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Castleford Tigers release statement after failed IMG appeal

For the first time ever, IMG revealed their gradings for every rugby league club from the Betfred Super League down to the Betfred League One.

Every club received a grade from Grade A to Grade C. Seven clubs received a Grade A score, meaning they tallied 15 or more points out of the available 20, which is vitally important.

This is because these clubs are guaranteed their spot in Super League as long as they maintain their Grade A status.

Leeds Rhinos led the way with the highest score of any club closely followed by Wigan Warriors and St Helens in the top three as many expected.

Beyond that leading trio, Catalans Dragons finished fourth with a Grade A score whilst Warrington Wolves were just behind on a Grade A as well. The final two Grade A scores went to the two Hull clubs in the shape of Hull KR and Hull FC.

The top two Grade B clubs were Salford Red Devils and Huddersfield Giants whilst the lowest Grade B score of 17 went to new Super League club London Broncos.

As such the Broncos finished 24th, way off the top 12 positions which yield Super League standings, and they weren’t the only Super League side outside of these positions with Castleford Tigers 13th.

Fortunately, these are just illustrative gradings so the Tigers haven’t lost their Super League status.

They did however appeal their Grading due to an error in the collection of data.

This appeal was unsuccessful however as confirmed by the RFL and subsequently the Tigers have released the following statement:

“As a club we are disappointed that the RFL will not change the gradings, however we are pleased to hear that they have agreed that our score would increase to 12.91. This gives us a great base to work from to push our score as high as we can in readiness for the 2025 gradings.”

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