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The 2019 Super League season, known as the Betfred Super League XXIV for sponsorship reasons, is the 24th season of Super League and 125th season of rugby league in Great Britain. Twelve teams compete over 29 rounds, including the Magic Weekend, which took place at Anfield. After the regular rounds, the top five highest teams enter the Super League play-offs, for a place in the Super League Grand Final. The remaining seven teams will be eliminated after the main league stage. London Broncos were immediately relegated to the Championship after only being promoted last year, but a bad season saw them win just 10 games out of 29.[1] They will be replaced by the winner of the Championship play-offs.[2]

Super League XXIV
LeagueSuper League
Duration29 rounds
Teams12
Highest attendance31,555
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Vs Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors (18 May 2019)
Lowest attendance1,133
Broncoscolours.png London Broncos vs Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils (27 April 2019)
Average attendance8,441
Attendance1,468,823; as of 20 September 2019 (play offs game 2)
Broadcast partnersUnited Kingdom Sky Sports
United Kingdom BBC Sport
United Kingdom SLTV
Australia Fox League
France beIN Sports
United States Fox Soccer Plus
Europe Sport Klub
2019 season
League Leaders ShieldSaintscolours.svg St Helens
Biggest home winSaintscolours.svg St Helens 62–16 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC (22 April 2019)
Biggest away winHullcolours.svg Hull FC 12–63 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (29 March 2019)
Top point-scorer(s)Scotland Lachlan Coote (247)
Top try-scorer(s)England Tommy Makinson (23)
Promotion and relegation
Relegated to ChampionshipBroncoscolours.png London Broncos
Seasons
2020 →

FormatEdit

Following a vote of RFL clubs in 2018, Super League has implemented a number of changes to the format for Super League XXIV. The Qualifiers were scrapped and the play-offs for the Super League Grand Final changed from a top four to top five play-offs system for the first time for 18 years as it was last used in 2001.[3][4] For relegation, the Rugby League Super 8s were also scrapped so that the team that finishes bottom of the Super League will be relegated and replaced by the winner of the Championship Grand Final.[5] The Magic Weekend was held on 25 and 26 May at Anfield in Liverpool. Each team will play each other home and away, with an extra game at the Magic Weekend, before a series of 6 "loop" fixtures are played to finish the regular season.

The Super League game between Catalans Dragons and Wigan Warriors, saw a new record crowd of 31,555 fans, and it was the first game to be played at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium on 18 May 2019.

Catalan went on to win the match, 33–16, thus ending a 10 game losing streak against Wigan, and their first win over Wigan since 2015.

For the first time in Super League history, the Derby between St Helens and Wigan was not televised, as Sky Sports opted to televise the relegation battle between Leeds and Hull KR.

St Helens won the League Leaders Shield for the second season running on August 3rd when Warrington Wolves were beaten 30-10 by Catalans Dragons, thus ensuring that 2nd placed Warrington, 12 points behind with 5 games left, could no longer catch the Saints.

 
Super League XXIV play-off structure

Man of Steel AwardsEdit

The format for choosing the winner of the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award would also change Prior to this season. It was voted on by Super League players, but from this season onwards, it will adopt a similar system to the NRL equivalent the Daily M Medal. A 21 man panel of former players chose the three best players from each weekly round game. 6 points weree split between 3 players, with 1st place getting 3 points, 2nd getting 2 points, and 3rd getting 1 point. The leaderboard was public until week 22 in mid-July, when it was then hidden until the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Awards Ceremony in October.


Man of Steel ContendersEdit

(The 5 nominations for the man of steel awards are as follows)

Player Club
  Liam Watts   Castleford Tigers
  Jackson Hastings   Salford Red Devils
  Lachlan Coote   St Helens
  Blake Austin   Warrington Wolves
  George Williams   Wigan Warriors

Golden Point Extra TimeEdit

Golden-point extra-time, shot clocks and a reduced number of interchanges are among the law changes confirmed by Super League for the 2019 season.

On 19 November 2018, it was confirmed that Super League would be adopting golden point during regular season for the first time as of the start of the 2019 season, bringing it in line with the NRL which has been using the system since 2003.[6]

The 12 clubs announced the introduction of golden-point extra-time in November, with games level at full-time, to be decided in two additional five-minute periods. If it remains level after the extra 10 minutes, the match will end as a draw.[7]


Game 1 (Wigan v Hull FC)Edit

The first game to go to golden-point, was the round 3 game between Wigan and Hull F.C. on 24 February 2019. Hull won 23–22, after the scores were tied at 22-all after 80 minutes. [8]

Game 2 (Leeds v Castleford)Edit

The second game to go to golden-point, was the round 8 game between Leeds and Castleford, on 28 March 2019. Leeds won the match 21–20, after a 40m field goal from Brad Dwyer after the scores were tied at 20-all after 80 minutes.[9]

Game 3 (Catalans v Hull FC)Edit

The third game to go to golden-point, was the round 10 game between Catalans and Hull FC, on 12 April 2019. Hull won the match 31–30, thanks to a Marc Sneyd field goal, after the scores were tied at 30-all after 80 minutes. This is Hull's 2nd golden point victory so far this season, Sneyd has scored the decisive field goal in both.[10]

Game 4 (Castleford v Huddersfield)Edit

The fourth game to go to golden-point, was the round 17 game between Castleford and Huddersfield Giants on 7 June 2019. Castleford won the match 27–26, thanks to a Peter Matautia field goal, after the scores were tied at 26-all after 80 minutes.[11]

Game 5 (London v St Helens)Edit

The fifth game to go to golden-point, was the round 17 game between London Broncos and St Helens on 9 June 2019. London won the match 23–22, thanks to a Morgan Smith field goal, after the scores were tied at 22-all after 80 minutes.[12]

Game 6 (Hull KR v Castleford)Edit

The sixth game to go to golden-point, was the round 24 game between Hull KR and Castleford on 4 August 2019. Hull won the match 27-26, thanks to a Danny McGuire field goal, after the scores were tied at 26-all after 80 minutes.

This was the 3rd time that Castleford had forced extra time, winning just once

Game 7 (Salford v Hull KR)Edit

The seventh game to go to golden-point, was the round 29 game between Salford and Hull KR on 13 September 2019. Salford won 17–16, after the scores were tied at 16-all after 80 minutes.

TeamsEdit

Super League XXIV will feature twelve teams.[13] This is also the fourth year since promotion and relegation was reintroduced into the competition.[14] London Broncos were promoted from the Championship after defeating Toronto Wolfpack in the final Million Pound Game to compete in Super League for the first time since 2014.[15] They also received special dispensation from the RFL to play their home Super League matches at their Trailfinders Sports Ground, which they share with rugby union's Ealing Trailfinders, even though it is smaller than the RFL's minimum seating requirements.[16] London replaced Widnes Vikings who were relegated last season.[17]

Just prior to the start of the season Wigan Warriors were fined and deducted two competition points for breaching the salary cap in 2017; [18] however, on 6 March following an appeal, the points deduction was suspended, and Wigan were reinstated the 2 points, as long as the club do not breach the salary cap in the following 12 months.[19]



Team 2018 position Stadium Capacity Location
  Castleford Tigers
(2019 season)
3rd The Mend-A-Hose Jungle 11,750 Castleford, West Yorkshire
  Catalans Dragons
(2019 season)
7th Stade Gilbert Brutus 14,000 Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
  Huddersfield Giants
(2019 season)
6th John Smith's Stadium 24,544 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  Hull
(2019 season)
8th KCOM Stadium 25,404 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
  Hull Kingston Rovers
(2019 season)
10th Lightstream Stadium 12,225 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
  Leeds Rhinos
(2019 season)
9th Headingley Carnegie Stadium 22,250 Leeds, West Yorkshire
  London Broncos
(2019 season)
2nd in Championship (Promoted) Trailfinders Sports Ground 4,000 Ealing, London
  Salford Red Devils
(2019 season)
11th AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 Salford, Greater Manchester
  St. Helens
(2019 season)
1st (League leaders) Totally Wicked Stadium 18,000 St. Helens, Merseyside
  Wakefield Trinity
(2019 season)
5th Beaumont Legal Stadium 11,000 Wakefield, West Yorkshire
  Warrington Wolves
(2019 season)
4th (Runners Up) Halliwell Jones Stadium 15,500 Warrington, Cheshire
  Wigan Warriors
(2019 season)
2nd (Champions) DW Stadium 25,138 Wigan, Greater Manchester

ResultsEdit

Regular season standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   St. Helens 29 26 0 3 916 395 +521 52 League Leaders' Shield & advances to play-offs 2nd semi-final
2   Wigan Warriors 29 18 0 11 699 539 +160 36 Advances to play-offs qualifying final
3   Salford Red Devils 29 17 0 12 783 597 +186 34
4   Warrington Wolves 29 16 0 13 709 533 +176 32 Advances to play-offs elimination final
5   Castleford Tigers 29 15 0 14 646 558 +88 30
6   Hull F.C. 29 15 0 14 645 768 −123 30
7   Catalans Dragons 29 13 0 16 553 745 −192 26
8   Leeds Rhinos 29 12 0 17 650 644 +6 24
9   Wakefield Trinity 29 11 0 18 608 723 −115 22
10   Huddersfield Giants 29 11 0 18 571 776 −205 22
11   Hull KR 29 10 0 19 548 768 −220 20
12   London Broncos 29 10 0 19 505 787 −282 20 Relegated to Championship
Source: [1]

PlayoffsEdit

The play-off system in use for 2019 was also previously used between 1998 and 2001.

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary final Grand Final
                                 
  Semi-final 2: Totally Wicked Stadium
  1    St. Helens  
         Wigan Warriors         Grand Final: Old Trafford
               
  Qualifying Final: DW Stadium         Preliminary Final:      
  2    Wigan Warriors 18            
  3    Salford Red Devils 12     Semi-final 1: AJ Bell Stadium      
         Salford Red Devils  
  Elimination Final: Halliwell Jones Stadium        Castleford Tigers
  4    Warrington Wolves 12  
  5    Castleford Tigers 14
   
Key:           Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing


Week 1: Elimination and qualifying finalsEdit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Elimination final
  Warrington Wolves 12–14   Castleford Tigers 19 September 2019, 19:45 Halliwell Jones Stadium Chris Kendall 5,627
Qualifying final
  Wigan Warriors 18–12   Salford Red Devils 20 September 2019, 19:45 DW Stadium Robert Hicks
Progress to semi-final 2: Castleford Tigers, Salford Red Devils
Progress to semi-final 1: Wigan Wariors
Eliminated: Warrington Wolves
Source:

Week 2: Semi-finalsEdit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Semi-final 2
  Salford Red Devils   Castleford Tigers 26 September 2019, 19:45 AJ Bell Stadium
Semi-final 1
  St. Helens   Wigan Warriors 27 September 2019, 19:45 Totally Wicked Stadium
Progress to 2019 Super League Grand Final: Winner SF1
Eliminated: Loser of SF2
Source:

Week 3: Preliminary finalEdit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Loser SF2 Winner SF1 October 2019, 19:45
Progress to Grand Final: Winner PF
Eliminated: Loser PF
Source:

Week 4: Grand finalEdit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Winner SF2 Winner PF 12 October 2019, 18:00 Old Trafford, Manchester
Source:

Player statisticsEdit

Statistics correct, as of 20 September 2019 (Play off game 2)

DisciplineEdit

  1. ^ Pauli Pauli has been sin binned once for Salford, and twice for Wakefield

Statistics correct as of 20th September 2019 (Play offs game 2)

End of season awardsEdit

Awards are presented for outstanding contributions and efforts to players and clubs in the week leading up to the Super League Grand Final


  • Coach of the year:
  • Foundation of the year:
  • Hit Man:
  • Man of Steel:
  • Metre-maker:
  • Rhino "Top Gun":
  • Super League Club of The Year:
  • Top Try Scorer:
  • Young player of the year:



AttendancesEdit

* As of 13 September 2019 – Round 29

ReferencesEdit

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