2006–07 English Premiership (rugby union)

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2006–07 Guinness Premiership
Countries  England
Champions Leicester Tigers (7th title)
Runners-up Gloucester
Relegated Northampton Saints
Matches played 135
Attendance 1,598,734 (average 11,842 per match)

The 2006–07 Guinness Premiership was the 20th season of the top flight of the English domestic rugby union competitions, played between September 2006 and May 2007. It was announced during the 2005-06 season that the 2006-07 competition would end two weeks early due to the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, as England would be defending their title.[1] At the end of the previous season, Harlequins gained promotion to this season, while the Leeds Tykes were relegated. The Champions of this season were Leicester Tigers, beating Gloucester RFC 44-16 on May 12 in the Final at Twickenham, while the Northampton Saints were relegated. Leeds Tykes are set to return in 2007-08 under their new name of Leeds Carnegie, after being promoted.

From the start of the season, all half-time intervals were increased from the traditional 10 minutes to 15 minutes. The move has been explained as allowing clubs to capitalise on growing capacities and maximise refreshment income.[2]

The opening games of the Season were played at Twickenham, in the 2006 London Double Header.[1]

Participating teams[edit]

Locations of the 2006-07 Guinness Premiership teams
Team Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath Bath 10,600 Bath, Somerset
Bristol Memorial Stadium[n 1] 12,100 Bristol, Avon
Gloucester Kingsholm[n 2] 12,500 Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Harlequins The Stoop 12,638 Twickenham, London
Leicester Tigers Welford Road 16,815 Leicester, Leicestershire
London Irish Madejski Stadium[n 3] 24,161 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 Edgeley Park 10,852 Stockport, Greater Manchester
Saracens Vicarage Road[n 4] 22,000 Watford, Hertfordshire
Worcester Sixways 10,197 Worcester, Worcestershire
Notes
  1. ^ *Bristol would also play 2 home games at Ashton Gate in Bristol on 27 December 2006 and 24 April 2007
  2. ^ *Gloucester would also play 1 home game at Ashton Gate in Bristol on 28 April 2007
  3. ^ *London Irish would also play 1 home game at Twickenham Stadium in London on 2 September 2006
  4. ^ *Saracens would also play 1 home game at Twickenham Stadium in London on 2 September 2006

Table[edit]

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Tries for Tries against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
Gloucester (F) 22 15 2 5 531 404 50 41 3 4 71
Leicester Tigers* (C) 22 14 1 7 569 456 58 37 9 5 71
Bristol (SF) 22 14 1 7 398 394 43 37 3 3 64
Saracens (SF) 22 12 2 8 539 399 56 40 7 4 63
London Wasps 22 12 1 9 504 431 51 41 5 6 61
London Irish 22 12 0 10 398 407 38 42 3 2 53
Harlequins 22 10 0 12 503 438 50 46 5 6 51
Bath 22 8 2 12 428 492 36 50 2 7 45
Newcastle Falcons 22 9 0 13 435 528 49 55 2 6 44
Sale Sharks 22 8 1 13 414 500 33 44 2 6 42
Worcester Warriors 22 6 1 15 346 459 32 50 0 9 34
Northampton Saints (R) 22 6 1 15 342 499 39 52 1 6 33
Reference www.guinnesspremiership.com and BBC Sport: Updated 2007-04-28 --- Current English Leagues

* Leicester were docked one point for fielding an ineligible player

If teams are level at any stage, they are ranked by: 1. number of wins 2. league points 3. match points difference 4. match points for 5. head-to-head record.

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

2 September 2006
14:00
London Irish 20 – 19 NEC Harlequins
Twickenham
Attendance: 51,960
2 September 2006
15:00
Gloucester 24 – 19 Bath
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,500
2 September 2006
15:00
Worcester Warriors 11 – 41 Bristol
Sixways
Attendance: 9,620
2 September 2006
16:20
Saracens 19 – 21 London Wasps
Twickenham
Attendance: 51,960
3 September 2006
13:45
Northampton Saints 25 – 23 Newcastle Falcons
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,520
3 September 2006
16:00
Leicester Tigers 35 – 23 Sale Sharks
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815

Round 2[edit]

8 September 2006
19:45
London Wasps 23 – 17 London Irish
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,203
8 September 2006
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 20 – 19 Worcester Warriors
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,654
9 September 2006
14:00
Sale Sharks 32 – 20 Northampton Saints
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,418
9 September 2006
14:15
Bath 43 – 25 Leicester Tigers
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
9 September 2006
15:00
NEC Harlequins 21 – 31 Gloucester
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 9,497
10 September 2006
15:00
Bristol 13 – 13 Saracens
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 9,100

Round 3[edit]

15 September 2006
20:00
Worcester Warriors 13 – 25 Sale Sharks
Sixways
Attendance: 9,432
16 September 2006
13:30
Northampton Saints 33 – 18 Bath
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,186
16 September 2006
14:45
London Irish 11 – 23 Bristol
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,650
16 September 2006
15:00
Leicester Tigers 27 – 27 Gloucester
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
17 September 2006
15:00
London Wasps 42 – 23 NEC Harlequins
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,340
17 September 2006
15:00
Saracens 44 – 20 Newcastle Falcons
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,213

Round 4[edit]

22 September 2006
19:45
Sale Sharks 34 – 26 Saracens
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,537
22 September 2006
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 21 – 26 London Irish
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,060
23 September 2006
14:15
Bath 17 – 11 Worcester Warriors
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,140
23 September 2006
15:00
Gloucester 28 – 7 Northampton Saints
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,159
23 September 2006
18:15
NEC Harlequins 15 – 21 Leicester Tigers
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 10,164
24 September 2006
15:00
Bristol 26 – 21 London Wasps
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 11,200

Round 5[edit]

13 October 2006
20:00
Worcester Warriors 24 – 33 Gloucester
Sixways
Attendance: 10,197
14 October 2006
15:00
Northampton Saints 10 – 15 Leicester Tigers
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,564
15 October 2006
14:00
London Wasps 35 – 15 Newcastle Falcons
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,440
15 October 2006
15:00
Bristol 33 – 20 NEC Harlequins
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 10,136
15 October 2006
15:00
London Irish 14 – 31 Sale Sharks
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,102
15 October 2006
15:00
Saracens 55 – 23 Bath
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,214

Round 6[edit]

3 November 2006
19:45
Sale Sharks 18 – 12 London Wasps
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,417
3 November 2006
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 26 – 21 Bristol
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,140
4 November 2006
14:15
Bath 17 – 21 London Irish
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
4 November 2006
15:00
Leicester Tigers 40 – 21 Worcester Warriors
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,766
4 November 2006
15:00
NEC Harlequins 34 – 19 Northampton Saints
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 11,354
4 November 2006
17:45
Gloucester 21 – 12 Saracens
Kingsholm
Attendance: 10,052

Round 7[edit]

10 November 2006
19:45
Bristol 15 – 9 Sale Sharks
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 10,753
10 November 2006
19:45
Newcastle Falcons 3 – 14 NEC Harlequins
Kingston Park
Attendance: 10,004
10 November 2006
20:00
London Irish 11 – 22 Gloucester
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,880
11 November 2006
15:00
Worcester Warriors 18 – 23 Northampton Saints
Sixways
Attendance: 9,240
12 November 2006
15:00
London Wasps 47 – 18 Bath
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,309
12 November 2006
15:00
Saracens 22 – 16 Leicester Tigers
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 8,895

Round 8[edit]

17 November 2006
19:45
NEC Harlequins 20 – 6 Worcester Warriors
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 9,833
17 November 2006
19:45
Sale Sharks 18 – 26 Newcastle Falcons
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,340
18 November 2006
13:00
Northampton Saints 13 – 35 Saracens
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,356
18 November 2006
14:45
Leicester Tigers 26 – 18 London Irish
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
18 November 2006
15:00
Gloucester 27 – 21 London Wasps
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,500
18 November 2006
17:30
Bath 12 – 19 Bristol
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600

Round 9[edit]

24 November 2006
19:45
Bristol 14 – 12 Gloucester
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 11,916
24 November 2006
19:45
Sale Sharks 17 – 12 NEC Harlequins
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 8,616
25 November 2006
12:30
Bath 20 – 14 Newcastle Falcons
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
26 November 2006
14:00
Saracens 17 – 20 Worcester Warriors
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,027
26 November 2006
15:00
London Irish 40 – 5 Northampton Saints
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,400
26 November 2006
15:00
London Wasps 13 – 19 Leicester Tigers
Adams Park
Attendance: 9,500

Round 10[edit]

22 December 2006
19:45
Bath 18 – 16 Sale Sharks
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,300
22 December 2006
19:45
Leicester Tigers 43 – 15 Bristol
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
22 December 2006
19:45
NEC Harlequins 16 – 20 Saracens
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 10,103
22 December 2006
20:00
Northampton Saints 8 – 6 London Wasps
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,484
22 December 2006
20:00
Worcester Warriors 14 – 16 London Irish
Sixways
Attendance: 9,382

Round 11[edit]

26 December 2006
15:00
London Irish 26 – 25 Leicester Tigers
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 13,380
26 December 2006
15:00
London Wasps 33 – 12 Gloucester
Adams Park
Attendance: 10,000
26 December 2006
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 40 – 25 Sale Sharks
Kingston Park
Attendance: 8,574
27 December 2006
17:15
Bristol 16 – 6 Bath
Ashton Gate
Attendance: 21,203
27 December 2006
19:45
Saracens 38 – 15 Northampton Saints
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 12,082
27 December 2006
20:00
Worcester Warriors 20 – 27 NEC Harlequins
Sixways
Attendance: 10,797

Round 12[edit]

1 January 2007
14:45
Leicester Tigers 28 – 15 Saracens
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
1 January 2007
15:00
Bath 30 – 19 London Wasps
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
1 January 2007
15:00
Gloucester 15 – 3 London Irish
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,500
1 January 2007
15:00
NEC Harlequins 42 – 15 Newcastle Falcons
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 10,837
1 January 2007
15:00
Northampton Saints 9 – 10 Worcester Warriors
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,423
1 January 2007
15:00
Sale Sharks 6 – 10 Bristol
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,422

Round 13[edit]

6 January 2007
15:00
NEC Harlequins 9 – 3 Bath
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 10,920
6 January 2007
17:45
Sale Sharks 20 – 19 Gloucester
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 8,377
7 January 2007
15:00
London Wasps 19 – 14 Worcester Warriors
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,224
7 January 2007
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 31 – 29 Leicester Tigers
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,565

Round 14[edit]

26 January 2007
20:00
Worcester Warriors 3 – 3 London Wasps
Sixways
Attendance: 9,110
27 January 2007
14:15
Bath 31 – 23 NEC Harlequins
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
27 January 2007
15:00
Gloucester 44 – 24 Sale Sharks
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,058
27 January 2007
15:00
Leicester Tigers 39 – 5 Newcastle Falcons
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
27 January 2007
17:45
Northampton Saints 8 – 14 Bristol
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,876
28 January 2007
13:30
Saracens 19 – 8 London Irish
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 8,492

Round 15[edit]

17 February 2007
14:45
Worcester Warriors 6 – 13 Leicester Tigers
Sixways
Attendance: 9,623
17 February 2007
15:00
London Irish 15 – 7 Bath
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 11,480
17 February 2007
15:00
Northampton Saints 15 – 28 NEC Harlequins
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,466
18 February 2007
13:30
London Wasps 26 – 18 Sale Sharks
Adams Park
Attendance: 8,599
18 February 2007
15:00
Bristol 22 – 21 Newcastle Falcons
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 11,601
18 February 2007
15:00
Saracens 24 – 22 Gloucester
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 8,452

Round 16[edit]

23 February 2007
19:45
Sale Sharks 9 – 14 London Irish
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,275
23 February 2007
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 37 – 11 London Wasps
Kingston Park
Attendance: 9,665
24 February 2007
13:00
Leicester Tigers 9 – 10 Northampton Saints
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
24 February 2007
14:15
Bath 20 – 20 Saracens
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
24 February 2007
15:00
Gloucester 33 – 19 Worcester Warriors
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,500
24 February 2007
15:00
NEC Harlequins 15 – 8 Bristol
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 11,316

Round 17[edit]

3 March 2007
15:00
London Irish 38 – 12 Newcastle Falcons
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,003
3 March 2007
15:00
Northampton Saints 5 – 7 Gloucester
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,529
3 March 2007
15:00
Worcester Warriors 21 – 15 Bath
Sixways
Attendance: 9,344
3 March 2007
17:15
Leicester Tigers 27 – 22 NEC Harlequins
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
4 March 2007
15:00
London Wasps 28 – 0 Bristol
Adams Park
Attendance: 8,393
4 March 2007
15:00
Saracens 22 – 9 Sale Sharks
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 8,333

Round 18[edit]

9 March 2007
19:45
Sale Sharks 12 – 18 Worcester Warriors
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 8,376
9 March 2007
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 20 – 14 Saracens
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,368
10 March 2007
14:15
Bath 22 – 17 Northampton Saints
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
10 March 2007
15:00
Bristol 7 – 12 London Irish
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 8,593
10 March 2007
15:00
NEC Harlequins 16 – 23 London Wasps
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,700
11 March 2007
13:00
Gloucester 28 – 24 Leicester Tigers
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,000

Round 19[edit]

16 March 2007
20:00
Worcester Warriors 23 – 21 Newcastle Falcons
Sixways
Attendance: 9,827
17 March 2007
14:45
Leicester Tigers 29 – 25 Bath
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
17 March 2007
15:00
Gloucester 34 – 25 NEC Harlequins
Kingsholm
Attendance: 10,391
17 March 2007
15:00
Northampton Saints 18 – 18 Sale Sharks
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,265
18 March 2007
14:00
London Irish 16 – 13 London Wasps
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 22,648
18 March 2007
15:00
Saracens 36 – 5 Bristol
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,737

Rearranged fixtures[edit]

23 March 2007
20:00
London Irish 7 – 22 Saracens
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 8,738
24 March 2007
16:30
Gloucester 24 – 18 Newcastle Falcons
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,500
25 March 2007
15:00
Bristol 31 – 19 Northampton Saints
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 9,553

Round 20[edit]

6 April 2007
19:45
Sale Sharks 25 – 26 Leicester Tigers
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,037
7 April 2007
14:15
Bath 21 – 21 Gloucester
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
7 April 2007
14:45
Bristol 22 – 17 Worcester Warriors
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 8,516
7 April 2007
15:00
NEC Harlequins 34 – 17 London Irish
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,600
8 April 2007
15:00
London Wasps 27 – 26 Saracens
Adams Park
Attendance: 10,000
8 April 2007
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 16 – 7 Northampton Saints
Kingston Park
Attendance: 10,200

Round 21[edit]

13 April 2007
19:45
Sale Sharks 25 – 23 Bath
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,641
13 April 2007
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 19 – 12 Gloucester
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,016
15 April 2007
12:15
London Wasps 35 – 29 Northampton Saints
Adams Park
Attendance: 8,053
15 April 2007
15:00
London Irish 26 – 16 Worcester Warriors
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,862
15 April 2007
15:00
Saracens 33 – 19 NEC Harlequins
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 12,553
24 April 2007
19:45
Bristol 30 – 13 Leicester Tigers
Ashton Gate
Attendance: 12,495

Round 22[edit]

28 April 2007
15:05
Gloucester 35 – 13 Bristol
Ashton Gate
Attendance: 15,852
28 April 2007
15:05
Leicester Tigers 40 – 26 London Wasps
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,418
28 April 2007
15:05
NEC Harlequins 49 – 0 Sale Sharks
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,680
28 April 2007
15:05
Newcastle Falcons 12 – 20 Bath
Kingston Park
Attendance: 9,118
28 April 2007
15:05
Northampton Saints 27 – 22 London Irish
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,538
28 April 2007
15:05
Worcester Warriors 22 – 7 Saracens
Sixways
Attendance: 10,197

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

5 May 2007
13:00
Gloucester 50 – 9 Saracens
Kingsholm
Attendance: 9,300
5 May 2007
17:30
Leicester Tigers 26 – 14 Bristol
Welford Road
Attendance: 10,675

Final[edit]

12 May 2007
14:30
Gloucester 16 – 44 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Lamb c
Conv: Walker 1/1
Pens:Walker 3
Report 1
Report 2
Tries: F.Murphy, 2 Tuilagi, Corry, Goode, Jennings, Moody
Conv: Goode 3/7
Pens: Goode
Twickenham
Attendance: 59,400
Referee: Dave Pearson
FB 15 New Zealand Willie Walker
RW 14 England Iain Balshaw
OC 13 England James Simpson-Daniel
IC 12 England Anthony Allen
LW 11 England Mark Foster
FH 10 England Ryan Lamb
SH 9 England Peter Richards Substituted off 53'
N8 8 England Luke Narraway
OF 7 England Andy Hazell
BF 6 England Peter Buxton (c) Substituted off 15'
RL 5 England Alex Brown
LL 4 Wales Will James Substituted off 78'
TP 3 Italy Carlos Nieto
HK 2 France Olivier Azam Substituted off 48'
LP 1 England Nick Wood Substituted off 54'
Replacements:
HK 16 Wales Mefin Davies Substituted in 48'
PR 17 France Christian Califano Substituted in 54'
LK 18 England Adam Eustace Substituted in 78'
FL 19 England Jake Boer Substituted in 15'
SH 20 Scotland Rory Lawson Substituted in 53'
CE 21 England Jake Adams
FB 22 England Jon Goodridge
Coach: England Dean Ryan
FB 15 Ireland Geordan Murphy
RW 14 Fiji Seru Rabeni Substituted off 62'
OC 13 England Dan Hipkiss
IC 12 England Ollie Smith Substituted off 57'
LW 11 Samoa Alesana Tuilagi
FH 10 England Andy Goode
SH 9 Ireland Frank Murphy Substituted off 67'
N8 8 England Martin Corry (c)
OF 7 Ireland Shane Jennings Substituted off 70'
BF 6 England Lewis Moody
RL 5 England Ben Kay
LL 4 England Louis Deacon Substituted off 56'
TP 3 England Julian White Substituted off 67'
HK 2 England George Chuter Substituted off 70'
LP 1 Argentina Marcos Ayerza
Replacements:
HK 16 England James Buckland Substituted in 70'
PR 17 Italy Alejandro Moreno Substituted in 67'
LK 18 Ireland Leo Cullen Substituted in 56'
FL 19 England Brett Deacon Substituted in 70'
SH 20 England Ben Youngs Substituted in 67'
FH 21 England Sam Vesty Substituted in 57'
CE 22 England Tom Varndell Substituted in 62'
Coach: Australia Pat Howard

Total Season Attendances[edit]

Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath 11 115,840 10,531 10,600 10,140 99%
Bristol 11 125,066 11,370 21,203 8,516 83%
Gloucester 12 143,312 11,943 15,852 9,300 91%
Harlequins 11 122,004 11,091 12,700 9,497 88%
Leicester Tigers 12 196,194 16,350 17,418 10,675 97%
London Irish 11 163,103 14,828 51,960 7,400 47%
London Wasps 11 91,061 8,278 10,000 7,203 83%
Newcastle Falcons 11 87,364 7,942 10,200 6,060 78%
Northampton Saints 11 147,207 13,382 13,564 12,876 98%
Sale Sharks 11 103,456 9,405 10,641 8,376 87%
Saracens 11 137,958 12,542 51,960 5,027 41%
Worcester Warriors 11 106,769 9,706 10,797 9,110 95%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McConnell, Jonathan (2006-05-26). ""Derby Day" to Kick Off the 2006-07 Guinness Premiership Season". GuinnessPremiership.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2008. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  2. ^ BBC Sport — Rugby Union (2006-04-18). "Premiership to extend half-time". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 

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