For this season, Hull KR had come up from the lower division and Castleford Tigers had gone the other way. Bradford had two points deducted for a salary cap breach and Wigan lost four points for the same reason.
The League: St Helens took the league by one point from Leeds, 38 and 37 points respectively. Bradford with 33 and Hull FC 30 came in third and fourth. After a reasonably good season in 2006, Salford hit rock bottom and departed, having secured a mere 13 points. They were replaced by the then yo-yo team Castleford.
Challenge Cup: In the quarter finals, it was Wigan 25-6 over London, Saints 25-14 against Warrington. Bradford too good for Huddersfield 52-20 and Les Catalans Dragons became the only away winner when it took a tight one 26-23 at Hull FC's ground.
St Helens romped home against Bradford 35-14 in one semi final, while the French club Les Catalans made its first and only cup final when defeating Wigan 37-24. The final itself ended up with a one sided scoreline as Saints took the spoils 30-8 against the Dragons.
Finals: In the elimination matches, Bradford squandered a 30-6 lead, going down 30-31 to Wigan. In the other game, Hull FC were just too good for Huddersfield, 22-16 the final score.
In the qualifying contest, St Helens booked their finals berth with a narrow 10-8 victory over Leeds. The elimination game saw Wigan squeak home 21-18 against Hull FC. The following week the last eliminator was a good day for Leeds, powering past Wigan with a 36-6 result.
The Grand final was a repeat of the teams in the qualifier two weeks ago, but with a different outcome. This time Leeds were just too good, taking out the match 33-6.
In summary, my scoring system had St Helens well in front with 56 points, gained by winning the league, cup and grand final loser. Leeds were next but well back on 38 points with the grand final its crowning achievement. Wigan (35) and Bradford (32) won nothing but were close to Leeds by virtue of a doing well in all three competitions.