Betfred Super League fans have turned out in huge numbers this Easter to help set a new attendance record for the competition.
A total of 79,173 fans attended the six, Round 11 Betfred Super League matches played over Thursday and Good Friday.
Over 20,000 fans also enjoyed the Hull derby at the KC Stadium where Hull FC ran out winners over arch rivals Hull KR, the biggest crowd for a Hull FC home game since 2015.
Warrington Wolves set a new home record for a game against Salford with 11,867 fans seeing Salford get a 36-12 win against the form book.
Leeds Rhinos claimed a much needed 38-18 win, that sees them move off the foot of the table, against Huddersfield Giants at Emerald Headingley in front 13,743 fans.
The total attendance for the games beats the previous record for a 12 team Super League set in Round 25 of the 2007 season when 78,917 turned out.
Robert Elstone, Chief Executive, Super League said: “I should start by thanking the fans who turned out in record breaking numbers. Easter is traditionally one of the biggest weekends in the Super League calendar but to break the attendance record underlines the scale and loyalty of our fan base, and the support we have from clubs and supporters on the changes brought into Super League this season.”
Hull FC and England international Jake Connor added; “The atmosphere was just something else and it was really special for me to play in my first competitive Derby match at home. I’ve never played in front of a crowd like that before and it just shows what the rivalry means to the people of the city.”
Betfred Super League resumes on Easter Monday with leaders St. Helens taking on Hull FC and second place Warrington Wolves travel to East Yorkshire to play Hull KR. At the other end of the table, Leeds Rhinos will look to get back to back Easter wins with a victory at Wakefield whilst London Broncos will look to bounce back to winning ways as they travel to the John Smith’s stadium to play Huddersfield Giants.
Attendances for the games on Thursday and Good Friday:
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity (9,316) London Broncos v Catalans Dragons (2,153) Hull FC v Hull KR (20,044) Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants (13,743) Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils (11,867) Wigan Warriors v St Helens (22,050)