The 40/20 rule was introduced to reward accurate kicking in general play. The rule, which had been used in Australia since 1997, gave the head and feed at the resulting scrum to a team that kicked the ball from behind their 40 metre line so that it bounced in the field of play before going into touch behind their opponent's 20 metre line.
The season finished with a grand final between 1997 champions Bradford Bulls and the inaugural Super League champions St. Helens in which the Saints triumphed in a closely contested game.
Super League IV Table
Regular Season Final Standings
End of season mergers
Huddersfield managed to avoid relegation again despite finishing bottom due to the merger with Sheffield...... Read More