Super League Grand Final

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Super League Grand Final
2015 super league grand final logo.jpg
Locale Old Trafford, Manchester
Teams 2
First meeting 1998
Latest meeting 2016
Next meeting 2017
Broadcasters Sky Sports
BBC
Stadiums Old Trafford
Statistics
Meetings total 19
Most wins Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos (7 titles)
Largest victory Bullscolours.svg Bradford 37-6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan

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 receive the Super League Trophy and go on to play the NRL champions in the World Club Challenge.

The Harry Sunderland Trophy is awarded to the man of the match in the Grand Final.

Wigan are the current champions, beating Warrington 12-6.

History[edit]

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. The venue of every Super League Grand Final to date has been Old Trafford, Manchester.[3]

Venue[edit]

Leeds celebrating their 2008 Grand Final victory

The Grand Final is held at Old Trafford, Manchester, the largest capacity stadium in the North of England.

City Stadium Years
England Manchester Old Trafford 1998–present

Attendances

Year City Stadium Attendance
2015 England Manchester Old Trafford 73,512

Qualification for World Club Challenge[edit]

The winners of the Grand Final qualify to play the winners of the National Rugby League in the World Club Challenge. The Grand Final Runner up can play in the World Club Series if a team were to win the double.

Trophy[edit]

2012SuperLeagueTrophy.jpg

The winners of the Super League collect the Grand Final rings and the teams 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 seven titles. Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield currently holds the record for captaining the most Super League title winning sides after captaining Leeds to all 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[edit]

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.

Results[edit]

The Super League Grand Final has been the championship-deciding game since Super League III in 1998:[4] These final were 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 72,582
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

Winners[edit]

Club Wins Last win Runners-up Last final lost
1 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 7 2015 2 2005
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 5 2014 5 2011
3 Wigancolours.svg Wigan 4 2016 5 2015
4 Bullscolours.svg Bradford 3 2005 3 2004
5 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington 0 - 3 2016
6 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 0 - 1 2006

The Double[edit]

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 a total ten different clubs but by only four different clubs 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[edit]

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

All Four Cups[edit]

Main article: All Four Cups

Winning all Four Cups refers to winning the Super League, League Leaders Shield, Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge in one season. Not all of these cups were available in the past but have replaced over cups that could be won.

Club Wins Winning years
1
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet
1 1907–08
2
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield
1 1914–15
3
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
1 1927–28
4
Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1 1994–95
5
Bullscolours.svg Bradford
1 2003–04
6
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1 2006–07

Pre match Headliners[edit]

Year Act
1998-2003 -
2004 Heather Small
2005 Madness
2006 Deacon Blue
2007 -
2008 Scouting for Girls
2009 The Wombats
2010 Diana Vickers
2011 Feeder*
2012-2013 -
2014 James
2015 The Charlatans
2016 Feeder
  • Feeder were cancelled in 2011 due to the pitch being wet and a stage could not be constructed.

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