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2013 NRL season

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Attendance  3345248
Champion  Sydney Roosters
Points scored  8,210
Top points scorer(s)  James Maloney (252)
Teams  16
Matches played  201
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Premiers  Sydney Roosters (13th title)
Minor premiers  Sydney Roosters (17th title)
Player of the year  Cooper Cronk (Dally M Medal)
Top try-scorer(s)  David Williams (20) Jorge Taufua (20) Michael Jennings (20)
Similar  2014 NRL season, 2016 NRL season, 2015 NRL season, 2013 Rugby League, 2007 NRL season

2013 nrl season

The 2013 NRL season was the 106th season of professional rugby league club competition in Australia. The National Rugby League's main competition, named the 2013 Telstra Premiership after major sponsors Telstra Corporation, was contested by sixteen teams during the regular season, which lasted from March to September, and resulted in the top eight finishing teams, who went on to contest the finals. The season culminated in the Grand Final, in which the Sydney Roosters defeated the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26-18 to win their first NRL premiership since 2002.


The NRL season started with the 2013 NRL All Stars match, which was played in February. The 2013 Holden Cup, the NRL's under-20 competition, also took place alongside the Premiership, with most matches held before the first grade competition. The Parramatta Eels picked up the wooden spoon for the second consecutive season after winning only five matches for the season.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks supplements saga

The 2013 NRL season was marred by a major investigation involving the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks' supplements program, which was alleged to have taken place during the 2011 season. Following an almost year-long investigation by ASADA and the NRL, a series of penalties were applied on the club, including, among others, the 12-month suspension of Shane Flanagan as the club's head coach, as well as a $1,000,000 fine (with $400,000 suspended) and the deregistration of Trent Elkin as the club's trainer.

Despite the off-field controversy, the Sharks were still able to reach the NRL finals for the second consecutive year, losing to eventual grand finalists Manly in the second week.


The lineup of teams remained unchanged for the 7th consecutive year. A report conducted by Brand Finance valued the Penrith Panthers club at $46.2m, the highest of any Australian sporting brand, while the Brisbane Broncos had the highest brand equity.

Finals series

For the second year the NRL uses the finals system previously implemented by the ARL competition from the 1990s (also used as the AFL final eight system) to decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams. Both the seventh-placed Newcastle Knights and minor premiers Sydney Roosters return the finals after last featuring respectively in 2011 and 2010, whilst the other six teams (Bulldogs, Storm, Rabbitohs, Sea Eagles, Cowboys & Sharks) were featured in the preceding finals series.

Regular season player statistics

The following statistics are of the conclusion of round 26.




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