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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 five lowest teams are then eliminated from the competition, with the team finishing 12th, automatically relegated to the Championship,[1] to 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 attendance8,500
Attendance1,122,019; as of 12 July 2019 (Round 22)
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
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)
Seasons
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Contents

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.

 
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 will choose the three best players from each weekly round game. 6 points are split between 3 players, with 1st place getting 3 points, 2nd getting 2 points, and 3rd getting 1 point. The leaderboard will be public until week 22 in mid-July when it will be hidden until the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Awards Ceremony in October.


Man of Steel FormatEdit

(The Format Is Now Hidden Until The Awards Ceremony in October)

Rank Player Club Points
1=   Jackson Hastings   Salford Red Devils 25
  Blake Austin   Warrington Wolves
3   Liam Watts   Castleford Tigers 20
4=   Lachlan Coote   St Helens 18
  David Fifita   Wakefield Trinity
6   Daryl Clark   Warrington Wolves 17
7   Jonny Lomax   St Helens 16
8=   Sam Tomkins   Catalans Dragons 15
  Stefan Ratchford   Warrington Wolves
  George Williams   Wigan Warriors
  • As of round 22 – (12 July 2019)

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 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 5 (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]


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

Regular seasonEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   St. Helens (T) 22 20 0 2 738 313 +425 40 League Leaders' Shield & advances to play-offs 2nd semi-final
2   Warrington Wolves 22 15 0 7 630 362 +268 30 Advances to play-offs qualifying final
3   Hull F.C. 22 13 0 9 527 581 −54 26
4   Catalans Dragons 22 12 0 10 461 534 −73 24 Advances to play-offs elimination final
5   Wigan Warriors 22 11 0 11 486 449 +37 22
6   Castleford Tigers 22 11 0 11 497 465 +32 22
7   Salford Red Devils 22 10 0 12 550 487 +63 20
8   Wakefield Trinity 22 9 0 13 481 558 −77 18
9   Huddersfield Giants 22 8 0 14 489 582 −93 16
10   Leeds Rhinos 22 8 0 14 440 540 −100 16
11   Hull KR 22 8 0 14 425 607 −182 16
12   London Broncos 22 7 0 15 382 622 −240 14 Relegated to Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 12 July 2019. Source: [1]
(T) Qualified, but not yet to the particular phase indicated.


PlayoffsEdit

Top FiveEdit

The current play-off system, used from 2019 onwards, was also previously used between 1998 and 2001. The same system was used in the NSWRL's Sydney Competition 1973–1994, the Australian Super League in its only season 1997, the VFL, 1972–1990 and New Zealand's Lion Red Cup, 1994–1996, and Bartercard Cup, 2000–2006.

From week two on the Top five play-offs system reflected exactly the Page playoff system.

The Top Five Super League Play-Off Structure:

Week One

Elimination and Qualifying FinalsEdit

Match Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
EF 4th Place 5th Place
QF 2nd Place 3rd Place
Source:

Winner of EF Progress To SF1


Losers Of EF Are Eliminated


Winner of QF Progress To SF2


Losers Of QF progress to SF1


Week Two

Semi-FinalsEdit

Match Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
SF1 1st Place Winner EF
SF2 Loser QF Winner EF
Source:

Winner of SF1 Progress To GF

Loser of SF1 Progress to PF

Week Three

Preliminary FinalEdit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Loser SF1 Winner SF2
Source:

Winner of PF Progress To GF

Loser Eliminated


Week Four

Grand FinalEdit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Attendance
Winner SF1 Winner PF
Source:
  • Grand Final: Winners of Semi Final 1 vs Winners of Preliminary Final

Player statisticsEdit

Statistics correct, as of 12 July 2019 (Round 22;)

DisciplineEdit

  • Pauli Pauli has been sin binned once for Salford, and twice for Wakefield

Statistics correct as of 12th July 2019 (Round 22)

AttendancesEdit

* As of 12 July 2019 – Round 22

ReferencesEdit

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  10. ^ "Super League: Sneyd kicks golden point drop goal, to seal Hull a second golden point Extra time win". BBC Sport. 12 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Super League: Mata'utia golden point drop goal, seals Tigers victory". BBC Sport. 7 June 2019.
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