Super League IV

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Super League IV
League Super League
Duration 30 Rounds
Number of teams 14
Highest attendance 24,020
Bradford Bulls vs Leeds Rhinos (3 Sept)
Lowest attendance 1,580
Gateshead Thunder vs Hull Sharks (19 May)
Broadcast partners United Kingdom Sky Sports
1999 Season
Champions Saintscolours.svg St Helens
League Leaders Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
Man of Steel Castleford colours.svg Adrian Vowles
Top point-scorer(s) Rhinoscolours.svg Iestyn Harris (325)
Top try-scorer(s) Wolvescolours.svg Toa Kohe-Love (25)
Left League
Merger with Hull
Merger with Huddersfield
Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder;
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles
< 1998 Seasons 2000 >

JJB Sports Super League IV was the official name for the year 1999's Super League championship season, the 105th season of top-level professional rugby league football in Britain, and the fourth championship run by Super League. The start of Super League IV saw the emergence of a North East based Rugby League Club, Gateshead Thunder as well as newly promoted Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to expand the league to fourteen teams.

Rule changes[edit]

  • The 40/20 rule was introduced to reward accurate kicking in general play.[1][2] The rule, which had been used in Australia since 1997, gave the head and feed at the resulting scrum to a team that kicked the ball from behind their 40 metre line so that it bounced in the field of play before going into touch behind their opponent's 20 metre line.[3][4]

Season summary[edit]

The season finished with a grand final between 1997 champions Bradford Bulls and the inaugural Super League champions St. Helens in which the Saints triumphed in a closely contested game.[5]

Super League IV Table[edit]

Regular Season Final Standings

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 30 25 1 4 897 445 +452 51
2 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 30 23 0 7 1034 561 +473 46
3 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 30 22 1 7 910 558 +352 45
4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 30 21 1 8 877 390 +487 43
5 Cascolours.png Castleford Tigers 30 19 3 8 712 451 +261 41
6 Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder 30 19 1 10 775 576 +199 39
7 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 30 15 1 14 700 717 -17 31
8 London Broncos 30 13 2 15 644 708 -64 28
9 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Blue Sox 30 11 0 19 573 792 -219 22
10 Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles 30 10 1 19 518 818 -300 21
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30 10 0 20 608 795 -187 20
12 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 30 6 1 23 526 916 -390 13
13 Hullcolours.svg Hull Sharks 30 5 0 25 422 921 -499 10
14 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 30 5 0 25 463 1011 -548 10
Play-offs

Play-offs[edit]

  Qualifying / Elimination play-offs Qualifying / Elimination semi-finals Final eliminator Grand Final
                                 
  QSF:
  1  Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 40  
       Saintscolours.svg St Helens 4         GF: 9 October 1999
               Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 6
  QPO:         FE:      Saintscolours.svg St Helens 8
  2  Saintscolours.svg St Helens 38          Saintscolours.svg St Helens 36  
  3  Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 14     ESF:      Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 6
       Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 16  
  EPO:      Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 23
  4  Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 10  
  5  Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 14
   
Key:         Losing team progressing     Winning team progressing


End of season mergers[edit]

Huddersfield managed to avoid relegation again despite finishing bottom due to the merger with Sheffield Eagles to form Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants. Also at the end of this season Gateshead Thunder and Hull Sharks were merged to form Hull F.C. with no attempt made to maintain any association with Gateshead, Gateshead Thunder would later reform in the National Leagues.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andy Wilson (2004-08-09). "Moran leaves Vikings with a sinking feeling". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ Dave Hadfield (1999-05-24). "Saints restore faith in game with emphasis on attack". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  3. ^ de la Riviere, Richard, ed. (2009). "Top ten: Rugby league rules". Rugby League World (340) (Brighouse, UK: League Publications, published August 2009). p. 61. ISSN 1466-0105. 
  4. ^ BBC Sport (2005-09-12). "The 40/20 kick". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  5. ^ "St. Helens 8-6 Bradford". Rugby League World. 1999-10-09. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 

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