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Super League IV

Super League IV
League Super League
Number of teams 14
1999 Season
Champions Template:Leagueicon St Helens
League Leaders Template:Leagueicon Bradford Bulls
Man of Steel Template:Leagueicon Adrian Vowles
Top point-scorer(s) Template:Leagueicon Iestyn Harris (325)
Top try-scorer(s) Template:Leagueicon Toa Kohe-Love (25)
< 1998 Seasons 2000 >

JJB Sports Super League IV was the official name for the year 1999's Super League championship season, the 105th season of top-level professional rugby league football in Britain, and the fourth championship run by Super League. The start of Super League IV saw the emergence of a North East based Rugby League Club, Gateshead Thunder as well as newly promoted Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to expand the league to fourteen teams.

Rule changes

  • The 40/20 rule was introduced to reward accurate kicking in general play.[1][2] The rule, which had been used in Australia since 1997, gave the head and feed at the resulting scrum to a team that kicked the ball from behind their 40 metre line so that it bounced in the field of play before going into touch behind their opponent's 20 metre line.[3][4]

Season summary

The season finished with a grand final between 1997 champions Bradford Bulls and the inaugural Super League champions St. Helens in which the Saints triumphed in a closely contested game.[5]

Super League IV Table

Regular Season Final Standings

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Bradford Bulls 30 25 1 4 897 445 +452 51
2 St Helens 30 23 0 7 1034 561 +473 46
3 Leeds Rhinos 30 22 1 7 910 558 +352 45
4 Wigan Warriors 30 21 1 8 877 390 +487 43
5 Castleford Tigers 30 19 3 8 712 451 +261 41
6 Gateshead Thunder 30 19 1 10 775 576 +199 39
7 Warrington Wolves 30 15 1 14 700 717 -17 31
8 London Broncos 30 13 2 15 644 708 -64 28
9 Halifax Blue Sox 30 11 0 19 573 792 -219 22
10 Sheffield Eagles 30 10 1 19 518 818 -300 21
11 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30 10 0 20 608 795 -187 20
12 Salford City Reds 30 6 1 23 526 916 -390 13
13 Hull Sharks 30 5 0 25 422 921 -499 10
14 Huddersfield Giants 30 5 0 25 463 1011 -548 10
Play-offs

Play-offs

Template:Super League play-offs 5 system

End of season mergers

Huddersfield managed to avoid relegation again despite finishing bottom due to the merger with Sheffield Eagles to form Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants. Also at the end of this season Gateshead Thunder and Hull Sharks were merged to form Hull F.C. with no attempt made to maintain any association with Gateshead, Gateshead Thunder would later reform in the National Leagues.

See also

References

External links

  • Super League IV at wigan.rlfans.com
  • Super League IV at rugbyleagueproject.com

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