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The 2004–05 Zurich Premiership was the 18th season of the top flight of the English domestic rugby union competitions.

2004–2005 Zurich Premiership
Countries England
ChampionsLondon Wasps (5th title)
Runners-upLeicester Tigers
RelegatedHarlequins
Matches played137
Attendance1,481,355
(average 10,813 per match)
Top point scorerWales Jason Strange
(244)
Top try scorerEngland Tom Varndell
(10)

For the first time, two of the opening games of the season were played at Twickenham, in the 2004 London Double Header, between the four "London" teams: Harlequins, London Irish, London Wasps and Saracens.[1]

At the end of the season, Harlequins were relegated, to be replaced by Bristol for 2005-06.

Contents

Participating teamsEdit

TableEdit

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Leicester Tigers (F) 22 15 3 4 665 323 +342 75 27 9 3 78
2 London Wasps (C) 22 15 1 6 561 442 +119 59 40 6 5 73
3 Sale Sharks (SF) 22 13 0 9 513 442 +71 51 43 4 4 60
4 Bath 22 12 2 8 407 366 +41 33 35 1 5 58
5 Saracens 22 12 2 8 384 428 -44 39 43 3 2 57
6 Gloucester 22 10 1 11 407 487 -80 43 43 3 2 47
7 Newcastle Falcons 22 9 2 11 475 596 -121 43 64 3 4 47
8 Leeds Tykes 22 9 0 13 380 431 -51 34 40 1 6 43
9 Worcester Warriors 22 9 0 13 365 493 -128 36 53 1 5 42
10 London Irish 22 8 0 14 378 421 -43 28 35 1 7 40
11 Northampton Saints 22 8 0 14 410 473 -63 31 44 2 6 40
12 Harlequins (R) 22 6 1 15 416 459 -43 41 46 3 9 38
Source:Guinness Premiership[permanent dead link]
Green background denotes qualification for the playoffs. These teams and those highlighted in blue qualified for the 2005–06 Heineken Cup.

ResultsEdit

Week 1Edit

4 September 2004
14:00
London Irish 18 – 12 Harlequins
Twickenham
Attendance: 51,000
4 September 2004
15:00
Northampton Saints 29 – 14 Bath
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,027
4 September 2004
16:15
Saracens 13 – 11 London Wasps
Twickenham
Attendance: 51,000
5 September 2004
13:30
Sale Sharks 26 – 19 Leicester Tigers
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 6,952
5 September 2004
14:30
Leeds Tykes 16 – 21 Gloucester
Headingley
Attendance: 4,079
5 September 2004
15:30
Worcester Warriors 9 – 30 Newcastle Falcons
Sixways
Attendance: 8,300

Week 2Edit

11 September 2004
14:15
Bath 18 – 33 Newcastle Falcons
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,400
11 September 2004
14:45
London Wasps 30 – 33 Sale Sharks
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 7,011
11 September 2004
15:00
Gloucester 23 – 16 London Irish
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,265
11 September 2004
15:00
Leicester Tigers 42 – 20 Leeds Tykes
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,533
11 September 2004
15:00
NEC Harlequins 13 – 45 Northampton Saints
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 7,823
12 September 2004
15:00
Saracens 16 – 10 Worcester Warriors
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,620

Week 3Edit

17 September 2004
19:45
Sale Sharks 25 – 15 Saracens
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 7,014
18 September 2004
14:00
Worcester Warriors 22 – 26 Bath
Sixways
Attendance: 6,348
18 September 2004
14:45
Northampton Saints 12 – 18 Gloucester
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,093
19 September 2004
15:00
London Irish 22 – 39 Leicester Tigers
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,472
19 September 2004
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 22 – 21 NEC Harlequins
Kingston Park
Attendance: 8,706
19 September 2004
19:30
Leeds Tykes 9 – 13 London Wasps
Headingley
Attendance: 3,526

Week 4Edit

24 September 2004
19:45
Sale Sharks 57 – 3 Worcester Warriors
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 6,647
25 September 2004
15:00
Gloucester 31 – 17 Newcastle Falcons
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,000
25 September 2004
15:00
Leicester Tigers 32 – 13 Northampton Saints
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
25 September 2004
15:05
NEC Harlequins 10 – 18 Bath
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 8,844
26 September 2004
15:00
London Wasps 35 – 26 London Irish
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 7,957
26 September 2004
15:00
Saracens 23 – 29 Leeds Tykes
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,325

Week 5Edit

2 October 2004
14:00
Worcester Warriors 33 – 7 NEC Harlequins
Sixways
Attendance: 7,235
2 October 2004
14:15
Bath 29 – 14 Gloucester
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,400
2 October 2004
14:45
Newcastle Falcons 15 – 44 Leicester Tigers
Kingston Park
Attendance: 8,609
2 October 2004
15:00
Northampton Saints 9 – 10 London Wasps
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,036
3 October 2004
14:30
Leeds Tykes 11 – 14 Sale Sharks
Headingley
Attendance: 4,592
3 October 2004
15:00
London Irish 20 – 3 Saracens
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,047

Week 6Edit

8 October 2004
19:45
Sale Sharks 16 – 17 London Irish
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 8,206
9 October 2004
14:45
Leicester Tigers 16 – 16 Bath
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
9 October 2004
15:00
Gloucester 29 – 23 NEC Harlequins
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,471
10 October 2004
15:00
Leeds Tykes 24 – 19 Worcester Warriors
Headingley
Attendance: 5,207
10 October 2004
15:00
London Wasps 43 – 29 Newcastle Falcons
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
10 October 2004
15:00
Saracens 23 – 12 Northampton Saints
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 7,712

Week 7Edit

16 October 2004
14:00
Worcester Warriors 13 – 18 Gloucester
Sixways
Attendance: 8,401
16 October 2004
14:45
Bath 16 – 19 London Wasps
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,400
16 October 2004
15:00
London Irish 12 – 16 Leeds Tykes
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 6,410
16 October 2004
15:00
NEC Harlequins 9 – 15 Leicester Tigers
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 9,954
16 October 2004
15:00
Northampton Saints 6 – 23 Sale Sharks
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 11,365
17 October 2004
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 20 – 20 Saracens
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,762

Week 8Edit

5 November 2004
19:45
Sale Sharks 39 – 25 Newcastle Falcons
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,641
5 November 2004
20:00
Leeds Tykes 26 – 21 Northampton Saints
Headingley
Attendance: 3,247
5 November 2004
20:00
London Wasps 19 – 16 NEC Harlequins
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 8,283
6 November 2004
14:45
Leicester Tigers 28 – 13 Gloucester
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
6 November 2004
15:00
Saracens 30 – 37 Bath
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 3,595
7 November 2004
15:00
London Irish 25 – 15 Worcester Warriors
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,232

Week 9Edit

12 November 2004
19:45
Gloucester 17 – 27 London Wasps
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,000
12 November 2004
19:45
NEC Harlequins 40 – 10 Saracens
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 8,050
13 November 2004
12:30
Bath 27 – 13 Sale Sharks
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,500
13 November 2004
12:30
Northampton Saints 20 – 21 London Irish
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 11,749
13 November 2004
12:30
Worcester Warriors 11 – 38 Leicester Tigers
Sixways
Attendance: 8,477
14 November 2004
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 29 – 16 Leeds Tykes
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,020

Week 10Edit

19 November 2004
19:45
Leeds Tykes 28 – 30 Bath
Headingley
Attendance: 4,096
19 November 2004
19:45
Sale Sharks 13 – 19 NEC Harlequins
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 6,186
20 November 2004
12:30
Northampton Saints 6 – 17 Worcester Warriors
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 11,208
21 November 2004
15:00
London Irish 21 – 15 Newcastle Falcons
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,560
21 November 2004
15:00
London Wasps 17 – 17 Leicester Tigers
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
21 November 2004
15:00
Saracens 14 – 9 Gloucester
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,860

Week 11Edit

26 November 2004
19:30
Gloucester 24 – 14 Sale Sharks
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,365
26 November 2004
20:00
Worcester Warriors 27 – 24 London Wasps
Sixways
Attendance: 8,477
27 November 2004
14:45
Leicester Tigers 21 – 9 Saracens
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
28 November 2004
14:15
Bath 27 – 15 London Irish
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,500
28 November 2004
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 27 – 16 Northampton Saints
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,871
28 November 2004
15:00
NEC Harlequins 31 – 17 Leeds Tykes
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 6,447

Week 12Edit

26 December 2004
15:00
Saracens 8 – 8 NEC Harlequins
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 9,285
27 December 2004
14:30
Leeds Tykes 11 – 15 Newcastle Falcons
Headingley
Attendance: 14,293
27 December 2004
15:00
Leicester Tigers 50 – 7 Worcester Warriors
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
27 December 2004
15:00
London Irish 21 – 22 Northampton Saints
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 17,364
27 December 2004
15:00
London Wasps 33 – 20 Gloucester
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
27 December 2004
15:00
Sale Sharks 19 – 10 Bath
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,641

Week 13Edit

1 January 2005
14:00
Worcester Warriors 16 – 6 London Irish
Sixways
Attendance: 8,477
1 January 2005
14:15
Bath 6 – 13 Saracens
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,500
1 January 2005
15:00
Northampton Saints 18 – 9 Leeds Tykes
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,001
2 January 2005
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 30 – 29 Sale Sharks
Kingston Park
Attendance: 10,200
2 January 2005
15:00
NEC Harlequins 15 – 27 London Wasps
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 9,999
2 January 2005
17:00
Gloucester 13 – 28 Leicester Tigers
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,000

Week 14Edit

28 January 2005
19:45
Saracens 32 – 13 Newcastle Falcons
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,870
28 January 2005
20:00
Leeds Tykes 16 – 5 London Irish
Headingley
Attendance: 4,252
29 January 2005
14:45
Sale Sharks 37 – 24 Northampton Saints
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 7,887
29 January 2005
15:00
Gloucester 28 – 16 Worcester Warriors
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,000
29 January 2005
15:00
Leicester Tigers 32 – 17 NEC Harlequins
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
29 January 2005
17:35
London Wasps 9 – 12 Bath
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 10,000

Week 15Edit

4 February 2005
20:00
Worcester Warriors 22 – 15 Leeds Tykes
Sixways
Attendance: 8,441
5 February 2005
14:00
NEC Harlequins 38 – 9 Gloucester
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 8,782
5 February 2005
15:00
Northampton Saints 20 – 21 Saracens
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,020
5 February 2005
19:45
Bath 6 – 6 Leicester Tigers
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,500
6 February 2005
14:30
Newcastle Falcons 29 – 28 London Wasps
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,659
6 February 2005
15:00
London Irish 6 – 9 Sale Sharks
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 8,125

Week 16Edit

18 February 2005
19:45
Sale Sharks 19 – 10 Leeds Tykes
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 7,556
19 February 2005
14:00
NEC Harlequins 9 – 15 Worcester Warriors
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 8,166
19 February 2005
15:00
Gloucester 17 – 16 Bath
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,000
19 February 2005
15:00
Leicester Tigers 83 – 10 Newcastle Falcons
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
20 February 2005
15:00
London Wasps 39 – 9 Northampton Saints
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 9,507
20 February 2005
15:00
Saracens 12 – 30 London Irish
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,254

Week 17Edit

25 February 2005
20:00
Leeds Tykes 5 – 14 Saracens
Headingley
Attendance: 3,132
25 February 2005
20:00
Worcester Warriors 23 – 10 Sale Sharks
Sixways
Attendance: 8,477
26 February 2005
14:15
Bath 15 – 17 NEC Harlequins
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,500
26 February 2005
15:00
Northampton Saints 26 – 11 Leicester Tigers
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,084
27 February 2005
12:00
London Irish 19 – 33 London Wasps
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,018
27 February 2005
13:15
Newcastle Falcons 27 – 27 Gloucester
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,333

Week 18Edit

11 March 2005
19:30
Leicester Tigers 15 – 6 London Irish
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
12 March 2005
14:00
Bath 18 – 10 Worcester Warriors
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,425
12 March 2005
14:00
Gloucester 18 – 26 Northampton Saints
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,203
13 March 2005
14:00
NEC Harlequins 39 – 23 Newcastle Falcons
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 8,240
13 March 2005
15:00
London Wasps 30 – 15 Leeds Tykes
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 7,545
13 March 2005
15:00
Saracens 32 – 19 Sale Sharks
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,751

Week 19Edit

25 March 2005
19:45
Sale Sharks 25 – 27 London Wasps
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 10,641
26 March 2005
14:00
Worcester Warriors 18 – 19 Saracens
Sixways
Attendance: 8,498
26 March 2005
15:00
Northampton Saints 22 – 20 NEC Harlequins
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,064
26 March 2005
17:00
London Irish 12 – 13 Gloucester
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 17,111
27 March 2005
14:30
Leeds Tykes 23 – 22 Leicester Tigers
Headingley
Attendance: 6,723
27 March 2005
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 5 – 9 Bath
Kingston Park
Attendance: 8,834

Week 20Edit

9 April 2005
15:00
Bath 30 – 12 Northampton Saints
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,500
9 April 2005
15:00
Gloucester 15 – 33 Leeds Tykes
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,396
9 April 2005
15:00
Leicester Tigers 45 – 15 Sale Sharks
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
9 April 2005
15:00
NEC Harlequins 20 – 25 London Irish
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 8,500
10 April 2005
15:00
London Wasps 45 – 24 Saracens
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
10 April 2005
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 16 – 21 Worcester Warriors
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,151

Week 21Edit

15 April 2005
19:45
Northampton Saints 23 – 22 Newcastle Falcons
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,027
15 April 2005
19:45
Sale Sharks 35 – 17 Gloucester
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 9,456
17 April 2005
15:00
London Wasps 32 – 17 Worcester Warriors
The Causeway Stadium
Attendance: 8,941
17 April 2005
16:00
Saracens 19 – 17 Leicester Tigers
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 16,812
24 April 2005
15:00
London Irish 19 – 21 Bath
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,771
26 April 2005
19:45
Leeds Tykes 21 – 10 Harlequins
Headingley
Attendance: 8,161

Week 22Edit

30 April 2005
15:00
Bath 6 – 10 Leeds Tykes
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,500
30 April 2005
15:00
Gloucester 13 – 14 Saracens
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,000
30 April 2005
15:00
Leicester Tigers 45 – 10 London Wasps
Welford Road
Attendance: 16,815
30 April 2005
15:00
NEC Harlequins 22 – 23 Sale Sharks
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 8,500
30 April 2005
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 23 – 16 London Irish
Kingston Park
Attendance: 9,328
30 April 2005
15:00
Worcester Warriors 21 – 19 Northampton Saints
Sixways
Attendance: 8,493

Play-offsEdit

As for the 2003–04 season, the first placed team automatically qualified for the final, where they played the winner of the second vs third place semi-final. This was the last season in which that format of play-off was used.

Semi-finalEdit

7 May 2005
15:15
London Wasps 43 – 22 Sale Sharks
Report

FinalEdit

14 May 2005
15:30
Leicester Tigers 14 – 39 London Wasps
Try: Bemand
Pens: Goode (3)
Report 1
Report 2
Try: Hoadley, van Gisbergen, Voyce
Cons: van Gisbergen (3)
Pens: van Gisbergen (5)
Drop Goals: King
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 60,762
Referee: Chris White
FB 15   Sam Vesty
RW 14   Geordan Murphy
OC 13   Ollie Smith
IC 12   Daryl Gibson
LW 11   Leon Lloyd
FH 10   Andy Goode
SH 9   Harry Ellis
N8 8   Martin Corry
OF 7   Neil Back
BF 6   Louis Deacon
RL 5   Ben Kay
LL 4   Martin Johnson (c)
TP 3   Julian White
HK 2   George Chuter
LP 1   Darren Morris
Replacements:
HK 16   James Buckland
PR 17   Graham Rowntree
FL 18   Lewis Moody
FL 19   Will Johnson
SH 20   Scott Bemand
WG 21   Austin Healey
WG 22   Alesana Tuilagi
Coach:   John Wells
FB 15   Mark van Gisbergen
RW 14   Paul Sackey
OC 13   Ayoola Erinle
IC 12   Josh Lewsey
LW 11   Tom Voyce
FH 10   Alex King
SH 9   Matt Dawson
N8 8   Lawrence Dallaglio (c)
OF 7   Joe Worsley
BF 6   John Hart
RL 5   Richard Birkett
LL 4   Simon Shaw
TP 3   Will Green
HK 2   Phil Greening
LP 1   Tim Payne
Replacements:
HK 16   Trevor Leota
PR 17   Craig Dowd
LK 18   Mark Lock
FL 19   Martin Purdy
SH 20   Warren Fury
FH 21   James Brookes
FB 22   Rob Hoadley
Coach:   Warren Gatland

Zurich WildcardEdit

Semi finalsEdit

6 May 2005
Saracens 28 – 10 Worcester Warriors
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 5,168
8 May 2005
Gloucester 23 – 16 Newcastle Falcons
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Attendance: 6,206

FinalEdit

14 May 2005
Saracens 24 – 16 Gloucester Rugby
Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham
Attendance: 30,000

Total Season AttendancesEdit

Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath 11 115,125 10,466 10,500 10,400 100%
Gloucester 12 142,906 11,909 13,000 6,206 92%
Harlequins 11 93,305 8,482 9,999 6,447 85%
Leeds Tykes 11 61,308 5,573 14,293 3,132 25%
Leicester Tigers 11 184,683 16,789 16,815 16,533 100%
London Irish 11 154,110 14,010 51,000 6,410 44%
London Wasps 12 105,068 8,756 10,000 5,824 88%
Newcastle Falcons 11 87,473 7,952 10,200 6,020 78%
Northampton Saints 11 130,674 11,879 12,093 11,208 98%
Sale Sharks 11 91,827 8,348 10,641 6,186 78%
Saracens 12 129,252 10,771 51,000 3,595 36%
Worcester Warriors 11 89,624 8,148 8,498 6,348 96%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "London Calling - The Clash!". www.rugbynetwork.net. Retrieved 2017-09-11.