2003–04 English Premiership (rugby union)

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2003-2004 Zurich Premiership
Countries  England
Champions London Wasps (4th title)
Runners-up Bath
Relegated Rotherham Titans
Matches played 137
Attendance 1,241,557
(average 9,062 per match)

The 2003-04 Zurich Premiership was the 17th season of the top flight of the English domestic rugby union competitions.

Rotherham were relegated after failing to win a single match all season.

Participating teams[edit]

Locations of the 2003-04 Zurich Premiership teams
Team Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath Bath 9,980 Bath, Somerset
Gloucester Kingsholm 11,000 Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Harlequins The Stoop 8,500 Twickenham, London
Leeds Tykes Headingley Stadium 22,250 Leeds, West Yorkshire
Leicester Tigers Welford Road 16,815 Leicester, Leicestershire
London Irish Madejski Stadium 24,161 Reading, Berkshire
London Wasps The Causeway Stadium 10,000 High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Newcastle Falcons Kingston Park 10,000 Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Northampton Saints Franklin's Gardens 12,100 Northampton, Northamptonshire
Rotherham Titans Millmoor 11,158 Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Sale Edgeley Park 10,641 Stockport, 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 Bath 22 18 0 4 508 311 +197 45 24 4 3 79
C London Wasps 22 16 0 6 575 406 +169 59 37 6 3 73
3 Northampton Saints 22 15 1 6 574 416 +158 61 48 6 2 70
4 Gloucester 22 14 0 8 491 412 +79 51 41 4 3 63
5 Leicester Tigers* 22 11 3 8 537 430 +107 53 37 4 2 55
6 Harlequins 22 10 2 10 502 449 +53 50 43 4 6 54
7 Sale Sharks 22 9 3 10 510 472 +38 56 50 5 6 53
8 London Irish 22 10 1 11 427 454 -27 30 37 1 6 49
9 Newcastle Falcons 22 7 2 13 497 525 -28 53 55 4 9 45
10 Saracens* 22 8 1 13 397 543 -146 40 56 3 3 39
11 Leeds Tykes 22 7 1 14 449 588 -139 47 59 4 3 37
R Rotherham Titans 22 0 0 22 309 770 -461 32 90 0 3 3
Source:Guinness Premiership
* Leicester and Saracens deducted one point each for fielding an ineligible player. Green background denotes qualification for playoffs. These teams and those highlighted in blue qualified for the 2004–05 Heineken Cup.

Results[edit]

Week 1[edit]

12 September 2003
19:45
Sale Sharks 37 – 37 Northampton Saints
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 8,105
13 September 2003
14:45
Harlequins 33 – 27 London Wasps
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 7,223
13 September 2003
15:00
Gloucester 22 – 8 Rotherham Titans
Kingsholm
Attendance: 10,114
13 September 2003
15:00
Leicester Tigers 29 – 19 London Irish
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,029
14 September 2003
14:30
Leeds Tykes 32 – 44 Bath
Headingley
Attendance: 4,093
14 September 2003
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 20 – 25 Saracens
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,012

Week 2[edit]

20 September 2003
14:15
Bath 24 – 6 Northampton Saints
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 9,381
20 September 2003
14:45
Rotherham Titans 15 – 43 Harlequins
Millmoor
Attendance: 4,003
21 September 2003
15:00
London Irish 16 – 10 Gloucester
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,968
21 September 2003
15:00
London Wasps 33 – 10 Leeds Tykes
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 5,721
21 September 2003
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 9 – 8 Sale Sharks
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,628
21 September 2003
15:00
Saracens 19 – 19 Leicester Tigers
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,730

Week 3[edit]

26 September 2003
19:45
Leicester Tigers 28 – 21 Newcastle Falcons
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
26 September 2003
19:45
Sale Sharks 9 – 14 Bath
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 6,500
26 September 2003
20:00
Leeds Tykes 23 – 13 Rotherham Titans
Headingley
Attendance: 4,842
27 September 2003
14:45
Gloucester 30 – 7 Saracens
Kingsholm
Attendance: 10,050
27 September 2003
15:00
Harlequins 15 – 10 London Irish
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 7,523
27 September 2003
15:00
Northampton Saints 27 – 17 London Wasps
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 10,571

Week 4[edit]

4 October 2003
14:45
Leicester Tigers 16 – 22 Sale Sharks
Welford Road
Attendance: 15,507
4 October 2003
15:00
Rotherham Titans 13 – 42 Northampton Saints
Millmoor
Attendance: 3,118
5 October 2003
14:00
London Wasps 19 – 20 Bath
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 7,767
5 October 2003
15:00
London Irish 31 – 16 Leeds Tykes
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,725
5 October 2003
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 42 – 22 Gloucester
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,102
5 October 2003
15:00
Saracens 39 – 33 Harlequins
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,380

Week 5[edit]

10 October 2003
19:45
Sale Sharks 33 – 37 London Wasps
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 5,803
11 October 2003
14:15
Bath 47 – 3 Rotherham Titans
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 8,733
11 October 2003
14:45
Gloucester 24 – 3 Leicester Tigers
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,000
11 October 2003
15:00
Harlequins 18 – 11 Newcastle Falcons
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 6,523
11 October 2003
15:00
Northampton Saints 24 – 30 London Irish
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 10,384
12 October 2003
15:00
Leeds Tykes 41 – 31 Saracens
Headingley
Attendance: 2,888

Week 6[edit]

17 October 2003
19:45
Rotherham Titans 14 – 28 Sale Sharks
Millmoor
Attendance: 2,229
18 October 2003
15:30
Harlequins 0 – 16 Gloucester
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 6,223
18 October 2003
16:00
Northampton Saints 33 – 20 Newcastle Falcons
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 9,923
19 October 2003
14:00
Bath 25 – 3 Saracens
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 9,154
19 October 2003
14:30
Leeds Tykes 39 – 18 Leicester Tigers
Headingley
Attendance: 4,073
19 October 2003
15:00
London Wasps 22 – 15 London Irish
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 6,463

Week 7[edit]

25 October 2003
14:45
Newcastle Falcons 19 – 17 Bath
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,885
25 October 2003
15:00
Gloucester 24 – 19 Leeds Tykes
Kingsholm
Attendance: 9,832
25 October 2003
15:00
Leicester Tigers 15 – 32 Northampton Saints
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
25 October 2003
15:00
Harlequins 21 – 30 Sale Sharks
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 5,123
26 October 2003
15:00
London Irish 47 – 26 Rotherham Titans
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,831
26 October 2003
15:00
Saracens 3 – 42 London Wasps
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,950

Week 8[edit]

31 October 2003
19:45
Sale Sharks 26 – 28 London Irish
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 5,605
31 October 2003
20:00
Leeds Tykes 16 – 30 Harlequins
Headingley
Attendance: 3,205
1 November 2003
14:15
Bath 31 – 17 Leicester Tigers
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 9,980
1 November 2003
14:45
Northampton Saints 30 – 17 Gloucester
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 11,026
1 November 2003
15:00
Rotherham Titans 12 – 25 Saracens
Millmoor
Attendance: 2,500
2 November 2003
15:00
London Wasps 30 – 26 Newcastle Falcons
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 5,151

Week 9[edit]

8 November 2003
14:45
Sale Sharks 37 – 21 Leeds Tykes
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 3,367
8 November 2003
15:00
Gloucester 14 – 20 Bath
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,000
8 November 2003
15:00
Leicester Tigers 32 – 22 London Wasps
Welford Road
Attendance: 15,384
8 November 2003
15:00
Harlequins 43 – 21 Northampton Saints
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 6,223
9 November 2003
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 56 – 10 Rotherham Titans
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,452
9 November 2003
15:00
Saracens 31 – 34 London Irish
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,013

Week 10[edit]

21 November 2003
19:45
London Wasps 20 – 12 Gloucester
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 7,288
21 November 2003
19:45
Sale Sharks 33 – 3 Saracens
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 5,487
22 November 2003
14:15
Bath 18 – 10 Harlequins
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 9,980
22 November 2003
15:00
Northampton Saints 48 – 24 Leeds Tykes
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 11,292
22 November 2003
16:00
Rotherham Titans 17 – 27 Leicester Tigers
Millmoor
Attendance: 2,900
23 November 2003
15:00
London Irish 15 – 19 Newcastle Falcons
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 6,791

Week 11[edit]

29 November 2003
14:45
Newcastle Falcons 20 – 23 London Wasps
Kingston Park
Attendance: 10,001
29 November 2003
15:00
Gloucester 28 – 20 Northampton Saints
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,000
29 November 2003
15:00
Leicester Tigers 12 – 13 Bath
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
29 November 2003
15:00
Harlequins 9 – 16 Leeds Tykes
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 7,123
30 November 2003
15:00
London Irish 9 – 3 Sale Sharks
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,488
30 November 2003
15:00
Saracens 29 – 10 Rotherham Titans
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,680

Week 12[edit]

19 December 2003
19:45
Sale Sharks 27 – 27 Harlequins
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 6,643
20 December 2003
13:00
Rotherham Titans 10 – 15 London Irish
Millmoor
Attendance: 1,910
20 December 2003
14:15
Bath 20 – 10 Newcastle Falcons
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 9,800
20 December 2003
14:45
Northampton Saints 14 – 0 Leicester Tigers
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,150
21 December 2003
14:30
Leeds Tykes 22 – 18 Gloucester
Headingley
Attendance: 7,467
21 December 2003
15:00
London Wasps 41 – 0 Saracens
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 9,350

Week 13[edit]

27 December 2003
15:00
Gloucester 18 – 17 Harlequins
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,000
27 December 2003
15:00
Leicester Tigers 39 – 11 Leeds Tykes
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
27 December 2003
15:00
Sale Sharks 35 – 7 Rotherham Titans
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 8,797
27 December 2003
15:00
Saracens 15 – 24 Bath
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 11,477
27 December 2003
15:15
London Irish 19 – 34 London Wasps
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 20,318
28 December 2003
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 23 – 19 Northampton Saints
Kingston Park
Attendance: 10,000

Week 14[edit]

1 January 2004
15:00
Saracens 27 – 3 Leeds Tykes
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 9,350
3 January 2004
14:45
Leicester Tigers 18 – 28 Gloucester
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
4 January 2004
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 25 – 29 Harlequins
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,975
4 January 2004
15:00
London Irish 15 – 36 Northampton Saints
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,004
4 January 2004
15:00
London Wasps 26 – 10 Sale Sharks
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 9,506
4 January 2004
15:00
Rotherham Titans 18 – 34 Bath
Millmoor
Attendance: 6,894

Week 15[edit]

6 February 2004
19:45
Sale Sharks 3 – 3 Leicester Tigers
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,541
6 February 2004
20:00
Leeds Tykes 9 – 16 London Irish
Headingley
Attendance: 3,230
7 February 2004
14:40
Bath 6 – 10 London Wasps
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 9,980
7 February 2004
15:00
Gloucester 36 – 12 Newcastle Falcons
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,000
7 February 2004
15:00
Harlequins 12 – 10 Saracens
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 8,170
7 February 2004
15:00
Northampton Saints 18 – 8 Rotherham Titans
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 10,839

Week 16[edit]

14 February 2004
15:00
Rotherham Titans 20 – 27 London Wasps
Millmoor
Attendance: 2,200
14 February 2004
18:00
Gloucester 38 – 12 Sale Sharks
Kingsholm
Attendance: 10,993
15 February 2004
13:00
Saracens 18 – 22 Northampton Saints
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,651
15 February 2004
13:30
Newcastle Falcons 25 – 28 Leeds Tykes
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,503

Week 17[edit]

21 February 2004
14:15
Bath 22 – 13 Leeds Tykes
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 9,818
21 February 2004
14:30
London Irish 9 – 22 Leicester Tigers
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,836
21 February 2004
15:00
Northampton Saints 51 – 12 Sale Sharks
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 11,756
22 February 2004
15:00
Rotherham Titans 21 – 35 Gloucester
Millmoor
Attendance: 2,250
22 February 2004
15:00
Saracens 32 – 27 Newcastle Falcons
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,516
22 February 2004
18:00
London Wasps 22 – 21 Harlequins
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 8,549

Week 18[edit]

19 March 2004
19:45
Leicester Tigers 30 – 21 Harlequins
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
21 March 2004
15:00
London Irish 20 – 21 Bath
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 20,840

Week 19[edit]

26 March 2004
19:45
Sale Sharks 38 – 20 Gloucester
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 6,487
27 March 2004
14:15
Bath 23 – 21 London Irish
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 9,980
27 March 2004
15:00
Harlequins 20 – 23 Leicester Tigers
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 7,871
27 March 2004
15:00
Northampton Saints 24 – 3 Saracens
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,003
28 March 2004
14:30
Leeds Tykes 30 – 30 Newcastle Falcons
Headingley
Attendance: 4,907
28 March 2004
15:00
London Wasps 39 – 11 Rotherham Titans
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 6,757

Week 20[edit]

2 April 2004
19:45
Rotherham Titans 20 – 34 Leeds Tykes
Millmoor
Attendance: 2,750
3 April 2004
14:15
Bath 16 – 12 Sale Sharks
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 9,980
3 April 2004
14:45
Saracens 8 – 16 Gloucester
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,907
4 April 2004
15:00
London Irish 15 – 15 Harlequins
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,574
4 April 2004
15:00
London Wasps 31 – 5 Northampton Saints
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
4 April 2004
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 25 – 25 Leicester Tigers
Kingston Park
Attendance: 10,000

Week 21[edit]

16 April 2004
19:45
Leicester Tigers 38 – 10 Saracens
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
16 April 2004
19:45
Harlequins 43 – 20 Rotherham Titans
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 4,758
18 April 2004
14:00
Northampton Saints 16 – 6 Bath
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,005
18 April 2004
14:30
Leeds Tykes 7 – 11 London Wasps
Headingley
Attendance: 3,194
18 April 2004
16:00
Gloucester 28 – 13 London Irish
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,000

Week 22[edit]

23 April 2004
19:45
Sale Sharks 41 – 16 Newcastle Falcons
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,486

Week 23[edit]

1 May 2004
14:45
Gloucester 28 – 25 London Wasps
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,000
1 May 2004
15:00
Leicester Tigers 75 – 13 Rotherham Titans
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
2 May 2004
14:00
Harlequins 25 – 22 Bath
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 7,870
2 May 2004
14:30
Leeds Tykes 15 – 31 Northampton Saints
Headingley
Attendance: 4,239
2 May 2004
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 15 – 16 London Irish
Kingston Park
Attendance: 8,723
2 May 2004
15:00
Saracens 39 – 23 Sale Sharks
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,917

Week 24[edit]

8 May 2004
15:00
Bath 41 – 7 Gloucester
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 9,980
8 May 2004
15:00
Leeds Tykes 20 – 31 Sale Sharks
Headingley
Attendance: 4,036
8 May 2004
15:00
London Irish 14 – 20 Saracens
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,856
8 May 2004
15:00
London Wasps 17 – 48 Leicester Tigers
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
8 May 2004
15:00
Northampton Saints 18 – 17 Harlequins
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,048
8 May 2004
15:00
Rotherham Titans 20 – 26 Newcastle Falcons
Don Valley Stadium
Attendance: 5,203

Play-offs[edit]

As for the 2002–03 season, the first placed team automatically qualified for the final where they played the winner of the second vs third place semi-final.

Semi-final[edit]

16 May 2004
14:00
London Wasps 57 – 20 Northampton Saints
Report

Final[edit]

29 May 2004
18:00
Bath 6 – 10 London Wasps
Report
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 59,500

Zurich Wildcard[edit]

The Zurich Wildcard was contested by the teams placed fourth through seventh in the final table.

Semi finals[edit]

15 May 2004
Gloucester 44 – 35 Sale Sharks
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Attendance: 4,859

Despite winning this match, Gloucester forfeited their place in the final as English teams were awarded an additional Heineken Cup qualification place due to London Wasps winning the 2003–04 Heineken Cup. This additional place was awarded to Gloucester as the next highest placed team in the league not automatically qualified.[1][2]

26 May 2004
Leicester Tigers 43 – 26 Harlequins
Welford Road, Leicester
Attendance: 12,004

Final[edit]

29 May 2004
Sale Sharks 27 – 48 Leicester Tigers
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 30,000

Total Season Attendances[edit]

Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath 11 106,766 9,706 9,980 8,733 97%
Gloucester 12 122,848 10,237 11,000 4,859 93%
Harlequins 11 74,630 6,785 8,170 4,758 80%
Leeds Tykes 11 46,174 4,198 7,467 2,888 19%
Leicester Tigers 12 193,444 16,120 16,815 12,004 96%
London Irish 11 117,231 10,657 20,840 5,725 44%
London Wasps 12 92,771 7,731 10,000 5,151 77%
Newcastle Falcons 11 83,281 7,571 10,001 4,885 76%
Northampton Saints 11 122,563 11,142 12,150 9,923 92%
Rotherham Titans 11 35,957 3,269 6,894 1,910 30%
Sale Sharks 11 76,821 6,984 10,541 3,367 66%
Saracens 11 79,571 7,234 11,477 5,013 33%

References[edit]

External links[edit]