Super League is about to head into its 28th season.
Of the previous 27, St Helens have won 10 titles, Leeds Rhinos have claimed eight meaning that between them they have two third of the Super League titles between them.
Wigan Warriors have won five titles and Bradford Bulls have won the other four. Four other clubs have won the League Leaders’ Shield whilst five have contested but lost Grand Finals.
Every Super League club has made a splash at one stage or another at the right end of the table.
So, that’s why we’re considering every Super League club’s super season in the top flight, that is to say, their best every Super League campaign.
Today is the turn of Hull KR. But what is their best ever campaign as they head into 2023 hoping that this year proves to be their best ever season?
Recency bias may prompt many to suggest it was in fact 2021 as they finished sixth and made it all the way to the semi-finals.
However there is another contender: in 2009 the Robins finished fourth and spent the first half of the season jostling with St Helens for top spot before slipping down the league ever so slightly.
Ultimately, the play-offs let them down as defeats to table topping Leeds Rhinos and then to Wigan Warriors ended their season.
But this remains their highest ever Super League finish.
This debate comes down to how to define Super League success? League position or play-offs?
As the title is decided by the play-offs, it therefore means that the Robins’ 2021 campaign is the best though closely followed by 2009.