1978–79 Northern Rugby Football League season
|1978–79 Northern Rugby Football League season|
|League||Northern Rugby Football League|
|Champions||Hull Kingston Rovers|
|Man of Steel||Doug Laughton|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Sammy Lloyd (373)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Steve Hartley (35)|
|Promotion and relegation|
|Promoted from Second Division|| Hull
|Relegated to Second Division|| Barrow
The 1978–79 Northern Rugby Football League season was the 84th season of rugby league football. Sixteen English clubs competed for the Northern Rugby Football League's first division championship, with Hull Kingston Rovers claiming the title by finishing on top of the League.
The 1978 Kangaroo tour took place during the first half of the season and involved matches between a number of clubs.
Hull Kingston Rovers won their third Championship this season.
The Challenge Cup Winners were Widnes who beat Wakefield Trinity 12-3 in the final.
Geoff 'Sammy' Lloyd of Hull F.C. equalled the club match record for scoring goals when he was successful 14 times in the match against Oldham on 10 September 1978. They were part of a club record 170 goals in a season, and a club record 369 points in a season.
This was Widnes' fifth cup final win in seven Final appearances. To date, this was Wakefield Trinity’s last appearance in a Challenge Cup Final.
The following are the top points scorers in the 1978–79 season.
Most goals (including drop goals)
The months of September, October and November also saw the appearance of the Australian team in England on their 1978 Kangaroo Tour. Other than the three test Ashes series against Great Britain (won 2–1 by Australia), The Kangaroos played and won matches against 12 club and county representative sides as well as playing Wales in a non-test international.
The 1978 Kangaroos were coached by dual Manly-Warringah NSWRFL premiership coach Frank Stanton who had previously toured as a player in 1963–64. The team was captained by brilliant centre / stand-off Bob Fulton making his second tour after being a part of the 1973 squad.
The 11–10 loss to Widnes at Naughton Park on 25 October remains (as of 2017) the last time that the Kangaroos have lost to an English club or county team.
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