|Duration||27 Rounds (Followed by 4 round playoffs)|
|Number of teams||14|
Wigan vs. Warrington (16 July)
Harlequins RL vs. Catalans Dragons (14 February)
|Broadcast partners||Sky Sports|
|League Leaders||Wigan Warriors|
|Man of Steel||Pat Richards|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Pat Richards (388)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Pat Richards (29)|
The 2010 Super League season (known as the Engage Super League XV for sponsorship reasons) was the fifteenth season of the European rugby league football competition, Super League. Fourteen teams competed for the League Leader's Shield over 27 rounds (including the Magic Weekend at Murrayfield Stadium). All clubs also participated in the 2010 Challenge Cup tournament. The season officially kicked off on 5 February with the Crusaders versus the Leeds Rhinos on 29 January at Crusaders' new homeground at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. Crusaders halfback Michael Witt scored the first points of the season with a penalty goal and the Rhinos came away with the first competition points, posting a 34 to 6 victory.
Super League XV was the second year of a licensed Super League. Under this system, promotion and relegation between Super League and National League One was abolished, and 14 teams were granted licenses subject to certain criteria. All twelve teams from Super League XIII were given places, as well as former Super League team Salford City Reds and Crusaders.
Geographically, the vast majority of teams in Super League are based in the north of England, four teams – Warrington, St Helens, Salford and Wigan – to the west of the Pennines in Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, and seven teams to the east in Yorkshire – Huddersfield, Bradford, Wakefield, Leeds, Castleford, Hull and Hull KR. Catalans Dragons are the only team based in France and are outside of the United Kingdom. Crusaders are the only team in Wales, and Harlequins RL are the only team to be based in a capital city (London).
|Bradford Bulls (2010 season)||Grattan Stadium, Odsal||27,000||Bradford, West Yorkshire|
|Castleford Tigers (2010 season)||The Jungle||11,750||Castleford, West Yorkshire|
|Catalans Dragons (2010 season)||Stade Gilbert Brutus||10,000||Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France|
|Crusaders (2010 season)||The Racecourse Ground||15,000||Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales|
|Harlequins (2010 season)||Twickenham Stoop||12,700||Twickenham, London|
|Huddersfield Giants (2010 season)||Galpharm Stadium||24,544||Huddersfield, West Yorkshire|
|Hull (2010 season)||Kingston Communications Stadium||25,404||Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Hull Kingston Rovers (2010 season)||"New" Craven Park||9,471||Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Leeds Rhinos (2010 season)||Headingley Carnegie Stadium||22,250||Leeds, West Yorkshire|
|Salford City Reds (2010 season)||The Willows||11,363||Salford, Greater Manchester|
|St Helens RLFC (2010 season)||The GPW Recruitment Stadium||17,500||St Helens, Merseyside|
|Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (2010 season)||Belle Vue||12,600||Wakefield, West Yorkshire|
|Warrington Wolves (2010 season)||Halliwell Jones Stadium||14,206||Warrington, Cheshire|
|Wigan Warriors (2010 season)||DW Stadium||25,138||Wigan, Greater Manchester|
The RFL announced two new rule interpretations intended to increase player safety in the tackle:
The 'club trained player rule' entered its third year and made a planned adjustment:
Super League XV
|12||Salford City Reds||27||8||0||19||448||857||−409||16|
|Teams qualifying for the Play-offs|
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.
|2||St Helens RLFC||0||2||4||6||6||8||10||12||12||14||16||18||20||20||22||22||24||26||28||28||28||30||32||34||36||38||40|
|7||Hull Kingston Rovers||2||2||2||4||6||6||8||8||8||10||12||12||12||14||14||16||16||18||19||21||23||23||25||27||29||29||29|
|11||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||2||4||6||6||6||8||10||10||12||12||12||12||12||12||14||14||14||14||16||16||18||18||18||18||18||18||18|
|12||Salford City Reds||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||4||4||6||6||6||6||8||10||10||10||10||12||12||14||14||14||14||14||14||16|
The play-offs commence following the conclusion of 27 round regular season. To decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams, Super League adopts the unique Super League play-off system. The finals will conclude with the 2010 Super League Grand Final.
|Qualifying / Elimination play-offs||Preliminary semi-finals||Qualifying semi-finals||Grand Final|
|EPO1:||Hull KR||18||QSF1: St Helens selected Huddersfield|
|5||Huddersfield Giants||18||St Helens||42|
|8||Crusaders||12||Huddersfield Giants||22||GF: 2 October, Old Trafford|
|7||Hull KR||21||PSF2:||Wigan Warriors||26|
Week 1. Qualifying/Elimination play-offs: Fixtures decided by regular reason finishing positions. Higher ranked teams play lower ranked teams. Higher ranked teams receive home ground advantage.
Week 2. Preliminary semi-finals: Fixtures decided by regular season finishing positions. Higher ranked teams play lower ranked teams. Higher ranked teams receive home ground advantage.
Week 3. Qualifying semi-finals: Winners of Qualifying play-offs play winners of Qualifying semi-finals. Fixtures decided by Club Call. Winners of Qualifying play-offs receive home ground advantage.
|Date and Time (Local)||Venue||Referee||Crowd|
|QUALIFYING AND ELIMINATION FINALS|
|St Helens RLFC||28 – 12||Warrington Wolves||10 September, 8:00pm||GPW Recruitment Stadium||Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)||14,632|
|Huddersfield Giants||18 – 12||Crusaders||11 September, 3:45pm||Galpharm Stadium||Ben Thaler(Wakefield)||5,869|
|Hull||4 – 21||Hull KR||11 September, 6:00pm||KC Stadium||Phil Bentham (Warrington)||17,699|
|Wigan Warriors||26 – 27||Leeds Rhinos||12 September, 6:45pm||DW Stadium||Thierry Alibert (Toulouse)||9,987|
|Wigan Warriors||42 – 18||Hull KR||17 September, 8:00pm||DW Stadium||R Silverwood||11,133|
|Warrington Wolves||22 – 34||Huddersfield Giants||18 September, 6:15pm||Halliwell Jones Stadium||P Bentham||8,050|
|St Helens RLFC||42 – 22||Huddersfield Giants||24 September, 8:00pm||GPW Recruitment Stadium||P Bentham||13,510|
|Leeds Rhinos||6 – 26||Wigan Warriors||25 September, 5:15pm||Headingley Stadium||R Silverwood||13,693|
|St Helens RLFC||10 – 22||Wigan Warriors||2 October, 6:00pm||Old Trafford, Manchester||R Silverwood||71,526|
Awards have been presented for outstanding contributions and efforts to players and clubs:
The following table lists all incidents that were reviewed by the Rugby Football League during Super League XV, which were later deemed "guilty" and resulted in disciplinary action. The offenses were graded, depending on severity, in alphabetical order, "A" being less severe than "B".
2010 was the second of a three-year broadcasting agreement between the RFL and BSkyB for Sky Sports to screen matches exclusively live within the United Kingdom. The deal for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 season was worth in excess of £50 million.
Sky Sports' continued coverage in the UK sees two live matches broadcast each week - one on Friday at 7:30pm and another at 6pm on Saturday. Regular commentators are Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson with summarisers including Phil Clarke, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Highlights are shown on Boots N' All which is shown on Sky Sports and is rebroadcast on the Internet.
BBC Sport broadcast a highlights programme called the Super League Show, usually presented by Harry Gration. The BBC have elected to broadcast this only to the North West, Yorkshire and North Midlands, North East and Cumbria, and East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire regions on a Sunday. A national repeat is broadcast overnight during the week, the BBC Director of Sport, Richard Moseley, commented that this move was in response to the growing popularity and awareness of the sport, and the large number of requests from people who want to want to watch it elsewhere in the UK. End of season play-offs are shown across the whole country in a highlights package. Super League Show is available for streaming or downloaded using the BBC iPlayer in the UK.
Orange Sport TV in France shows every Catalans Dragons home match live and also some other matches which are broadcast in the UK live on Sky.
Channel Nine started coverage of 2010 matches from 7 March at midnight (leading into Monday morning) due to coverage of the Winter Olympics they could not show the earlier matches.
Super League XV is covered extensively by BBC Local Radio:
The competition is also covered on commercial radio coverage:
All Super League commentaries on any station are available via the particular stations on-line streaming.
ESPN3 has worldwide broadband rights.
Starting from 9 April 2009, all of the matches shown on Sky Sports are also available live online via Livestation everywhere in the world excluding the US, Puerto Rico, UK, Ireland, France, Monaco, Australia and New Zealand.
In the United Kingdom, BBC London 94.9, BBC Radio Wales and Radio Warrington cover Harlequins, Crusaders (home games) and Warrington (home games) respectively.
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