2000–01 English Premiership (rugby union)

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2000–2001 Zurich Premiership
Countries  England
Champions Leicester Tigers (5th title)
Runners-up London Wasps
Relegated Rotherham Titans
Matches played 139
Attendance 898,438 (average 6,464 per match)

The 2000–01 English Premiership (called the Zurich Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the 14th season of the top flight of the English domestic rugby union competitions. Leicester Tigers finished top of the league for the third year in a row giving them their fifth English champions title.

This season saw the introduction of the bonus points scoring system.[1]

Additionally, an 8 team end of season knock-out competition, the Zurich Championship was introduced, although this was not used to determine the English Champions, that being the preserve of the Zurich Premiership winners. Leicester also won the Zurich Championship in this season.

Rotherham were relegated, to be replaced by Leeds Tykes for the 2001–02 season.[2][3]

Participating teams[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath Bath 8,200 Bath, Somerset
Bristol Memorial Stadium 12,100 Bristol, Avon
Gloucester Kingsholm 11,000 Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Harlequins The Stoop 8,500 Twickenham, London
Leicester Tigers Welford Road 16,000 Leicester, Leicestershire
London Irish Madejski Stadium 24,161 Reading, Berkshire
London Wasps Loftus Road 18,439 Shepherd's Bush, London
Newcastle Falcons Kingston Park 10,000 Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Northampton Saints Franklin's Gardens 10,000 Northampton, Northamptonshire
Rotherham Titans Clifton Lane 2,500 Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Sale Heywood Road 5,400 Sale, Greater Manchester
Saracens Vicarage Road 22,000 Watford, Hertfordshire

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 18 1 3 571 346 +225 60 25 7 1 82
2 London Wasps 22 16 0 6 663 428 +235 77 37 7 3 74
3 Bath 22 14 0 8 680 430 +250 72 37 9 5 70
4 Northampton Saints 22 13 0 9 518 463 +55 45 45 3 4 59
5 Saracens 22 12 0 10 589 501 +88 63 48 6 4 58
6 Newcastle Falcons 22 11 0 11 554 568 -14 57 65 7 6 57
7 Gloucester 22 10 0 12 473 526 -53 43 45 3 5 48
8 London Irish 22 10 1 11 476 576 -100 36 60 1 2 45
9 Bristol 22 9 1 12 443 492 -49 34 36 1 5 44
10 Sale Sharks 22 8 1 13 561 622 -61 56 67 6 3 43
11 Harlequins 22 7 0 15 440 538 -98 44 48 3 7 38
12 Rotherham Titans (R) 22 2 0 20 335 813 -478 29 103 1 3 12
Green background denotes qualification for the playoffs. These teams and those highlighted in blue qualified for the 2001–02 Heineken Cup. Newcastle gained a spot by virtue of winning the Powergen Cup. Harlequins gained a spot in the Heineken Cup by winning the 2000-01 European Challenge Cup.

Results[edit]

Week 1[edit]

19 August 2000
14:00
London Wasps 22 – 24 Leicester Tigers
Loftus Road
Attendance: 6,328
19 August 2000
15:00
NEC Harlequins 16 – 22 London Irish
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 5,093
19 August 2000
15:00
Sale Sharks 33 – 32 Bath Rugby
Heywood Road
Attendance: 2,980
20 August 2000
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 27 – 21 Northampton Saints
Kingston Park
Attendance: 3,245
20 August 2000
15:00
Rotherham Titans 20 – 23 Bristol Shoguns
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 2,700
20 August 2000
15:00
Saracens 50 – 20 Gloucester
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,682

Week 2[edit]

26 August 2000
14:00
Bristol Shoguns 23 – 34 Saracens
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 4,280
26 August 2000
15:00
Gloucester 18 – 19 Sale Sharks
Kingsholm
Attendance: 5,500
26 August 2000
15:00
NEC Harlequins 26 – 13 Rotherham Titans
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 3,217
26 August 2000
15:00
Northampton Saints 27 – 10 London Irish
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 6,713
27 August 2000
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 22 – 25 Leicester Tigers
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,298
27 August 2000
15:00
London Wasps 12 – 36 Bath Rugby
Loftus Road
Attendance: 4,037

Week 3[edit]

2 September 2000
14:00
Leicester Tigers 33 – 19 Northampton Saints
Welford Road
Attendance: 14,088
2 September 2000
14:15
Bath Rugby 38 – 22 NEC Harlequins
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 6,958
2 September 2000
15:00
London Irish 27 – 22 Saracens
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,312
2 September 2000
15:00
Rotherham Titans 23 – 29 Gloucester
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 2,500
2 September 2000
15:00
Sale Sharks 13 – 27 Newcastle Falcons
Heywood Road
Attendance: 2,885
3 September 2000
15:00
London Wasps 23 – 17 Bristol Shoguns
Loftus Road
Attendance: 3,525

Week 4[edit]

6 September 2000
19:30
Bristol Shoguns 13 – 36 Sale Sharks
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 3,100
6 September 2000
19:30
Newcastle Falcons 18 – 19 Gloucester
Kingston Park
Attendance: 2,623
6 September 2000
19:30
Northampton Saints 27 – 20 NEC Harlequins
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 6,645
6 September 2000
19:45
Leicester Tigers 26 – 18 Rotherham Titans
Welford Road
Attendance: 9,801
6 September 2000
19:45
Saracens 24 – 30 London Wasps
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,312
9 September 2000
14:00
Gloucester 21 – 22 Bath Rugby
Kingsholm
Attendance: 6,754
9 September 2000
15:00
NEC Harlequins 18 – 31 London Wasps
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 4,880
9 September 2000
15:00
Sale Sharks 34 – 23 Northampton Saints
Heywood Road
Attendance: 1,844
10 September 2000
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 34 – 19 Rotherham Titans
Kingston Park
Attendance: 2,735
10 September 2000
15:00
Bristol Shoguns 26 – 30 London Irish
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 2,902
10 September 2000
15:00
Saracens 17 – 9 Leicester Tigers
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 13,021

Week 5[edit]

16 September 2000
14:15
Bath Rugby 19 – 12 Newcastle Falcons
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 7,503
16 September 2000
14:15
NEC Harlequins 31 – 25 Bristol Shoguns
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 3,089
16 September 2000
15:00
Leicester Tigers 33 – 20 London Irish
Welford Road
Attendance: 12,168
16 September 2000
15:00
Rotherham Titans 19 – 32 Northampton Saints
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 2,363
16 September 2000
15:00
Sale Sharks 6 – 51 Saracens
Heywood Road
Attendance: 3,130
17 September 2000
15:00
London Wasps 43 – 23 Gloucester
Loftus Road
Attendance: 4,277

Week 6[edit]

23 September 2000
14:15
Newcastle Falcons 59 – 21 London Wasps
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,233
23 September 2000
15:00
Bristol Shoguns 24 – 20 Leicester Tigers
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 6,200
23 September 2000
15:00
Gloucester 27 – 23 NEC Harlequins
Kingsholm
Attendance: 5,428
23 September 2000
15:00
Northampton Saints 24 – 13 Bath Rugby
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 7,465
24 September 2000
15:00
London Irish 28 – 13 Sale Sharks
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 4,198
24 September 2000
15:00
Saracens 59 – 5 Rotherham Titans
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,092

Week 7[edit]

30 September 2000
14:15
Bath Rugby 21 – 33 Saracens
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 8,000
30 September 2000
15:00
Gloucester 38 – 16 Bristol Shoguns
Kingsholm
Attendance: 6,503
30 September 2000
15:00
NEC Harlequins 18 – 20 Newcastle Falcons
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 4,445
30 September 2000
15:00
Rotherham Titans 19 – 18 London Irish
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 2,000
30 September 2000
15:00
Sale Sharks 17 – 17 Leicester Tigers
Heywood Road
Attendance: 3,407
1 October 2000
15:00
London Wasps 53 – 17 Northampton Saints
Loftus Road
Attendance: 4,612

Week 8[edit]

18 November 2000
12:30
Bristol Shoguns 32 – 21 Rotherham Titans
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 2,380
18 November 2000
12:30
Gloucester 16 – 15 Saracens
Kingsholm
Attendance: 5,909
18 November 2000
13:00
Leicester Tigers 28 – 13 London Wasps
Welford Road
Attendance: 9,300
18 November 2000
13:00
Northampton Saints 26 – 18 Newcastle Falcons
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 6,734
19 November 2000
14:15
Bath Rugby 34 – 32 Sale Sharks
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 7,348
19 November 2000
15:00
London Irish 21 – 16 NEC Harlequins
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,918

Week 9[edit]

24 November 2000
20:00
NEC Harlequins 13 – 16 Leicester Tigers
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 4,613
25 November 2000
12:30
Gloucester 26 – 6 London Irish
Kingsholm
Attendance: 5,618
25 November 2000
13:00
Northampton Saints 24 – 6 Bristol Shoguns
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 6,093
26 November 2000
14:15
Bath Rugby 42 – 19 Rotherham Titans
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 7,100
26 November 2000
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 32 – 27 Saracens
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,473
26 November 2000
15:00
London Wasps 33 – 24 Sale Sharks
Loftus Road
Attendance: 3,087

Week 10[edit]

2 December 2000
12:30
Bristol Shoguns 16 – 9 Bath Rugby
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 6,335
2 December 2000
13:00
Leicester Tigers 31 – 28 Gloucester
Welford Road
Attendance: 11,800
2 December 2000
13:00
Rotherham Titans 15 – 30 London Wasps
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 2,100
2 December 2000
13:00
Sale Sharks 35 – 10 NEC Harlequins
Heywood Road
Attendance: 2,002
3 December 2000
15:00
Saracens 10 – 30 Northampton Saints
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 10,483
5 December 2000
20:00
London Irish 19 – 17 Newcastle Falcons
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 4,612

Week 11[edit]

16 December 2000
14:00
Northampton Saints 34 – 15 Gloucester
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 7,225
16 December 2000
15:00
Leicester Tigers 27 – 19 Bath Rugby
Welford Road
Attendance: 14,552
16 December 2000
15:00
London Irish 14 – 13 London Wasps
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,220
16 December 2000
15:00
Sale Sharks 45 – 12 Rotherham Titans
Heywood Road
Attendance: 2,200
17 December 2000
15:00
Bristol Shoguns 27 – 14 Newcastle Falcons
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 3,687
17 December 2000
15:00
Saracens 26 – 18 NEC Harlequins
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,681

Week 12[edit]

23 December 2000
14:00
Sale Sharks 25 – 26 Bristol Shoguns
Heywood Road
Attendance: 2,631
23 December 2000
14:15
Bath Rugby 56 – 20 London Irish
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 7,317
23 December 2000
14:15
Rotherham Titans 9 – 27 Leicester Tigers
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 4,000
23 December 2000
15:00
Gloucester 28 – 13 Newcastle Falcons
Kingsholm
Attendance: 7,455
23 December 2000
15:00
London Wasps 25 – 6 Saracens
Loftus Road
Attendance: 7,835
23 December 2000
15:00
NEC Harlequins 25 – 34 Northampton Saints
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 4,128

Week 13[edit]

26 December 2000
14:15
Bath Rugby 16 – 17 Leicester Tigers
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 8,500
27 December 2000
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 23 – 15 Bristol Shoguns
Kingston Park
Attendance: 3,738
27 December 2000
15:00
NEC Harlequins 14 – 30 Saracens
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 5,089
27 December 2000
19:30
Gloucester 12 – 15 Northampton Saints
Kingsholm
Attendance: 9,859
27 December 2000
19:45
London Wasps 29 – 16 London Irish
Loftus Road
Attendance: 5,084
30 December 2000
15:00
Northampton Saints 18 – 21 London Wasps
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 9,437
30 December 2000
15:00
Saracens 11 – 31 Bath Rugby
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 11,192

Week 14[edit]

6 January 2001
14:15
Bath Rugby 36 – 13 Northampton Saints
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 7,802
6 January 2001
14:15
Rotherham Titans 19 – 8 Saracens
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 3,500
6 January 2001
15:00
Bristol Shoguns 18 – 9 Gloucester
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 6,781

Week 15[edit]

6 February 2001
19:45
Leicester Tigers 17 – 10 Bristol Shoguns
Welford Road
Attendance: 12,332
6 February 2001
20:00
NEC Harlequins 21 – 19 Gloucester
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 4,800
10 February 2001
14:00
Northampton Saints 42 – 0 Rotherham Titans
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 8,062
10 February 2001
15:00
Gloucester 3 – 28 London Wasps
Kingsholm
Attendance: 6,940
10 February 2001
15:00
London Irish 9 – 28 Leicester Tigers
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,531
11 February 2001
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 24 – 23 Bath Rugby
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,319
11 February 2001
15:00
Bristol Shoguns 13 – 9 NEC Harlequins
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 4,600
11 February 2001
15:00
Saracens 44 – 30 Sale Sharks
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,115

Week 16[edit]

20 February 2001
20:00
London Irish 54 – 11 Rotherham Titans
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 2,504
24 February 2001
14:15
Bath Rugby 50 – 16 Gloucester
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 8,200
24 February 2001
15:00
Leicester Tigers 56 – 15 Saracens
Welford Road
Attendance: 14,212
24 February 2001
15:00
London Irish 26 – 26 Bristol Shoguns
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 3,349
24 February 2001
15:00
Northampton Saints 32 – 26 Sale Sharks
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 7,849

Week 17[edit]

6 March 2001
19:15
Newcastle Falcons 22 – 24 NEC Harlequins
Kingston Park
Attendance: 3,620
6 March 2001
19:45
Leicester Tigers 24 – 12 Sale Sharks
Welford Road
Attendance: 9,000
10 March 2001
14:15
Northampton Saints 9 – 12 Leicester Tigers
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 10,000
10 March 2001
15:00
Gloucester 50 – 17 Rotherham Titans
Kingsholm
Attendance: 5,850
10 March 2001
15:00
NEC Harlequins 24 – 22 Bath Rugby
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 7,067
11 March 2001
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 48 – 24 Sale Sharks
Kingston Park
Attendance: 3,318
11 March 2001
15:00
Bristol Shoguns 12 – 24 London Wasps
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 5,444
11 March 2001
15:00
Saracens 35 – 22 London Irish
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,913

Week 18[edit]

14 March 2001
20:00
London Irish 13 – 58 Bath Rugby
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,303
17 March 2001
12:15
Leicester Tigers 51 – 7 Newcastle Falcons
Welford Road
Attendance: 15,009
17 March 2001
14:15
Bath Rugby 16 – 13 London Wasps
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 8,200
17 March 2001
14:15
Rotherham Titans 12 – 32 NEC Harlequins
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 2,000
17 March 2001
15:00
London Irish 13 – 10 Northampton Saints
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 12,037
17 March 2001
15:00
Sale Sharks 16 – 24 Gloucester
Heywood Road
Attendance: 3,514
18 March 2001
15:00
Saracens 24 – 13 Bristol Shoguns
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 12,843

Week 19[edit]

24 March 2001
14:15
Rotherham Titans 13 – 39 Sale Sharks
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 2,000
28 March 2001
19:45
London Wasps 44 – 7 Newcastle Falcons
Loftus Road
Attendance: 3,444
31 March 2001
14:15
Bath Rugby 19 – 16 Bristol Shoguns
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 8,200
31 March 2001
15:00
Gloucester 22 – 13 Leicester Tigers
Kingsholm
Attendance: 7,614
31 March 2001
15:00
NEC Harlequins 36 – 10 Sale Sharks
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 5,039
31 March 2001
15:00
Northampton Saints 25 – 14 Saracens
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 9,424
1 April 2001
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 42 – 35 London Irish
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,963
1 April 2001
15:00
London Wasps 58 – 3 Rotherham Titans
Loftus Road
Attendance: 4,276

Week 20[edit]

10 April 2001
18:00
Rotherham Titans 36 – 39 Newcastle Falcons
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 1,800
10 April 2001
19:30
Sale Sharks 43 – 18 London Irish
Heywood Road
Attendance: 2,469
10 April 2001
19:45
London Wasps 38 – 19 NEC Harlequins
Loftus Road
Attendance: 12,137
14 April 2001
14:15
Sale Sharks 29 – 59 London Wasps
Heywood Road
Attendance: 3,877
14 April 2001
15:00
Leicester Tigers 37 – 5 NEC Harlequins
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,006
14 April 2001
15:00
Rotherham Titans 12 – 68 Bath Rugby
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 3,000
15 April 2001
15:00
Saracens 34 – 29 Newcastle Falcons
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 10,107

Week 21[edit]

16 April 2001
15:00
Bristol Shoguns 46 – 16 Northampton Saints
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 5,315
16 April 2001
15:00
London Irish 35 – 10 Gloucester
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,131

Zurich Championship[edit]

The top eight teams qualified for the knock-out Zurich Championship, seeded on the basis of their league finish.

Seeding[edit]

Seed Team Table points Wins Points diff
1 Leicester Tigers 82 18 +225
2 London Wasps 74 16 +235
3 Bath Rugby 70 14 +250
4 Northampton Saints 59 13 +55
5 Saracens 58 12 +88
6 Newcastle Falcons 57 11 −14
7 Gloucester 48 10 −53
8 London Irish 45 10 −100

Quarter–finals[edit]

28 April 2001
Leicester Tigers 24 – 11 London Irish
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 8,112
Referee: Tony Spreadbury
28 April 2001
Northampton Saints 45 – 17 Saracens
Report
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Chris White
28 April 2001
Bath 18 – 9 Newcastle Falcons
Report
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 6,840
Referee: Rob Goodliffe
29 April 2001
London Wasps 18 – 6 Gloucester
Report
Loftus Road
Attendance: 4,986
Referee: Steve Lander

Semi–finals[edit]

5 May 2001
Leicester Tigers 17 – 13 Northampton Saints
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 10,787[4]
6 May 2001
London Wasps 31 – 36 Bath
Report
Loftus Road
Attendance: 8,094
Referee: Brian Campsall

Final[edit]

13 May 2001
Leicester Tigers 22 – 10 Bath
Report
Twickenham
Attendance: 33,500[5]
Referee: Steve Lander

Total Season Attendances[edit]

Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath 12 91,968 7,664 8,500 6,840 93%
Bristol 11 51,024 4,639 6,781 2,380 38%
Gloucester 11 73,430 6,675 9,859 5,428 61%
Harlequins 11 51,460 4,678 7,067 3,089 55%
Leicester Tigers 13 157,167 12,090 16,006 8,112 76%
London Irish 11 65,115 5,920 12,037 2,504 24%
London Wasps 13 73,719 5,671 12,137 3,444 31%
Newcastle Falcons 12 55,065 4,589 8,500 2,623 46%
Northampton Saints 11 85,647 7,786 10,000 6,093 78%
Rotherham Titans 11 27,963 2,542 4,000 1,800 87%
Sale Sharks 11 30,939 2,813 3,877 1,844 52%
Saracens 11 101,441 9,222 13,021 6,092 42%

References[edit]