Super League XII

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Super League XII
League Super League
Duration 27 Rounds
Teams 12
Highest attendance 32,384
Magic Weekend Day 1 (5 May)
Lowest attendance 2,347
Harlequins RL vs Salford City Reds (8 Sept)
Attendance 1,537,326 Increase
(average 9,855)
Broadcast partners United Kingdom Sky Sports
2007 Season
Champions Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2nd Super League title
5th English title
League Leaders Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
Man of Steel Saintscolours.svg James Roby
Top point-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Pat Richards (248)
Top try-scorer(s) Wolvescolours.svg Henry Fa'afili (21)
Promotion and relegation
Promoted from National League 1 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
Relegated to National League 1 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds
Seasons

Engage Super League XII is the official name for the year 2007's Super League season in the sport of rugby league.

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.

Teams[edit]

Super League XII
Team Stadium City/Area
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Grattan Stadium, Odsal Bradford
Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Stade Gilbert Brutus Perpignan, France
Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL Twickenham Stoop Twickenham, London
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Galpharm Stadium Huddersfield
Hullcolours.svg Hull KC Stadium Kingston upon Hull
HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers New Craven Park Kingston upon Hull
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Headingley Carnegie Stadium Leeds
Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds (Relegated) The Willows Salford
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens (Reigning Champions) Knowsley Road St. Helens
Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Atlantic Solutions Stadium Wakefield
Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Halliwell Jones Stadium Warrington
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors JJB Stadium Wigan

Notable Moments[edit]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 27 19 0 8 783 422 +361 38
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 27 18 1 8 747 487 +260 37
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 27 17 1 9 778 560 +218 33a[›]
4 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 27 14 2 11 573 553 +20 30
5 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 27 13 1 13 638 543 +95 27
6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 27 15 1 11 621 527 +94 27b[›]
7 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 27 13 0 14 693 736 −43 26
8 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 27 11 1 15 596 714 −118 23
9 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 27 10 3 14 495 636 −141 23
10 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 27 10 1 16 570 685 −115 21
11 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 27 10 0 17 491 723 −232 20
12 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 27 6 1 20 475 874 −399 13
  Teams qualifying for the Play-offs
  Relegated

Source: superleague.co.uk.
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.

Notes

^ a: Bradford deducted two points for breaching 2006 salary cap rules[2]
^ b: Wigan deducted four points for breaching 2006 salary cap rules[3]


Play-offs[edit]

Week One[edit]

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

Week Two[edit]

Qualification Match: Knowsley Road, 28 September

Elimination Semi-Final: KC Stadium, 29 September

Week Three[edit]

Final Eliminator: Headingley Carnegie Stadium, 5 October

Grand Final[edit]

At Old Trafford, 13 October

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

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.[4]

2007 Dream Team[edit]

Number Nationality Player Position 2007 Club
1 Australia Clint Greenshields Full back Catalans Dragons
2 England Kevin Penny Winger Warrington
3 Australia Adam Mogg Centre Catalans Dragons
4 Australia Jason Demetriou Centre Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
5 Australia Scott Donald Winger Leeds Rhinos
6 Australia Trent Barrett Stand off Wigan Warriors
7 England Rob Burrow Scrum half Leeds Rhinos
8 England Nick Fozzard Prop St. Helens
9 England James Roby Hooker St. Helens
10 England Jamie Peacock Prop Leeds Rhinos
11 England Gareth Ellis Second row Leeds Rhinos
12 Australia Glenn Morrison Second row Bradford Bulls
13 England Stephen Wild Loose forward Huddersfield Giants

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BBC Sport (2007-06-21). "New salary cap for Super League". BBC. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  2. ^ Dave Hadfield (2007-07-13). "Bradford docked two points over salary cap breach". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  3. ^ BBC Sport (2007-07-25). "Wigan lose points over salary cap". BBC. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  4. ^ Sky Sports (2007-11-26). "Super League deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 

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