Well, that’s another round of Super League completed as we head into the business end of the season.
Proceedings started on Friday night when St Helens cast aside the Huddersfield Giants with ease in a 25-0, but Saints’ bitter rivals Wigan Warriors took the limelight with a huge 60-0 hammering of Hull FC.
Wind the clock forward to Saturday and Castleford Tigers were irrepressible in the heat at the Jungle with an important 35-22 triumph over Warrington Wolves, with Leeds Rhinos going down in the south of France to Toulouse Olympique in what proved to have massive consequences at the bottom of the Super League table.
That’s because Wakefield Trinity’s defeat to Hull KR this afternoon consigned Trinity to the bottom of the league whilst Salford Red Devils inflicted a surprise 32-6 defeat over Catalans Dragons.
But, just what did all the fixtures yield in terms of attendance?
Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC
11,314 at the DW Stadium
St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants
11,288 at the Totally Wicked Stadium
Castleford Tigers vs Warrington Wolves
6,279 at the Jungle with a big Warrington contingent
Toulouse Olympique vs Leeds Rhinos
4,230 at the Stade Ernest Wallon
Salford Red Devils vs Catalans Dragons
Unknown at the AJ Bell Stadium
Hull KR vs Wakefield Trinity
7,029 at Craven Park
The numbers at Wigan and St Helens stand out, with Hull taking a number of fans to the DW Stadium on Friday night – but they were probably wishing they hadn’t bothered!
Castleford’s home clash against Warrington was perhaps disappointing considering the Tigers have been averaging 8,000 in recent seasons, though the scorching weather may have put some people off – as may the live coverage on Sky Sports.
Toulouse’s home game against Leeds saw just over 4,000 spectators attend whilst Hull KR were able to yield over 7,000 fans for their home fixture against Wakefield.
Interestingly, the attendance at the AJ Bell Stadium for Salford’s clash with Catalans was not widely distributed.
Very few (perhaps not even three figures) Hull fans at the DW. Didn’t even open the North stand which in years gone by would have been unthinkable.