Super League VIII
|Super League VIII|
Bradford Bulls vs Leeds Rhinos (23 May)
Halifax vs London Broncos (22 Aug)
|Broadcast partners||Sky Sports|
|Champions|| Bradford Bulls|
3rd Super League title
5th English title
|League Leaders||Bradford Bulls|
|Man of Steel||Jamie Peacock|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Paul Deacon (286)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Dennis Moran (24)|
|Promotion and relegation|
|Promoted from National League 1||Salford City Reds|
|Relegated to National League 1||Halifax|
Tetley's Super League VIII was the official name for the year 2003's Super League championship season, the 109th season of top-level professional rugby league held in Britain, and the eighth championship run by Super League.
- 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.
- Super League coaches voted 12-0 for new interchange and substitution rules for the 2003 season. The number of interchanges, which now included blood bins, increased from 6 to 12 using a pool of 4 substitutes. 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. 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.
|11||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||28||7||1||20||505||774||−269||15|
|Teams qualifying for the Play-offs|
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.
|Elimination play-offs||Qualifying / Elimination semi-finals||Elimination final||Grand Final|
|3||Wigan Warriors||25||Leeds Rhinos||22|
|6||Warrington Wolves||12||ESF:||Wigan Warriors||23|
Source: Rugby League Project
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.
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.
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