Park||18,000||St. Helens, Merseyside|
|Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (2016 season)||12th||Rapid Solicitors Stadium||11,000||Wakefield, West Yorkshire|
|Warrington Wolves (2016 season)||6th||Halliwell Jones Stadium||15,500||Warrington, Cheshire|
|Widnes Vikings (2016 season)||10th||The Select Security Stadium||13,500||Widnes, Cheshire|
|Wigan Warriors (2016 season)||2nd||DW Stadium||25,138||Wigan, Greater Manchester|
|1||Hull F.C. (Q)||23||17||0||6||605||465||140||34||Super League Super 8s|
|2||Warrington Wolves (Q)||23||16||1||6||675||425||250||33|
|3||Wigan Warriors (Q)||23||16||0||7||455||440||15||32|
|4||St. Helens (Q)||23||14||0||9||573||536||37||28|
|5||Catalans Dragons (Q)||23||13||0||10||593||505||88||26|
|6||Castleford Tigers (Q)||23||10||1||12||617||640||-23||21|
|7||Widnes Vikings (Q)||23||10||0||13||499||474||25||20|
|8||Wakefield Trinity (Q)||23||10||0||13||485||654||-169||20|
|9||Leeds Rhinos (F)||23||8||0||15||404||576||-172||16||The Qualifiers|
|10||Salford Red Devils (F)||23||10||0||13||560||569||-9||14*|
|11||Hull Kingston Rovers (F)||23||6||2||15||486||610||-124||14|
|12||Huddersfield Giants (F)||23||6||0||17||511||569||-58||12|
Q = Qualified for Super 8s
F = Failed to qualify for the Super 8s
After 23 games the league table is frozen and the teams are split up into 2 of the 3 "Super 8's". Teams finishing in the top 8 go on to contest the "Super League" and will all retain a place in the competition for the next season. They will play 7 more games each, competing for a place in the Grand Final. Teams finishing in the bottom four (9-12) will be put alongside the top 4 teams from the Championship, in "The Qualifiers" Super 8 group.
|1||Warrington Wolves (L)||30||21||1||8||852||541||311||43||League Leaders/Playoffs|
|2||Wigan Warriors (C)||30||21||0||9||669||560||109||42||Playoffs|
|3||Hull F.C. (Q)||30||20||0||10||749||579||170||40|
|4||St. Helens (Q)||30||20||0||10||756||641||115||40|
|5||Castleford Tigers (U)||30||15||1||14||830||808||22||31||Season Complete|
|6||Catalans Dragons (U)||30||15||0||15||723||716||7||30|
|7||Widnes Vikings (U)||30||12||0||18||603||643||-40||24|
|8||Wakefield Trinity (U)||30||10||0||20||571||902||-331||20|
(C) = Champions
(L) = League Leaders
(Q) = Qualified for playoffs
(U) = Unable to qualify for playoffs
|Date and Time (Local)||Venue||Referee||Attendance|
|SF1||Warrington Wolves||18 – 10||St. Helens||29 September 20:00||Halliwell Jones Stadium||Ben Thaler||12,036|
|SF2||Wigan Warriors||28 – 18||Hull F.C.||30 September 20:00||DW Stadium||Robert Hicks||14,013|
|F||Warrington Wolves||6 – 12||Wigan Warriors||8 October 2016 18:00||Old Trafford, Manchester||Robert Hicks||70,202|
The Qualifiers sees the bottom 4 teams from Super League table join the top 4 teams from the Championship. The points totals are reset to 0 and each team plays 7 games each, playing every other team once. After 7 games each, the teams finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will gain qualification to the 2017 Super League season. The teams finishing 4th and 5th will play in the "Million Pound Game" at the home of the 4th place team which will earn the winner a place in the 2017 Super League. The loser, along with teams finishing 6th, 7th and 8th, will be relegated to or remain in the Championship.
|1||Leeds Rhinos (S)||7||6||0||1||239||94||145||12||Super League XXII place|
|2||Leigh Centurions (S)||7||6||0||1||223||193||30||12|
|3||Huddersfield Giants (S)||7||5||0||2||257||166||91||10|
|4||Hull Kingston Rovers (C)||7||4||0||3||235||142||93||8||Million Pound Game|
|5||Salford Red Devils (S)||7||3||0||4||208||152||56||6|
|6||London Broncos (C)||7||3||0||4||221||212||9||6||2017 Championship place|
|7||Batley Bulldogs (C)||7||1||0||6||111||318||-207||2|
|8||Featherstone Rovers (C)||7||0||0||7||96||313||-217||0|
(S) = Will play in Super League in 2017
(C) = Will play in Championship in 2017
|Date and Time (Local)||Venue||Referee||Attendance|
|Million Pound Game|
|F||Hull Kingston Rovers||18 – 19||Salford Red Devils||1 October, 15:00 BST||Lightstream Stadium||Phil Bentham||6,562|
Top try scorers
Top try assists
Top points scorers
Top 10 attendances
Awards are presented for outstanding contributions and efforts to players and clubs in the week leading up to the Super League Grand Final:
2016 is the fifth and final year of a five-year contract with Sky Sports to televise 70 matches per season.The deal is worth £90million.
Sky Sports coverage in the UK will see two live matches broadcast each week, usually at 8:00 pm on Thursday and Friday nights.
Regular commentators will be Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson with summarisers including Phil Clarke, Brian Carney, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Sky will broadcast highlights on Sunday nights on Super League - Full Time at 10 p.m.
BBC Sport will broadcast a highlights programme called the Super League Show , presented by Tanya Arnold. The BBC show two weekly broadcasts of the programme, the first to the BBC North West, Yorkshire, North East and Cumbria, and East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire regions on Monday evenings at 11:35 p.m. on BBC One, while a repeat showing is shown nationally on BBC Two on Tuesday afternoons at 1.30 p.m. The Super League Show is also available for one week after broadcast for streaming or download via the BBC iPlayer in the UK only. End of season play-offs are shown on BBC Two across the whole country in a weekly highlights package on Sunday afternoons.
Internationally, Super League is shown live or delayed on beIN Sports (France), Showtime Sports (Middle East), Sky Sport (New Zealand), TV 2 Sport (Norway), Fox Soccer Plus (United States), Fox Sports (Australia) and Sportsnet World (Canada).
Commercial Radio Coverage:
All Super League commentaries on any station are available via the particular stations on-line streaming.
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