2008–09 English Premiership (rugby union)

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2008–09 Guinness Premiership
Countries  England
Champions Leicester Tigers (8th title)
Runners-up London Irish
Relegated Bristol
Matches played 135
Attendance 1,671,781 (average 12,384 per match)
Top point scorer New Zealand Glen Jackson (239 points)
Top try scorer New Zealand Joe Maddock (11 tries)

The 2008–09 Guinness Premiership was the 22nd season of the top flight of the English domestic rugby union competitions, played between September 2008 and May 2009.

This season saw the introduction of the controversial ELVs, although only 13 of the rules were used, as opposed to the 30 that were trialled in the Super 14.

The previous season[edit]

Northampton Saints gained promotion to the league this season by finishing top of the National Division One, taking the place of Leeds Carnegie who were relegated. In 2007–2008, Gloucester RFC finished top of the league but were beaten by Leicester Tigers in the semi-finals. London Wasps went on to beat Leicester Tigers 26–16 in the final.

Season synopsis[edit]

Leicester Tigers finished top of the league table, then were crowned Champions after defeating Bath 24–10 in the semi-final and London Irish 10–9 in the final at Twickenham.

Going into the season, the top six clubs were all assured of berths in the 2009–10 Heineken Cup. By advancing to the final of the 2008–09 competition, Leicester secured a seventh place for England.[1] The four Premiership semi-finalists—Leicester, Harlequins, London Irish, and Bath—plus Sale Sharks and Gloucester secured Heineken Cup berths. The seventh berth was secured by Northampton Saints when they defeated French side Bourgoin in the European Challenge Cup final on 22 May. The remaining clubs that will compete in the 2009–10 Premiership will compete in the 2009–10 Challenge Cup.

The club that finishes bottom of the table is relegated and replaced by the club that tops the second-level National Division One. This season, Bristol were relegated, to be replaced by Leeds Carnegie, which won promotion at the first opportunity.

Teams[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath Recreation Ground 10,600 Bath, Somerset
Bristol Memorial Stadium 12,100 Bristol, Avon
Gloucester Kingsholm Stadium 16,500 Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Harlequins Twickenham Stoop[n 1] 12,638 Twickenham, London
Leicester Tigers Welford Road 17,500 Leicester, Leicestershire
London Irish Madejski Stadium[n 2] 24,250 Reading, Berkshire
London Wasps Adams Park 10,000 High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Newcastle Falcons Kingston Park 10,200 Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Northampton Saints Franklin's Gardens 13,600 Northampton, Northamptonshire
Sale Sharks Edgeley Park 10,852 Stockport, Greater Manchester
Saracens Vicarage Road[n 3] 19,920 Watford, Hertfordshire
Worcester Warriors Sixways 12,068 Worcester, Worcestershire
Notes
  1. ^ *Harlequins would also play 1 home game at Twickenham in London on 27 December 2008
  2. ^ *London Irish would also play 1 home game at Twickenham in London on 6 September 2008
  3. ^ *Saracens would also play 1 home game at Twickenham in London on 6 September 2008

Table[edit]

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Leicester Tigers (C) 22 15 1 6 582 401 +181 62 40 5 4 71
2 Harlequins (SF) 22 14 1 7 519 387 +132 60 36 5 3 66
3 London Irish (F) 22 12 1 9 551 386 +165 64 36 7 9 66
4 Bath (SF) 22 13 2 7 539 441 +98 58 48 4 5 65
5 Sale Sharks 22 13 0 9 447 410 +37 44 36 5 5 61*
6 Gloucester 22 12 0 10 435 448 −13 43 44 5 4 57
7 London Wasps 22 11 0 11 431 416 +15 33 42 2 7 53
8 Northampton Saints 22 10 1 11 443 434 +9 41 40 2 5 49
9 Saracens 22 9 0 13 437 447 −10 38 38 3 8 47
10 Newcastle Falcons 22 9 1 12 362 456 −94 38 43 2 4 44
11 Worcester Warriors 22 7 2 13 348 530 −182 30 64 0 2 34
12 Bristol (R) 22 2 1 19 299 637 −338 33 77 1 6 17

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

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  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
Green background are play-off places, and receive berths in the 2009–10 Heineken Cup. Blue background are clubs that do not make the play-offs, but will receive Heineken Cup berths. Northampton Saints received a Heineken Cup berth by winning the European Challenge Cup. Pink background is the relegation place.
Reference www.guinnesspremiership.com: Updated 26 April 2009 --- Current English Leagues
* Sale Sharks deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

6 September 2008
14:30
London Irish 26 – 14 London Wasps
Tries: Thorpe, Hala'ufia
Con: Hewat (2)
Pen: Hewat (4)
Report Tries: Reddan, Rees
Con: Staunton,
van Gisbergen
Twickenham
Attendance: 52,087
Referee: Andrew Small
6 September 2008
17:00
Saracens 21 – 24 Harlequins
Tries: Powell, de Kock
Con: Jackson
Pen: Jackson (3)
Report Tries: Monye, Strettle
Con: Evans
Pen: Evans (2),
Luveniyali
Drop Goal: Evans
Twickenham
Attendance: 52,087
Referee: Wayne Barnes
7 September 2008
13:30
Northampton Saints 21 – 13 Worcester Warriors
Tries: Clarke, Hartley
Con: Reihana
Pen: Reihana (3)
Report Tries: Lutui
Con: Jones
Pen: Jones (2)
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,094
Referee: Sean Davey
7 September 2008
15:00
Bristol 20 – 33 Bath
Tries: David Lemi, Andrew Blowers

Con: Adrian Jarvis (2)
Pen: Adrian Jarvis (2)
Report Tries: Joe Maddock, Tom Cheeseman, Jonny Fa'amatuainu
Con: Butch James (3)
Pen: Butch James(4)
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 11,021
7 September 2008
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 9 – 14 Sale Sharks

Pen: Rory Clegg (2)
Drop Goal: Rory Clegg
Report Tries: Charlie Hodgson
Pen: Luke McAlister (3)
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,224
Referee: Martin Fox
7 September 2008
16:00
Gloucester 8 – 20 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Olly Morgan

Pen: Ryan Lamb
Report Tries: Geordan Murphy, Toby Flood
Con: Toby Flood, Julien Dupuy
Pen: Toby Flood (2)
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,109
Referee: Dave Pearson

Round 2[edit]

12 September 2008
19:45
Sale Sharks 18 – 15 Saracens
Pen: Luke McAlister (3)
Charlie Hodgson (2)

Drop Goal: Charlie Hodgson
Report

Pen: Glen Jackson (5)
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 8,321
Referee: Rob Debney
13 September 2008
14:45
Bath 17 – 21 Gloucester
Tries: Nick Abendanon, Joe Maddock, Michael Lipman
Con: Shaun Berne
Report Tries: Luke Narraway, Willie Walker

Con: Willie Walker
Pen: Willie Walker (2)
Drop Goal: Willie Walker
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Wayne Barnes
13 September 2008
15:00
Harlequins 31 – 13 Bristol
Tries: Mike Brown, Gonzalo Tiesi, Jordan Turner-Hall, Danny Care,
Tom Guest
Con: Waisea Luveniyali (3)
Report Tries: David Lemi


Con: Luke Arscott
Pen: Adrian Jarvis (2)
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 9,497
Referee: Dave Pearson
13 September 2008
15:00
Leicester Tigers 24 – 22 London Irish
Tries: Geordan Murphy, Tom Croft,
Ben Herring
Con: Toby Flood (3)
Pen: Toby Flood
Report Tries: Delon Armitage, Seilala Mapusua, Steffon Armitage
Con: Peter Hewat (2)
Pen: Eoghan Hickey
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,553
Referee: Chris White
14 September 2008
15:00
London Wasps 10 – 11 Worcester Warriors
Tries: Paul Sackey
Con: Dave Walder
Pen: Dave Walder
Report Tries: Sam Tuitupou

Pen: Matthew Jones, Loki Crichton
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,668
Referee: Martin Fox
14 September 2008
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 32 – 22 Northampton Saints
Tries: Ollie Phillips, Andy Buist
Con: Jonny Wilkinson (2)
Pen: Jonny Wilkinson (5)

Drop Goal: Jonny Wilkinson
Report Tries: Sean Lamont
Con: Bruce Reihana
Pen: Bruce Reihana (4),
Carlos Spencer
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,620
Referee: Andrew Small

Round 3[edit]

19 September 2008
19:45
Bristol 6 – 9 Sale Sharks
Pen: Ed Barnes, Adrian Jarvis Report Pen: Luke McAlister (2),
Charlie Hodgson
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 8,111
20 September 2008
15:00
Gloucester 24 – 20 Harlequins
Tries: Olly Morgan, Alasdair Strokosch

Con: Willie Walker
Pen: Olly Barkley, Willie Walker (2)
Drop Goal: Willie Walker
Report Tries: Mike Brown, Danny Care,
Chris Malone
Con: Chris Malone
Pen: Chris Malone
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,260
Referee: Rob Debney
20 September 2008
15:00
London Irish 16 – 20 Bath
Tries: Alex Corbisiero, Elvis Seveali'i
Pen: Peter Hewat, Eoghan Hickey
Report Tries: Butch James
Pen: Butch James (2),
Jack Cuthbert (3)
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 8,221
20 September 2008
15:00
Northampton Saints 24 – 20 London Wasps
Tries: Bruce Reihana, Chris Ashton, Sean Lamont
Con: Bruce Reihana (2), Stephen Myler
Pen: Bruce Reihana
Report Tries: Dominic Waldouck



Pen: Dave Walder (5)
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,021
Referee: Chris White
20 September 2008
15:00
Worcester Warriors 17 – 19 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Matt Mullan, Netani Talei
Con: Loki Crichton (2)
Pen: Loki Crichton
Report Tries: Julien Dupuy
Con: Julien Dupuy
Pen: Toby Flood (4)
Sixways
Attendance: 10,846
Referee: Andrew Small
21 September 2008
15:00
Saracens 44 – 14 Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Rodd Penney, Kevin Sorrell, Kameli Ratuvou, Hugh Vyvyan,
Gordon Ross
Con: Gordon Ross,
Glen Jackson
Pen: Glen Jackson (4)
Drop Goal: Glen Jackson
Report Tries: Tom May, Jonny Wilkinson


Con: Jonny Wilkinson (2)
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 8,139
Referee: Dean Richards

Round 4[edit]

26 September 2008
19:45
Sale Sharks 23 – 9 Gloucester
Tries: David Doherty, Sébastien Chabal
Con: Luke McAlister,
Lee Thomas
Pen: Luke McAlister (2),
Lee Thomas
Report


Pen: Olly Barkley (3)
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,019
Referee: Andrew Small
26 September 2008
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 17 – 3 Bristol
Tries: John Rudd, Adam Balding
Con: Jonny Wilkinson (2)
Pen: Jonny Wilkinson
Report

Pen: Ed Barnes
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,056
Referee: Chris White
26 September 2008
20:05
Leicester Tigers 19 – 28 London Wasps
Tries: Johne Murphy
Con: Toby Flood
Pen: Toby Flood (4)
Report Tries: Damien Varley
Con: Jeremy Staunton
Pen: Jeremy Staunton (5)
Drop Goal: Jeremy Staunton (2)
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,498
Referee: Wayne Barnes
27 September 2008
14:15
Bath 37 – 19 Worcester Warriors
Tries:Nick Abendanon, Joe Maddock, Shaun Berne, Michael Lipman,
Duncan Bell
Con: Butch James (3)
Pen: Butch James (2)
Report Tries: Chris Pennell


Con: Loki Crichton
Pen: Loki Crichton (3),
Chris Pennell
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Rob Debney
27 September 2008
14:45
Saracens 26 – 12 Northampton Saints
Tries: Rodd Penney, Michael Owen
Con: Glen Jackson (2)
Pen: Glen Jackson (3),
Gordon Ross
Report

Pen: Stephen Myler (3)

Drop Goal: Stephen Myler
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,409
Referee: Martin Fox
27 September 2008
15:00
Harlequins 27 – 28 London Irish
Tries: Ugo Monye, Danny Care,
Tom Guest
Con: Chris Malone (2),
Waisea Luveniyali
Pen: Chris Malone (2)
Report Tries: Delon Armitage (2), Peter Hewat

Con: Peter Hewat (2)

Pen: Peter Hewat (3)
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 11,138
Referee: Dean Richards

Round 5[edit]

30 September 2008
19:45
Gloucester 39 – 23 Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Iain Balshaw (3),
James Simpson-Daniel (2)
Con: Willie Walker
Pen: Olly Barkley (4)
Report Tries: Tom May, Matt Thompson,
Phil Dowson
Con: Rory Clegg
Pen: Rory Clegg, Jonny Wilkinson
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,861
1 October 2008
19:30
London Wasps 23 – 27 Bath
Tries: Riki Flutey, Tom Rees

Con: Danny Cipriani,
Jeremy Staunton
Pen: Danny Cipriani (3)
Report Tries: Joe Maddock, Michael Claassens, Pieter Dixon, Matt Stevens
Con: Butch James (2)

Pen: Butch James
Adams Park
Attendance: 9,052
Referee: Sean Davey
1 October 2008
19:45
Bristol 16 – 23 Saracens
Tries: David Lemi
Con: Adrian Jarvis
Pen: Ed Barnes (2), Adrian Jarvis
Report Tries: Kameli Ratuvou

Pen: Glen Jackson (5)
Drop Goal: Glen Jackson
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 7,215
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
1 October 2008
19:45
Leicester Tigers 29 – 19 Northampton Saints
Tries: Johne Murphy, Dan Hipkiss,
Toby Flood
Con: Toby Flood
Pen: Toby Flood (4)
Report Tries: Euan Murray

Con: Stephen Myler
Pen: Stephen Myler (4)
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,498
Referee: Chris White
1 October 2008
19:45
London Irish 28 – 6 Sale Sharks
Tries: Sailosi Tagicakibau,
Alex Corbisiero, Thorpe,
Peter Hewat
Con: Peter Hewat
Pen: Peter Hewat
Drop Goal: Peter Hewat
Report



Pen: Charlie Hodgson (2)
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,563
Referee: Ashley Rowden
2 October 2008
20:00
Worcester Warriors 23 – 30 Harlequins
Tries: Miles Benjamin, Matthew Jones

Con: Matthew Jones (2)
Pen: Matthew Jones (2)
Drop Goal: Matthew Jones
Report Tries: Ugo Monye (2), Mike Brown, Gonzalo Tiesi
Con:Chris Malone (2)
Pen: Chris Malone (2)
Sixways
Attendance: 9,222
Referee: Wayne Barnes

Round 6[edit]

14 November 2008
20:00
Sale Sharks 9 – 17 Worcester Warriors

Pen: Charlie Hodgson (3)
Report Tries: Netani Talei
Pen: Matthew Jones (4)
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 7,602
15 November 2008
13:00
Bath 25 – 21 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Pieter Dixon, Daniel Browne, Butch James
Con: Butch James (2)
Pen: Butch James (2)
Report Tries: Johne Murphy, Mefin Davies

Con: Geordan Murphy
Pen: Derick Hougaard (3)
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Andrew Small
16 November 2008
15:00
Bristol 14 – 13 Northampton Saints
Tries: Dan Ward-Smith, Luke Eves
Con: Ed Barnes, Adrian Jarvis
Report Tries: James Downey
Con: Stephen Myler
Pen: Stephen Myler (2)
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 6,310
Referee: Dean Richards
16 November 2008
15:00
Harlequins 32 – 10 London Wasps
Tries: Nick Evans, Chris Robshaw,
Tom Guest
Con: Nick Evans
Pen: Nick Evans (4)
Drop Goal: Chris Malone
Report Tries: Joe Simpson

Con: Dave Walder
Pen: Jeremy Staunton
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,638
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
16 November 2008
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 8 – 24 London Irish
Tries: Brent Wilson


Pen: Rory Clegg
Report Tries: Thorpe, Declan Danaher, Steffon Armitage
Con: Peter Hewat (3)
Pen: Peter Hewat
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,099
Referee: Rob Debney
16 November 2008
15:00
Saracens 21 – 25 Gloucester
Tries: Ben Skirving, Penalty try

Con: Glen Jackson
Pen: Glen Jackson (3)
Report Tries: Olly Morgan, Anthony Allen, Lesley Vainikolo
Con: Ryan Lamb (2)
Pen: Ryan Lamb (2)
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 8,535
Referee: Sean Davey

Round 7[edit]

21 November 2008
20:00
Gloucester 39 – 10 Bristol
Tries: Peter Buxton (2), Olly Morgan, Alex Brown, Ryan Lamb
Con: Ryan Lamb (4)
Pen: Ryan Lamb
Drop Goal: Ryan Lamb
Report Tries: David Lemi

Con: Ed Barnes
Pen: Adrian Jarvis
Kingsholm
Attendance: 15,297
Referee: Andrew Small
21 November 2008
20:00
Worcester Warriors 26 – 11 Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Chris Latham, Sam Tuitupou
Con: Loki Crichton (2)
Pen: Loki Crichton (2),
Chris Pennell, Matthew Jones
Report Tries: Danny Williams

Pen: Rory Clegg (2)
Sixways
Attendance: 10,197
Referee: Martin Fox
22 November 2008
13:00
Northampton Saints 28 – 28 Bath
Tries: Paul Diggin, Mark Easter,
Soane Tonga'uiha
Con: Bruce Reihana,
Stephen Myler
Pen: Stephen Myler (2)
Drop Goal: Stephen Myler
Report Tries: Jack Cuthbert, Daniel Browne, Jonny Fa'amatuainu
Con: Butch James (2)

Pen: Butch James (3)
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,473
22 November 2008
15:00
Leicester Tigers 27 – 14 Harlequins
Tries: Johne Murphy, Derick Hougaard, Matt Smith
Con: Derick Hougaard (3)
Pen: Derick Hougaard (2)
Report Tries: Chris Brooker


Pen: Nick Evans (3)
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,432
Referee: Sean Davey
23 November 2008
15:00
London Irish 27 – 14 Saracens
Tries: Tom Homer (2), Thorpe
Pen: Peter Hewat (4)
Report Tries: Wikus van Heerden
Pen: Glen Jackson (3)
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 8,954
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
23 November 2008
15:00
London Wasps 12 – 13 Sale Sharks


Pen: Dave Walder (4)
Report Tries: Mark Cueto
Con: Charlie Hodgson
Pen: Charlie Hodgson (2)
Adams Park
Attendance: 9,027
Referee: Roy Maybank

Round 8[edit]

28 November 2008
19:45
Sale Sharks 27 – 13 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Rory Lamont, Mark Cueto, Mathew Tait
Con:Luke McAlister (3)
Pen: Luke McAlister (2)
Report Tries: Aaron Mauger

Con: Julien Dupuy
Pen: Julien Dupuy (2)
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,586
Referee: Chris White
28 November 2008
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 17 – 23 London Wasps
Tries: Danny Williams, Tom May
Con: Rory Clegg (2)
Pen: Rory Clegg
Report Tries: Charlie Beech

Pen: Dave Walder (6)
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,489
Referee: Andrew Small
29 November 2008
16:30
Gloucester 33 – 10 Northampton Saints
Tries: Iain Balshaw, Luke Narraway, Olly Barkley, Lesley Vainikolo
Con: Ryan Lamb (2)
Pen: Ryan Lamb (3)
Report Tries: Scott Gray

Con: Stephen Myler
Pen: Stephen Myler
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,494
Referee: Rob Debney
30 November 2008
15:00
Bristol 13 – 18 London Irish
Tries: Luke Eves

Con: Ed Barnes
Pen: Ed Barnes (2)
Report Tries: Sailosi Tagicakibau,
Shane Geraghty
Con: Peter Hewat
Pen: Peter Hewat (2)
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 6,225
Referee: Wayne Barnes
30 November 2008
15:00
Harlequins 21 – 14 Bath
Tries: Jordan Turner-Hall, Ceri Jones
Con:Nick Evans
Pen: Nick Evans (3)
Report Tries: Daniel Browne

Pen: Butch James (3)
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,178
Referee: Martin Fox
30 November 2008
15:00
Saracens 23 – 6 Worcester Warriors
Tries: Kameli Ratuvou, Glen Jackson, Brad Barritt
Con: Glen Jackson
Pen: Glen Jackson (2)
Report


Pen: Chris Pennell (2)
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,059
Referee: Sean Davey

Round 9[edit]

20 December 2008
13:30
Leicester Tigers 20 – 3 Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Geordan Murphy, Aaron Mauger
Con: Toby Flood (2)
Pen: Toby Flood (2)
Report

Pen: Steve Jones
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,240
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
20 December 2008
14:15
London Wasps 33 – 24 Saracens
Tries: Paul Sackey, Rob Hoadley,
Josh Lewsey
Con: Dave Walder (3)
Pen: Danny Cipriani (3),
Dave Walder
Report Tries: Noah Cato (2)

Con: Glen Jackson
Pen: Glen Jackson (4)
Adams Park
Attendance: 9,324
Referee: Dave Pearson
20 December 2008
14:45
Bath 24 – 20 Sale Sharks
Tries: Matt Banahan, Daniel Browne
Con:Butch James
Pen: Butch James (4)
Report Tries: Mark Cueto (2), Luke McAlister
Con: Luke McAlister
Pen: Luke McAlister
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
20 December 2008
15:00
London Irish 42 – 12 Gloucester
Tries: Delon Armitage,
Sailosi Tagicakibau, Paul Hodgson,
Declan Danaher
Con: Peter Hewat (2)
Pen: Peter Hewat (6)
Report



Pen: Ryan Lamb (3), Willie Walker
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 12,706
Referee: Sean Davey
20 December 2008
15:00
Northampton Saints 23 – 13 Harlequins
Tries: Jon Clarke, James Downey
Con:Stephen Myler (2)
Pen: Stephen Myler (3)
Report Tries: Ugo Monye
Con: Nick Evans
Pen: Nick Evans (2)
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,349
Referee: Chris White
20 December 2008
15:00
Worcester Warriors 20 – 20 Bristol
Tries: Chris Latham, Penalty try
Con: Eoghan Hickey (2)
Pen: Eoghan Hickey (2)
Report Tries: Lee Robinson, Dan Ward-Smith
Con: Ed Barnes (2)
Pen: Ed Barnes (2)
Sixways
Attendance: 10,015
Referee: Wayne Barnes

Round 10[edit]

26 December 2008
15:00
Sale Sharks 31 – 3 London Wasps
Tries: Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (2), Mark Cueto, Charlie Hodgson
Con: Charlie Hodgson (4)
Pen: Charlie Hodgson
Report


Pen: Dave Walder
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,841
Referee: Rob Debney
27 December 2008
13:30
Saracens 16 – 13 London Irish
Tries: Moses Rauluni
Con: Glen Jackson
Pen: Glen Jackson (3)
Report Tries: Declan Danaher
Con: Peter Hewat
Pen: Peter Hewat (2)
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 16,082
Referee: Chris White
27 December 2008
14:15
Bath 25 – 14 Northampton Saints
Tries: Michael Claassens (2),
Matt Banahan
Con:Butch James (2)
Pen: Butch James (2)
Report Tries: Juandré Kruger


Pen: Stephen Myler (3)
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Andrew Small
27 December 2008
15:00
Bristol 10 – 29 Gloucester
Tries: David Lemi

Con: Adrian Jarvis

Pen: Ed Barnes
Report Tries: Mike Tindall (2), Olly Morgan, Lesley Vainikolo
Con: Ryan Lamb (2),
Olly Barkley
Pen: Ryan Lamb
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 11,845
27 December 2008
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 16 – 16 Worcester Warriors
Tries: Phil Dowson
Con:Rory Clegg
Pen: Rory Clegg (3)
Report Tries: Pat Sanderson
Con: Eoghan Hickey
Pen: Eoghan Hickey (3)
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,108
Referee: Sean Davey
27 December 2008
16:00
Harlequins 26 – 26 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Mike Brown, Ugo Monye
Con: Nick Evans (2)
Pen: Nick Evans (4)
Report Tries: Johne Murphy, Tom Croft
Con: Toby Flood (2)
Pen: Toby Flood (4)
Twickenham
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Dave Pearson

Round 11[edit]

3 January 2009
15:00
Gloucester 22 – 16 Saracens
Tries: Olly Morgan
Con: Olly Barkley
Pen: Olly Barkley (5)
Report Tries: Richard Haughton
Con: Glen Jackson
Pen: Glen Jackson (3)
Kingsholm
Attendance: 16,500
Referee: Andrew Small
3 January 2009
15:00
London Irish 48 – 8 Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Peter Hewat, Topsy Ojo,
Seilala Mapusua, Alex Corbisiero, Declan Danaher, Steffon Armitage,
Mike Catt
Con: Peter Hewat (4),
Shane Geraghty
Pen: Peter Hewat
Report Tries: Tim Visser





Pen: Rory Clegg
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,978
Referee: Christophe Berdos
3 January 2009
15:00
Northampton Saints 30 – 8 Bristol
Tries: Ben Foden, Paul Diggin,
Jon Clarke
Con: Stephen Myler (3)
Pen: Stephen Myler (3)
Report Tries: David Lemi


Pen: Ed Barnes
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,090
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
4 January 2009
13:30
Leicester Tigers 24 – 22 Bath
Tries: Tom Croft (2)

Con: Derick Hougaard
Pen: Derick Hougaard (3)
Drop Goal: Derick Hougaard
Report Tries: Joe Maddock, Pieter Dixon,
Stuart Hooper
Con: Butch James (2)
Pen: Butch James
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,498
Referee: Chris White
4 January 2009
16:00
London Wasps 24 – 18 Harlequins
Tries: Chris Bishay, Penalty try
Con: Danny Cipriani
Pen: Danny Cipriani (3),
Dave Walder
Report Tries: Danny Care, Penalty try
Con: Nick Evans
Pen: Nick Evans, Chris Malone
Adams Park
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Sean Davey

Round 12[edit]

9 January 2009
19:45
Sale Sharks 14 – 8 London Irish
Tries: Mark Cueto
Pen: Charlie Hodgson (2)
Drop-goals: Charlie Hodgson
Report Tries: Topsy Ojo
Pen: Shane Geraghty
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,430
Referee: Andrew Small
10 January 2009
17:00
Northampton Saints 17 – 13 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Paul Diggin (2), Ben Foden
Con: Stephen Myler
Report Tries: Toby Flood
Con: Toby Flood
Pen: Toby Flood (2)
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,582
Referee: Wayne Barnes
11 January 2009
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 10 – 7 Gloucester
Tries: Johnny Williams
Con: Rory Clegg
Pen: Tom May
Report Tries: Scott Lawson
Con: Olly Barkley
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,026
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
11 January 2009
15:00
Saracens 37 – 13 Bristol
Tries: Matias Aguero, Brad Barritt, Ben Skirving, Steve Borthwick
Con: Glen Jackson (3),
Gordon Ross
Pen: Glen Jackson (3)
Report Tries: Scott Linklater

Con: Ed Barnes

Pen: Ed Barnes (2)
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,881
Referee: Martin Fox

Rearranged fixtures[edit]

31 January 2009
14:45
Gloucester 23 – 21 London Irish
Tries: Iain Balshaw

Pen: Olly Barkley (6)
Report Tries: Topsy Ojo, Adam Thompstone
Con: Peter Hewat
Pen: Peter Hewat (3)
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,974
Referee: Dave Pearson
31 January 2009
15:00
Harlequins 27 – 6 Northampton Saints
Tries: Gary Botha, Jim Evans,
Penalty try
Con: Nick Evans (3)
Pen: Nick Evans (2)
Report Pen: Stephen Myler (2)
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,332
Referee: Christophe Berdos
31 January 2009
15:00
Worcester Warriors 20 – 37 Sale Sharks
Tries: Chris Latham, Marcel Garvey

Con: Joe Carlisle (2)
Pen: Joe Carlisle (2)
Report Tries: Chris Bell, Oriol Ripol, Chris Jones, Neil Briggs
Con: Charlie Hodgson (4)
Pen: Charlie Hodgson (2)
Drop Goal: Charlie Hodgson
Sixways
Attendance: 10,387
Referee: Rob Debney

Round 13[edit]

13 February 2009
19:45
Bristol 3 – 35 Newcastle Falcons



Pen: Ed Barnes
Report Tries: Geoff Parling, Ed Williamson, Brent Wilson, Andy Perry
Con: Tom May (3)
Pen: Tom May (3)
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 8,808
Referee: Rob Debney
14 February 2009
14:30
London Irish 9 – 14 Harlequins

Pen: Peter Hewat (2)
Alfredo Lalanne
Report Tries: Ceri Jones
Pen: Nick Evans (3)
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 12,321
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
14 February 2009
15:00
Gloucester 24 – 17 Sale Sharks
Tries: Mark Foster, Apolosi Satala
Con: Olly Barkley
Pen: Olly Barkley (3)
Drop Goal: Ryan Lamb
Report Tries: Lee Thomas, Charlie Hodgson
Con: Charlie Hodgson (2)
Pen: Charlie Hodgson
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,466
Referee: Martin Fox
14 February 2009
15:00
Northampton Saints 20 – 15 Saracens
Tries: Bruce Reihana
Pen: Stephen Myler (5)
Report
Pen: Glen Jackson (4)
Drop Goal: Glen Jackson
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,153
Referee: Greg Garner
14 February 2009
15:00
Worcester Warriors 17 – 34 Bath
Tries: Chris Latham, Loki Crichton
Con: Joe Carlisle (2)
Pen: Willie Walker
Report Tries: Andrew Higgins (3), Joe Maddock
Con: Butch James (4)
Pen: Butch James (2)
Sixways
Attendance: 10,096
Referee: Dean Richards
15 February 2009
17:00
London Wasps 36 – 29 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Serge Betsen,
Chris Bishay, John Hart
Con: Danny Cipriani (3)

Pen: Danny Cipriani(5)
Report Tries: Scott Hamilton, Sam Vesty, Jordan Crane, Johne Murphy
Con: Julien Dupuy (2),
Sam Vesty
Pen: Julien Dupuy
Adams Park
Attendance: 9,581
Referee: Dave Pearson

Round 14[edit]

20 February 2009
19:45
Sale Sharks 32 – 13 Bristol
Tries: Eifion Lewis-Roberts,
Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe,
Nick Macleod, Neil Briggs
Con: Charlie Hodgson (3)
Pen: Charlie Hodgson(2)
Report Tries: Dan Ward-Smith


Con: Adrian Jarvis
Pen: Adrian Jarvis (2)
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 8,605
20 February 2009
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 13 – 9 Saracens
Tries: John Rudd
Con: Tom May
Pen: Tom May (2)
Report

Pen: Glen Jackson(3)
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,204
Referee: Wayne Barnes
21 February 2009
14:15
Bath 20 – 20 London Irish
Tries: Joe Maddock, Matt Banahan, Stuart Hooper
Con: Butch James
Pen: Butch James
Report Tries: Topsy Ojo, Seilala Mapusua, Adam Thompstone
Con: Shane Geraghty
Pen: Shane Geraghty
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Chris White
21 February 2009
14:45
Harlequins 14 – 9 Gloucester
Tries: Tom Williams, Nick Evans
Con: Nick Evans, Chris Malone
Report

Pen: Olly Barkley (3)
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,638
Referee: Dave Pearson
21 February 2009
15:00
Leicester Tigers 38 – 5 Worcester Warriors
Tries: Matt Smith, Alesana Tuilagi,
Sam Vesty, Marcos Ayerza,
Ben Youngs
Con: Sam Vesty (3)
, Julien Dupuy (2)
Pen: Julien Dupuy
Report Tries: Will Bowley
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,081
Referee: Romain Poite
22 February 2009
15:00
London Wasps 9 – 5 Northampton Saints
Report
Adams Park
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Rob Debney

Round 15[edit]

28 February 2009
15:00
Gloucester 36 – 27 Bath
Tries: James Simpson-Daniel (2),
Charlie Sharples, Rory Lawson
Con: Carlos Spencer,
Olly Barkley
Pen: Carlos Spencer,
Olly Barkley (3)
Report Tries: Andrew Higgins, Rob Hawkins (2)

Con:Butch James (3)

Pen: Butch James (2)
Kingsholm
Attendance: 16,121
Referee: Wayne Barnes
28 February 2009
15:00
Northampton Saints 13 – 19 Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Paul Diggin

Con: Stephen Myler
Pen: Stephen Myler, Barry Everitt
Report Tries: Danny Williams, Tom May,
Jon Golding
Con: Tom May (2)
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,908
Referee: Dean Richards
28 February 2009
15:00
Worcester Warriors 13 – 12 London Wasps
Tries: Alex Grove
Con: Willie Walker
Pen: Willie Walker
Drop Goal: Willie Walker
Report

Pen: Danny Cipriani (4)
Sixways
Attendance: 9,543
Referee: Martin Fox
1 March 2009
13:00
London Irish 28 – 31 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Seilala Mapusua,
Steffon Armitage (2),
Sailosi Tagicakibau
Con: Shane Geraghty
Pen: Shane Geraghty (2)
Report Tries: Matt Smith (2), Marcos Ayerza


Con: Julien Dupuy (2)
Pen: Julien Dupuy (4)
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 12,104
Referee: Dave Pearson
1 March 2009
15:00
Bristol 14 – 17 Harlequins
Tries: Neil Brew, Penalty try

Con: Ed Barnes (2)
Report Tries: David Strettle, Gary Botha,
Ugo Monye
Con: Chris Malone
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 5,005
Referee: Chris White
1 March 2009
15:00
Saracens 24 – 23 Sale Sharks
Tries: Noah Cato, Nick Lloyd
Con: Glen Jackson
Pen: Glen Jackson (3)
Drop Goal: Glen Jackson
Report Tries: Lee Thomas, Dean Schofield (2)
Con: Lee Thomas
Pen: Lee Thomas (2)
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 8,311
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

Round 16[edit]

7 March 2009
14:15
Bath 45 – 8 Bristol
Tries: Joe Maddock (2), Alex Crockett (2), Daniel Browne, Penalty try
Con: Butch James(6)
Pen: Butch James
Report Tries: Lee Robinson


Pen: Ed Barnes
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
7 March 2009
14:45
Leicester Tigers 24 – 10 Gloucester


Pen: Julien Dupuy (7)
Drop Goal: Geordan Murphy
Report Tries: Iain Balshaw
Con: Olly Barkley
Pen: Olly Barkley
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,498
Referee: Wayne Barnes
7 March 2009
15:00
Harlequins 21 – 15 Saracens
Tries: Danny Care, Ceri Jones

Con: Nick Evans
Pen: Nick Evans (3)
Report Tries: Richard Haughton,
Wikus van Heerden
Con: Glen Jackson
Pen: Glen Jackson
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,638
Referee: Andrew Small
7 March 2009
15:00
Worcester Warriors 12 – 22 Northampton Saints



Pen: Willie Walker (4)
Report Tries: Paul Diggin, Scott Gray,
Joe Ansbro
Con: Barry Everitt (2)
Pen: Barry Everitt
Sixways
Attendance: 10,319
8 March 2009
13:15
Sale Sharks 25 – 32 Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Neil Briggs

Con: Charlie Hodgson
Pen: Charlie Hodgson (6)
Report Tries: Danny Williams, Jon Golding, Brent Wilson, Andy Fenby
Con: Tom May (3)
Pen: Tom May (2)
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 7,907
Referee: Sean Davey
8 March 2009
15:30
London Wasps 21 – 16 London Irish
Tries: Pat Barnard, Penalty try
Con: Danny Cipriani
Pen: Danny Cipriani (3)
Report Tries: Adam Thompstone
Con: Shane Geraghty
Pen: Shane Geraghty (3)
Adams Park
Attendance: 9,525
Referee: Romain Poite

Round 17[edit]

13 March 2009
19:45
Bristol 17 – 23 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Luke Arscott, David Lemi
Con: Ed Barnes (2)
Pen: Ed Barnes
Report Tries: Dan Hipkiss, Dan Cole
Con: Sam Vesty, Julien Dupuy
Pen: Sam Vesty (3)
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 6,037
Referee: Greg Garner
14 March 2009
15:00
Gloucester 24 – 22 London Wasps
Tries: Olly Morgan, Iain Balshaw, Akapusi Qera

Pen: Olly Barkley (3)
Report Tries: Lachlan Mitchell

Con: Dave Walder
Pen: Dave Walder (5)
Kingsholm
Attendance: 15,249
Referee: Sean Davey
14 March 2009
15:00
Northampton Saints 38 – 3 Sale Sharks
Tries: Ben Foden, Paul Diggin,
James Downey, Roger Wilson
Con: Barry Everitt
Stephen Myler (2)
Pen: Barry Everitt (4)
Report




Drop Goal: Charlie Hodgson
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,250
Referee: Dean Richards
15 March 2009
13:00
London Irish 38 – 17 Worcester Warriors
Tries: Seilala Mapusua, Clarke Dermody, James Hudson, Thorpe,
Hala’ufia
Con: Tom Homer (2)
Pen: Tom Homer (3)
Report Tries: Willie Walker, Greg Rawlinson


Con: Willie Walker (2)
Pen: Willie Walker
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 8,434
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
15 March 2009
13:00
Newcastle Falcons 24 – 16 Harlequins
Tries: Tim Visser, Tom May
Con: Tom May
Pen: Tom May (4)
Report Tries: Mike Brown
Con: Mike Brown
Pen: Nick Evans (3)
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,705
15 March 2009
13:00
Saracens 20 – 16 Bath
Tries: Rodd Penney (2), Alex Walker, Donald Barrell Report Tries: Alex Crockett

Con: Butch James
Pen: Butch James (3)
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 8,092
Referee: Chris White

Round 18[edit]

21 March 2009
13:30
Bath 36 – 25 Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Joe Maddock (2), Andy Beattie

Con: Butch James (2),
Shaun Berne
Pen: Butch James (5)
Report Tries: Tim Visser, Andy Fenby,
Brent Wilson
Con: Tom May (2)

Pen: Tom May (2)
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Andrew Small
21 March 2009
14:45
Leicester Tigers 46 – 16 Saracens
Tries: Scott Hamilton (2), Dan Hipkiss, Louis Deacon, Tom Varndell, Penalty try
Con: Julien Dupuy (2),
Sam Vesty, Derick Hougaard (2)
Pen: Julien Dupuy,
Derick Hougaard
Report Tries: Chris Wyles

Con: Glen Jackson

Pen: Glen Jackson (2)

Drop Goal: Justin Marshall
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,328
22 March 2009
14:30
London Irish 32 – 27 Northampton Saints
Tries: Adam Thompstone, Penalty try
Con: Tom Homer (2)
Pen: Tom Homer (6)
Report Tries: Bruce Reihana, Roger Wilson
Con: Barry Everitt
Pen: Bruce Reihana (4),
Barry Everitt
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 21,295
Referee: Sean Davey
22 March 2009
15:00
Harlequins 38 – 20 Sale Sharks
Tries: Seb Stegmann, De Wet Barry, Gary Botha, Tom Guest
Con: Chris Malone (3)
Pen: Chris Malone (4)
Report Tries: Charlie Hodgson


Pen: Charlie Hodgson (5)
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 11,592
Referee: Chris White
22 March 2009
15:00
London Wasps 21 – 19 Bristol
Tries: Lachlan Mitchell, Charlie Beech
Con: Dave Walder
Pen: Danny Cipriani (3)
Report Tries: Lee Robinson (2), David Lemi
Con: Ed Barnes (2)
Adams Park
Attendance: 8,498
Referee: Dean Richards
22 March 2009
15:00
Worcester Warriors 14 – 10 Gloucester
Tries: Marcel Garvey

Pen: Willie Walker (3)
Report Tries: Penalty try
Con: Carlos Spencer
Pen: Carlos Spencer
Sixways
Attendance: 12,024
Referee: Dave Pearson

Round 19[edit]

27 March 2009
19:45
Sale Sharks 23 – 16 Bath
Tries: Mark Cueto, Charlie Hodgson, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe
Con: Charlie Hodgson
Pen: Charlie Hodgson (2)
Report Tries: Jonny Fa'amatuainu

Con: Jack Cuthbert
Pen: Ryan Davis (3)
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,808
Referee: Sean Davey
27 March 2009
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 14 – 10 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Tane Tu'ipulotu

Pen: Tom May (2)
Drop Goal: Tom May
Report Tries: Ben Youngs
Con: Toby Flood
Pen: Toby Flood
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,614
Referee: Chris White
29 March 2009
12:30
Bristol 37 – 18 Worcester Warriors
Tries: Tom Arscott, Lee Robinson (2), Alifatu Junior Fatialofa,
Mariano Sambucetti, Haydn Thomas
Con: Ed Barnes (2)

Drop Goal: Tom Arscott
Report Tries: Dale Rasmussen, Kai Horstmann


Con: Willie Walker
Pen: Willie Walker (2)
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 5,403
Referee: Wayne Barnes
29 March 2009
14:30
Saracens 19 – 14 London Wasps
Tries: Francisco Leonelli
Con: Glen Jackson
Pen: Glen Jackson (4)
Report Tries: Tom Voyce

Pen: Danny Cipriani (3)
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 16,257
Referee: Andrew Small

Rearranged fixtures[edit]

1 April 2009
19:45
Harlequins 60 – 14 Worcester Warriors
Tries: Mike Brown, Tom Williams,
Jordan Turner-Hall, Ugo Monye,
Danny Care, Tani Fuga, Chris Robshaw,
Nick Easter (3)
Con: Chris Malone (2),
Waisea Luveniyali (3)
Report Tries: Charlie Fellows, Shaun Ruwers



Con: Loki Crichton, Joe Carlisle
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 10,446
1 April 2009
20:00
Bath 22 – 14 London Wasps
Tries: Jonny Fa'amatuainu
Con: Butch James
Pen: Butch James (5)
Report Tries: Riki Flutey

Pen: Danny Cipriani (2),
Jeremy Staunton
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Rob Debney

Round 20[edit]

4 April 2009
14:45
Bath 3 – 19 Harlequins


Pen: Butch James
Report Tries: Penalty try
Con: Chris Malone
Pen: Chris Malone (3)
Drop Goal: Danny Care
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Dave Pearson
4 April 2009
15:00
London Irish 38 – 21 Bristol
Tries: Adam Thompstone (2),
Paul Hodgson, Nick Kennedy (2), Steffon Armitage
Con: Delon Armitage
Pen: Tom Homer (2)
Report Tries: Luke Eves, Scott Linklater,
David Lemi

Con: Tom Arscott (3)
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 11,262
Referee: Nigel Owens
4 April 2009
15:00
Northampton Saints 40 – 22 Gloucester
Tries: Paul Diggin (2), Bruce Reihana, Dylan Hartley
Con: Stephen Myler (2),
Barry Everitt (2)
Pen: Stephen Myler (4)
Report Tries: Mark Foster, Nick Wood,
Will James
Con: Ryan Lamb (2)

Pen: Olly Barkley
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,426
Referee: Andrew Small
4 April 2009
15:00
Worcester Warriors 22 – 8 Saracens
Tries: Alex Grove
Con: Willie Walker
Pen: Willie Walker (3),
Matthew Jones
Drop Goal: Willie Walker
Report Tries: David Seymour

Pen: Gordon Ross
Sixways
Attendance: 10,118
Referee: Chris White
4 April 2009
17:00
Leicester Tigers 37 – 31 Sale Sharks
Tries: Scott Hamilton (2), Dan Hipkiss, Sam Vesty, Alesana Tuilagi
Con: Sam Vesty,
Toby Flood (2)
Pen: Toby Flood (2)
Report Tries: Mark Cueto (2), Neil Briggs

Con: Charlie Hodgson (2)

Pen: Charlie Hodgson (4)
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,498
Referee: Wayne Barnes
5 April 2009
15:00
London Wasps 12 – 6 Newcastle Falcons
Pen: Danny Cipriani (3)
Drop Goal: Danny Cipriani
Report Pen: Tom May (2)
Adams Park
Attendance: 9,740
Referee: Dean Richards

Round 21[edit]

17 April 2009
19:45
Sale Sharks 28 – 6 Harlequins
Tries: Chabal, Wigglesworth, Keil, Penalty try
Con: Hodgson
Report Pen: Luveniyali, Gomarsall
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,579
Referee: Wayne Barnes
18 April 2009
15:00
Northampton Saints 21 – 17 London Irish
Tries: Dickson, Kruger
Con: Myler
Pen: Myler (3)
Report Tries: Tagicakibau
Pen: Armitage (4)
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,405
Referee: Dave Pearson
19 April 2009
15:00
Bristol 18 – 36 London Wasps
Tries: Robinson, Phillips
Con: Barnes
Pen: Barnes (2)
Report Tries: Lewsey, Cipriani, Simpson (2), Betsen
Con: Cipriani (4)
Pen: Cipriani
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 6,508
19 April 2009
15:00
Saracens 13 – 16 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Leonelli
Con: Jackson
Pen: Glen Jackson (2)
Report Tries: Hamilton, Erinle
Pen: Vesty (2)
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 11,275
19 April 2009
15:45
Newcastle Falcons 14 – 15 Bath
Tries: Williams, Young
Con: May (2)
Report Tries: Hape, Claassens
Con: Davis
Pen: Davis
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,804
Referee: Andrew Small
21 April 2009
19:30
Gloucester 6 – 13 Worcester Warriors
Con: Barkley (2) Report Tries: Talei
Con: Walker
Pen: Walker (2)
Kingsholm
Attendance: 14,035
Referee: Rob Debney

Round 22[edit]

25 April 2009
15:00
Bath 33 – 18 Saracens
Tries: Andrew Higgins, Matt Banahan, Peter Short
Con: Ryan Davis (3)
Pen: Ryan Davis (4)
Report Tries: Chris Wyles, Noah Cato

Con: Glen Jackson
Pen: Glen Jackson (2)
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Rob Debney
25 April 2009
15:00
Harlequins 31 – 12 Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Mike Brown, Ugo Monye,
Tani Fuga, Nick Easter (2)
Con: Waisea Luveniyali (3)
Report Tries: Geoff Parling, Hall Charlton

Con: Tom May
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,638
Referee: Dean Richards
25 April 2009
15:00
Leicester Tigers 73 – 3 Bristol
Tries: Geordan Murphy (2), Dan Hipkiss, Sam Vesty, Johne Murphy, Toby Flood, Julian White, Jordan Crane, Ben Woods, Ayoola Erinle, Tom Varndell
Con: Geordan Murphy (2),
Sam Vesty (3), Julien Dupuy (4)
Report Pen: Luke Arscott
Walkers Stadium
Attendance: 18,816
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
25 April 2009
15:00
London Wasps 34 – 3 Gloucester
Tries: Tom Voyce, Riki Flutey (2),
Simon Shaw
Con: Danny Cipriani (2),
Jeremy Staunton (2)
Pen: Danny Cipriani (2)
Report Pen: Olly Barkley
Adams Park
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Dave Pearson
25 April 2009
15:00
Sale Sharks 24 – 18 Northampton Saints
Tries: Mathew Tait,
Eifion Lewis-Roberts, Dean Schofield, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe
Con: Charlie Hodgson (2)
Report Tries: Sean Lamont, Neil Best Con: Stephen Myler
Pen: Stephen Myler
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,724
Referee: Chris White
25 April 2009
15:00
Worcester Warriors 15 – 32 London Irish
Tries: Chris Fortey, George Crook

Con: Joe Carlisle
Pen: Joe Carlisle
Report Tries: Declan Danaher, Paul Hodgson, Hala’ufia, Adam Thompstone
Con: Delon Armitage (2)
Pen: Delon Armitage
Sixways
Attendance: 11,241
Referee: Andrew Small

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

9 May 2009
15:00
Leicester Tigers 24 – 10 Bath
Tries: Hipkiss 17' c
Vesty 38' c
Moody 69' c
Conv: Dupuy (3/3)
Pen: Dupuy 51'
Report Tries: Claassens 46' m
Hooper 57' m
Walkers Stadium
Attendance: 18,850
Referee: Dave Pearson
9 May 2009
17:30
Harlequins 0 – 17 London Irish
Report Tries: Hudson 52' c
Catt 75' c
Conv: D. Armitage (2/2)
Pen: D. Armitage 43'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,638
Referee: Chris White

Final[edit]

16 May 2009
17:30
Leicester Tigers 10 – 9 London Irish
Tries: Crane 61 c
Conv: Dupuy (1/1)
Pen: Dupuy
Report Pens: D. Armitage (2)
DG: Hewat
Twickenham
Attendance: 81,601
Referee: Wayne Barnes

Total Season Attendances[edit]

Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath 11 116,600 10,600 10,600 10,600 100%
Bristol 11 82,488 7,499 11,845 5,005 62%
Gloucester 11 156,366 14,215 16,500 12,260 86%
Harlequins 12 180,373 15,031 50,000 9,497 91%
Leicester Tigers 12 209,756 17,480 18,816 16,328 92%
London Irish 11 165,925 15,084 52,087 7,563 48%
Newcastle Falcons 11 67,949 6,177 7,804 4,620 61%
Northampton Saints 11 145,751 13,250 13,582 12,908 97%
Sale Sharks 11 100,422 9,129 10,841 7,602 84%
Saracens 11 148,127 13,466 52,087 5,881 50%
Wasps 11 102,415 9,310 10,000 7,668 93%
Worcester Warriors 11 114,008 10,364 12,024 9,222 86%

Top scorers[edit]

Points Name Club Tries Con Pen Drop
239 New Zealand Glen Jackson Saracens 1 18 62 4
212 South Africa Butch James Bath Rugby 2 35 44 0
190 England Charlie Hodgson Sale Sharks 5 24 35 4
156 England Stephen Myler Northampton Saints 0 18 38 2
146 Australia Peter Hewat London Irish 3 19 30 1
146 England Danny Cipriani London Wasps 1 12 38 1
127 New Zealand Nick Evans Harlequins 2 12 30 1
126 England Toby Flood Leicester Tigers 4 14 26 0
125 England Olly Barkley Gloucester Rugby 1 6 36 0
112 England Tom May Newcastle Falcons 5 15 18 1

Top try scorers[edit]

Pos Player Team Tries
1 New Zealand Joe Maddock Bath Rugby 11
2 England Mark Cueto Sale Sharks 9
Samoa David Lemi Bristol Rugby
England Ugo Monye Harlequins
Republic of Ireland Johne Murphy Leicester Tigers
6 England Iain Balshaw Gloucester Rugby 7
England Mike Brown Harlequins
England Paul Diggin Northampton Saints
England Olly Morgan Gloucester Rugby
England Lee Robinson Bristol Rugby
England Adam Thompstone London Irish

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Under Heineken Cup rules, an extra berth is given to either England, France, or Italy, depending on which country's club advances the farthest in the previous season's Heineken Cup. No Italian team made the knockout stage; France's only representative in the knockout stage; Toulouse, went out in the quarter-finals.

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