The Qualifiers

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The Qualifiers
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Rugby football current event.svg 2018 Rugby League Qualifiers
Sport Rugby league
Instituted2015
Number of teams8
CountryFlag of England.svg  England (RFL)
Holders Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils (1st title)
Most titles Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils (1 title)
Broadcast partner Sky Sports
BBC Sport (Highlights)

In British rugby league system, the qualifiers was a competition that was played at the end of the regular rugby league season in the Middle 8 of the Super 8s.

The British rugby league system is based on a five-tier structure administered by the Rugby Football League.

The Rugby League Super 8s were a feature of the British rugby league system, between 2015 and 2018, and were played in the top three professional divisions. Following the completion of the regular season home-and-away fixtures in the Super League, the Championship and League 1, teams split into smaller divisions of 8 based on their finishing positions on the league table; the teams then played an additional fixture against each of the seven other teams in their division to determine the final standings.

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Structure

At the end of 23 rounds of the regular season, the bottom 4 teams in the Super League and top 4 teams in the Championship play each other home or away in a league of 8. The top three teams automatically earn a place in the Super League. The 4th and 5th placed teams play in the Million Pound Game for the final Super League place.

Super League professional rugby league

Super League is the top-level professional rugby league club competition in the Northern Hemisphere. The league has twelve teams: ten from England, one from France and one from Canada.

Million Pound Game

Million Pound Game is an annual playoff final rugby league game that decides which Championship team will be promoted to Super League the following season. Between 2015 and 2018, the game was played as part of The Qualifiers until the 2019 league restructure it became the final of the top 5 playoff series

Results

YearSuper League PlaceChampionship Place
2015 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
2016 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Broncoscolours.png London Broncos
Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
2017 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons
Broncoscolours.png London Broncos
Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers
Faxcolours.svg Halifax
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
2018 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils
Broncoscolours.png London Broncos
New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Toronto Wolfpack
ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse Olympique
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
Faxcolours.svg Halifax

Winners

WinnersCountYears
1 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 12015
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 12016
3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 12017
4 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 12018

Appearances

NameAppsYears
1 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 42015, 2016, 2017, 2018
2 Leigh colours.svg Leigh 32015, 2016, 2017
Redscolours.svg Salford 32015, 2016, 2018
Widnes colours.svg Widnes 32015, 2017, 2018
Broncoscolours.png London 32016, 2017, 2018
Faxcolours.svg Halifax 32015, 2017, 2018
3 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 22016, 2017
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 22016, 2018
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 12015
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield 12015
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 12015
Batley colours.svg Batley 12016
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 12016
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans 12017
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 12017
New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Toronto 12018
ToulouseRLcolours.PNG Toulouse 12018

Statistics

Match records

Highest Scoring Game

YearWinnerScoreLoser
2016 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 76 – 16 Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs

Biggest Win

YearWinnerScoreLoser
2017 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 68 – 0 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers

Lowest scoring game

YearWinnerScoreLoser
2017 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 12 – 6 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings

Attendances

Highest attendance

YearHomeAwayVenueAttendance
2016 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs Headingley Stadium 15,135

Lowest attendance

YearHomeAwayVenueAttendance
2016 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs Trailfinders Sports Ground 512

See also

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