2008–09 Top 14 season

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2008–09 Top 14 season
Countries  France
Champions Perpignan
(7th title)
Runners-up Clermont
Relegated Dax
Mont-de-Marsan
Matches played 185
Attendance 2,355,932 (average 12,735 per match)
Tries scored 610 (average 3.297 per match)
Top point scorer Australia Brock James (324)
Top try scorer Fiji Napolioni Nalaga (21)

The 2008–09 Top 14 Competition was a French domestic rugby union club competition operated by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). It ran from late August 2008 through the final at Stade de France on June 6, 2009, in which Perpignan lifted the Bouclier de Brennus with a 22–13 win over Clermont.

This year's edition of the Top 14 welcomed Toulon, winners of the 2008 title in the second-level Pro D2, and Mont-de-Marsan, victors in the 2008 promotion playoffs between the second- through fifth-place teams in Pro D2. They took the place of Auch and Albi, relegated at the end of the 2007–08 Top 14. Auch, which had been promoted to the Top 14 for 2007–08, finished bottom of the table and went down. The other newly promoted team in 2007–08, Dax, finished second-from-bottom, but were reprieved when French sporting authorities forcibly relegated 12th-place Albi to Pro D2 due to financial issues.

Season synopsis[edit]

While the four playoff teams—Perpignan, Toulouse, Clermont, and Stade Français—separated themselves from the pack fairly early in the season, it was Toulouse who were the form team in the first half of the season; they had a Top 14-record streak of 11 wins from Round 5 through Round 15. However, Perpignan surged in the second half of the season, finishing level with Toulouse on the season log; the Catalans claimed the top seed on the first tiebreaker of head-to-head competition points. Biarritz used a late-season surge to claim fifth place, while the final Heineken Cup berth was ultimately decided in the final round, when Brive's draw with Bourgoin combined with Bayonne's win over Stade Français without a bonus point left Brive and Bayonne level on the log; Brive won on the second tiebreaker of head-to-head scoring.

At the other end of the ladder, Mont-de-Marsan were rarely competitive and finished bottom. The second relegation place finally fell on Dax, after Bourgoin, Castres, and the highly ambitious Toulon spent time in relegation trouble.

For much of the season, Bourgoin faced another type of relegation trouble—financial. At the end of each season, all teams in both divisions of LNR must pass a financial audit conducted by DNACG (Direction nationale d'aide et de contrôle de gestion), LNR's financial arm, to be able to keep their professional licenses. The club were able to satisfy DNACG that they had sufficient financial guarantees to participate in Top 14 and were thus allowed to stay in the top flight.[1]

Competition format[edit]

Each club plays every other club twice. The second half of the season is conducted in the same order as the first, with the club at home in the first half of the season away in the second. As in previous seasons, the top four clubs at the end of the home-and-away season advanced to a single-elimination playoff. The semifinals were held at neutral sites on May 29 and 30, with the final at Stade de France on June 6.

Going into the season, the top six clubs were guaranteed of berths in the 2009–10 Heineken Cup, with the possibility of a seventh if a French club had advanced further in the 2008–09 Heineken Cup than any team from England or Italy. However, the seventh French berth did not materialize this season, as the only Top 14 club to make the knockout stage, Toulouse, were eliminated in the quarterfinals, while England's Leicester Tigers reached the final (where they lost to Irish side Leinster). The sixth-place team would have been relegated to the 2009–10 European Challenge Cup if 11th-place Bourgoin had won the 2008–09 Challenge Cup final on 22 May; however, Bourgoin were defeated by English side Northampton Saints.

The bottom two teams are provisionally relegated to Pro D2, with the possibility of one or both of the bottom teams to be reprieved if a team above them fails a postseason financial audit (mandatory for all clubs in the league).

The LNR uses a slightly different bonus points system from that used in most other rugby competitions. It trialled a new system in 2007-08 explicitly designed to prevent a losing team from earning more than one bonus point in a match,[2] a system that also makes it impossible for either team to earn a bonus point in a drawn match. LNR chose to continue with this system for 2008-09.[3]

France's bonus point system operates as follows:[3]

  • 4 points for a win.
  • 2 points for a draw.
  • 1 "bonus" point for winning while scoring at least 3 more tries than the opponent. This replaces the standard bonus point for scoring 4 tries regardless of the match result.
  • 1 "bonus" point for losing by 7 points (or less).

Table[edit]

Key to colors
     League champions; receive a place in the 2009-10 Heineken Cup.
     Remaining participants in playoffs also receive places in the 2009-10 Heineken Cup.
     Fifth and sixth places also receive automatic Heineken Cup berths.
     Bottom two teams provisionally relegated to Rugby Pro D2.
2008-09 Top 14 Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Bonus points Points
1 Perpignan 26 20 1 5 615 374 10 92
2 Toulouse 26 21 0 5 594 324 8 92
3 Clermont 26 16 1 9 752 367 17 83
4 Stade Français 26 16 1 9 622 450 12 78
5 Biarritz 26 15 0 11 516 398 11 71
6 Brive 26 13 4 9 481 481 6 66
7 Bayonne 26 14 2 10 475 481 6 66
8 Montauban 26 10 2 14 485 572 9 53
9 Toulon 26 9 2 15 409 488 11 51
10 Montpellier 26 11 0 15 408 568 6 50
11 Bourgoin 26 8 2 16 451 599 10 46
12 Castres 26 7 3 16 473 537 10 44
13 Dax 26 7 1 18 375 632 7 37
14 Mont-de-Marsan 26 5 1 20 325 730 7 29


If clubs are level on competition points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Head-to-head competition points earned.
  2. Points differential in head-to-head matches.
  3. Difference between tries scored and tries conceded in head-to-head matches.
  4. Points differential in all matches.
  5. Difference between tries scored and tries conceded in all matches.
  6. Number of points scored in all matches.
  7. Number of tries scored in all matches.
  8. Number of forfeited matches
  9. Final classification in the last Top 14 regular season.
  10. Fewer red cards issued during the season.

Tiebreakers were needed to determine two placements:

  • Perpignan finished first on the ladder, ahead of Toulouse, based on a 5–4 edge in head-to-head competition points; Toulouse scored a regular win against Perpignan in Round 6, while Perpignan picked up a bonus-point win in the return match in Round 19.
  • Brive edged out Bayonne for sixth place, and ultimately the final Heineken Cup berth. In Round 8, Bayonne defeated Brive 14–9 at home. In the return match in Round 21, Brive won 13–6 at home. Since both losing teams picked up bonus points, the tiebreaker went to head-to-head point differential, in which Brive had a two-point edge.


Schedule and results[edit]

From the official Top 14 site.[4] Within each weekend, matches are listed in the following order:

  1. By date.
  2. If matches are held on the same day, by kickoff time.
  3. Otherwise, in alphabetic order of home club.

All times CET.

Rounds 1 to 5[edit]

Round 1

  • 26 August, 19:00 — Biarritz 29 - 22 (1 BP) Bourgoin
  • 26 August, 19:00 — Castres (1 BP) 26 - 27 Bayonne
  • 26 August, 19:00 — Dax 9 - 31 (1 BP) Stade Français
  • 26 August, 19:00 — Montauban (1 BP) 37 - 19 Mont-de-Marsan
  • 26 August, 19:00 — Montpellier 16 - 11 (1 BP) Toulouse
  • 26 August, 19:00 — Perpignan 34 - 18 Brive
  • 26 August, 21:00 — Toulon 22 - 16 (1 BP) Clermont

Round 2

  • 30 August, 14:30 — Bayonne 22 - 20 (1 BP) Montauban
  • 30 August, 14:30 — Clermont (1 BP) 43 - 20 Montpellier
  • 30 August, 14:30 — Stade Français 27 - 22 Mont-de-Marsan
  • 30 August, 14:30 — Toulon 3 - 3 Brive
  • 30 August, 14:30 — Toulouse 25 - 20 (1 BP) Dax
  • 30 August, 16:45 — Biarritz 32 - 17 Castres
  • 30 August, 20:30 — Bourgoin (1 BP) 16 - 22 Perpignan

Round 3

  • 5 September, 20:30 — Bayonne 17 - 6 Clermont
  • 6 September, 14:30 — Brive 16 - 16 Castres
  • 6 September, 14:30 — Dax (1 BP) 6 - 9 Montpellier
  • 6 September, 14:30 — Montauban 18 - 14 (1 BP) Bourgoin
  • 6 September, 16:30 — Perpignan 11 - 26 Stade Français
  • 6 September, 20:30 — Mont-de-Marsan 25 - 18 (1 BP) Toulon
  • 7 September, 20:00 — Toulouse (1 BP) 20 - 6 Biarritz (at Stadium Municipal)

Round 4

  • 12 September, 20:30 — Toulon (1 BP) 13 - 19 Stade Français
  • 13 September, 14:30 — Bourgoin 18 - 6 Mont-de-Marsan
  • 13 September, 14:30 — Castres 11 - 19 Dax
  • 13 September, 14:30 — Montpellier (1 BP) 32 - 10 Montauban
  • 13 September, 14:30 — Perpignan (1 BP) 38 - 10 Bayonne
  • 13 September, 16:30 — Clermont 16 - 6 Toulouse
  • 13 September, 20:30 — Biarritz 24 - 5 Brive

Round 5

  • 19 September, 20:30 — Dax 30 - 18 Biarritz
  • 20 September, 14:30 — Bayonne 19 - 15 (1 BP) Mont-de-Marsan
  • 20 September, 14:30 — Castres 12 - 6 (1 BP) Clermont
  • 20 September, 14:30 — Stade Français (1 BP) 37 - 16 Brive
  • 20 September, 14:30 — Toulon 15 - 9 (1 BP) Bourgoin
  • 20 September, 16:30 — Montauban 10 - 41 (1 BP) Toulouse
  • 20 September, 20:30 — Montpellier (1 BP) 3 - 5 Perpignan

Rounds 6 to 10[edit]

Round 6

  • 26 September, 20:30 — Bourgoin (1 BP) 25 - 32 Stade Français (at Stade des Alpes, Grenoble)
  • 27 September, 14:30 — Brive (1 BP) 41 - 9 Dax
  • 27 September, 14:30 — Clermont (1 BP) 32 - 6 Biarritz
  • 27 September, 14:30 — Mont-de-Marsan (1 BP) 16 - 22 Montpellier
  • 27 September, 14:30 — Montauban 24 - 23 (1 BP) Castres
  • 27 September, 16:30 — Toulouse 30 - 20 Perpignan
  • 27 September, 20:30 — Bayonne 19 - 15 (1 BP) Toulon

Round 7

  • 3 October, 20:30 — Castres 10 - 28 Toulouse
  • 4 October, 14:30 — Biarritz (1 BP) 46 - 3 Montpellier
  • 4 October, 14:30 — Brive (1 BP) 53 - 11 Mont-de-Marsan
  • 4 October, 14:30 — Perpignan 37 - 12 Toulon
  • 4 October, 14:30 — Stade Français (1 BP) 34 - 16 Montauban
  • 4 October, 16:30 — Bourgoin (1 BP) 23 - 30 Clermont
  • 4 October, 20:30 — Dax 27 - 17 Bayonne

Round 8

  • 24 October, 20:30 — Mont-de-Marsan 6 - 33 (1 BP) Biarritz
  • 25 October, 14:30 — Bayonne 14 - 9 (1 BP) Brive
  • 25 October, 14:30 — Clermont (1 BP) 25 - 30 (1 BP) Montauban
    • This was the first Top 14 match to see both teams earn bonus points since LNR adopted its revised bonus points system in the 2007-08 season.
  • 25 October, 14:30 — Montpellier (1 BP) 12 - 19 Bourgoin
  • 25 October, 14:30 — Perpignan 17 - 6 Dax
  • 25 October, 16:30 — Stade Français 13 - 26 Toulouse (at Stade de France)
  • 25 October, 20:30 — Toulon (1 BP) 17 - 21 Castres

Round 9

  • 31 October, 18:30 — Montauban (1 BP) 42 - 20 Toulon
  • 1 November, 14:30 — Castres (1 BP) 28 - 31 Montpellier
  • 1 November, 14:30 — Dax 32 - 10 Bourgoin
  • 1 November, 14:30 — Mont-de-Marsan 7 - 31 (1 BP) Perpignan
  • 1 November, 14:30 — Toulouse 21 - 15 (1 BP) Brive
  • 1 November, 16:30 — Clermont 22 - 6 Stade Français
  • 1 November, 20:30 — Biarritz (1 BP) 12 -14 Bayonne

Round 10

  • 14 November, 20:30 — Montpellier 26 - 13 Stade Français
  • 15 November, 14:30 — Bourgoin (1 BP) 9 - 13 Bayonne
  • 15 November, 14:30 — Castres 26 - 3 Mont-de-Marsan
  • 15 November, 14:30 — Dax 20 - 20 Montauban
  • 15 November, 14:30 — Toulouse 19 - 18 (1 BP) Toulon
  • 15 November, 16:30 — Brive 18 - 16 (1 BP) Clermont
  • 15 November, 20:45 — Perpignan (1 BP) 27 - 12 Biarritz

Rounds 11 to 15[edit]

Round 11

  • 21 November, 19:00 — Bourgoin (1 BP) 12 - 18 Toulouse
  • 21 November, 21:00 — Stade Français 19 - 12 (1 BP) Castres
  • 22 November, 14:30 — Bayonne (1 BP) 42 - 9 Montpellier
  • 22 November, 14:30 — Brive 33 - 28 (1 BP) Montauban
  • 22 November, 14:30 — Mont-de-Marsan 12 - 6 Dax
  • 22 November, 14:30 — Toulon 10 - 5 (1 BP) Biarritz
  • 22 November, 16:30 — Clermont 29 - 9 Perpignan

Round 12

  • 28 November, 20:35 — Toulouse 32 - 11 Bayonne
  • 29 November, 14:30 — Castres 9 - 23 Bourgoin
  • 29 November, 14:30 — Mont-de-Marsan 12 - 11 (1 BP) Clermont
  • 29 November, 14:30 — Montauban (1 BP) 6 - 9 Perpignan
  • 29 November, 14:30 — Toulon (1 BP) 6 - 13 Dax
  • 29 November, 16:30 — Biarritz 13 - 32 (1 BP) Stade Français
  • 29 November, 20:45 — Montpellier 9 - 22 Brive

Round 13

  • 19 December, 20:35 — Dax (1 BP) 16 - 20 Clermont
  • 20 December, 14:30 — Brive 20 - 12 Bourgoin
  • 20 December, 14:30 — Montpellier (1 BP) 33 - 8 Toulon
  • 20 December, 14:30 — Perpignan 16 - 9 (1 BP) Castres
  • 20 December, 14:30 — Toulouse (1 BP) 27 - 6 Mont-de-Marsan
  • 20 December, 16:30 — Stade Français (1 BP) 35 - 8 Bayonne
  • 20 December, 20:35 — Montauban 19 - 12 (1 BP) Biarritz

Round 14

  • 2 January, 20:35 — Bayonne 13 - 13 Castres
  • 3 January, 14:30 — Bourgoin 15 - 14 (1 BP) Biarritz
  • 3 January, 14:30 — Mont-de-Marsan 16 - 13 (1 BP) Montauban
  • 3 January, 14:30 — Clermont (1 BP) 32 - 5 Toulon
  • 3 January, 14:30 — Stade Français (1 BP) 56 - 15 Dax
  • 3 January, 16:30 — Toulouse (1 BP) 34 - 0 Montpellier
  • 4 January, 20:45 — Brive (1 BP) 15 - 18 Perpignan

Round 15

  • 9 January, 20:35 — Dax 9 - 25 Toulouse
    • Toulouse win their 11th consecutive Top 14 match, breaking the previous record of 10 set last season by Clermont.
  • 10 January, 14:30 — Castres (1 BP) 9 - 10 Biarritz
  • 10 January, 14:30 — Mont-de-Marsan (1 BP) 6 - 13 Stade Français
  • 10 January, 14:30 — Montauban 15 - 13 (1 BP) Bayonne
  • 10 January, 14:30 — Perpignan (1 BP) 40 - 14 Bourgoin
  • 10 January, 16:30 — Montpellier 3 - 30 (1 BP) Clermont
  • 10 January, 20:35 — Brive 19 - 9 Toulon

Rounds 16 to 20[edit]

Round 16

  • 30 January, 20:35 — Toulon (1 BP) 38 - 22 Mont-de-Marsan
  • 31 January, 14:30 — Biarritz 17 - 13 (1 BP) Toulouse
    • Toulouse's Top 14-record win streak of 11 ends.
  • 31 January, 14:30 — Bourgoin 25 - 15 Montauban
  • 31 January, 14:30 — Castres 11 - 11 Brive
  • 31 January, 14:30 — Clermont (1 BP) 44 - 10 Bayonne
  • 31 January, 14:30 — Montpellier 23 - 14 Dax
  • 31 January, 16:30 — Stade Français 13 - 13 Perpignan (at Stade de France)

Round 17

  • 20 February, 20:35 — Stade Français 22 - 12 Toulon
  • 21 February, 14:30 — Brive 19 - 15 (1 BP) Biarritz
  • 21 February, 14:30 — Dax 16 - 32 (1 BP) Castres
  • 21 February, 14:30 — Mont-de-Marsan 16 - 16 Bourgoin
  • 21 February, 14:30 — Montauban 27 - 19 Montpellier
  • 21 February, 16:30 — Bayonne 19 - 12 (1 BP) Perpignan
  • 22 February, 16:30 — Toulouse 20 - 13 (1 BP) Clermont

Round 18

  • 27 February, 19:00 — Bourgoin 12 - 23 (1 BP) Toulon
  • 28 February, 14:15 — Brive 26 - 11 Stade Français
  • 28 February, 14:30 — Biarritz (1 BP) 44 - 13 Dax
  • 28 February, 14:30 — Clermont 43 - 20 Castres
  • 28 February, 14:30 — Mont-de-Marsan (1 BP) 30 - 37 Bayonne
  • 28 February, 14:30 — Perpignan (1 BP) 50 - 13 Montpellier
  • 28 February, 20:35 — Toulouse 9 - 6 (1 BP) Montauban

Round 19

  • 6 March, 21:00 — Perpignan (1 BP) 32 - 8 Toulouse
  • 7 March, 14:30 — Castres 31 - 19 Montauban
  • 7 March, 14:30 — Dax (1 BP) 15 - 17 Brive
  • 7 March, 14:30 — Montpellier (1 BP) 33 - 6 Mont-de-Marsan
  • 7 March, 14:30 — Stade Français (1 BP) 53 - 3 Bourgoin
  • 7 March, 16:30 — Biarritz 18 - 14 (1 BP) Clermont
  • 7 March, 20:35 — Toulon 3 - 3 Bayonne

Round 20

  • 13 March, 20:35 — Montauban 22 - 16 (1 BP) Stade Français
  • 14 March, 14:15 — Toulouse 26 - 11 Castres
  • 14 March, 14:30 — Bayonne 14 - 9 (1 BP) Dax
  • 14 March, 14:30 — Clermont (1 BP) 57 - 23 Bourgoin
  • 14 March, 14:30 — Mont-de-Marsan (1 BP) 16 - 18 Brive
  • 14 March, 14:30 — Toulon (1 BP) 29 - 32 Perpignan
  • 14 March, 20:35 — Montpellier 12 - 9 (1 BP) Biarritz

Rounds 21 to 26[edit]

Round 21

  • 27 March, 20:35 — Castres 25 - 9 Toulon
  • 28 March, 14:30 — Biarritz (1 BP) 37 - 7 Mont-de-Marsan
  • 28 March, 14:30 — Bourgoin 22 - 3 Montpellier
  • 28 March, 14:30 — Dax (1 BP) 13 - 16 Perpignan
  • 28 March, 14:30 — Montauban 19 - 19 Clermont
  • 28 March, 16:30 — Brive 13 - 6 (1 BP) Bayonne
  • 29 March, 20:35 — Toulouse 15 - 11 (1 BP) Stade Français

Round 22

  • 3 April, 20:35 — Bourgoin (1 BP) 43 - 6 Dax
  • 4 April, 14:30 — Brive 10 - 42 (1 BP) Toulouse
  • 4 April, 14:30 — Montpellier (1 BP) 21 - 23 Castres
  • 4 April, 14:30 — Perpignan (1 BP) 44 - 3 Mont-de-Marsan
  • 4 April, 14:30 — Toulon 33 - 20 Montauban
  • 4 April, 16:30 — Stade Français (1 BP) 19 - 21 Clermont (at Stade de France)
  • 4 April, 20:35 — Bayonne (1 BP) 15 - 19 Biarritz

Round 23

  • 17 April, 20:35 — Biarritz 12 - 10 Perpignan (1 BP)
  • 18 April, 14:30 — Bayonne (1 BP) 61 - 10 Bourgoin
  • 18 April, 14:30 — Clermont (1 BP) 52 - 7 Brive
  • 18 April, 14:30 — Mont-de-Marsan 21 - 15 Castres (1 BP)
  • 18 April, 14:30 — Stade Français 24 - 15 Montpellier
  • 18 April, 16:30 — Toulon 14 - 6 Toulouse (at Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)
  • 18 April, 20:35 — Montauban (1 BP) 15 - 20 Dax

Round 24

  • 24 April, 20:35 — Castres (1 BP) 16 - 21 Stade Français
  • 25 April, 14:30 — Biarritz 19 - 12 (1 BP) Toulon
  • 25 April, 14:30 — Montauban 15 - 10 (1 BP) Brive
  • 25 April, 14:30 — Montpellier 20 - 11 Bayonne
  • 25 April, 14:30 — Toulouse 13 - 6 (1 BP) Bourgoin
  • 25 April, 16:30 — Perpignan 20 - 16 (1 BP) Clermont
  • 25 April, 20:35 — Dax 12 - 8 (1 BP) Mont-de-Marsan

Round 25

  • 8 May, 20:35 — Dax 12 - 22 Toulon
  • 9 May, 14:30 — Bourgoin 31 - 23 Castres
  • 9 May, 14:30 — Brive 28 - 18 Montpellier
  • 9 May, 14:30 — Clermont (1 BP) 66 - 3 Mont-de-Marsan
  • 9 May, 14:30 — Perpignan (1 BP) 19 - 9 Montauban
  • 9 May, 16:30 — Bayonne (1 BP) 9 - 12 Toulouse
  • 10 May, 20:45 — Stade Français (1 BP) 12 - 16 Biarritz

Round 26

  • 16 May, 16:30 — Bayonne 31 - 27 (1 BP) Stade Français
  • 16 May, 16:30 — Biarritz (1 BP) 38 - 10 Montauban
  • 16 May, 16:30 — Bourgoin 19 - 19 Brive
  • 16 May, 16:30 — Castres (1 BP) 26 - 32 Perpignan
  • 16 May, 16:30 — Clermont (1 BP) 73 - 3 Dax
  • 16 May, 16:30 — Mont-de-Marsan 8 - 60 (1 BP) Toulouse
  • 16 May, 16:30 — Toulon (1 BP) 23 - 3 Montpellier

Semi-finals[edit]

29 May 2009
20:45 CEST
Toulouse 9 – 19 Clermont
Pen: Elissalde (3/3) 21', 26', 31' Report Try: James 12' c
Con: James (1/1)
Pen: James (2/3) 4', 63'
Baby (2/2) 28', 45'
Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
Attendance: 32,824
Referee: Christophe Berdos

30 May 2009
16:30 CEST
Perpignan 25 – 21 Stade Français
Tries: Porical 24' c
Mermoz 48' c
Candelon 62' m
Con: Porical (2/3)
Pen: Porical (2/6) 5', 36'
Report Tries: Beauxis 50' m
Parisse 69' c
Con: Beauxis (1/2)
Pen: Beauxis (2/4) 33', 55'
Drop: Beauxis 12'
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 40,377
Referee: Jérôme Garces

Final[edit]

6 June 2009
20:45 CEST
Perpignan 22 – 13 Clermont
Try: Marty 45' c
Con: Porical (1/1)
Pen: Porical (4/4) 40', 49, 61', 64'
Drop: Hume 15'
Report Try: Nalaga 10' c
Con: James (1/1)
Pen: James (2/3) 19', 55'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,205
Referee: Jean-Pierre Matheu

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Bourgoin reste parmi l'élite" (in French). L'Équipe. 2009-06-12. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  2. ^ "French try out new bonus point system". Planet-Rugby.com. 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Article 330, Section 3.2. Points "terrain"". Reglements de la Ligue Nationale de Rugby 2008/2009, Chapitre 2 : Règlement sportif du Championnat de France Professionnel (in French). Ligue Nationale de Rugby. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  4. ^ "TOP 14 Calendrier – Saison 2008-2009" (in French). Ligue nationale de rugby. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 

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