Super League Round 3 attendances as world champions attract bumper crowd

Drew Darbyshire
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Champions St Helens recorded the highest attendance in Round Three of Super League, with more than 15,000 watching the thriller inside the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Paul Wellens’ side were welcomed home following their World Club Challenge win in Australia with a 15-000 strong crowd.

The Rhinos spoiled the homecoming with a 25-24 win thanks to a late drop goal from Blake Austin, but it was the highest attendance in the top flight for Round Three.

A total of 51,855 supporters attended a game during Round Three – an average of 8,642 across the six fixtures.

There were almost 10,000 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium for Thursday night’s televised match as Warrington beat Salford 36-20 in a thrilling contest.

Warrington have had two games at home so far in 2023, bringing in more than 20,000 spectators, so they’ve enjoyed a strong start to the year.

And there were five Super League games on Friday night. In the south of France, there were almost 7,000 in attendance for Catalans’ 38-6 victory over Hull. It was almost down by 1,000 from their match against Leigh the previous Saturday.

More than 4,000 were at Belle Vue as Wakefield tasted an 8-0 defeat to visitors Huddersfield.

Castleford hosted their second home game of the season on Friday, with more than 7,500 watching their 36-0 defeat to Wigan. The Tigers have attracted a total of 17,607 fans in their first two home games so far.

And there was almost 8,500 inside Craven Park as hosts Hull KR fell short to a 30-20 defeat against newly-promoted Leigh. The Robins have brought in almost 18,500 fans in their opening two home games of 2023.

Super League Round Three attendances:

Warrington Wolves 36-20 Salford Red Devils: 9,616

St Helens 24-25 Leeds Rhinos: 15,138

Catalans Dragons 38-6 Hull FC: 6,933

Wakefield Trinity 0-8 Huddersfield Giants: 4,155

Castleford Tigers 0-36 Wigan Warriors: 7,565

Hull Kingston Rovers 25-30 Leigh Leopards: 8,448

A total of 160,671 supporters have attended a Super League fixture so far in 2023.

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