Super League Round 19 attendances: Four games attract over 12k

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More than 12,000 attended four of the six matches in Super League over Round 19, with the average 10,690.

Throughout the gameweek, a total of 64,142 attended a game, with each team – barring Catalans Dragons – going up against a side from the same region.

Leeds Rhinos recorded the highest attendance of the round, though their 13,728 strong crowd were unable to inspire them to victory against Hull KR on Friday night.

Those in attendance got good value for their admission, seeing the clash go all the way to golden point at the end of 80 minutes with the scores level at 18-18. Unfortunately for most of those at Headingley, it was KR who grabbed the victory courtesy of debutant Brad Schneider’s drop goal.

The German international enjoyed a first Robins outing that ‘he will always remember’ with a try and an assist in normal time along with the all-important one-pointer to win it.

Warriors get better of Wire

Super League’s second highest attendance of the round came the same night as Wigan beat Warrington live in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Despite the clash of the two North West powerhouses being televised, there were still 13,105 in attendance at the DW Stadium.

12-12 at the break, Matt Peet’s Warriors scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to give the scoreline a more comfortable feel.

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Elsewhere in Super League

The night before, also live on Sky Sports, St Helens were able to attract a crowd of 12,193 to their clash with league leaders Catalans Dragons.

In a game called ‘the best of the season so far’ by some, Paul Wellens’ side suffered a damaging defeat, losing out 14-12.

To make matters worse, two influential figures in James Roby and Mark Percival took knocks and failed HIAs. The pair will now miss this weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Leigh Leopards.

Adrian Lam’s Leopards meanwhile march on in Super League after earning a 12th win in 13 yesterday, picking up a victory away against Salford Red Devils for the first time since 1983.

Including circa 2,000 travelling Leythers, there were 6,892 in attendance at The Salford Stadium on St Ann’s Hospice takeover day.

The lowest attendance figure of the weekend came on Friday night as Huddersfield Giants beat fellow Yorkshire outfit Wakefield Trinity.

Only 5,872 were there to watch the Giants pick up two important competition points which have eased any lingering fears of relegation for Ian Watson’s men.

Rounding things off, Hull FC’s win over Castleford Tigers on Saturday afternoon was the fourth game of Round 19 to pull in a crowd of more than 12,000.

Drawing 8-8 at the break, the Black and Whites registered a 36-18 triumph largely thanks to back-to-back tries early on in the second half. 12,352 supporters watched on at the MKM Stadium.

Super League Round 19 attendances (in ascending order)

Huddersfield Giants 34-6 Wakefield Trinity (5,872)

Salford Red Devils 22-24 Leigh Leopards (6,892)

St Helens 12-14 Catalans Dragons (12,193)

Hull FC 36-18 Castleford Tigers (12,352)

Wigan Warriors 26-12 Warrington Wolves (13,105)

Leeds Rhinos 18-19 Hull KR (13,728)

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