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Super League Grand Final

Super League Grand Final
Betfred 2017 Super League Grand Final 014.jpg
LocaleEngland Manchester
Teams2
First meeting1998
Latest meeting2020
Next meeting2021
BroadcastersSky Sports
BBC
StadiumsOld Trafford
Statistics
Meetings total23
Most winsRhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (8 titles)
Most player appearancesEngland Jamie Peacock (11 appearances)

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] 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. The match is normally played at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Only 4 clubs have won the Grand Final, as of 2020 - Leeds Rhinos (8) St Helens (7), Wigan Warriors (5), and Bradford Bulls (3). St Helens are the current champions, after winning the 2020 Grand Final.

History

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.

Venue

Leeds celebrating their 2008 Grand Final victory at Old Trafford

The Grand Final has been held at Old Trafford in Manchester every year since 1998, except in 2020, when it was held at the KCOM Stadium in Hull.

City Stadium Years
England Manchester Old Trafford 1998-2019
England Hull KCOM Stadium 2020
England Manchester Old Trafford 2021-Present

Trophy

2012SuperLeagueTrophy.jpg

The winners of the Super League collect the Grand Final rings and the team's 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.

Awards

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.

Finals

The Super League Grand Final has been the championship-deciding game since Super League III in 1998:[3] This final is held at Old Trafford.

Year Winners Score Runner-up Attendance
1998 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 10–4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 43,533
1999 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 8–6 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Increase 50,717
2000 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 29–16 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Increase 58,132
2001 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 37–6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Increase 60,164
2002 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 19–18 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Increase 61,138
2003 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 25–12 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Increase 65,537
2004 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 16–8 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Increase 65,547
2005 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 15–6 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Increase 65,728
2006 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 26–4 Hullcolours.svg Hull Increase 72,575
2007 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 33–6 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Decrease 71,352
2008 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 24–16 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Decrease 68,810
2009 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 18–10 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Decrease 63,259
2010 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 22–10 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Increase 71,526
2011 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 32–16 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Decrease 69,107
2012 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 26–18 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Increase 70,676
2013 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 30–16 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Decrease 66,281
2014 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 14–6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Increase 70,102
2015 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 22–20 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Increase 73,512
2016 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 12–6 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Decrease 70,202
2017 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 24–6 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Increase 72,827
2018 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 12–4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Decrease 64,892
2019 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 23–6 Redscolours.svg Salford Decrease 64,102
2020 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 8–4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan N/A

Results

Grand Final winners and runners up
Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 8 2 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 1998, 2005
Saintscolours.svg St Helens 7 5 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2019, 2020 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 5 6 1998, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018 2000, 2001, 2003, 2014, 2015, 2020
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 3 3 2001, 2003, 2005 1999, 2002, 2004
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 0 4 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 0 1 2006
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 0 1 2017
Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 0 1 2019

The Double

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 ten clubs, four of them during the Super League era.

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

The Treble

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 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 3 1991-92, 1992-93, 1994-95
2 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 2 1912-13, 1914-15
3 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 2 1965-66, 2006
4 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet 1 1907-08
5 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton 1 1927-28
6 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 1 2003
7 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1 2015

The Quadruple

The Quadruple refers to winning the Super League, League Leaders' Shield, Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge in one season.

Club Wins Winning years
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 1 1994-95
2 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 1 2003-04
3 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 1 2006-07

Pre match Headliners

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

Records

Match Records

  • Largest margin of victory:
31 Points - Bullscolours.svg Bradford 37-6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (2001)
  • Smallest margin of victory:
1 Point - Saintscolours.svg St Helens 19-18 Bullscolours.svg Bradford (2002)
  • Highest scoring:
48 Points - Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 32-16 Saintscolours.svg St Helens (2011)
  • Lowest scoring:
12 Points - Saintscolours.svg St Helens 8-4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan (2020)
  • Highest attendance:
73,512 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds v Wigancolours.svg Wigan (at Old Trafford, 2015)

Club Records

  • Most Grand Final victories:
8 - Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017)
  • Most consecutive Grand Final victories:
3 - Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Most Grand Final appearances:
12- Saintscolours.svg St Helens (1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2019, 2020)
  • Most Grand Final defeats:
6 - Wigancolours.svg Wigan (2000, 2001, 2003, 2014, 2015, 2020)
  • Most Grand Final defeats (without victory):
4 - Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves (2012, 2013, 2016, 2018)

Player Records

  • Most Grand Final appearances:
  • 11:
Jamie Peacock (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015)
  • Most Grand Final victories:
  • 9:
Jamie Peacock (2001, 2003, 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:
  • Oldest winner:

See also

References

External links


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