Bonus points under consideration for Super League clubs in 2015

RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer

RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer

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SUPER League clubs could be playing for bonus points under the radical new structure for the domestic game in 2015.

Top-flight clubs currently operate a traditional system of two points for a win and one for a draw but those in the two Championship divisions receive three for a win and two for a draw, with a bonus point for losing by 12 points or fewer.

Rugby Football League chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer revealed at a media briefing in Brighouse on Thursday that one system will be introduced across all three divisions from next season and a consultation process is under way to determine the best option.

"The process will take into account the views of players, coaches, administrators, media, commercial partners and, most importantly, the fans," Rimmer said.

"Leeds Metropolitan University are undertaking a piece of research to obtain views of fans that will feed into the decision-making process which will come to a conclusion in the autumn."

Rimmer also revealed that, if a decision is made to bring in a two-referee system in 2015 following trials that are currently taking place in academy matches, it will be used in the top two divisions.

Rimmer and Super League general manager Blake Solly outlined details of the new structure which was given the green light by clubs earlier this year.

From next season the First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championship will keep the same names and both feature 12 clubs, while Kingstone Press Championship One will be renamed Kingstone Press League 1 and comprise 14 teams including newcomers Coventry.

At the end of the regular season, Super League and the Championship will split into the Super 8s - three groups of eight clubs based on league positions called Super League, The Qualifiers and Championship Shield - which will be played on a seven-match mini-league basis.

In Super League, the top four will contest a play-off series in which first plays fourth and second meets third, with the winners going through to the title-deciding Grand Final.

In The Qualifiers, the top three clubs will play in Super League the following season with the final place determined by a one-off Million Pound Game between the clubs finishing fourth and fifth, with the highest-placed team enjoying home advantage.

It is a marked shift from the traditional promotion and relegation system and organisers have attempted to ease the transition between the two divisions.

Solly announced that the salary cap for Championship clubs will be raised to £1million and central payments will start at £750,000 for the two clubs relegated from Super League going down on a sliding scale to £150,000.

They will also be able to sign up to five overseas players, subject to them receiving visas, compared to just one now, which brings them into line with Super League clubs.

Super League clubs will receive around £1.7million in central revenue while the officials also announced the re-introduction of the 50 per cent rule which restricts clubs from spending more than half their income on players' wages.

Rimmer also confirmed that the maximum penalty for clubs going into administration will be doubled to 12 points from next season. Bradford were docked six points earlier this year.

The new Super League season is due to start on the weekend of February 8, with the Championship campaign starting a week later, and Solly confirmed that a six-team World Club Challenge is still in the pipeline for early next year.

In the Championship Shield, the top four clubs will play off with the winners contesting the Championship Shield final, while the bottom two teams will be relegated to League 1.

The League 1 title will be determined by a one-off match between the first and second clubs, with the losers going into a four-team play-off to determine the second promotion spot.

The 14 League 1 clubs will also be joined by two amateur clubs in a new knock-out competition played at the start of the season.

The other significant change for 2015 affects the Challenge Cup, with the top eight Super League clubs receiving a bye into the round of 16, which means teams may need to win only three matches to reach Wembley.

The 14 League 1 teams will enter at the third-round stage, joining the 10 surviving amateur clubs, while 12 Championship clubs start in round four and the bottom four from Super League enter in round five.

Although talks have started with the BBC on restoring the final to its traditional spring date, it will stay on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday next year.

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5:51pm Thu 24 Jul 14

hunsworthbull says...

Sound's as clear as mud, keep these idiots running rugby league and they will kill the game dead.
Sound's as clear as mud, keep these idiots running rugby league and they will kill the game dead. hunsworthbull
  • Score: 9

6:00pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Shipley Paul says...

Rugby league always had a reputation for changing rules willy nilly every season. Now we have a baffling change in the structure of the game. Classic. Bungling idiots.
Rugby league always had a reputation for changing rules willy nilly every season. Now we have a baffling change in the structure of the game. Classic. Bungling idiots. Shipley Paul
  • Score: 7

6:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

normybull says...

I like the idea that the top 4 are promoted. Plenty of insentive unlike playing for one place. It will be difficult but if we cant make the top four we or any body elsed doesnt deserve to go up. Bit confused as to who's home or away in the top eight
I like the idea that the top 4 are promoted. Plenty of insentive unlike playing for one place. It will be difficult but if we cant make the top four we or any body elsed doesnt deserve to go up. Bit confused as to who's home or away in the top eight normybull
  • Score: 0

6:50pm Thu 24 Jul 14

BirchLane-1964 says...

Hahahaha 12 points for going into administration from next season!!! What is the point of that? You may as well just relegate them and kick all the supporters in the teeth for good measure!! Bet a few super league clubs will be sweating now!!!
Hahahaha 12 points for going into administration from next season!!! What is the point of that? You may as well just relegate them and kick all the supporters in the teeth for good measure!! Bet a few super league clubs will be sweating now!!! BirchLane-1964
  • Score: 9

6:51pm Thu 24 Jul 14

monobrow man says...

Rugby league is a lab rat that sky uses to try its ideas on, rfl sold their soul to the devil and it is now alienating what fans they have left
Rugby league is a lab rat that sky uses to try its ideas on, rfl sold their soul to the devil and it is now alienating what fans they have left monobrow man
  • Score: 6

6:52pm Thu 24 Jul 14

colgre says...

It`s going to be absolutely hilarious on Sky (FC V Cas) when Stevo starts trying to explain this one....he still confuses himself with the momentum rule....nice to see Big Nige & co still jot down notes on his Greggs sandwich bags....think Nige may have lost one or two though....never mind can always scribble a few notes down when things go wrong again.....
It`s going to be absolutely hilarious on Sky (FC V Cas) when Stevo starts trying to explain this one....he still confuses himself with the momentum rule....nice to see Big Nige & co still jot down notes on his Greggs sandwich bags....think Nige may have lost one or two though....never mind can always scribble a few notes down when things go wrong again..... colgre
  • Score: 5

7:08pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bully4us says...

RL would have died years ago without the Sky money. Does anyone actually enjoy the boring games that take place at the moment. Only a few games a moth are worth watching or mean anything. Change is needed to freshen things up and make games meaningful. People don't like change but something needs doing. People need to read the explanations again because it is fairly simple to understand.
RL would have died years ago without the Sky money. Does anyone actually enjoy the boring games that take place at the moment. Only a few games a moth are worth watching or mean anything. Change is needed to freshen things up and make games meaningful. People don't like change but something needs doing. People need to read the explanations again because it is fairly simple to understand. bully4us
  • Score: 6

7:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Worstbus says...

If you got bonus points for every time your team concedes 50 points or more the bullocks would be champions! Oh, wait a minute, your not in Super League any more.

FOYB!!!
If you got bonus points for every time your team concedes 50 points or more the bullocks would be champions! Oh, wait a minute, your not in Super League any more. FOYB!!! Worstbus
  • Score: -10

7:35pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Ralphie says...

So if next season Wakefield who would be a good bet to finish in the bottom four went into administration they would presumably finish bottom of the league, with 12 points deducted What difference would that make they, would still be playing for a SuperLeague place with the top 4 Championship clubs?
So if next season Wakefield who would be a good bet to finish in the bottom four went into administration they would presumably finish bottom of the league, with 12 points deducted What difference would that make they, would still be playing for a SuperLeague place with the top 4 Championship clubs? Ralphie
  • Score: 2

7:36pm Thu 24 Jul 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

there are a lot of people on here that have yet to wake up to the fact that SL = Sky and they pay the RFL to run the sport.

We are now in the embarrassing position of playing catch up with union who have had the bonus point system for ages. We should go the whole hog and introduce the bonus point for scoring 4 tries.

the league system is complicated but if it works it will be exciting.

Glad we can sign 5 overseas players next season - not that Green will.
there are a lot of people on here that have yet to wake up to the fact that SL = Sky and they pay the RFL to run the sport. We are now in the embarrassing position of playing catch up with union who have had the bonus point system for ages. We should go the whole hog and introduce the bonus point for scoring 4 tries. the league system is complicated but if it works it will be exciting. Glad we can sign 5 overseas players next season - not that Green will. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 0

7:50pm Thu 24 Jul 14

birstallbull says...

Regarding the points deduction for entering administration why is there no mention of the financial penalty I.e only half the sky money for two seasons to be divided between thr other clubs as is curently the case. I have always felt that the rfl had set a dangerous precedent with this penalty and having applied it in one case of administraton must now surely apply it to all future cases.
Regarding the points deduction for entering administration why is there no mention of the financial penalty I.e only half the sky money for two seasons to be divided between thr other clubs as is curently the case. I have always felt that the rfl had set a dangerous precedent with this penalty and having applied it in one case of administraton must now surely apply it to all future cases. birstallbull
  • Score: 6

8:33pm Thu 24 Jul 14

beverleyhills cop returns says...

Worstbus wrote:
If you got bonus points for every time your team concedes 50 points or more the bullocks would be champions! Oh, wait a minute, your not in Super League any more.

FOYB!!!
If your brain cells were replaced by dynamite there wouldn't be enough to blow your ears off BAFFOON
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: If you got bonus points for every time your team concedes 50 points or more the bullocks would be champions! Oh, wait a minute, your not in Super League any more. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]If your brain cells were replaced by dynamite there wouldn't be enough to blow your ears off BAFFOON beverleyhills cop returns
  • Score: -3

8:40pm Thu 24 Jul 14

beverleyhills cop returns says...

FOYB mmmm fight on you bulls didn't realise you had enough brain cells to work that one out.I have ben speaking to a few of my mates who are rhinos and they all you must be from the ZOO if you are from leeds you will know this area if you dont live there already brokendownbus
FOYB mmmm fight on you bulls didn't realise you had enough brain cells to work that one out.I have ben speaking to a few of my mates who are rhinos and they all you must be from the ZOO if you are from leeds you will know this area if you dont live there already brokendownbus beverleyhills cop returns
  • Score: 0

10:16pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Melbull says...

Well that me done with professional rugby league after 40 years I can't get excited. Sky subscription cancelled. The prodpect Of Seeing The Same Teams Every Other Week Bores Me To Tears.. bonus points for loosing and this crazy 3 league system
I dispair
Well that me done with professional rugby league after 40 years I can't get excited. Sky subscription cancelled. The prodpect Of Seeing The Same Teams Every Other Week Bores Me To Tears.. bonus points for loosing and this crazy 3 league system I dispair Melbull
  • Score: 4

10:43pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Sense99 says...

The fxxxing idiots at the RFL are at it again. Why don't they get on with a strategic plan to develop the game from the grass roots upwards, increase it down south, and ensure we can eventually have a sensible European competition. Versus tweeking rubbish around the edges that has no effect.

Golden rule of business KISS (keep it simple stupid) ! I guess they missed page 1 of run your own business for idiots !

Why do we need to make everything so bloody complicated. The beauty of RL is that it is a simple game, why make everything around it more and more complicated.

Unless these idiots get a grip the game will get into further decline and eventually implode and cease to exist.

I would like to know who all these nut cases are that the RFL apparently talk to and get positive feedback for their latest stupid idea - may be it was the local drunk at the bar they were drinking at.
The fxxxing idiots at the RFL are at it again. Why don't they get on with a strategic plan to develop the game from the grass roots upwards, increase it down south, and ensure we can eventually have a sensible European competition. Versus tweeking rubbish around the edges that has no effect. Golden rule of business KISS (keep it simple stupid) ! I guess they missed page 1 of run your own business for idiots ! Why do we need to make everything so bloody complicated. The beauty of RL is that it is a simple game, why make everything around it more and more complicated. Unless these idiots get a grip the game will get into further decline and eventually implode and cease to exist. I would like to know who all these nut cases are that the RFL apparently talk to and get positive feedback for their latest stupid idea - may be it was the local drunk at the bar they were drinking at. Sense99
  • Score: 3

10:47pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Mik_e says...

Money Money Money, look beneath the surface, sport has been ruined by money.
Money Money Money, look beneath the surface, sport has been ruined by money. Mik_e
  • Score: 2

10:49pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bradfordbronco says...

normybull wrote:
I like the idea that the top 4 are promoted. Plenty of insentive unlike playing for one place. It will be difficult but if we cant make the top four we or any body elsed doesnt deserve to go up. Bit confused as to who's home or away in the top eight
Its not the top four that are promoted that would be far too simple. Its the top 3 that are promoted 4th plays 5th for the remaining spot.

The top 3 will almost certainly be SL clubs Therefore the only way a championship side can get promoted is to finish 4th or 5th and win the play off game.
[quote][p][bold]normybull[/bold] wrote: I like the idea that the top 4 are promoted. Plenty of insentive unlike playing for one place. It will be difficult but if we cant make the top four we or any body elsed doesnt deserve to go up. Bit confused as to who's home or away in the top eight[/p][/quote]Its not the top four that are promoted that would be far too simple. Its the top 3 that are promoted 4th plays 5th for the remaining spot. The top 3 will almost certainly be SL clubs Therefore the only way a championship side can get promoted is to finish 4th or 5th and win the play off game. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 2

1:02am Fri 25 Jul 14

Bradfordbull72 says...

Does the 12 point deduction continue whrn the superlesgue teams play the chsmpionship teams, i d hazard a guess not, therefore meaningless punishment. I take it any team in admin forfeits half its sky money for two years, i d hazard a guess not. Also any explanation why bulls only team to enrer admin and forfeit half its money for two years . Again i guess not.
Solly, wood and rimmer you ARE pathetic
Does the 12 point deduction continue whrn the superlesgue teams play the chsmpionship teams, i d hazard a guess not, therefore meaningless punishment. I take it any team in admin forfeits half its sky money for two years, i d hazard a guess not. Also any explanation why bulls only team to enrer admin and forfeit half its money for two years . Again i guess not. Solly, wood and rimmer you ARE pathetic Bradfordbull72
  • Score: 7

1:04am Fri 25 Jul 14

Bradfordbull72 says...

Worstbus wrote:
If you got bonus points for every time your team concedes 50 points or more the bullocks would be champions! Oh, wait a minute, your not in Super League any more.

FOYB!!!
You really are a pr..k, come in red lion on sunday pre match and share some of your sh. T in there
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: If you got bonus points for every time your team concedes 50 points or more the bullocks would be champions! Oh, wait a minute, your not in Super League any more. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]You really are a pr..k, come in red lion on sunday pre match and share some of your sh. T in there Bradfordbull72
  • Score: 4

8:25am Fri 25 Jul 14

no1smytho says...

teams can only spend 50% of income on wages hmm guess hudds will be offloading a few players then.
teams can only spend 50% of income on wages hmm guess hudds will be offloading a few players then. no1smytho
  • Score: 3

9:46am Fri 25 Jul 14

Bull4Life says...

normybull wrote:
I like the idea that the top 4 are promoted. Plenty of insentive unlike playing for one place. It will be difficult but if we cant make the top four we or any body elsed doesnt deserve to go up. Bit confused as to who's home or away in the top eight
with regards to who's home and away, my understanding from last night is as follows:

Superleague 8: The top 4 will each enjoy 4 of their 7 fixtures at home

The Qualifiers (4 superleague + 4 championship): The superleague teams finishing 9th and 10th (ie top 2 of the bottom 4) and the top 2 from the championship, will each have 4 of their 7 fixtures at home.

Championship Shield: teams finishing 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th in the championship will play 4 of their 7 fixtures at home.
[quote][p][bold]normybull[/bold] wrote: I like the idea that the top 4 are promoted. Plenty of insentive unlike playing for one place. It will be difficult but if we cant make the top four we or any body elsed doesnt deserve to go up. Bit confused as to who's home or away in the top eight[/p][/quote]with regards to who's home and away, my understanding from last night is as follows: Superleague 8: The top 4 will each enjoy 4 of their 7 fixtures at home The Qualifiers (4 superleague + 4 championship): The superleague teams finishing 9th and 10th (ie top 2 of the bottom 4) and the top 2 from the championship, will each have 4 of their 7 fixtures at home. Championship Shield: teams finishing 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th in the championship will play 4 of their 7 fixtures at home. Bull4Life
  • Score: 1

10:52am Fri 25 Jul 14

1964gc says...

Wouldn't believe a word that came out of Rimmers mouth tbh,o proven bullshitter with selective memory loss
Wouldn't believe a word that came out of Rimmers mouth tbh,o proven bullshitter with selective memory loss 1964gc
  • Score: 5

2:23pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Out of site says...

Bradfordbull72 wrote:
Worstbus wrote:
If you got bonus points for every time your team concedes 50 points or more the bullocks would be champions! Oh, wait a minute, your not in Super League any more.

FOYB!!!
You really are a pr..k, come in red lion on sunday pre match and share some of your sh. T in there
Not much point in going there the bullock fans won't be there.
[quote][p][bold]Bradfordbull72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: If you got bonus points for every time your team concedes 50 points or more the bullocks would be champions! Oh, wait a minute, your not in Super League any more. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]You really are a pr..k, come in red lion on sunday pre match and share some of your sh. T in there[/p][/quote]Not much point in going there the bullock fans won't be there. Out of site
  • Score: 0

7:48am Sat 26 Jul 14

raisemeup says...

With the exception of the two resident, parasites on the site:
I think you are all right about what will happen at the end of 2015, after the 7 teams have been relegated at the end of 2014: The concept of promotion is based on these Mini leagues, which of course might mean the bottom 4 super league clubs, playing in the middle 8 tier, will be promoted back into SL, that being the case where is this promotion to SL status?
The RFL hierarchy are now pretending that the situation of the bonus point was thought out in the consultation process, along with the 50% of turnover being reintroduced. Firstly the bonus point system was never raised at the time (it wasn't in the review document) and the 50% of T/O was never rescinded, in fact nothing will change as per salary cap in S/L.
And did you note the central payments to tier 2 (known as Kingstone press championship) will drop on a sliding scale to £150k, so presumably this is dependant on league position, which of course will not be known until the end of the season (2015) so logic tells me that all clubs may be given a base of £150k with the bonus payments depending on league position at the end of the season? The bonus point system also had to be introduced or scrapped, as the whole scheme will be brought into chaos... oh hang on it is in chaos already?

The question is would you buy a second hand car from any of the 3 musketeers, or is that privateers?
With the exception of the two resident, parasites on the site: I think you are all right about what will happen at the end of 2015, after the 7 teams have been relegated at the end of 2014: The concept of promotion is based on these Mini leagues, which of course might mean the bottom 4 super league clubs, playing in the middle 8 tier, will be promoted back into SL, that being the case where is this promotion to SL status? The RFL hierarchy are now pretending that the situation of the bonus point was thought out in the consultation process, along with the 50% of turnover being reintroduced. Firstly the bonus point system was never raised at the time (it wasn't in the review document) and the 50% of T/O was never rescinded, in fact nothing will change as per salary cap in S/L. And did you note the central payments to tier 2 (known as Kingstone press championship) will drop on a sliding scale to £150k, so presumably this is dependant on league position, which of course will not be known until the end of the season (2015) so logic tells me that all clubs may be given a base of £150k with the bonus payments depending on league position at the end of the season? The bonus point system also had to be introduced or scrapped, as the whole scheme will be brought into chaos... oh hang on it is in chaos already? The question is would you buy a second hand car from any of the 3 musketeers, or is that privateers? raisemeup
  • Score: 1

3:32pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Worstbus says...

bullock72, I would not be seen dead in any pub, club or bar with a bullocks fan. I would never lower myself to that standard.

FOYB!!!
bullock72, I would not be seen dead in any pub, club or bar with a bullocks fan. I would never lower myself to that standard. FOYB!!! Worstbus
  • Score: 1

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