The Super League Grand Final (commonly referred to as the Grand Final) is the championship-deciding game of the Super League rugby league football competition. The game is played between two teams who have qualified via a play-off structure, the teams who compete in these play-offs having been decided by the league positions after the end of the regular season's weekly rounds.
Use of a play-off system to decide the Championship brought back a rugby league tradition. The Super League Premiership, which had previously taken place between the highest placed teams in the competition, was discontinued as the purpose of its original incarnation had been to take the place of the previous Championship-deciding play-off system.
The Super League Grand Final was introduced for the 1998 season. The inaugural Grand Final match was played that year on Saturday 24 October, between Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos. The venue of every Super League Grand Final to date has been Old Trafford, Manchester.
The Harry Sunderland Trophy is the award given to the man-of-the-match in the Grand Final.
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