Super League XI


Super League XI

Infobox rugby football league season
title = Super League XI
league = Super League
sport = Rugby league



pixels = 200px
caption = The Engage Super League competition logo
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no_of_teams = 12
attendance = 1,516,342 increase
(average 9,026)
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season = 2006 Season
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season_champ_name = Champions
league_champs = leagueicon|St Helens|16 St Helens
league_champ_name = League Leaders
second_place =
MVP = leagueicon|St Helens|12 Paul Wellens
MVP_link = Man of Steel Award
top_scorer = leagueicon|St Helens|12 Jamie Lyon (316)
top_scorer_link =
top try scorer = leagueicon|Catalans Dragons|12 Justin Murphy (25)
top try scorer_link=
promote =
promoted_from =
relegate = leagueicon|Castleford Tigers|16 Castleford Tigers
relegate_to = Nat Lge 1
playoffs =
playoffs_link =
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conf1_link =
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conf1-runner-up =
conf2 =
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seasonslist =
seasonslistnames = Rugby league
prevseason_link = Super League X
prevseason_year = 2005
nextseason_link = Super League XII
nextseason_year = 2007

Engage Super League XI is the official name for the year 2006's Super League season in the sport of rugby league in Europe. Bradford Bulls were looking to retain the title they won in Super League X.

The competition kicked off the weekend after the World Club Challenge. This season saw the entry of the Catalan Dragons, who are the first French team to compete since the demise of Paris Saint Germain at the end of Super League II.

Castleford Tigers were relegated from Super League on Saturday 16 September after finishing the regular season in 11th place (Catalans Dragons were exempt from relegation and finished 12th, therefore 11th placed-team was relegated).

In the Grand Final St. Helens beat Hull FC by 26-4 at Old Trafford, Manchester in front of a crowd of 72,575 which is a record for a Super League Grand Final. At half time the score stood at 10-4 for St. Helens. The Saints raced ahead in the second half with several tries. This victory, in addition to their Challenge Cup win and League Leader's Shield, meant that they had completed the league treble.

The 2006 Super League generated the highest weekly average attendance in the 11-year history of the competition. The average weekly attendance for the regular season stood at 9,026, generated by an aggregate attendance of 1,516,342 supporters. This is an increase on the 2005 season average of 8,887. [http://www.rfl.uk.com/HOME/news_item.php?id=6354]

For more competitions, see Rugby league in 2006.

uper League XI Table

Final Table (September 17 2006)

* - Exempt from relegation

† - Teams deducted 2 points for breaching the salary cap. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_league/super_league/5252930.stm] [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_league/super_league/4789889.stm]

uper League XI Results

L Round 1

Castleford Tigers 18 Hull FC 42

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 14 Bradford Bulls 20

Catalan Dragons 38 Wigan Warriors 30

Leeds Rhinos 20 Huddersfield Giants 12

Warrington Wolves 6 Salford City Reds 24

Harlequins RL 16 St Helens 40

L Round 2

Hull FC 40 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 14

Bradford Bulls 18 Harlequins RL 18

Wigan Warriors 16 Leeds Rhinos 24

Huddersfield Giants 26 Warrington Wolves 20

Salford City Reds 16 Catalan Dragons 0

St Helens 44 Castleford Tigers 8

L Round 3

Castleford Tigers 34 Catalan Dragons 28

Warrington Wolves 46 Hull FC 24

Harlequins RL 6 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 26

Bradford Bulls 34 Salford City Reds 4

Wigan Warriors 36 Huddersfield Giants 20

St Helens 13 Leeds Rhinos 4

L Round 4

Leeds Rhinos 66 Castleford Tigers 14

Catalan Dragons 18 Bradford Bulls 50

Hull FC 6 Harlequins RL 10

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16 Huddersfield Giants 18

Salford City Reds 18 Wigan Warriors 10

Warrington Wolves 10 St Helens 18

L Round 5

Bradford Bulls 18 Hull FC 12

Wigan Warriors 12 Warrington Wolves 24

Salford City Reds 48 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 12

Catalan Dragons 10 Leeds Rhinos 58

Harlequins RL 20 Castleford Tigers 34

Huddersfield Giants 16 St Helens 18

L Round 6

St Helens 38 Bradford Bulls 16

Warrington Wolves 26 Catalan Dragons 28

Leeds Rhinos 20 Salford City Reds 12

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20 Hull FC 28

Castleford Tigers 38 Wigan Warriors 18

Huddersfield Giants 64 Harlequins RL 14

L Round 7

Bradford Bulls 34 Wigan Warriors 12

Hull FC 0 St Helens 46

Catalan Dragons 22 Salford City Reds 28

Harlequins RL 0 Leeds Rhinos 60

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20 Warrington Wolves 21

Castleford Tigers 22 Huddersfield Giants 36

L Round 8

Bradford Bulls 18 Warrington Wolves 22

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 40 Wigan Warriors 14

Hull FC 26 Leeds Rhinos 34

St Helens 16 Harlequins RL 6

Catalan Dragons 51 Castleford Tigers 14

Salford City Reds 36 Huddersfield Giants 18

L Round 9

Leeds Rhinos 18 Bradford Bulls 20

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 34 Castleford Tigers 26

Huddersfield Giants 18 Hull FC 26

St Helens 48 Wigan Warriors 10

Harlequins RL 36 Catalan Dragons 14

Warrington Wolves 6 Salford City Reds 22

L Round 10

Salford City Reds 18 Leeds Rhinos 24

Bradford Bulls 52 Huddersfield Giants 18

Hull FC 36 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 24

Castleford Tigers 6 Warrington Wolves 64

Wigan Warriors 18 Harlequins RL 30

Catalan Dragons 20 St Helens 34

L Round 11

Salford City Reds 10 St Helens 12

Leeds Rhinos 42 Castleford Tigers 6

Huddersfield Giants 14 Wigan Warriors 46

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 42 Harlequins RL 22

Warrington Wolves 27 Bradford Bulls 4

Catalan Dragons 28 Hull FC 34

L Round 12

Castleford Tigers 28 Salford City Reds 26

St Helens 34 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 8

Warrington Wolves 44 Leeds Rhinos 16

Harlequins RL 22 Huddersfield Giants 16

Bradford Bulls 54 Catalan Dragons 6

Hull FC 54 Wigan Warriors 12

L Round 13

Wigan Warriors 24 Castleford Tigers 30

Salford City Reds 26 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 12

Catalan Dragons 16 Warrington Wolves 44

Leeds Rhinos 36 Harlequins RL 24

Huddersfield Giants 19 St Helens 16

Hull FC 28 Bradford Bulls 12

L Round 14

Leeds Rhinos 28 Hull FC 44

St Helens 34 Warrington Wolves 22

Harlequins RL 16 Bradford Bulls 58

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 10 Wigan Warriors 8

Castleford Tigers 18 Catalan Dragons 40

Huddersfield Giants 32 Salford City Reds 18

L Round 15

Bradford Bulls 0 Leeds Rhinos 30

Wigan Warriors 14 St Helens 28

Salford City Reds 28 Harlequins RL 29

Catalan Dragons 28 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20

Warrington Wolves 46 Castleford Tigers 28

Hull FC 19 Huddersfield Giants 6

L Round 16

Bradford Bulls 26 Castleford Tigers 26

Leeds Rhinos 48 Wigan Warriors 22

St Helens 26 Hull FC 27

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 18 Salford City Reds 36

Harlequins RL 30 Warrington Wolves 28

Huddersfield Giants 42 Catalan Dragons 28

L Round 17

Bradford Bulls 20 St Helens 18

Castleford Tigers 32 Huddersfield Giants 14

Salford City Reds 18 Leeds Rhinos 19

Wigan Warriors 24 Catalan Dragons 18

Hull FC 30 Harlequins RL 16

Warrington Wolves 16 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 17

L Round 18

The week prior to this round saw the shock move of Stuart Fielden from the Bradford Bulls to Wigan for a Super League record fee of £450,000. Despite the win over Warrington they remain bottom of the league after round 18.

Bradford Bulls 42 Huddersfield Giants 16

Hull FC 28 Castleford Tigers 10

Leeds Rhinos 36 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20

Wigan Warriors 30 Warrington Wolves 12

Catalan Dragons 38 Harlequins RL 18

St Helens 28 Salford City Reds 6

L Round 19

The bottom half of the table is now very compressed, with 6 teams able to get in the playoffs and 5 still could be relegated.

Huddersfield Giants 14 Leeds Rhinos 36

Castleford Tigers 52 Warrington Wolves 26

Harlequins RL 24 Wigan Warriors 26

Catalan Dragons 20 Hull FC 24

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 36 St Helens 52

Salford City Reds 17 Bradford Bulls 16

L Round 20

Wigan are off the bottom of the table for the first time in three months but are still in the relegation spot since Les Catalans cannot be relegated. Warrington ended their bad run of results by beating Huddersfield.

Leeds Rhinos 26 Bradford Bulls 24

Warrington Wolves 30 Huddersfield Giants 26

Harlequins RL 24 Castleford Tigers 16

Wigan Warriors 42 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 24

St Helens 52 Catalan Dragons 26

Salford City Reds 20 Hull FC 24

L Round 21

Wigan are out of the relegation zone after beating Salford - their fifth win on the trot. Wakefield had a chance to put Wigan back in the drop zone but blew a 20-0 lead against Huddersfield to allow the Giants to record a crucial victory. Elsewhere Hull's Richard Horne became the first player in 91 years to score tries in eleven straight games for the club in their victory over Warrington.

Bradford Bulls 30 Catalan Dragons 16

Hull FC 36 Warrington Wolves 24

Castleford Tigers 31 Leeds Rhinos 30

Wigan Warriors 20 Salford City Reds 12

Huddersfield Giants 26 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20

St Helens 30 Harlequins RL 24

L Round 22

Hull's 13 match winning streak came to an end at Harlequins but 2nd place rivals Leeds lost to leaders St Helens, who had Jamie Lyon sent off. Wigan's recent revival was halted by Warrington.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20 Bradford Bulls 42

Catalan Dragons 26 Salford City Reds 6

Harlequins RL 18 Hull FC 16

Warrington Wolves 22 Wigan Warriors 20

Huddersfield Giants 34 Castleford Tigers 10

Leeds Rhinos 14 St Helens 18

L Round 23

Wakefield re-ignited the relegation battle with a win against local rivals Castleford, despite being reduced to 11 men by the end of the game. Leeds lost the battle for second place, and their third league match in a row.

Castleford Tigers 0 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 18

Bradford Bulls 50 Warrington Wolves 22

Salford City Reds 34 Harlequins RL 0

Hull FC 23 Leeds Rhinos 16

Wigan Warriors 40 Catalan Dragons 4

St Helens 56 Huddersfield Giants 8

L Round 24

Castleford Tigers 4 St Helens 72

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 34 Catalan Dragons 14

Harlequins RL 28 Bradford Bulls 26

Salford City Reds 35 Warrington Wolves 34

Leeds Rhinos 18 Wigan Warriors 20

Huddersfield Giants 12 Hull FC 26

L Round 25

St Helens rested a number of senior players for the trip to Perpignan ahead of the Challenge Cup Final. Despite this, their young side were only beaten by a Stacey Jones try 30 seconds from full time.

Bradford Bulls 48 Castleford Tigers 10

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 12 Leeds Rhinos 14

Catalan Dragons 26 St Helens 22

Warrington Wolves 28 Harlequins RL 22

Hull FC 11 Salford City Reds 10

Wigan Warriors 14 Huddersfield Giants 10

L Round 26

St. Helens returned to full strength having won the Challenge Cup in the week between rounds 25 and 26 of Super League XI.

Leeds Rhinos 54 Warrington Wolves 16

St Helens 34 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 12

Wigan Warriors 38 Bradford Bulls 16

Castleford Tigers 27 Harlequins RL 12

Huddersfield Giants 24 Salford City Reds 18

Hull FC 26 Catalan Dragons 12

L Round 27

The relegation battle will go down to the wire as Wakefield beat Bradford while Castleford lost to Salford. Wakefield meet Castleford next week for what could be a relegation decider.St Helens receive the League Leaders Shield for a second successive year as recognition for finishing top of the regular Super League season. Harlequins secure survival after beating Wigan. Salford secure a top-6 play-off spot for the first time in their history. Warrington secure the last play-off spot, but can still over-haul Salford for fifth place.

Salford City Reds 26 Castleford Tigers 16

Bradford Bulls 12 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20

St Helens 54 Leeds Rhinos 18

Catalan Dragons 12 Huddersfield Giants 20

Harlequins RL 31 Wigan Warriors 30

Warrington Wolves 26 Hull FC 14

L Round 28

Castleford are relegated.

Wigan Warriors 38 Hull FC 16

Leeds Rhinos 60 Catalan Dragons 12

Harlequins RL 40 Salford City Reds 18

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 29 Castleford Tigers 17

Warrington Wolves 30 St Helens 38

Huddersfield Giants 30 Bradford Bulls 42

L Play-Offs - Week One

Elimination Play-Off A: Headingley Carnegie Stadium

Leeds Rhinos 17-18 Warrington Wolves (Loser Eliminated, Winner Qualifies for Week Two)

Elimination Play-Off B: Grattan Stadium, Odsal

Bradford Bulls 52-6 Salford City Reds (Loser Eliminated, Winner Qualifies for Week Two)

L Play-Offs - Week Two

Qualification Match: Knowsley Road

St Helens RFC 12-8 Hull FC (Winner Qualifies for Grand Final, Loser Qualifies for Week Three)

Elimination Semi-Final: Grattan Stadium, Odsal

Bradford Bulls 40-24 Warrington Wolves (Loser Eliminated, Winner Qualifies for Week Three)

L Play-Offs - Week Three

Final Eliminator: Kingston Communications Stadium

Hull FC 19-12 Bradford Bulls (Loser Eliminated, Winner Qualifies for Grand Final)

Grand Final

In the Grand Final St. Helens beat Hull FC by 26-4 at Old Trafford. At half time the score stood at 10-4 for St. Helens. The Saints raced ahead in the second half with several tries. This victory, in addition to their Challenge Cup win and League Leader's Shield, meant that they had completed the league treble.

ee also

*Super League (Europe)
*2006 Challenge Cup

External links

* [http://wigan.rlfans.com/fusion_pages/index.php?page_id=470 Super League XI at wigan.rlfans.com]
* [http://therfl.co.uk Rugby Football League]
* [http://www.superleague.co.uk Super League website]
* [http://www.masseyratings.com/rate.php?lg=rsl Massey Ratings for RSL]


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