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Super League Attendance: One standout figure but two games fail to crack 5,000

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After the brief hiatus on account of the Challenge Cup, it was the return of Super League and Round 12 offered up six enthralling games that have registered equally interesting Super League attendance figures.

Much was made of the attendance figures at the Challenge Cup semi-finals with the two games mustering an average of just over 10,000 fans each, a worrying figure for games that saw teams bidding for a spot at Wembley.

There were a number of factors in that from cup tickets not being included in season tickets and also the use of neutral venues, however, early ticket sales have suggested that the final at Wembley will be very well-attended.

Warrington Wolves have sold 10,000 already just on their own, not via the RFL or other sellers such as Wembley as a venue. It’s been five years since the Wire were in the big game and they look to be making the most of it.

Onto Super League attendance figures though and a large number of Warrington fans travelled to the South of France to witness their team end Catalans home run of twelve wins. Sam Burgess’ side gritted it out to win 16-8.

There was a similar scoreline on Friday night as Warrington’s cup opponents from the weekend, Huddersfield, were beaten by Leigh 16-10 with the Leopards starting to find their form this campaign.

The other two games that night saw Castleford pile more misery onto Hull FC with a 30-22 win at The Jungle, whilst St Helens piled the pressure on Rohan Smith as they hammered Leeds Rhinos 40-10.

That sent St Helens top but Wigan Warriors responded today to join their rivals and Warrington on 18 points. Matt Peet’s side won 26-6 against Salford Red Devils on the road. Hull KR were also on the road and put up a huge first-half performance to help them to a 64-14 win, quickly moving on from last week’s defeat to Wigan.

A round of entertaining fixtures but with the weekend’s games clashing with the FA Cup Final and Championship Play-Off Final games at Wembley, how do the Super League attendance figures look?

Round 12 Super League Attendance figured revealed

Super League Attendance

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Whilst not all three games hit the 10,500 average that the Challenge Cup games of last week recorded, the three largest Super League attendance figures got close.

Those figures of 11,367 at The Totally Wicked Stadium 9,410 at the Stade Gilbert Brutus and 8,269 at The Jungle were three very solid showings, particularly for Castleford.

That figure shows that Castleford’s continued aim of hitting an average of 7,500 or more to hit the maximum IMG points is being received well by the fans who are voting with their feet and turning up in good numbers and in good voice.

Thankfully for them on Friday night, they were rewarded too. As were St Helens fans with their crowd of over 11,000 being the round’s highest attendance.

There were far lower attendances for both Huddersfield and Salford with less than 8,500 fans turning out for their home games. Salford’s 4,087 represented the lowest Super League attendance of the round, however, London Broncos are yet to announce their crowd for the heavy loss against Hull KR.

Round 12 Super League Attendance Figures

St Helens 40-10 Leeds Rhinos – 11,367
Castleford Tigers 30-22 Hull FC – 8,269
Huddersfield Giants 10-16 Leigh Leopards – 4,385
Catalans 8-16 Warrington Wolves – 9,410
Salford 6-26 Wigan Warriors – 4,087
London Broncos 14-64 Hull KR – TBC

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