Tuesday, 6 March 2018

UK Elite Teams By Season : 1996

The first year of Super League! Plus it was the 102nd year of top flight RL. The eleven teams from 1995-96 were retained, with the addition of Paris St Germain.

The League. St Helens won the first SL league with 40 points, followed by the Wigan Warriors on 39 points. The Bradford Bulls were third (34), London Broncos (25) came fourth and Warrington Wolves came(24 points) made up the top five. Workington Town were last and relegated from the elite flight.

The Challenge Cup. Due to switching from winter to summer, this shortened season did not feature a cup competition.

The Premiership Finals. The shortened finals competition featured the top four from the league. Wigan just got past Bradford 42-36 while Saints defeated London 25-14. 35,000 went to Old Trafford to see local rivals St Helens and Wigan go head to head. As it turned out, the Warriors ran away with the final 44-14.

Summary: I made Wigan the team of the year with second in the league and grand final victory. Two behind Wigan's tally was St Helens on 28 points. Topping the league and losing the grand final was a good result but not quite enough to be the top side. Bradford and London did well in what proved to be a two horse race.

Rk Team Lge CC Fin Total

1 Wigan 18
12 30

2 St Helens 20
8 28

3 Bradford 16
4 20

4 London 14 4 18

5 Warrington 12


6 Halifax 11


7 Sheffield 10


8 Oldham 9


9 Castleford 8


10 Leeds 7


11 Paris St Ger 6


12 Workington 5


Total 136 0 28 164

To view the 1995-96 season, simply click here.
To see the 1997 season, just click here.

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