|Super League XXVI|
|Highest attendance||35,104 |
Magic Weekend (Day 1)
(4 September 2021)
|League Leaders Shield||Catalans Dragons|
|Biggest home win|| Catalans Dragons 64–0 Leigh Centurions |
(30 August 2021)
|Biggest away win|| Castleford Tigers 6–60 Leeds Rhinos |
(28 May 2021)
Top Goal Scorer James Maloney (101)
|Promotion and relegation|
|Promoted from Championship||Leigh Centurions|
|Relegated to Championship||Leigh Centurions|
Super League XXVI, known as the Betfred Super League XXVI for sponsorship reasons, is the 26th season of the Super League and 127th season of rugby league in Great Britain.
The 2021 season was originally scheduled to begin on 11 March 2021, however, on 14 January 2021, it was announced that all clubs had agreed to push the start date back by two weeks, to increase the chances of fans being able to attend matches.
St Helens are the reigning champions going into Super League XXVI, after successfully retaining their title against Wigan Warriors, in the Grand Final.
Super League XXVI also saw the return of the Magic Weekend, which took place at St James' Park in Newcastle, after it was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upon the expulsion of Toronto Wolfpack the previous season, a vacancy was available for the 2021 season. Six eligible teams from the Championship all applied for the vacancy. The six teams were Leigh Centurions, Bradford Bulls, York City Knights, London Broncos, Featherstone Rovers, and Toulouse Olympique. Of those six teams, Leigh were promoted following a unanimous decision by an independent panel.
Following a run of 17 successive defeats, Leigh finally got their first win of the season against Salford, winning 32–22. However, this was not enough to lift them off the bottom of the table, and they were immediately relegated back to the championship, following their 6-44 defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers on 5 September.
The sport continued to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first five rounds of matches were all played behind closed doors, and it was only from mid-May that spectators were allowed in the grounds, with attendances limited to 10,000 or 25% of the ground capacity. The Rugby Football League (RFL) anticipated that COVID-19 would have an effect, and made two important changes to the organisation of the season.
Firstly, the league table would be decided by win percentage rather than competition points.Secondly, a set of protocols were introduced, allowing for matches to be postponed, if a team had seven or more players from the senior squad unavailable, due to either close contact or a positive COVID-19 test.
On 4 September 2021, Catalans Dragons were confirmed League Leaders Shield winners for the first time in the club's history, following their 31–30 victory against St Helens.
As in 2020, scrums will not be formed and instead, minor ruck infringements by the defending team, will result in a repeat set of six tackles for the attacking team. Dual registration will not be allowed, but loans will be, with the minimum load period reduced to fourteen days.
|Previous season League Leaders|
| Castleford Tigers |
|8th||The Mend-A-Hose Jungle||12,000||Castleford, West Yorkshire|
| Catalans Dragons |
|4th||Stade Gilbert Brutus||13,000||Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France|
| Huddersfield Giants |
|7th||John Smith's Stadium||24,121||Huddersfield, West Yorkshire|
| Hull FC |
|6th||KCOM Stadium||25,400||Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire|
| Hull KR |
|11th||Hull College Craven Park Stadium||12,225||Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire|
| Leeds Rhinos |
|5th||Emerald Headingley||21,062||Leeds, West Yorkshire|
| Leigh Centurions |
|4th (2019 Championship)||Leigh Sports Village||12,000||Leigh, Greater Manchester|
| Salford Red Devils |
|9th||AJ Bell Stadium||12,000||Salford, Greater Manchester|
| St Helens |
|2nd (Champions)||Totally Wicked Stadium||18,000||St Helens, Merseyside|
| Wakefield Trinity |
|10th||Beaumont Legal Stadium||9,333||Wakefield, West Yorkshire|
| Warrington Wolves |
|3rd||Halliwell Jones Stadium||15,200||Warrington, Cheshire|
| Wigan Warriors |
|1st (runners up)||DW Stadium||25,133||Wigan, Greater Manchester|
Super League Europe announced in February 2021 that the matches in round 2 would be played to support retired player Mose Masoe in his rehabilitation from a serious back injury suffered during a game in 2020.
In the round 3 game on 16 April 2021 between Hull KR and Huddersfield, Ben Crooks of Hull KR, scored a try after only seven seconds, a new record, after Sam Wood missed the ball from the kick off allowing Crooks to score. Hull KR went on to win 25–24. This achievement beat not only beat the previous fastest score in Super League (St Helens' Tim Jonkers scored after 14 seconds against Wakefield Trinity during the 2002 season) but also the fastest try scored in the NRL, which was set in 2017 (Kirisome Auva'a scored after 11 seconds for Parramatta Eels against Brisbane Broncos).
If a match ends in a draw after 80 minutes, then a further 10 minutes of golden point extra time is played, to determine a winner (5 minutes each way). The first team to score either a try, goal or drop goal during this period, will win the match. However, if there are no further scores during the additional 10 minutes period, then the match will end in a draw.
The first game to go to golden-point, was the round 1 game between Catalans and Hull KR on 27 March 2021. Catalans won the match 29–28, with a drop goal from James Maloney, after the scores were tied at 28-all after 80 minutes.
The round 3 game between Hull FC and Warrington on 18 April 2021, finished 14-all after 80 minutes. The game then went to extra time which saw numerous drop goal attempts by both teams. With neither team able to score any points during the extra 10 minutes, the match ended as a draw for the first time since golden point was introduced into Super League.
The third game to go to golden-point, was the round 6 game between Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity on 14 May 2021. Leeds won the match 15–13, with a penalty goal from Rhyse Martin, after the scores were tied at 13-all after 80 minutes.
The fourth game to go to golden-point, was the round 23 game between St Helens and Catalans Dragons on 4 September 2021, during the 2nd game of the day 1 fixtures, at the Magic Weekend. Catalans won the match 31–30, with a drop goal from James Maloney, after the scores were tied at 30-all after 80 minutes (Catalans scoring three tries in the final 4 minutes of the game to come back from 30-12 down). This was the first time in Super League history that a Magic Weekend game had gone to extra time (previous draws at Magic Weekend coming before the introduction of Golden Point to Super League).
The fifth game to go to golden-point, was the round 23 game between Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC on 4 September 2021, during the 3rd game of the day 1 fixtures, at the Magic Weekend. Leeds won the match 25–24, with a drop goal from Kruise Leeming, after the scores were tied at 24-all after 80 minutes. This was the second time in Super League that a magic weekend game had gone to extra time.
The sixth game to go to golden-point, was the round 24 game between Warrington Wolves and Salford Red Devils on 11 September 2021. Warrington won the match 20–19, with a drop goal from George Williams, after the scores were tied at 19-all after 80 minutes.
In June Castleford Tigers were forced to forfeit their round 12 match against St Helens. With only fourteen senior players available due to injury and COVID-19 precautions Castleford could not raise a team and forfeited the game. The RFL described it as "an unusual range of circumstances" but as less than seven of the absences were due to COVID-19 among the senior squad the match did not meet the criteria for postponement under the RFL's COVID-19 protocols.For statistical recording and league placing the match was recorded as a 24–0 victory to St Helens.
Huddersfield became the second Super League team to forfeit a game in 2021 when the round 13 match against Castleford was cancelled on 4 July. Huddersfield announced that they were missing 20+ players due to COVID-19 and injury but as the number unavailable due to COVID-19 was less than the minimum seven absences required for the game to be postponed under the RFL COVID-19 protocols, Huddersfield had to forfeit the match.
|1||Catalans Dragons||23||19||0||4||688||398||172.9||38||82.61||League Leaders' Shield & play-off semi-final|
|2||St. Helens||21||16||0||5||548||229||239.3||32||76.19||Play-off semi-final|
|3||Warrington Wolves||21||15||1||5||588||354||166.1||31||73.81||Elimination play-offs|
|6||Hull Kingston Rovers||20||10||0||10||497||458||108.5||20||50.00|
|11||Salford Red Devils||22||7||0||15||402||584||68.8||14||31.82|
|12||Leigh Centurions||22||2||0||20||356||870||40.9||4||9.09||Relegated to the Championship|
When the season details were announced the original method was for the league to revert to the normal determination, (i.e. league points won). On 7 March 2021, the Rugby Football League (RFL) announced that, league positions would be determined as they were in 2020 with league position decided by win percentage (Win percentage = number of league points ÷ number of games played x 50). If two or more teams have equal win percentages, then position will be determined by points scored percentage (points scored ÷ points conceded x 100).
To qualify for the play-offs, a team had to complete 70% of their scheduled fixtures (18 matches out of 25) – unless they earned a position, in the top six through league points despite having played fewer than 18 matches.
The top 2 teams who finish first and second respectively in the regular season table, have byes to the semi-finals, whilst the four teams who finish third to sixth will contest in two elimination finals, with the winner of those two games moving on to the semi finals, to play the teams who finished first and second.
|Elimination play-offs||Semi-finals||Grand Final|
|4||Wigan Warriors||Lowest Ranked Winner|
|3||Warrington Wolves||Highest Ranked Winner|
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee|
|Elimination final 1|
|Wigan Warriors||–||Leeds Rhinos||23 September 2021, 19:45||DW Stadium|
|Elimination final 2|
|Warrington Wolves||–||Hull KR||24 September 2021, 19:45||Halliwell Jones Stadium|
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee|
|Catalans Dragons||–||30 September 2021, 19:45||Stade Gilbert Brutus|
|St Helens||–||1 October 2021, 19:45||Totally Wicked Stadium|
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee|
|–||9 October 2021, 18:00||Old Trafford|
Top 10 try scorers
Top 10 try assists
Top 10 goal scorers
Top 10 points scorers
Top 10 attendances
The Super League end of season awards will be made on 4 October. The award winners were:
|1||Sam Tomkins||Catalans Dragons||1.7|
|2||Jordan Abdull||Hull KR||1.6|
|Jonny Lomax||St Helens||1.5|
|4||Gareth Widdop||Warrington Wolves||1.2|
|5||Jake Connor||Hull FC||1.0|
|Updated to games played on 8 August 2021, (Round 18)|
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