Championship to run with top eight play-offs

Championship to run with top eight play-offs

The newly-expanded 14-team Championship will run with a top eight play-off system, akin to Super League, while two clubs will be relegated to Championship 1 at the end of the season.

Four teams - Doncaster, Barrow, Workington and Whitehaven - were promoted to the Championship following the addition of three new teams - Hemel, Gloucestershire and Oxford - to Championship 1.

In the top division, the top eight will progress to the play-offs, which will follow the same format as Super League, with the winners of the Grand Final claiming a £50,000 prize.

The bottom two teams in the Championship will be relegated, with the team finishing first in Championship 1 gaining automatic promotion.

The next five teams in the table - 2nd to 6th - will then battle it out in a play-off series, with the Grand Final winner earning the second promotion spot.

All clubs were notified of the structure of the 2013 season back in September.

 

Championship play-off format

Week 1
Qualifying: 1st v 4th
Qualfying: 2nd v 3rd

Elimination: 5th v 8th
Elimination: 6th v 7th

Week 2
Preliminary: Loser qualifying (highest ranked) v Winner Elimination (lowest ranked)
Preliminary: Loser qualifying (lowest ranked) v Winner Elimination (highest ranked)

Week 3
Semi: Winner qualifying (highest ranked) v Winner preliminary (lowest ranked)
Semi: Winner qualifying (lowest ranked) v Winner preliminary (highest ranked)

Week 4
Grand Final: Winner Semi v Winner Semi

 

Championship 1 play-off format

Week 1
Match A: 3rd v 4th
Match B: 5th v 6th
2nd receives bye

Week 2
Match C: 2nd v Winner of Match A
Match D: Loser of Match A v Winner of Match B

Week 3
Match E: Loser Match C v Winner Match D

Week 4
Grand Final: Winner Match C v Winner Match E

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1 Leigh Centurions 7 7 0 0 21
2 Featherstone Rovers 7 5 0 2 17
3 Doncaster RLFC 7 5 0 2 16
4 Halifax RLFC 7 4 0 3 15
5 Sheffield Eagles 6 4 0 2 14
6 Batley Bulldogs 7 4 0 3 14
7 Dewsbury Rams 6 4 0 2 13
8 Keighley Cougars 7 3 0 4 11
9 Swinton Lions 7 2 0 5 9
10 Workington Town 7 2 0 5 9
11 North Wales Crusaders 6 2 0 4 8
12 Rochdale Hornets 6 2 0 4 7
13 Whitehaven RLFC 5 1 0 4 4
14 Barrow Raiders 7 1 0 6 4
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1 Hunslet Hawks 5 4 0 1 13
2 Oldham RLFC 4 3 1 0 11
3 York City Knights 4 3 0 1 10
4 Hemel Stags 4 2 1 1 8
5 Gloucestershire All Golds 4 2 0 2 7
6 Oxford 4 2 0 2 6
7 London Skolars 4 1 0 3 5
8 Gateshead Thunder 4 1 0 3 4
9 South Wales Scorpions 5 0 0 5 1
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2 Canterbury Bulldogs 6 4 0 2 8
3 Wests Tigers 6 4 0 2 8
4 Manly Sea Eagles 6 4 0 2 8
5 Parramatta Eels 6 4 0 2 8
6 Melbourne Storm 6 4 0 2 8
7 South Sydney 6 3 0 3 6
8 Brisbane Broncos 6 3 0 3 6
9 St George Illawarra 6 3 0 3 6
10 Penrith Panthers 6 3 0 3 6
11 Sydney Roosters 6 2 0 4 4
12 North QLD Cowboys 6 2 0 4 4
13 Newcastle Knights 6 2 0 4 4
14 Canberra Raiders 6 2 0 4 4
15 NZ Warriors 6 2 0 4 4
16 Cronulla Sharks 6 1 0 5 2
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