The 12 Super League stats of Christmas

With it being Christmas, we thought we’d treat you to a Christmas themed feature. So, taking ques from the famous Christmas song the 12 days of Christmas, we’re giving you the 12 stats of Christmas. We hope you have a lovely day and we hope you enjoy this list.

12 Grand Final match-ups

Since the inaugural Grand Final back in 1998 there’s been 12 different Grand Final match-ups with the 12th coming in the 2021 season as St Helens defeated Catalans to secure a third consecutive title. The very first match-up was Leeds v Wigan which has been repeated just the once in 2015. Then Bradford and St Helens battled in 1999 before meeting again in 2002. Following that was the first derby in a Grand Final between St Helens and Wigan who again butted heads in the decider in 2010, 2014 and 2020. 2001 saw Bradford and Wigan tussle and they did so again in 2003. A year after that we saw the fifth different Grand Final match-up as Leeds and Bradford met in a West Yorkshire derby before a rematch in 2005. The year after the sixth different match-up greeted us as St Helens faced Hull FC before 2007-09 was the home of the seventh as Leeds and St Helens formed a brilliant rivalry before meeting again in 2011. After that Leeds faced Warrington in 2012 before the Wolves faced Wigan in 2013 and did so again in 2016 and 2018. Between those two finals Leeds and Castleford met at Old Trafford in the tenth different match-up and in 2019 and 2021 St Helens met Grand Final new boys Salford and Catalans in the 11th and 12th different pairings to grace the Theatre of Dreams. Will 2022 bring the 13th?

11 Dream Team appearances

Jamie Peacock holds the record for the most Super League Dream Team appearances having registered 11 which is four more than second place which is joint between Andy Farrell, Keiron Cunningham and Sean O’Loughlin. His first appearance came in 2000 after a stellar year with Bradford whilst his 11th appearance came in 2015 as Leeds won the treble.

10 Points per game

The best defence in Super league history leaked under 10 points a game back in 1998. The eventual Super League Champions Wigan conceded just 222 points in their 23 league games letting in 9.65 points per game as they lost just twice on their way to the top of the league.

9 Grand Final rings

We’re back with Jamie Peacock for this one. The former Great Britain skipper is Super League’s most successful player having won 9 Grand Finals during his illustrious career. Three of those came at Bradford in 2001, 2003 and 2005 even lifting the trophy as captain in his final season with the Bulls before joining the side they defeated that night, Leeds, going into 2006. Whilst at the Rhinos he won six Grand Finals including three in a row from 2007-09.

8 Old Trafford tries

Now going from Peacock to his Leeds teammate Danny McGuire, the Rhinos halfback is arguably the Grand Final’s greatest ever player winning two Harry Sunderland Awards and eight Super League titles in nine Grand Final appearances. In those nine Grand Final appearances he also scored a record eight tries too. He crossed for single tries in 2004 and 2005 before poaching braces in 2008, 2015 and 2017.

7 Seconds for the fastest try

Speaking of tries the record for the fastest try in Super League history was smashed in the 2021 season when Ben Crooks scored within the first seven seconds of Hull KR’s triumph against Huddersfield in April. That score and subsequent victory was key in setting the club up for a fantastic season.

6 Grand Finals in a row

From 2006-11 St Helens set the record for the most consecutive Grand Final appearances as they won the treble in 2006. However, they would then lose the next five Grand Finals in a row including three in a row to Leeds Rhinos and to rivals Wigan Warriors in 2010.

5 Briers drop goals

In 2002 Lee Briers set the record for the most drop goals in a Super League season with a total of 11 but five of those came at the expense of Halifax in May. This absurdly high tally almost worth the total of a converted try will likely never be matched let alone topped.

4 Super League Champions

Despite the best efforts of Catalans, Warrington for over a decade and the likes of Castleford, Salford and Hull FC, there have only been four Super League Champions. St Helens won the very first Super League crown back in 1996 and won a further eight after that in the shape of Grand Finals before Bradford won the 1997 title. In 1998, Wigan became the third club to win the title in the summer era as they won the inaugural Grand Final against Leeds who six years later became the fourth club to win Super League and have since won a further seven Grand Finals since making them, along with St Helens, the most successful side in terms of Grand Final wins in Super League history. Doing so whilst also being the most recent new winner of the trophy is simply baffling. Perhaps 2022 will bring a new name on the trophy.

3 Treble triumphs

Out of the four clubs to win Super League only one, Wigan, have failed to win the treble. Bradford became the first club to win the treble in the summer era when they won all three trophies back in 2003 before St Helens produced perhaps the most dominant season in Super League history in 2006 to claim all three trophies. Meanwhile, the most recent club to win the treble was Leeds in 2015 as they sent three legends out on a massive high.

2 Three-peats

Another rare achievement is retaining the Super League title. Only two clubs have ever been able to do that in the shape of St Helens and Leeds. The Saints won back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000 before accomplishing a three-peat from 2019-21. Meanwhile, Leeds were the first team to win three Super League titles in a row from 2007-09 before winning two in a row in 2011 and 2012 which bizarrely came from fifth in the league.

1 Four in a row

But in 2022 St Helens went even better and made it four Super League titles in a row ironically at the expense of Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford winning 24-12 thanks to tries from Matty Lees, Jon Bennison, Konrad Hurrell and Mark Percival.

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