2007–08 English Premiership (rugby union)

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2007–08 Guinness Premiership
Countries  England
Champions London Wasps (6th title)
Runners-up Leicester Tigers
Relegated Leeds Carnegie
Matches played 135
Attendance 1,517,863 (average 11,243 per match)
Top point scorer England Andy Goode (207 points)
Top try scorer England Tom Varndell (14 tries)

The 2007–08 Guinness Premiership was the 21st season of the top flight of the English domestic rugby union competitions, played between September 2007 and May 2008. Due to the 2007 Rugby World Cup the season started slightly later than normal, as England were trying to defend their title. Leeds Tykes, which renamed themselves Leeds Carnegie shortly after the 2006-07 season, were promoted from National Division One 2006-07, taking the place of Northampton Saints who were relegated.

During the season, London Wasps went from 10th in the league during October, to beat Leicester in the Guinness Premiership Final.

Participating teams[edit]

Locations of the 2007-08 Guinness Premiership teams
Team Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath Bath 10,600 Bath, Somerset
Bristol Memorial Stadium[n 1] 12,100 Bristol, Avon
Gloucester Kingsholm 16,500 Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Harlequins The Stoop[n 2] 12,638 Twickenham, London
Leeds Carnegie Headingley Stadium 22,250 Leeds, West Yorkshire
Leicester Tigers Welford Road 17,500 Leicester, Leicestershire
London Irish Madejski Stadium 24,250 Reading, Berkshire
Newcastle Falcons Kingston Park 10,200 Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Sale Edgeley Park 10,852 Stockport, Greater Manchester
Saracens Vicarage Road 22,000 Watford, Hertfordshire
Wasps Adams Park[n 3] 10,000 High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Worcester Sixways 10,197 Worcester, Worcestershire
Notes
  1. ^ *Bristol would also play 1 home game at Ashton Gate in Bristol on 2 March 2008
  2. ^ *Harlequins would also play 1 home game at Twickenham in London on 15 September 2007
  3. ^ *Wasps would also play 1 home game at Twickenham in London on 15 September 2007

Table[edit]

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Gloucester (SF) 22 15 0 7 551 377 +174 65 39 7 7 74
2 London Wasps (C) 22 14 2 6 599 459 +140 67 49 7 3 70
3 Bath (SF) 22 15 0 7 526 387 +139 59 37 6 3 69
4 Leicester Tigers (F) 22 13 0 9 539 428 +111 58 40 6 6 64
5 Sale Sharks 22 14 0 8 481 374 +107 44 37 4 3 63
6 Harlequins 22 12 0 10 480 440 +40 53 49 7 8 63
7 London Irish 22 13 0 9 433 382 +51 44 37 2 5 59
8 Saracens 22 11 0 11 533 525 +8 58 58 3 5 52
9 Bristol 22 7 1 14 393 473 −80 40 52 3 5 37*
10 Worcester Warriors 22 6 2 14 387 472 −85 48 47 1 7 36
11 Newcastle Falcons 22 7 0 15 333 542 −209 34 62 1 5 34
12 Leeds Carnegie (R) 22 2 1 19 336 732 −396 33 96 0 2 12
Bristol Rugby deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player in the match against London Wasps on 22 December 2007. Green background are play off places. Pink background is the relegation place
Reference www.guinnesspremiership.com:

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points scored and allowed
  3. Total number of points scored
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

15 September 2007
14:15
Bath 29 – 15 Worcester Warriors
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,010
15 September 2007
15:30
Harlequins 35 – 27 London Irish
Twickenham
Attendance: 39,400
15 September 2007
18:00
London Wasps 19 – 29 Saracens
Twickenham
Attendance: 39,400
16 September 2007
15:00
Bristol 13 – 26 Leicester Tigers
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 8,125
16 September 2007
15:00
Leeds Carnegie 24 – 49 Gloucester
Headingley
Attendance: 10,674
16 September 2007
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 33 – 12 Sale Sharks
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,859

Round 2[edit]

22 September 2007
15:00
Leicester Tigers 26 – 16 Bath
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,059
22 September 2007
17:00
Harlequins 39 – 15 Leeds Carnegie
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 7,459
22 September 2007
17:00
Worcester Warriors 24 – 24 London Wasps
Sixways
Attendance: 7,105
23 September 2007
15:00
London Irish 19 – 0 Newcastle Falcons
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 6,800
23 September 2007
15:00
Sale Sharks 20 – 6 Bristol
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 6,402
23 September 2007
15:00
Saracens 31 – 38 Gloucester
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,976

Round 3[edit]

29 September 2007
14:15
Bath 21 – 19 Sale Sharks
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,105
29 September 2007
18:00
Gloucester 29 – 7 Worcester Warriors
Kingsholm
Attendance: 15,781
29 September 2007
18:00
Newcastle Falcons 19 – 12 Harlequins
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,478
30 September 2007
15:00
Bristol 14 – 11 London Irish
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 6,751
30 September 2007
15:00
Leeds Carnegie 7 – 31 Saracens
Headingley
Attendance: 9,620
30 September 2007
15:00
London Wasps 17 – 20 Leicester Tigers
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,313

Round 4[edit]

5 October 2007
19:45
Sale Sharks 16 – 0 London Wasps
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 7,368
5 October 2007
20:00
London Irish 20 – 22 Bath
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 8,092
5 October 2007
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 21 – 19 Leeds Carnegie
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,847
6 October 2007
16:00
Harlequins 24 – 18 Bristol
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 7,732
6 October 2007
17:00
Worcester Warriors 16 – 21 Saracens
Sixways
Attendance: 8,863
6 October 2007
18:00
Leicester Tigers 17 – 30 Gloucester
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,101

Round 5[edit]

12 October 2007
20:00
Leeds Carnegie 26 – 21 Worcester Warriors
Headingley
Attendance: 4,516
13 October 2007
12:30
Bath 25 – 10 Harlequins
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,142
13 October 2007
15:00
Gloucester 31 – 12 Sale Sharks
Kingsholm
Attendance: 14,075
14 October 2007
15:00
Bristol 23 – 16 Newcastle Falcons
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 6,829
14 October 2007
15:00
London Wasps 28 – 14 London Irish
Adams Park
Attendance: 6,629
14 October 2007
15:00
Saracens 26 – 19 Leicester Tigers
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,427

Round 6[edit]

19 October 2007
19:45
Sale Sharks 34 – 30 Saracens
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 7,051
20 October 2007
15:00
Harlequins 26 – 25 London Wasps
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 10,115
20 October 2007
15:00
Leicester Tigers 28 – 20 Worcester Warriors
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,219
21 October 2007
Oct 7 14:00
Newcastle Falcons 20 – 33 Bath
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,592
21 October 2007
Oct 7 15:00
Bristol 39 – 13 Leeds Carnegie
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 6,439
21 October 2007
Oct 7 16:00
London Irish 15 – 10 Gloucester
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,582

Round 7[edit]

23 November 2007
20:00
Worcester Warriors 15 – 34 Sale Sharks
Sixways
Attendance: 10,197
24 November 2007
14:15
Bath 28 – 13 Bristol
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
24 November 2007
14:45
Leeds Carnegie 6 – 29 Leicester Tigers
Headingley
Attendance: 9,496
24 November 2007
15:00
Gloucester 27 – 25 Harlequins
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,506
25 November 2007
15:00
London Wasps 35 – 12 Newcastle Falcons
Adams Park
Attendance: 9,502
25 November 2007
15:00
Saracens 24 – 20 London Irish
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 9,020

Round 8[edit]

22 December 2007
14:15
Bath 41 – 10 Leeds Carnegie
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
22 December 2007
14:45
Bristol 23 – 23 London Wasps
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 9,926
22 December 2007
15:00
Harlequins 20 – 27 Saracens
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 11,672
23 December 2007
14:45
Sale Sharks 20 – 14 Leicester Tigers
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,872
23 December 2007
15:00
London Irish 23 – 16 Worcester Warriors
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,266
23 December 2007
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 13 – 20 Gloucester
Kingston Park
Attendance: 9,612

Round 9[edit]

29 December 2007
14:45
Leicester Tigers 25 – 17 London Irish
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,498
29 December 2007
14:45
London Wasps 25 – 10 Bath
Adams Park
Attendance: 10,000
29 December 2007
15:00
Gloucester 27 – 0 Bristol
Kingsholm
Attendance: 16,500
29 December 2007
15:00
Worcester Warriors 7 – 10 Harlequins
Sixways
Attendance: 10,197
30 December 2007
15:00
Leeds Carnegie 20 – 34 Sale Sharks
Headingley
Attendance: 11,116
30 December 2007
16:00
Saracens 19 – 22 Newcastle Falcons
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 17,223

Round 10[edit]

4 January 2008
20:00
Bath 10 – 5 Gloucester
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
5 January 2008
15:00
London Wasps 25 – 17 Leeds Carnegie
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,667
6 January 2008
13:15
Harlequins 13 – 42 Leicester Tigers
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,605
6 January 2008
15:00
Bristol 18 – 3 Saracens
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 8,129
6 January 2008
15:00
London Irish 20 – 12 Sale Sharks
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,744
6 January 2008
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 15 – 12 Worcester Warriors
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,219

Round 11[edit]

25 January 2008
20:00
Sale Sharks 20 – 13 Harlequins
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,216
26 January 2008
15:00
Gloucester 18 – 17 London Wasps
Kingsholm
Attendance: 16,200
26 January 2008
15:00
Leicester Tigers 41 – 14 Newcastle Falcons
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,498
26 January 2008
15:00
Worcester Warriors 25 – 5 Bristol
Sixways
Attendance: 9,822
27 January 2008
13:30
Saracens 26 – 20 Bath
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 9,952
27 January 2008
15:00
Leeds Carnegie 24 – 26 London Irish
Headingley
Attendance: 4,886

Rearranged fixtures[edit]

9 February 2008
15:00
Gloucester 13 – 20 Leicester Tigers
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,597
10 February 2008
15:00
Saracens 19 – 6 Worcester Warriors
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,739

Round 12[edit]

15 February 2008
19:45
Sale Sharks 29 – 3 Leeds Carnegie
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 8,006
16 February 2008
14:45
Bath 34 – 42 London Wasps
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
16 February 2008
15:00
Harlequins 36 – 15 Worcester Warriors
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 10,363
17 February 2008
13:45
London Irish 22 – 13 Leicester Tigers
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,559
17 February 2008
15:00
Bristol 29 – 26 Gloucester
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 11,418
17 February 2008
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 16 – 14 Saracens
Kingston Park
Attendance: 8,266

Round 13[edit]

22 February 2008
20:00
Worcester Warriors 11 – 12 London Irish
Sixways
Attendance: 10,197
23 February 2008
15:00
Gloucester 28 – 20 Newcastle Falcons
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,047
23 February 2008
15:00
Leicester Tigers 11 – 14 Sale Sharks
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,498
23 February 2008
15:00
London Wasps 32 – 30 Bristol
Adams Park
Attendance: 8,583
24 February 2008
15:00
Leeds Carnegie 15 – 34 Bath
Headingley
Attendance: 4,859
24 February 2008
18:05
Saracens 6 – 15 Harlequins
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,553

Round 14[edit]

29 February 2008
19:45
Sale Sharks 15 – 22 Worcester Warriors
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 7,862
1 March 2008
13:30
London Irish 27 – 24 Saracens
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 8,298
1 March 2008
14:45
Harlequins 30 – 25 Gloucester
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,638
1 March 2008
15:00
Leicester Tigers 34 – 21 Leeds Carnegie
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,002
2 March 2008
15:00
Bristol 9 – 19 Bath
Ashton Gate
Attendance: 16,234

Round 15[edit]

8 March 2008
13:00
Bath 22 – 11 Newcastle Falcons
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
8 March 2008
15:00
Worcester Warriors 23 – 19 Leicester Tigers
Sixways
Attendance: 10,047
8 March 2008
17:30
Gloucester 34 – 14 London Irish
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,354
9 March 2008
15:00
Leeds Carnegie 13 – 30 Bristol
Headingley
Attendance: 3,841
9 March 2008
15:00
London Wasps 29 – 25 Harlequins
Adams Park
Attendance: 10,000
9 March 2008
15:00
Saracens 24 – 20 Sale Sharks
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 8,712

Round 16[edit]

14 March 2008
19:45
Sale Sharks 22 – 16 Gloucester
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,266
15 March 2008
15:00
Leicester Tigers 36 – 23 Saracens
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,071
16 March 2008
13:00
Worcester Warriors 10 – 10 Leeds Carnegie
Sixways
Attendance: 9,371
16 March 2008
15:00
Harlequins 22 – 16 Bath
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 11,196
16 March 2008
15:00
London Irish 16 – 22 London Wasps
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 23,709
16 March 2008
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 8 – 28 Bristol
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,088

Round 17[edit]

21 October 2007
Mar 8 19:00
Leeds Carnegie 16 – 15 Newcastle Falcons
Headingley
Attendance: 8,917
22 March 2008
14:15
Bath 19 – 16 London Irish
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
23 March 2008
15:00
Bristol 15 – 28 Harlequins
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 9,764

Round 18[edit]

28 March 2008
19:45
Sale Sharks 22 – 6 Bath
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,068
29 March 2008
14:45
Leicester Tigers 19 – 24 London Wasps
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,498
29 March 2008
15:00
Harlequins 15 – 9 Newcastle Falcons
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,638
29 March 2008
15:00
Worcester Warriors 17 – 14 Gloucester
Sixways
Attendance: 10,197
30 March 2008
15:00
London Irish 28 – 8 Bristol
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,573
30 March 2008
15:00
Saracens 66 – 7 Leeds Carnegie
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,896

Round 19[edit]

11 April 2008
19:30
Bristol 17 – 24 Sale Sharks
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 8,178
12 April 2008
12:35
Gloucester 39 – 15 Saracens
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,300
12 April 2008
15:00
London Wasps 49 – 12 Worcester Warriors
Adams Park
Attendance: 8,138
13 April 2008
15:00
Leeds Carnegie 6 – 32 Harlequins
Headingley
Attendance: 3,854
13 April 2008
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 8 – 13 London Irish
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,484

Rearranged fixtures[edit]

15 April 2008
19:30
London Wasps 29 – 19 Sale Sharks
Adams Park
Attendance: 9,823
15 April 2008
20:00
Bath 26 – 12 Leicester Tigers
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600

Round 20[edit]

19 April 2008
14:45
London Irish 13 – 6 Harlequins
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,324
19 April 2008
15:00
Gloucester 39 – 16 Leeds Carnegie
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,753
19 April 2008
15:00
Leicester Tigers 32 – 14 Bristol
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,324
19 April 2008
15:00
Worcester Warriors 20 – 23 Bath
Sixways
Attendance: 10,049
20 April 2008
15:00
Saracens 29 – 40 London Wasps
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 13,210
20 April 2008
15:30
Sale Sharks 53 – 10 Newcastle Falcons
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,134

Round 21[edit]

3 May 2008
15:00
Bristol 21 – 22 Worcester Warriors
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 9,127
3 May 2008
18:00
Bath 66 – 21 Saracens
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
4 May 2008
15:00
Harlequins 16 – 23 Sale Sharks
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,638
4 May 2008
15:00
London Irish 43 – 20 Leeds Carnegie
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,502
4 May 2008
15:00
London Wasps 17 – 25 Gloucester
Adams Park
Attendance: 10,000
4 May 2008
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 28 – 25 Leicester Tigers
Kingston Park
Attendance: 9,184

Rearranged fixture[edit]

7 May 2008
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 13 – 32 London Wasps
Kingston Park
Attendance: 10,200

Round 22[edit]

10 May 2008
15:00
Gloucester 8 – 6 Bath
Kingsholm
Attendance: 16,500
10 May 2008
15:00
Leeds Carnegie 28 – 45 London Wasps
Headingley
Attendance: 7,842
10 May 2008
15:00
Leicester Tigers 31 – 28 Harlequins
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,498
10 May 2008
15:00
Sale Sharks 7 – 17 London Irish
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,252
10 May 2008
15:00
Saracens 25 – 20 Bristol
Stadium:mk
Attendance: 8,050
10 May 2008
15:00
Worcester Warriors 51 – 10 Newcastle Falcons
Sixways
Attendance: 10,197

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

18 May 2008
14:00
London Wasps 21 – 10 Bath
Adams Park
Attendance: 10,000
18 May 2008
16:30
Gloucester 25 – 26 Leicester Tigers
Kingsholm
Attendance: 16,500

Final[edit]

31 May 2008
15:00
London Wasps 26 – 16 Leicester Tigers
Twickenham
Attendance: 81,600

Total Season Attendances[edit]

Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath 11 115,057 10,460 10,600 10,010 99%
Bristol 11 100,920 9,175 16,234 6,439 70%
Gloucester 12 171,113 14,259 16,500 11,753 86%
Harlequins 11 148,456 13,496 39,400 7,459 83%
Leeds Tykes 11 79,621 7,238 11,116 3,841 33%
Leicester Tigers 11 189,266 17,206 17,498 16,219 98%
London Irish 11 109,449 9,950 23,709 6,800 41%
Newcastle Falcons 11 82,829 7,530 10,200 5,592 74%
Sale Sharks 11 96,497 8,772 10,872 6,402 81%
Saracens 11 99,758 9,069 17,223 5,896 40%
Wasps 12 137,055 11,421 39,400 6,629 85%
Worcester Warriors 11 106,242 9,658 10,197 7,105 95%

Top scorers[edit]

Points[edit]

Points Name Club Tries Con Pen Drop
207 England Andy Goode Leicester Tigers 1 26 46 4
201 England Charlie Hodgson Sale Sharks 0 24 42 9
192 England Danny Cipriani London Wasps 6 39 28 0
179 New Zealand Glen Jackson Saracens 2 29 35 2
178 England Olly Barkley Bath Rugby 3 32 33 0
152 England Ryan Lamb Gloucester Rugby 4 24 27 1
127 Argentina Alberto Di Bernardo Leeds Carnegie 0 14 28 5
118 Australia Shane Drahm Worcester Warriors 1 19 24 1
115 England Adrian Jarvis Harlequins 0 17 27 0
107 Australia Chris Malone Harlequins 2 20 17 2

Tries[edit]

Player Tries Club
England Tom Varndell 14 Leicester Tigers
England Matt Banahan 10 Bath Rugby
England James Simpson-Daniel 10 Gloucester Rugby
England Miles Benjamin 9 Worcester Rugby
England Lesley Vainikolo 9 Gloucester Rugby
England Ben Foden 8 Sale Sharks
England Tom Voyce 8 London Wasps
England Tom Arscott 7 Bristol Rugby
England Tom Biggs 7 Leeds Carnegie
England Tom May 7 Newcastle Falcons

References[edit]

External links[edit]