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The Super League Grand Final is the championship-deciding game of rugby league's Super League competition.[1] It is played between two teams who have qualified via the Super League Play-Off series.[2]

Super League Grand Final
LocaleOld Trafford, Manchester
Teams2
First meeting1998
Latest meeting2019
Next meeting2020
BroadcastersSky Sports
BBC
StadiumsOld Trafford
Statistics
Meetings total19
Most winsRhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (8 titles)

The winning team receives the Super League Trophy and goes on to play the NRL champions in the World Club Challenge.

The Harry Sunderland Trophy is awarded to the man of the match in the Grand Final.

St Helens RLFC are the current champions, after winning the 2019 Grand Final.

Only 4 clubs have won the Grand Final, as of 2019 - Leeds Rhinos (8 times), St. Helens (7), Wigan Warriors (5), and Bradford Bulls (3)

HistoryEdit

Use of a play-off system to decide the Championship brought back a rugby league tradition that had fallen out of use in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The Super League Premiership replaced the Championship final but it was to decide the Premiership winners, not the Championship winners. The Premiership was discontinued after the introduction of the Super League play-off series in 1998.

The Super League Grand Final was introduced for the 1998 season. The inaugural Grand Final match was played that year on Saturday 24 October, between Wigan and Leeds. The venue of every Super League Grand Final to date has been Old Trafford, Manchester.[3]

VenueEdit

 
Leeds celebrating their 2008 Grand Final victory

The Grand Final is held at Old Trafford, Manchester, the largest capacity stadium in the North of England.

City Stadium Years
  Manchester Old Trafford 1998–2020

Attendances

Year City Stadium Attendance
2015   Manchester Old Trafford 73,512

Qualification for World Club ChallengeEdit

The winners of the Grand Final qualify to play the winners of the National Rugby League in the World Club Challenge. The Grand Final Runner up can play in the World Club Series if a team were to win the double.

TrophyEdit

The winners of the Super League collect the Grand Final rings and the teams name, captain and year are engraved into the trophy. The winners also collect £100,000 with the runner up collecting £50,000.

The record for most Super League titles won is held by Leeds with eight titles. Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield currently holds the record for captaining the most Super League title winning sides after captaining Leeds to 7 of their grand final successes. St. Helens contested the final 6 years in a row (from 2006 until 2011) during which time they succeeded only once in lifting the trophy against Hull F.C. in 2006; after which they suffered consecutive defeats against Leeds in 2007, 2008, 2009, Wigan in 2010 and Leeds once again in 2011.

AwardsEdit

The Harry Sunderland Trophy is awarded to the Man-of-the-Match in the Super League Grand Final by the Rugby League Writers' Association. Named after Harry Sunderland, who was an Australian rugby league football administrator in both Australia and the United Kingdom, the Trophy was first awarded in the Rugby Football League Championship Final of the 1964–65 season following Sunderland's death.

FinalsEdit

The Super League Grand Final has been the championship-deciding game since Super League III in 1998:[4] These final were held at Old Trafford.

Year Winners Score Runner-up Attendance
1998   Wigan 10–4   Leeds 43,533
1999   St. Helens 8–6   Bradford   50,717
2000   St. Helens 29–16   Wigan   58,132
2001   Bradford 37–6   Wigan   60,164
2002   St. Helens 19–18   Bradford   61,138
2003   Bradford 25–12   Wigan   65,537
2004   Leeds 16–8   Bradford   65,547
2005   Bradford 15–6   Leeds   65,728
2006   St. Helens 26–4   Hull   72,575
2007   Leeds 33–6   St. Helens   71,352
2008   Leeds 24–16   St. Helens   68,810
2009   Leeds 18–10   St. Helens   63,259
2010   Wigan 22–10   St. Helens   71,526
2011   Leeds 32–16   St. Helens   69,107
2012   Leeds 26–18   Warrington   70,676
2013   Wigan 30–16   Warrington   66,281
2014   St. Helens 14–6   Wigan   70,102
2015   Leeds 22–20   Wigan   73,512
2016   Wigan 12–6   Warrington   70,202
2017   Leeds 24–6   Castleford   72,827
2018   Wigan 12–4   Warrington   64,892
2019   St. Helens 23–6   Salford   64,102

ResultsEdit

Grand Final winners and runners up
Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
  Leeds Rhinos 8 2 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 1998, 2005
  St Helens 6 5 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2019 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  Wigan Warriors 5 5 1998, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018 2000, 2001, 2003, 2014, 2015
  Bradford Bulls 3 3 2001, 2003, 2005 1999, 2002, 2004
  Warrington Wolves 0 4 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
  Hull F.C. 0 1 2006
  Castleford 0 1 2017
  Salford 0 1 2019

The DoubleEdit

In rugby league, the term 'the Double' is referring to the achievement of a club that wins the top division and Challenge Cup in the same season. To date, this has been achieved by a total ten different clubs but by only four different clubs during the Super League era.

Club Wins Winning years
1   Wigan 7 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93,
1993–94, 1994–95, 2013
2   St. Helens 3 1965–66, 1996, 2006
3   Huddersfield 2 1912–13, 1914–15
4   Broughton Rangers 1 1901–02
5   Halifax 1 1902–03
6   Hunslet 1 1907–08
7   Swinton 1 1927–28
8   Warrington 1 1953–54
9   Bradford 1 2003
10   Leeds 1 2015

The TrebleEdit

The Treble refers to the team who wins all three domestic honours on offer during the season; Grand Final, League Leaders' Shield and Challenge Cup. To date seven teams have won the treble, only Bradford Bulls, St. Helens and Leeds Rhinos have won the treble in the Super League era.

Club Wins Winning years
1   Wigan 3 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95
2   Huddersfield 2 1912–13, 1914–15
3   St. Helens 2 1965–66, 2006
4   Hunslet 1 1907–08
5   Swinton 1 1927–28
6   Bradford 1 2003
7   Leeds 1 2015

All Four CupsEdit

Winning all Four Cups refers to winning the Super League, League Leaders' Shield, Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge in one season. Not all of these cups were available in the past but have replaced other cups that could be won.

Club Wins Winning years
1   Hunslet 1 1907–08
2   Huddersfield 1 1914–15
3   Swinton 1 1927–28
4   Wigan 1 1994–95
5   Bradford 1 2003–04
6   St. Helens 1 2006–07

Pre match HeadlinersEdit

Year Act
1998-2003 none
2004 Heather Small
2005 Madness
2006 Deacon Blue
2007 The Kaiser Chiefs
2008 Scouting for Girls
2009 The Wombats
2010 Diana Vickers
2011 Feeder*
2012-2013 none
2014 James
2015 The Charlatans
2016 Feeder
2017 Razorlight
2018 Blossoms
2019 Shed Seven
  • 2011- Feeder were cancelled due to Manchester United not wanting a stage to be erected on the wet pitch

RecordsEdit

Club RecordsEdit

  • Biggest win:
  Bradford 37-6   Wigan (at Old Trafford, 2001)
  • Highest all-time attendance:
73,512   Leeds v   Wigan (at Old Trafford, 2015)

Player RecordsEdit

  • Most Grand Final appearances:
  • 11:
Jamie Peacock (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015)
  • Most Grand Final appearances as captain:
  • 8:
Kevin Sinfield (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015)
  • Youngest finalist:
  • Youngest winner:
  • Oldest finalist (and winner):

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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