Super League XII
|Super League XII|
Magic Weekend Day 1 (5 May)
Harlequins RL vs Salford City Reds (8 Sept)
|Broadcast partners||Sky Sports|
|Champions|| Leeds Rhinos
2nd Super League title
5th English title
|League Leaders||St. Helens|
|Man of Steel||James Roby|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Pat Richards (248)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Henry Fa'afili (21)|
|Promotion and relegation|
|Promoted from National League 1||Castleford Tigers|
|Relegated to National League 1||Salford City Reds|
The 2007 season kicked off on the weekend of 2 February 2007 at the Galpharm Stadium. For the first time, the league had a staggered start due to the World Club Challenge between St. Helens and Brisbane Broncos. The first round of matches began on the weekend of 9 to 11 February 2007.
St. Helens were defending Super League champions and Challenge Cup holders. Hull Kingston Rovers played in the Super League for the first time ever after being promoted from National League 1 in 2006. This season also included the first Millennium Magic weekend, which took place on the weekend of 5 and 6 May 2007 in Cardiff.
Super League XII featured 12 teams and had 27 rounds including the Millennium Magic round. St Helens, Leeds, Bradford, Hull FC, Huddersfield and Wigan qualified for the end of season play-offs and Salford City Reds were relegated to National League 1.
The first weekend of the play-offs saw both Bradford and Huddersfield defeated narrowly by both Wigan and Hull respectively. The second weekend of the play-offs saw St Helens defeat Leeds and get an instant passageway into the grand final whilst Wigan overcame Hull at the KC Stadium to set up a semi final encounter with Leeds. The semi final saw Leeds easily dispose of a tired Wigan side that had come from sixth and saw Leeds enter the grand final against St Helens in which they won convincingly to lift the Super League trophy for 2007.
- 4 February – Super League XI champions St. Helens open the new season with an 18–10 win at Huddersfield Giants
- 9 February – The first big shock of the season as Harlequins RL win 14–6 against St. Helens at Knowsley Road
- 10 February – Promoted Hull Kingston Rovers win their first Super League match at Craven Park, 14–9 against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
- 18 February – St. Helens' stuttering start continues, losing 29–22 at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
- 2 March – Hull Kingston Rovers continue their fantastic start with a 26–16 win at Wigan Warriors.
- 3 March – Salford City Reds earn the first shut-out of the season, beating Catalans Dragons 10–0 at The Willows.
- 5 May – The Millennium Magic weekend begins in Cardiff. Paul Cooke plays his first game for Hull Kingston Rovers against his previous club, local rivals Hull F.C. Rovers win 14–10. Meanwhile, St. Helens beat local rivals Wigan Warriors 34–18 and Catalans Dragons lose 28 – 32 to Harlequins RL.
- 6 May – Millennium Magic concludes in Cardiff. Huddersfield Giants continue their fine run of form with a 36–12 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Warrington Wolves thrash Salford City Reds 50–18. In a dramatic final match, Leeds Rhinos beat Bradford Bulls in the West Yorkshire derby 42–38. The game sees 13 tries, including a Brent Webb hat-trick, but Leeds win in controversial circumstances. Trailing 38–36, they are awarded a disputed penalty by referee Steve Ganson. Kevin Sinfield kicks from long range for a draw but hits the cross-bar. Jordan Tansey, however, runs on to the loose ball and scores a try to win the game. However, video replays show Tansey is offside at the kick. In the aftermath, video ref Ashley Klein admits it was he who advised Ganson to award the initial penalty. A 58,831 aggregate crowd saw the event at the Millennium Stadium. Super League clubs agreed to repeat the event during the following season with Nigel Wood, the RFL's chief operating officer, saying: "The clubs and fans thoroughly enjoyed the day and our aim is to make next year's event even bigger and better."
- 3 June – Hull Kingston Rovers' Makali Aizue is given the first red card of the season at Belle Vue Stadium. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats overturn a 9–2 half-time deficit to win 30–15 win with the extra man.
- 15 June – The first ever Super League match without a try sees Salford City Reds beat Harlequins RL 5–2 at The Willows. It is also the lowest scoring match in Super League history.
- 17 June – Kiwi wing Lesley Vainikolo plays his last match for Bradford Bulls at Osdal. Hooker Terry Newton steals the headlines with four tries in a 34–8 win over Hull, but Vainikolo says goodbye by taking the conversion after Paul Deacon's try at the end of the match. It is the first time he has ever attempted a kick at goal in his life but nevertheless he gets the two points.
- 29 June – Lesley Vainikolo scores his final try for Bradford Bulls in a 38–14 derby win at Leeds Rhinos.
- 1 July – Severe flooding causes the match between Hull F.C. and Salford City Reds at the KC Stadium to be postponed. Meanwhile, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats earn a striking 32–6 win against Wigan Warriors to aid their push for a playoff place.
- 6 July – The relegation struggle looks like being a straight fight between Salford City Reds and Hull Kingston Rovers. Salford City Reds lose 35–18 at home to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
- 8 July – Hull Kingston Rovers are still in trouble as they lose the Humberside derby at home to Hull F.C. 20–30.
- 20 July – Wakefield Trinity Wildcats earn a shock 23–16 win at Headingley Stadium against Leeds Rhinos to boost their bid for the playoffs.
- 21 July – Salford City Reds shock Bradford Bulls 14–10 at The Willows to aid their struggle against relegation.
- 3 August – The big relegation four-pointer ends Salford City Reds 24–30 Hull Kingston Rovers. Salford are now three points adrift of Rovers at the bottom with just five matches left.
- 4 August – Following their four-point penalty for breaching the salary cap, Wigan Warriors lose 43–24 at Warrington Wolves; there is now a strong chance Wigan will not reach the playoffs for the third season in a row. Huddersfield Giants beat Catalans Dragons 42–22 at the Galpharm Stadium to boost their chances, with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Harlequins RL losing to Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos respectively.
- 11 August – A boost for Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls as St. Helens suffer a surprise loss, 21–0, at Catalans Dragons in a dress rehearsal for the Challenge Cup final on 25 August.
- 12 August – In two crucial matches in the chase for playoff places, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats beat Harlequins 28–14 at Belle Vue while Hull F.C. thrash Warrington Wolves 46–14. Huddersfield Giants drop out of the top six.
- 2 September – Salford City Reds are assured of relegation when Hull Kingston Rovers thrash crosstown rivals Hull F.C. 42–6.
- 7 September – St. Helens Finished top of Super League for the third successive year running.
- 9 September – Huddersfield Giants secure their first ever play-off place with a 24–22 win over neighbours Wakefield
- 21 September – Wigan Warriors sensationally come from 30–6 down with 25 minutes to go to win 31–30 thanks to a hat-trick from winger Mark Calderwood and a drop goal from Pat Richards.
- 13 October – Leeds Rhinos win the super league grand final for the second time
|8||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||27||11||1||15||596||714||−118||23|
|11||Hull Kingston Rovers||27||10||0||17||491||723||−232||20|
|12||Salford City Reds||27||6||1||20||475||874||−399||13|
|Teams qualifying for the Play-offs|
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
Elimination Play-Off A: Grattan Stadium, 21 September
- Bradford Bulls 30–31 Wigan Warriors (Bradford eliminated, Wigan qualify for Week Two)
- Bradford had a 30–6 lead with 25 minutes left, but succumbed to a furious Wigan comeback.
Elimination Play-Off B: KC Stadium, 22 September
Qualification Match: Knowsley Road, 28 September
Elimination Semi-Final: KC Stadium, 29 September
Final Eliminator: Headingley Carnegie Stadium, 5 October
At Old Trafford, 13 October
In Super League XII for the first time all live matches were broadcast in High Definition with Dolby 5.1 sound on Sky Sports HD.
2007 Dream Team
|1||Clint Greenshields||Full back||Catalans Dragons|
|3||Adam Mogg||Centre||Catalans Dragons|
|4||Jason Demetriou||Centre||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats|
|5||Scott Donald||Winger||Leeds Rhinos|
|6||Trent Barrett||Stand off||Wigan Warriors|
|7||Rob Burrow||Scrum half||Leeds Rhinos|
|8||Nick Fozzard||Prop||St. Helens|
|9||James Roby||Hooker||St. Helens|
|10||Jamie Peacock||Prop||Leeds Rhinos|
|11||Gareth Ellis||Second row||Leeds Rhinos|
|12||Glenn Morrison||Second row||Bradford Bulls|
|13||Stephen Wild||Loose forward||Huddersfield Giants|
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