Super League 2013 in pictures

Joel Moon tackled by Hull FC centre Joe Arundel
Round one: Champions Leeds Rhinos began their defence of Super League with a hard-fought victory against Hull FC at Headingley. New signing Joel Moon marked his debut with a try as the Rhinos overpowered the Airlie Birds after a close-fought first half. Elsewhere, St Helens were well beaten by Huddersfield as Nathan Brown's old club came to haunt him, while there were also wins for Wigan, Catalans, Warrington, Bradford and Widnes.
Ben Westwood looks to breach the Wigan Warriors defence
Round two: Super League heavyweights Warrington and Wigan share the spoils in a 17-17 classic at the DW Stadium, as Matty Smith and Lee Briers trade drop goals in a tense finish. Elsewhere Castleford stun Leeds at Wheldon Road, Hull FC pick up their first points against Bradford, Huddersfield make it two wins from two against London, while Wakefield, Catalans and Saints also win.
Brent Webb and Ben Westwood tussle
Round three: Catalans Dragons suffer their first defeat of the season at Warrington, while tempers flare between Brent Webb and Ben Westwood in a fiercely contested encounter. Leeds add more misery to Salford's cause, inflicting a third defeat in a row for Phil Veivers' side, while London are also without a win after they are nilled at home by Wakefield. Huddersfield beat Wigan to stay unbeaten while there are also victories for Bradford and Hull KR. Hull FC draw at St Helens.
Melbourne Storm players celebrate
Round four: Leeds Rhinos take on Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge bidding to win the competition for a record fourth time. The Australians run out winners in a physical battle under the Headingley lights, with both sides playing their part in a sparkling game. Storm's brace of tries after the restart prove crucial, with Rhinos unable to whittle down the deficit.
Ashley Gibson slips the tackle of Liam Salter to score for Salford
Round four: Back in regular Super League, Ashley Gibson's brace helps Salford City Reds to a first victory of 2013 in a 13-try thriller against Hull KR. Huddersfield's Jermaine McGillvary runs in a hat-trick as the Giants' 100% record continues at Wakefield, while Wigan's thumping of a plucky London Broncos leaves the capital club as the only side awaiting a victory. Castleford and Catalans drew, while there are victories for Warrington and St Helens.
Jarrod Sammut
Round five: Jarrod Sammut's hat-trick helps Bradford Bulls to a 43-18 victory against Huddersfield Giants, who see their 100% record ended on home turf. Hull KR inflict a first defeat on Warrington at Craven Park, while Salford's thumping by London Broncos costs Phil Veivers his job. Elsewhere, Leeds beat St Helens, Widnes overcome Hull, Catalans win against Wakefield and Castleford lose at home to Wigan.
Aaron Murphy scores a try for Huddersfield against Leeds Rhinos
Round six: Aaron Murphy crosses for Huddersfield Giants, who retain Super League top spot courtesy of a thumping 32-8 victory at Leeds Rhinos. Paul Anderson's side bounced back from defeat at Bradford with a six-try show. Meanwhile St Helens continued their impressive against Warrington with a 22-10 success and Wigan nilled Catalan in a 38-0 rout. There were also wins for the Hull duo of FC and KR, while Widnes and Bradford and Wakefield and Salford shared the points with two draws.
Liam Farrell celebrates with Pat Richards
Round seven: Wigan's Liam Farrell continues his impressive form with a try, but ends up on the losing side after Leeds edge the second half. Elsewhere, Huddersfield stay top of the pile after a win against Hull FC, while Warrington beat Salford City Reds to keep up pressure at the top. St Helens overpower Wakefield to record a first home win of 2013 and there are also wins for Catalans, London and Bradford.
Brett Hodgson dives over for Warrington against Huddersfield
Round eight: Warrington cut Huddersfield's lead at the top of Super League to one point with victory at a snow-bound Halliwell-Jones Stadium. After going behind to Danny Brough's penalty, the Wire roared back to score four tries and two penalties to seal the win. Wigan hammered Widnes with four tries from Josh Charnley and Sam Tomkins' hat-trick among their 11-try romp. Hull FC rescued a point against London Broncos in the final minute, while Hull KR, Catalans and St Helens also won. Leeds's trip to Wakefield was postponed because of the adverse weather.
Sam Tomkins of Wigan jumps with St Helens' Mark Percival and Jon Wilkin
Round nine: Wigan kicked off the traditional Easter weekend of derbies with victory at home to St Helens. Shaun Wane's side led 18-0 at the break and despite a second-half fightback from the Red Vee, held on to record a 28-16 victory. Hull KR won 23-10 at the home of rivals Hull FC, having also kept their opponents out in the first period. Warrington were beaten by Widnes, who ran in six tries, while Salford stunned Huddersfield, winning by a point when Marc Sneyd landed a drop goal. Leeds and Bradford were involved in a thrilling 18-18 draw on the Thursday night and Wakefield were awarded victory against Castleford despite a late abandonment. Catalans' win at London sent them temporarily top on the Thursday night.
Blake Green tries to shake off Matty Beharrell and Mickey Paea
Round 10: Blake Green proved the scourge of former club Hull KR as he ran in a hat-trick in Wigan's 15-try rampage against Rovers at Craven Park. 84-6 was the final score, with Greg Eden's consolation no comfort for Craig Sandercock's side. Elsewhere Leeds beat Catalans despite losing Ryan Bailey to a red card, while St Helens, Hull FC and Warrington shrugged off derby defeats to return to winning ways. Bradford continued their good form with victory against Salford and Danny Brough again guided Huddersfield to a convincing result at home to Widnes.
Ryan Hall holds off Brett Hodgson to score for Leeds against Warrington
Round 11: Ryan Hall's spectacular brace of tries helps Leeds beat Warrington at Headingley in a repeat of the 2012 Grand Final. It marks a fourth defeat of the campaign for Tony Smith's side, just two less than for the whole of last season. Elsewhere, the unpredictability of Hull FC and Hull KR is again in evidence as they record impressive wins against Catalans and St Helens, while Bradford climb to third after seeing off London. Widnes, Wigan and Huddersfield also win to complete the results.
Rangi Chase
Round 12: Ian Millward's departure meant Danny Orr took temporary charge of Castleford's home game with Widnes, while the future of Rangi Chase was a major talking point. Chase - linked with a move to the NRL - was influential throughout as Orr's reign began with a win. Wigan maintained their position at the top of the league with victory against in-form Bradford, while Huddersfield kept pace too by beating Hull KR. Warrington, Leeds and Catalans all won, but Salford, who named Brian Noble as their new head coach, were beaten at Hull FC.
Michael Robertson
Round 13: London Broncos inflict a first capital city defeat on St Helens for 11 years, to continue a miserable run for Nathan Brown's side. Tony Rea's side ran in three tries with Michael Witt kicking four goals and a drop to secure the win. Huddersfield give evidence of their growing steel with a 12-man success at Catalans after Luke Robinson is sent-off. Wigan, Wakefield, Salford and Warrington all pick up wins.
Danny McGuire and Kevin Sinfield embrace after the former's try
Round 14: Leeds Rhinos win a thrilling derby against Bradford Bulls at Odsal, running in five first-half tries to see off the threat of Francis Cummins's side. Widnes recorded a first Super League era victory against rivals St Helens to continue their bright form under Denis Betts while Wigan ruthlessly despatch Salford. Warrington, Hull FC, Castleford and Wakefield all win to complete the fixtures.
Brett Delaney tackled by Jon Wilkin and Mark Percival
Round 15: St Helens came back from 16-0 down to record a thrilling 30-22 victory against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley in the first Monday night game of the season. Saints' early errors handed Rhinos an early platform, but Nathan Brown's side roared back toward the end of the first half and dominated the second period to end a five-match losing run. Hull stunned Warrington at the Halliwell-Jones, while Catalans fought off a resurgent Castleford to win. Wigan, Huddersfield, Bradford and Hull KR also won to complete an exciting round of games.
Hull FC celebrate Chris Green's try
Round 16: Hull FC avenged their 2012 Magic Weekend defeat by city rivals Hull KR with an equally thrilling and controversial late finish. Chris Green's try was incorrectly awarded by video ref Steve Ganson and led to the official being stood down for the following day's matches. Meanwhile, Scott Dureau returned to action for Catalans for the first time since the removal of a tumour behind his eye as London Broncos were beaten in the weekend's opener. Castleford came out on top in a fiercely competitive derby with Wakefield, while Warrington overpowered St Helens in the final match of a red-hot day at the Etihad.
Sam Tomkins darts in for a try for Wigan against Leeds
Round 16: The second day of the Magic Weekend was capped off by a thriller between Super League leaders Wigan and reigning champions Leeds, - and the former came out on top. Video referee Ian Smith was at the heart of a big decision, ruling out Danny McGuire's try for obstruction that could have affected the outcome of the result. Salford edged Widnes to record only a second league victory for coach Brian Noble, while Huddersfield underlined their credentials for the championship with a thumping victory against Bradford.
Danny Brough
Round 17: Huddersfield's kept up their pursuit of leaders Wigan with Monday night's success against St Helens, and Danny Brough was at the heart of their success. The 30-year-old schemer then confirmed he would push for Scotland selection at the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup after being overlooked by England on a number of occasions. Hull FC also showed their potential for the play-offs with a stunning victory against Leeds. Bradford's slump, just one win in six, continued with defeat by Hull KR, Warrington were dominant against Salford, while Wakefield gave Wigan a scare before succumbing to a second-half fightback from the leaders. Widnes-Catalan and London-Castleford both ended in draws.
Tim Smith
Round 18: Tim Smith starred for Wakefield as they beat Brian Noble's Salford in front of the television cameras. The Australian half-back kicked seven goals, but it was his combination with Paul Sykes that proved crucial. Elsewhere, a resurgent Hull KR defeated high-flying Huddersfield, Leeds ended their four-game losing streak with victory against rivals Castleford and Catalans hammered Hull on home turf. Wigan, with a youthful squad, edged Widnes at Halton by one point, while St Helens and Warrington also recorded victories.
Ben Westwood celebrates a thrilling try
Round 19: Ben Westwood's try kick-started a ferocious Super League encounter between Warrington and Wigan that the home side just edged. Tries from Westwood and Joel Monaghan put the Wire in front but Wigan fought back after the break through Sam Tomkins and Anthony Gelling to lead 12-10 with five minutes to go. However, Micky Higham and Chris Hill tries swung the pendulum back Warrington's way at the crucial moment to seal two points. The Monday night affair capped off a terrific weekend of rugby league, which saw Hull KR stun Catalans in front of a crowd of 12,000 in Toulouse and Castleford creep past Hull FC in a Friday night thriller. Huddersfield beat Leeds to maintain their title persuit, while Widnes beat Bradford and there were also wins for Wakefield and St Helens.
Kirk Dixon
Round 20: Castleford Tigers stunned league leaders Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium, Kirk Dixon [pictured] scoring a try and converting another two while the hosts replied through Josh Charnley. Huddersfield underlined their title credentials with a thumping win against Catalan Dragons, and Hull KR's Michael Dobson - fresh from revealing his departure from Craven Park in 2014 - inspired the Robins to victory at St Helens. Salford beat London, and there were also wins for Leeds, Warrington and Wakefield.
Chris Tuson
Round 21: Chris Tuson's late try earns Wigan Warriors all the points at the expense of Bradford Bulls, whose spirited effort and half-time lead proves in vain. Bulls led 16-4 at half-time but were overpowered by the home side's fightback. Hull's disappointing league form continues with defeat by Huddersfield, while city rivals Kingston Rovers beat Salford. Warrington edge Leeds by a point in a thriller at the Halliwell-Jones while there are also victories for St Helens, Wakefield and Catalans.
Stephen Wild
Round 22: Having been dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Hull FC, Catalans slump to another defeat by struggling Salford. Captain Stephen Wild leads by example for Brian Noble's side, scoring the try that proves decisive in a 16-12 home success. Despite progressing to the semi-finals, three of the last four as Hull lose at Bradford, Saints overcome Wigan and London crash at Widnes and only Warrington come away with the two points with a convincing display against Hull KR. Huddersfield return to the top of the table with victory against Castleford.
Kirk Yeaman
Round 23: Fresh from reaching the Challenge Cup final with a thrilling victory against Warrington, Hull FC thrash Widnes 72-10 at the KC Stadium. Fellow finalists Wigan wobble in the early stages of the visit of Hull KR, but have enough to see off Craig Sandercock's side. Leeds add to London's woes in the first of the Thursday night outings this season, while there are also wins for Huddersfield, Warrington, Bradford and St Helens.
Huddersfield celebrate beating Wigan
Round 24: Huddersfield took a huge step toward clinching the Super League leaders shield with victory against rivals Wigan at the DW Stadium. Aaron Murphy's brace was key against a side that was without star full-back Sam Tomkins. Hull FC beat rivals KR in the city derby at Craven Park, while Warrington kept up their league pursuit with victory against Wakefield. Catalans edged Bradford, while St Helens, Leeds and Castleford also won.
Widnes celebrate victory against rivals Warrington
Round 25: Widnes kicked off round 25 with a thrilling derby victory against Warrington at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium, and dent the Wire's league shield ambitions. Jack Owens - a rapidly maturing outside back - scored two of the three tries in a 16-6 victory. Hull KR shocked Leeds at Headingley in a weekend of surprises, while St Helens continued their winning streak with success at Wakefield. Challenge Cup finalists Wigan warmed up for Wembley with defeat against Catalans, and their opponents Hull beat Salford. Huddersfield and Castleford also won to complete the round.
Huddersfield celebrate winning the League Leaders Shield
Round 26: Huddersfield lead the top division table for the first time in 81 years with a 40-0 thrashing of Wakefield on the Sunday. Head coach Paul Anderson, in his first full season in the job, led his players to 21 wins from 26 matches - with 144 tries in the process.
Danny McGuire returns to score a try against Catalans
Round 26: Elsewhere in round 26 there was good news for England and Leeds Rhinos, as half-back Danny McGuire returns from a broken leg to score a try in the victory against Catalans at Headingley. The win boosts the Rhinos hopes of a top four place. Meanwhile, Hull avenge Wigan in a rematch of their Challenge Cup final meeting the week before - although the home side make 11 changes to the side that were victorious at Wembley. Castleford continue their excellent form with victory against Salford in a high-scoring game, while Widnes, Warrington and London also win with one round to go.
Jarrod Sammut is tackled by Huddersfield
Round 27: The regular Super League season was brought to an end with some surprise results - in part down to play-off sides resting players for the knock-out stage. Huddersfield left out all 13 of the side that lifted the League Leaders' Shield the previous weekend, and an inexperienced side were torn apart by Bradford in a 58-6 loss. London Broncos capitalised on Hull KR's decision to leave out key players such as Michael Dobson, David Hodgson and Josh Hodgson and avoided finishing bottom. Widnes beat Salford - who did pick up the wooden spoon - while Wakefield won the derby with Castleford. Warrington, St Helens and Leeds also won to complete the final round.
Tommy Makinson goes airborne to score a try for St Helens against Hull KR
Play-offs: St Helens found themselves in the bottom four of the play-offs for the first time since 2004, meaning they needed a win against Hull KR to continue their progress. Tommy Makinson's try was the pick of the scores in a 46-10 success for the Saints, who also went behind before roaring back to dominate the visitors. Adam Swift's hat-trick was another highlight for the hosts, but for Rovers it was an afternoon of disappointment. Defeat marked the final appearance of Michael Dobson - whose creativity will be hard to replace at Craven Park next season.
Wigan celebrate victory against Huddersfield in the play-offs
Play-offs: Wigan kicked off the play-offs with victory against the league leaders Huddersfield, just weeks after defeat by the Giants in the regular season. The Warriors conceded an early try to Danny Brough but the pairing of Matty Smith and Blake Green soon took control of the game, teeing up a try for Josh Charnley. Pat Richards and Danny Brough traded penalties but Charnley and Green recorded further tries to see Shaun Wane's side through to the last four.
Warrington celebrate a try against Leeds
Play-offs: Warrington hosted Leeds in a repeat of last year's Grand Final, with the visitors in the top four for the first time in three years. However unlike the Old Trafford showpiece of 2012, it was the Wire who were celebrating after 80 minutes. Ben Westwood, a Man of Steel nominee that same campaign, was superb in the back row for Tony Smith's side and displayed the kind of finishing skills more suited to the centre role of his younger years with four tries. Simon Grix, Lee Briers and Ryan Atkins also crossed, while Leeds contributed with four scores - two from Zak Hardaker and one apiece for Kallum Watkins and Kevin Sinfield.
Jamie Shaul celebrates an individual try scored for Hull against Catalans
Play-off: Jamie Shaul's slice of individual magic lit up an otherwise drab and weather-affected game for Hull against Catalan Dragons at the KC Stadium. The French side took the lead through Thomas Bosc's penalty which was cancelled out and by Danny Tickle's two-pointer. Shaul then scooted clear from inside his own half to put the Airlie Birds ahead and after the break Gareth Ellis slid over for a further score to end the Dragons hopes. Ben Thaler's decision to rule out Steve Menzies' late touchdown meant double disappointment - as a 20-year career in the NRL and Super League ended in defeat.