The best Rugby League competition in Europe is the English Super League, which is comprised of eleven teams from England and one from France, and formally known this year as the Betfred Super LeagueXXIV. Entering the 2019 season the Wigan Warriors are the defending champs, the fifth in the team’s dominant history. The Warriors will attempt to be the first club to win consecutive titles in the past eight seasons, but standing in their way are several improved sides, and you can enjoy the action when watching at home or live streaming games to a mobile device.
2019 Super League Preview
The Wigan Warriors will enter as the defending champs, having secured their second Grand Final in the past three years in 2018. The Warriors earned their spot at Old Trafford with a dominant 14-0 win over Castleford in the semis, while the Warrington Wolves knocked off St. Helens who had secured the the top spot in the Super League standings. During the Final the Warriors left no doubt who were the better team on the day, handing the Wolves a 12-4 defeat in the sold-out stadium. The Wolves are similar to the Melbourne Storm in that they were near the top of the standings the entire season, with the exception being that they absolutely put on a clinic in the biggest game of the year.
With the arrival of a new season the slate is wiped clean, and every team is a live chance to make history. This year’s edition will see several exciting innovations including the adoption of the ‘Golden Point’ extra-time, which will align the league with the National Rugby League (NRL) in Australia. Additionally, the controversial Super 8 format will be scrapped, and a new play-off system is being implemented to include a top 5 system. As for key fixtures, this year’s Magic Weekend will be held May 25-26, and hosted at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool.
Super League 2019 LIVE TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
Friday 22 Feb LIVE: Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons at 6.00am (Fox League/Kayo)
Saturday 23 Feb LIVE: St. Helens vs Leeds Rhinos at 6.00am (Fox League/Kayo)
Sunday 24 Feb LIVE: London Broncos vs Castleford Tigers at 4.00am (Fox League/Kayo)
The English Super League replays and Live TV schedule is shown as Sydney time, so if you live outside of New South Wales adjust for regional differences. Per licensing UK Super League Free to Air broadcasts are not available in Australia.
Super League Live Streaming
You won’t find the English Super League on Free to Air TV, but the Fox League channel (Foxtel) as well as Australia’s newest mobile streaming service Kayo Sports will provide the most complete Live coverage through-out the season, including match replays for those who find them more convenient.
If you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to check out the 14 day Kayo Sports free trial which has no lock-in contract and will stream this Rugby action LIVE. With Kayo you can watch the Betfred Super League online from the comfort of home, or if you’re out and about you can stream the 2019 Super League live to a range of eligible mobile devices.
2019 Super League Players to Watch
The Warrington Wolves will be among the big threats to the favourites this year. They finished 6th last season, with inconsistency being their downfall. Former NRL players Chris Sandow and Kurt Gidley have now had a full pre season with the side, and they have recruited to win the title, so it should be a big year for the club, in particular Sandow, who is one of the most polarising players in the game.
Another side that’s looking strong are the Catalans Dragons. They have clearly been the best side in the off season when it comes to recruiting, with several classy NRL players signing up, including veteran Glenn Stewart, who was plagued by injury in his first and lone year for South Sydney in 2015. His ball skills will be absolutely vital to the success of the side, along with five-eighth Todd Carney, who was very good in his first season for the club last year.
You could speak all day about which players to watch in the Super League. Former Newcastle Knights captain Kurt Gidley brings experience, quality and class to Warrington, Sam Tomkins returns back home to Wigan, and as stated earlier, Catalans have signed up Glenn Stewart, Dave Taylor, Justin Horo and veteran winger Pat Richards. The success of the UK Super League relies on NRL ex-pats, and the 2019 crop look to be the best yet, so combine that with the local talent, you should get a memorable season.