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Super League Attendance: Concerns as less than 4,000 witness epic clash

There was a return to Super League action after the international break and in a dramatic round, the Super League attendance figures have thankfully been more impressive than those in Toulouse last week.

A crowd of just 4,500 turned out in the South of France to watch England defeat their hosts 40-8 and thankfully almost all the games in Super League surpassed that attendance figure.

Just one of the six Round 16 games failed to break the 5,000 figure for their Super League attendance with the other five games all boasting impressive crowds, something that was the same in Round 15.

How Round 16 of Super League played out

Hull KR Super League Attendance

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The action got underway on Friday night with a triple header that saw one big upset with 9/1 underdogs Castleford Tigers defeating St Helens 8-6 at the Totally Wicked Stadium in a nailbiter. Praise should be lauded on Craig Lingard who has helped turn his team around with their season looking like a write-off when Saints beat them 60-4 in the reverse fixture just six weeks ago.

Instead, though, the criticism has been launched at Paul Wellens with fans calling for his head. That’s something that Ian Watson is also facing after Huddersfield Giants fell to an eighth defeat in nine as Warrington Wolves crushed them 48-0.

Sam Burgess’ side saw eight different try scorers as they romped to victory and climbed to third in the table, four points behind leaders Wigan Warriors who won 24-8 against Leigh Leopards in ‘The Battle of the Borough’.

Saturday’s action is where the drama ramped up even more with both games going to golden point as Leeds Rhinos avoided humiliation against London Broncos thanks to a Brodie Croft drop goal which handed them a 17-16 win.

Hull KR were less fortunate as Catalans Dragons edged them in golden point to win 15-14 after ceding a 14-0 halftime lead to let the Robins back into it. That game was well attended despite the fact England’s football side played in the Euros at the same time, however, as Hull KR don’t publish their Super League attendance figures, it’s unclear just how well-attended the game was.

The worst-attended game of the round came last but it was arguably some of the best entertainment as Salford Red Devils beat Hull FC 22-20 in a game that Simon Grix claimed his side lost due to “dumb play”.

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Round 16 Super League Attendance Figures

Super League attendance Leigh Leopards

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The Super League attendance figures for four of the games has been revealed with just Warrington and Hull KR to be confirmed. As referenced, the Robins don’t release their Super League attendance figures weekly but instead do so via their fan forums every three months.

They have sold out their home allocation every game so far this season though suggesting it would be very well-attended. The same can be said for Warrington Wolves who have put up plenty of 10,000-plus crowds this season.

In terms of confirmed figures, two games did surpass 10,000 with another falling just short. Over 16,000 watched Wigan beat Leigh, whilst almost 13,000 turned up at Headingley to witness the golden point drama.

Just shy of 10,000 fans witnessed St Helens lose against Castleford whilst only 3,910 saw the game of the weekend between Salford and Hull FC on Sunday.

Confirmed Super League Attendances

Warrington Wolves 48-0 Huddersfield Giants – TBC
St Helens 6-8 Castleford Tigers – 9,808
Wigan Warriors 24-6 Leigh Leopards – 16,053
Leeds Rhinos 17-16 London Broncos – 12,958
Hull KR 14-15 Catalans Dragons – TBC
Salford Red Devils 22-20 Hull FC – 3,910

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  1. Jaybs

    July 8, 2024 at 9:13 am

    IMG are Robbing Our Game! The fee we are paying them, and they are dragging us backwards. NRL please that Super League over, improve our level of refereeing and just do what you do in The MRL SO WELL, and Super League are failing at Badly.

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