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Super League III

Super League III
League Super League
Number of teams 12
1998 Season
Champions Template:Leagueicon Wigan Warriors
League Leaders Template:Leagueicon Wigan Warriors
Man of Steel Template:Leagueicon Iestyn Harris
Top point-scorer(s) Template:Leagueicon Iestyn Harris (255)
Top try-scorer(s) Template:Leagueicon Anthony Sullivan (20)
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JJB Sports Super League III was the official name for the year 1998's Super League championship season, the 104th season of top-level professional rugby league football in Britain, and the third championship run by Super League. The League format changed in 1998 and the championship became a play off series to determine the Super League champions, similar to the way the Premiership was played a few seasons earlier. This meant the first Final to determine the British champions since the 1972–73 season. Huddersfield Giants, the league's bottom club was saved from relegation in 1998 due to the expansion of the league to fourteen teams in Super League IV. The season culminated in the grand final between Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors, which Wigan won, claiming the 1998 Championship.

Super League III Table

Regular Season Final Standings

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 23 21 0 2 762 222 +540 42
2 Leeds Rhinos 23 19 0 4 662 369 +293 38
3 Halifax Blue Sox 23 18 0 5 658 390 +268 36
4 St Helens 23 14 1 8 673 459 +214 29
5 Bradford Bulls 23 12 0 11 498 450 +48 24
6 Castleford Tigers 23 10 1 12 446 522 -76 21
7 London Broncos 23 10 0 13 415 476 -61 20
8 Sheffield Eagles 23 8 2 13 495 541 -46 18
9 Hull Sharks 23 8 0 15 421 574 -153 16
10 Warrington Wolves 23 7 1 15 411 645 -234 15
11 Salford Reds 23 6 1 16 319 575 -256 13
12 Huddersfield Giants 23 2 0 21 288 825 -537 4
Play-offs

Play-offs

The top five clubs at the end of the 23-round regular season entered the play-offs to decide the championship.

The format was to have an elimination play off between the fourth and fifth teams (the fourth team gaining home advantage) and then have a qualifying play-off between the second and third placed teams (the second placed team gaining home advantage). The winner of the qualifier would play the team finishing first in the first semi final whilst the losing team got a second chance and played against the winner of the eliminating play off between fourth and fifth. The winner of the qualifying semi final would progress to the final of the Super League championship and the losing side would get another chance and play against the winning side of the elimination semi final.

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Dream Team

The Super League Dream Team for the 1998 season was: 1. Kris Radlinski (Wigan) 2. Jason Robinson (Wigan) 3. Gary Connolly (Wigan) 4. Brad Godden (Leeds) 5. Anthony Sullivan (St. Helens) 6. Iestyn Harris (Leeds) 7. Gavin Clinch (Halifax) 8. Dale Laughton (Sheffield) 9. Robbie McCormack (Wigan) 10. Tony Mestrov (Wigan) 11. Steele Retchless (London Broncos) 12. Adrian Morley (Leeds) 13. Andy Farrell (Wigan).[1]

See also

References

External links

  • Super League III at wigan.rlfans.com
  • Super League III at rugbyleagueproject.com

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