Super League VIII

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Super League VIII
Super League VIII
League Super League
Duration 28 Rounds
Number of teams 12
Highest attendance 21,784
Bradford Bulls vs Leeds Rhinos (23 May)
Lowest attendance 1,276
Halifax vs London Broncos (22 Aug)
Aggregate attendance 1,336,374 Increase
(average 7,955)
Broadcast partners United Kingdom Sky Sports
2003 Season
Champions Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
League Leaders Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
Man of Steel Bullscolours.svg Jamie Peacock
Top point-scorer(s) Bullscolours.svg Paul Deacon (286)
Top try-scorer(s) Quinscolours.svg Dennis Moran (24)
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from National League 1 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds
Relegated to National League 1 Faxcolours.svg Halifax
< 2002 Seasons 2004 >

Tetley's Super League VIII was the official name for the year 2003's Super League championship season, the 110th season of top-level professional rugby league held in Britain, and the eighth championship run by Super League.

The season culminated in a replay of the 2001 Grand Final between Bradford Bulls and Wigan Warriors, and again Bradford won, claiming the 2003 premiership, their second in three years.

Rule changes[edit]

  • The knock-on rule was modified so that if in the referee's judgement a player did not play at the ball, a knock-on would not be given.[1]
  • Super League coaches voted 12-0 for new interchange and substitution rules for the 2003 season.[2] The number of interchanges, which now included blood bins, increased from 6 to 12 using a pool of 4 substitutes.[1][2] This change aimed to retain the element of wearing down a team's opponents during the game - which was considered part of the character of the sport.[2] Stuart Cummings, the Rugby Football League's technical controller said the changes "bring us into line with the international rules" and ruled out future increases as well as declaring, "We will never see the unlimited interchange introduced into rugby league in Britain," a change that had caused controversy in Australia during its experiment there.[2]

Table[edit]

Super League VIII
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 28 22 0 6 878 529 +349 44
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 28 19 3 6 751 555 +196 41
3 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 28 19 2 7 776 512 +264 40
4 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 28 16 1 11 845 535 +310 31a[›]
5 London Broncos 28 14 2 12 643 696 −53 30
6 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 28 14 1 13 748 619 +129 29
7 Hullcolours.svg Hull 28 13 3 12 701 577 +124 27b[›]
8 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 28 12 1 15 612 633 −21 25
9 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 28 12 1 15 640 727 −87 25
10 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 28 11 1 16 628 715 −87 23
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 28 7 1 20 505 774 −269 15
12 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 28 1 0 27 372 1227 −875 0c[›]
  Teams qualifying for the Play-offs
  Relegated

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.

Notes

^ a: St Helens deducted two points for salary cap breaches
^ b: Hull F.C. deducted two points for salary cap breaches
^ c: Halifax deducted two points for salary cap breaches


Play-offs[edit]

  Elimination play-offs   Qualifying / Elimination semi-finals   Elimination final   Grand Final
                                 
  QSF:  
1  Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 30  
2  Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 14         GF:
       Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 25
  EPO1:     EF:      Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 12
  3  Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 25        Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 22  
  6  Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 12   ESF:      Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 23
     Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 40  
EPO2:      Saintscolours.svg St Helens 24
  4  Saintscolours.svg St Helens 24  
  5  Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 6
   
Key:         Losing team progressing     Winning team progressing


Source: rugbyleagueproject.org[3]


Grand Final[edit]

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

This season was the final year of Sky Sports' contract with the Rugby Football League allowing them to broadcast matches exclusively live, the deal ended in November 2003.[4]

Records[edit]

On 2 March, Matt Crowther of Hull F.C. equalled the club record for goals in a match when he was successful 14 times against Sheffield Eagles.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BBC Sport (2003-02-20). "Sculthorpe questions rule changes". BBC. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d Ray French (2002-05-16). "All change, please". BBC. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  3. ^ Super League VIII 2003, rugbyleagueproject.org. Accessed 10 September 2013.
  4. ^ Telegraph (2004-02-03). "More money for League from TV deal". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Hull F.C. History". Retrieved 2009-10-23. 

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