12th. 20 points London Broncos (South England).
Boxed above their weight and were in the hunt until the last round. A fantastic effort, but deservedly the team that should be relegated in terms of performance and quality. If heart was the determining factor...
11th. 20 points Hull KR (Yorkshire).
The team was better than this but they struggled and lost games they should have won toward the end of the season. The very loyal fans deserved better.
10th. 22 points Huddersfield Giants (Yorkshire).
Not a bad side but perhaps short of a bit of quality in key positions. Unless they address that, this season will be repeated in 2020.
9th. 22 points. Wakefield Trinity Wild Cats (Yorkshire).
Some good players but a side that struggled for consistency. Their goal difference shows they were some way better than the three below them, but the points tally didn't reflect that.
8th. 24 points. Leeds Rhinos (Yorkshire).
How the mighty have fallen. A poor coach and a dismal start to the season had people talking of their relegation. A new coach and some better results got them out of trouble. The only side here with a positive points differential.
7th. 26 points. Catalan Dragons (France).
They started the season well and looked to be heading to the playoffs. Then a crash in form and out of contention. The fans are understandably disillusioned with the loss of form in a season that promised much.
6th. 30 points. Hull FC. (Yorkshire).
During the season I was constantly surprised where this team was on the ladder. I had the impression they were scrapping at the lower end of the table but much of the time they were in a playoff spot. The fact that the points difference was less than the 9th placed side says it all for me. A poor effort that didn't deserve a place in the finals.