Super League X

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Super League X
League Super League
Duration 28 Rounds
Number of teams 12
Highest attendance 25,004
Wigan Warriors vs St Helens (25 March)
Lowest attendance 2,682
Salford City Reds vs Huddersfield Giants (2 July)
Aggregate attendance 1,492,464 Increase
(average 8,884)
Broadcast partners United Kingdom Sky Sports
2005 Season
Champions Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
League Leaders Saintscolours.svg St Helens
Man of Steel Saintscolours.svg Jamie Lyon
Top point-scorer(s) Bullscolours.svg Paul Deacon (322)
Top try-scorer(s) Rhinoscolours.svg Mark Calderwood (27)
New franchise
Awarded to Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from National League 1 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
Relegated to National League 1 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
< 2004 Seasons 2006 >

engage Super League X is the official name of 2005's Super League season. It was the 10th season of Super League and saw twelve teams from across England compete for the premiership. The season kicked off in early February, culminating in a six team play-off series

The Grand Final, held at Old Trafford on 15 October, saw Bradford Bulls crowned Champions. The Grand Final was the final match of a which itself was the climax of a league season that kicked off in early February.

Season summary[edit]

Either one or two teams were to be relegated from the league at the end of the season in order to make way for new entrants. The bottom team were certain to be relegated, in order to allow in French club Catalans Dragons. The second bottom team would only be relegated if the winner of National League One met the criteria for Super League entry. On the 3 October the Rugby Football League announced that both finalist in this competition, Castleford Tigers and Whitehaven were eligible for promotion, hence two teams were relegated.

The season was a commercial success, with a rise in average crowd size for the regular rounds of 8,887, continuing the trend of rises every year since 2001 [1]. It is worth noting that this is the first time in the history of Super League the Grand Final has not included the league leader at the end of the regular season: St Helens were knocked out by Bradford Bulls in the semi-final.

Table[edit]

Super League X
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 28 23 1 4 1028 537 +491 47
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 28 22 0 6 1150 505 +645 44
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 28 18 1 9 1038 684 +354 37
4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 28 18 0 10 792 702 +90 36
5 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 28 15 2 11 756 670 +86 32
6 London Broncos 28 13 2 13 800 718 +82 28
7 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 28 14 0 14 698 718 −20 28
8 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 28 12 0 16 742 791 −49 24
9 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 28 11 0 17 549 732 −183 22
10 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 28 10 0 18 716 997 −281 20
11 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 28 6 1 21 598 1048 −450 13
12 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 28 2 1 25 445 1210 −765 5
  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.


Play-off series[edit]

Home team first

Elimination Play-offs[edit]

  • 23 September: Bradford Bulls 44-22 London Broncos
  • 24 September: Warrington Wolves 6-40 Hull FC

Semi-finals[edit]

  • 1 October (Elimination SF): Bradford Bulls 71-0 Hull FC
  • 30 September (Qualification SF): St Helens 16-19 Leeds Rhinos

Final Eliminator[edit]

  • 7 October: St Helens 18-23 Bradford Bulls

Grand final[edit]

  • 15 October: Leeds Rhinos 6-15 Bradford Bulls

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