New Points System

A special system for awarding competition points operates in the Northern Rail Cup and The Kingstone Press Championship competitions.

It has many benefits including the following:

KEEPS GAMES ALIVE LONGER

By offering a tangible reward for strong, consistent performance over 80 minutes, the system encourages teams to keep competing in games that they may not be able to win.

To move the scoreboard in their favour, teams will play an attacking brand of Rugby League which will increase the spectacle and entertainment at many matches throughout the season.

ADDS AN EXTRA DIMENSION

Spectators have more to consider as they watch the action unfold. The system creates opportunities for clubs to take their destiny into their own hands and make a positive 'impact' on their League position. This adds extra excitment to the competition tables in both the Northern Rail Cup and The Co-operative Championship and will create greater levels of intrigue and excitement as the season progresses.

STRENGTHENS THE COMPETITION

The system encourages teams to be consistent and produce an optimum performance in all their matches throughout the season. This stimulates individual players and teams to 'raise their game' which in turn has a positive impact on the intensity and the on-field standards of the sport at this level.

STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE

The RFL commissioned a study prior to introducing this new system. The study examined what would happen if the new system had applied in previous Championship seasons. The results showed the system did not disproportionately distort competition tables or give teams that lost matches too great a reward. Also, the system does not exacerbate the gap between strong and weak teams. In short, the new system strikes the right balance between creating additional excitement and interest and maintaining the integrity of the League and Cup tournaments.

Championship's new points system

  • Win - Three points.
  • Draw - Two points.
  • Loss by 12 points or fewer - One point.
POS TEAM P W L D PTS
01. Featherstone Rovers 26 22 4 0 70
02. Sheffield Eagles 26 22 4 0 67
03. Halifax RLFC 26 19 5 2 62
04. Leigh Centurions 26 18 8 0 58
05. Batley Bulldogs 26 16 9 1 57
06. Doncaster RLFC 26 12 13 1 44
07. Dewsbury Rams 26 12 14 0 42
08. Workington Town 26 11 15 0 39
09. Whitehaven RLFC 26 11 15 0 37
10. Swinton Lions 26 9 17 0 34
11. Keighley Cougars 26 8 18 0 33
12. Barrow Raiders 26 8 18 0 33
13. Hunslet Hawks 26 6 20 0 30
14. York City Knights 26 6 20 0 26
POS TEAM P W L D PTS
01. North Wales Crusader 16 14 2 0 43
02. Oldham RLFC 16 12 3 1 41
03. Rochdale Hornets 16 10 6 0 32
04. London Skolars 16 9 6 1 32
05. Hemel Stags 16 8 8 0 28
06. Oxford RLFC 16 5 9 2 23
07. Gateshead Thunder 16 4 11 1 20
08. South Wales Scorpion 16 5 11 0 19
09. Gloucestershire All 16 2 13 1 12