Super League VII

Super League VII (styled Tetley's Super League VII due to sponsorship from Tetley's Brewery) was the year 2002's Super League championship season, the 108th season of top-level professional rugby league in Britain, and the seventh run by the Super League. Twelve clubs from across England competed during the season, culminating in the 2002 Super League Grand Final between St. Helens and Bradford Bulls, which St Helens won, claiming their third premiership in four seasons.

Super League VII
LeagueSuper League
Duration28 Rounds
Teams12
Highest attendance18,789
Wigan Warriors vs St. Helens (8 Sept)
Lowest attendance2,211
Salford City Reds vs London Broncos (19 May)
Broadcast partnersUnited Kingdom Sky Sports
2002 Season
ChampionsSaintscolours.svg St. Helens
4th Super League title
11th English title
League LeadersSaintscolours.svg St. Helens
Man of SteelSaintscolours.svg Paul Sculthorpe
Top point-scorer(s)Bullscolours.svg Paul Deacon (301)
Top try-scorer(s)Quinscolours.svg Dennis Moran (22)
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from National League OneGiantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
Relegated to National League OneRedscolours.svg Salford City Reds
Seasons

Lee Briers of Warrington Wolves scored a record-equalling 5 drop goals against Halifax Blue Sox in the Super League match on 25 May 2002.[1]

Operational rulesEdit

Salary cap limits were adjusted in an attempt to make Super League more competitive:[2]

  • The cap for money spent on players' salaries was set at £1.8 million per club from the 2002 season.[2] The previous limit had allowed the clubs to spend either £0.75 million per year or a higher amount as long as it was no more than 50% of the clubs "salary cap relevant income".[2]
  • The cap change allowed some clubs in Super League to spend more money on players than they had previously but forced a reduction in spending at others. Wigan Warriors were given 12 months' dispensation to spend up to £2.3 million due to existing contract commitments.[3]

TableEdit

Pos. Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qual.
1   St. Helens 28 23 0 5 927 522 +405 46 Play-off Semi Final
2   Bradford Bulls 28 23 0 5 910 519 +391 46
3   Wigan Warriors 28 19 1 8 817 475 +342 39 Play-off Elimination Final
4   Leeds Rhinos 28 17 0 11 865 700 +165 34
5   Hull 28 16 0 12 742 674 +68 32
6   Castleford Tigers 28 14 2 12 736 615 +121 30
7   Widnes Vikings 28 14 1 13 590 716 −126 29
8   London Broncos 28 13 1 14 661 635 +26 27
9   Halifax Blue Sox 28 8 0 20 558 856 −298 16
10   Warrington Wolves 28 7 0 21 483 878 −395 14
11   Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 28 5 2 21 566 899 −333 12
12   Salford City Reds 28 5 1 22 490 856 −366 11 Relegated to National League 1

Source: Rugby League Project.
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.

Play-offsEdit

Grand FinalEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "RFL All Time Records". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  2. ^ a b c Michael Fisher (2001-01-12). "Salary cap to be squeezed to £1.8m". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  3. ^ John Whalley and Rob Wildman (2001-07-29). "RFL move to keep players". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-05-06.

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