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The Super League Grand Final has gone on to become one of the highlights of the UK’s sporting year, with huge crowds and often the best match of the season.
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The Super League has been the top of the Rugby League pyramid in the UK ever since its inception but the actual makeup of the competition has continually changed.
Originally it was the winners of the league that were crowned the champions. Soon after the competition went back to a Grand Final to decide upon the champions, something that has long been associated with Rugby League. The Grand Final has now become one of the biggest sporting occasions in the UK and has continued to grow from its humble beginnings.
The Super League Grand Final has been held at Manchester United Old Trafford stadium, on the edge of the sports heartlands, and as the ground has continued to grow its capacity, the attendances of the Grand Final have continued to increase to the point where the Super League Grand Final is now played in front of full houses year on year.
The Grand Final is the culmination of a long regular season and play off period with the Super 8’s now forming part of the regular season). That means that unlike the majority of sports in the UK there is that one match when you can say it is the best v the best to decide who is the champions.
For fans of football and other sports, similar finals such as the FA Cup final or World Cup Final can often be matches where teams struggle with nerves and then it is a case of both teams try not to lose rather than go all out to win.
The sheer make up of Rugby League, where you have just 6 tackles to create something with before handing it back, means that in every game teams have to go all out to win but in front of huge crowds and with the best players on show, the Grand Final steps up and is always a must watch that really showcases the skill, intensity and all round excitement that only Rugby League and Super League in particular can achieve.
As the popularity of the sport has increased, the amount of coverage of the sport has also continued to build. There is now up to 3 matches shown live on Sky Sports as well as other programmes across the Sky Sports network which are shown daily throughout the season.
Highlights are shown on BBC TV and BBC local radio also provide live radio commentaries alongside numerous commercial radio stations.
Super League also has a strong online presence through the likes of Super League website and many channels on Youtube.
Although it is still true that the top tier of RL in the UK is focussed around the heartlands of the North West and Yorkshire, the makeup of the professional game is changing dramatically.
The league below SL now feature teams from Coventry, South Wales, North Wales, 2 London teams, Hemel Hempstead, Cheltenham, Newcastle and even Toulouse. With that in mind the makeup of Rugby League in the UK could be set for huge change as it goes from a ‘Northern’ sport to National sport with the SL leading that change. RL is set for an exciting period, one way or another and here at RLBet.co.uk we will be here to cover the matches, give our thoughts and most importantly enjoying all of the action that is to come as a fan of this great game of ours.
Ever since its inception in 1996 the Super League has continued to be innovative in nature with changes to the structure, size, the method of promotion and relegation and even special events added to the calendar.
At its inception, the sport saw a switch to summer rugby and that allowed for faster action on the field and better conditions for fans off of the field. It was a couple of years later when the Grand Final was reintroduced to the top flight in European Rugby League and this has now gone onto become one of the biggest sporting days in the UK.
In 2009 the next big change came for Super League as licensing was introduced. Working in a similar way to franchise leagues in America and Australia, teams have to ‘bid’ for a position in Super League and they were granted stays of 3 years at a time. This was done to allow teams the stability of knowing they couldn’t be relegated in the hope this would aid both the club’s financial positions and increase the number of British youngsters getting a chance in Super League as teams were often over spending on bringing in Australian and New Zealand talent.
Although this new licensing period worked in some ways it failed in others and another system was needed. In 2015 the decision was made to change the structure to a ‘Super 8’ makeup of the top 2 professional leagues in the UK pyramid.
The top flight was shrunk from 14 to 12 teams and in the new structure the teams played each other home and away and then the league split into groups of 8. The top 8 teams played off to try and reach the Grand Final, the middle 8 teams bottom 4 of the Super League and top 4 of the Championship) played each other with the top 4 teams promoted the 4th decided by a play off between the 4th ranked team and the 5th ranked team). The bottom 8 in the Championship played each other to decide who would be relegated to Championship 1.
This new structure has given fans some of the best action of the season in the Qualifiers and it has also given more fund to Championship teams.
One of the best changes made to the super League calendar has been the introduction of the Magic Weekend were all of the teams play a regular league around in the same ground over the same weekend.
This has become a festival of Rugby that travels the country and has seen both crowds and interest continue to grow.