2007–08 Top 14 season

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The 2007-08 Top 14 Competition was a French domestic rugby union club competition, operated by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). Because France hosted the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the competition did not begin at its normal time of August, but instead started on the last weekend in October 2007, one week after the Rugby World Cup final. The league compensated for the late start by playing on several weekends that it normally skips, namely the weekends of the 2008 Six Nations Championship and the semifinals and final of the 2007-08 Heineken Cup. The season ended on June 28, 2008, with Toulouse defeating regular-season league leader Clermont 26–20 in the final and thereby lifting the Bouclier de Brennus.

2007–08 Top 14 season
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Countries France
ChampionsToulouse (17th title)
Runners-upClermont
RelegatedAuch, Albi
Matches played185
Attendance2,188,767
(average 11,831 per match)
Highest attendance79,779
Stade Français v Toulouse
22 March 2008
Lowest attendance3,159
Auch v Castres
15 March 2008
Top point scorerAustralia Brock James (Clermont)
301 points
Top try scorerFiji Napolioni Nalaga (Clermont)
18 tries

This year's edition of the Top 14 welcomed Auch and Dax, who earned promotion from Rugby Pro D2.[1] Agen and Narbonne were relegated from the Top 14.

As in previous seasons, the top four clubs at the end of the home-and-away season advanced to a single-elimination playoff. The semifinals were held at neutral sites, with the final at Stade de France. Going into the season, the top six clubs were guaranteed of berths in the 2008-09 Heineken Cup. Since Toulouse advanced to the 2007-08 Heineken Cup final against Irish club Munster, thereby assuring a higher finish for a French team in that competition than for any team from England or Italy, the seventh-place club also earned a berth in the 2008-09 Heineken Cup. The bottom two teams were provisionally relegated to Pro D2, with the possibility of one or both of the bottom teams to be reprieved if a team above them failed a postseason financial audit. This happened in 2007-08, as Albi failed the audit, ultimately giving a reprieve to second-from bottom Dax.

This season, LNR trialled a modification to the bonus point system in both the Top 14 and Pro D2. The system to be used this season was:[2]

  • 4 points for a win.
  • 2 points for a draw.
  • 1 "bonus" point for winning while scoring at least 3 more tries than the opponent. This replaces the standard bonus point for scoring 4 tries regardless of the match result.
  • 1 "bonus" point for losing by 7 points (or less).

This system was explicitly intended to prevent a losing team from earning two bonus points, as is possible under the standard system.[2]

TeamsEdit

Number of teams by regionsEdit

Teams Region or country Team(s)
7   Occitanie Albi, Auch, Castres, Montauban, Montpellier, Perpignan and Toulouse
4   Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bayonne, Biarritz, Brive and Dax
2   Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Bourgoin and Clermont
1   Île-de-France Stade Français

TableEdit

2007–08 Top 14 Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff. Bonus Points Points
1 Clermont (F) 26 20 0 6 773 380 393 16 96
2 Toulouse (C) 26 19 0 7 723 394 329 15 91
3 Stade Français (SF) 26 18 0 8 617 417 200 8 80
4 Perpignan (SF) 26 17 2 7 531 392 139 7 79
5 Castres 26 15 0 11 564 524 40 9 69
6 Biarritz 26 13 1 12 385 339 46 12 66
7 Montauban[a 5] 26 13 0 13 420 446 -26 11 63
8 Montpellier 26 14 0 12 426 490 -64 5 61
9 Bayonne 26 11 1 14 457 535 -78 8 54
10 Bourgoin 26 10 2 14 453 526 -73 8 52
11 Brive 26 10 0 16 425 514 -89 11 51
12 Albi (R)[a 6] 26 9 1 16 415 549 -134 10 48
13 Dax 26 6 1 19 314 645 -331 8 34
14 Auch (R) 26 3 0 23 336 688 -352 7 19
Green background Top four advance to playoffs, and receive places in the 2008–09 Heineken Cup.

Blue background Fifth to seventh also qualify for the 2008–09 Heineken Cup.
Pink background Bottom two places are relegated to the 2008–09 Rugby Pro D2

Fixtures & ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

26 October 2007
20:30
(1 BP) Dax 10–15 Toulouse
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 8,973[4]
27 October 2007
15:00
Stade Français 23–17 Clermont (1 BP)
Stade de France
Attendance: 75,620[5]
27 October 2007
17:30
Biarritz 15–15 Albi
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 7,699[6]
27 October 2007
17:30
Bourgoin 10–8 Montauban (1 BP)
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 5,179[7]
27 October 2007
17:30
(1 BP) Brive 21–22 Bayonne
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 10,552[8]
27 October 2007
17:30
Castres 25–12 Auch
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 7,055[9]
27 October 2007
20:30
Montpellier 19–12 Perpignan (1 BP)
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 11,058[10]

Round 2Edit

2 November 2007
19:30
(1 BP) Brive 7–12 Biarritz
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 11,027[8]
3 November 2007
15:00
(1 BP) Toulouse 28–9 Stade Français
Stadium Municipal
Attendance: 34,791[11]
3 November 2007
17:30
Albi 21–16 Perpignan (1 BP)
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 7,381[12]
3 November 2007
17:30
(1 BP) Auch 13–14 Bourgoin
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 4,066[13]
3 November 2007
17:30
Clermont 33–20 Montpellier
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 14,495[14]
3 November 2007
17:30
Montauban 15–12 Castres (1 BP)
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 7,458[15]
3 November 2007
20:30
(1 BP) Bayonne 27–0 Dax
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 14,022[16]

Round 3Edit

23 November 2007
20:30
(1 BP) Stade Français 46–6 Bayonne
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 8,968[17]
24 November 2007
15:00
Biarritz 6–18 Toulouse
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 10,817[6]
24 November 2007
17:30
Dax 16–6 Auch
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 6,150[4]
24 November 2007
17:30
(1 BP) Montauban 43–14 Brive
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 6,339[15]
24 November 2007
17:30
Montpellier 25–9 Castres
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 8,895[10]
24 November 2007
17:30
Perpignan 3–3 Bourgoin
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,860[18]
25 November 2007
20:30
(1 BP) Albi 6–12 Clermont
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 6,417[12]

Round 4Edit

30 November 2007
20:30
Stade Français 22–19 Dax (1 BP)
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 8,541[17]
1 December 2007
15:00
(1 BP) Bayonne 10–14 Biarritz
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 14,025[16]
1 December 2007
17:30
Auch 19–13 Montauban (1 BP)
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 4,055[13]
1 December 2007
17:30
(1 BP) Brive 6–9 Montpellier
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 7,899[8]
1 December 2007
17:30
Castres 0–16 Perpignan
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 6,785[9]
1 December 2007
17:30
(1 BP) Toulouse 33–12 Albi
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 16,524[19]
1 December 2007
20:30
(1 BP) Bourgoin 14–20 Clermont
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 7,452[7]

Round 5Edit

21 December 2007
19:00
(1 BP) Auch 11–17 Biarritz
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 4,980[13]
21 December 2007
21:00
Clermont 21–17 Toulouse (1 BP)
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 14,837[14]
22 December 2007
17:30
(1 BP) Bayonne 35–8 Perpignan
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 12,346[16]
22 December 2007
17:30
Castres 32–17 Bourgoin
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 6,560[9]
22 December 2007
17:30
Dax 19–27 Brive
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 6,242[4]
22 December 2007
17:30
Montpellier 19–14 Albi (1 BP)
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 9,950[10]
22 December 2007
20:30
Montauban 24–16 Stade Français
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 9,053[15]

Round 6Edit

4 January 2008
20:30
Biarritz 10–8 Montauban (1 BP)
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 7,664[6]
5 January 2008
17:30
Albi 24–17 Dax (1 BP)
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 5,865[12]
5 January 2008
17:30
Bourgoin 15–10 Bayonne (1 BP)
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 5,351[7]
5 January 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Clermont 26–6 Auch
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 12,827[14]
5 January 2008
17:30
Perpignan 23–19 Brive (1 BP)
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,644[18]
5 January 2008
20:30
Stade Français 33–6 Montpellier
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 8,452[17]
6 January 2008
21:00
(1 BP) Toulouse 44–23 Castres
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,228[19]

Round 7Edit

25 January 2008
20:30
Auch 3–34 Toulouse (1 BP)
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 6,681[13]
25 January 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Brive 25–6 Albi
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 8,389[8]
26 January 2008
15:05
Biarritz 21–8 Perpignan
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 7,928[6]
26 January 2008
17:30
Bourgoin 16–31 Stade Français
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 7,803[7]
26 January 2008
17:30
Castres 15–14 Clermont (1 BP)
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 7,545[9]
26 January 2008
17:30
Montauban 12–11 Dax (1 BP)
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 6,082[15]
26 January 2008
17:30
Montpellier 37–13 Bayonne
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 10,068[10]

Round 8Edit

1 February 2008
20:30
Perpignan 23–3 Montauban
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,433[18]
2 February 2008
17:30
Bayonne 25–10 Auch
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 10,954[16]
2 February 2008
17:30
Brive 26–13 Castres
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 8,844[8]
2 February 2008
17:30
Dax 15–14 Bourgoin (1 BP)
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 5,522[4]
2 February 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Toulouse 35–13 Montpellier
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,995[19]
2 February 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Albi 18–23 Stade Français
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 7,866[12]
3 February 2008
21:00
Clermont 12–9 Biarritz (1 BP)
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 14,390[14]

Round 9Edit

8 February 2008
20:30
Stade Français 36–7 Brive
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 9,250[17]
9 February 2008
15:00
(1 BP) Auch 14–19 Albi
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 3,482[13]
9 February 2008
15:00
Biarritz 13–7 Dax (1 BP)
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 9,193[6]
9 February 2008
15:00
Bourgoin 23–17 Montpellier (1 BP)
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 4,886[7]
9 February 2008
15:00
(1 BP) Castres 37–17 Bayonne
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 7,650[9]
9 February 2008
15:00
Perpignan 18–17 Clermont (1 BP)
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 12,290[18]
9 February 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Montauban 12–16 Toulouse
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 9,054[15]

Round 10Edit

15 February 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Montpellier 14–18 Biarritz
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 11,309[10]
16 February 2008
15:05
(1 BP) Toulouse 41–15 Perpignan
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 18,931[19]
16 February 2008
17:30
Albi 33–8 Bourgoin
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 5,929[12]
16 February 2008
17:30
Bayonne 25–18 Montauban (1 BP)
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 11,989[16]
16 February 2008
17:30
Dax 8–17 Castres
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 5,767[4]
16 February 2008
17:30
Stade Français 15–12 Auch (1 BP)
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 8,641[17]
16 February 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Brive 9–11 Clermont
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 13,072 [8]

Round 11Edit

22 February 2008
20:00
Castres 16–47 Stade Français (1 BP)
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 8,836[9]
23 February 2008
17:30
Bayonne 31–13 Albi
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 11,396[16]
23 February 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Clermont 40–13 Montauban
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 13,120[14]
23 February 2008
17:30
Montpellier 18–13 Dax (1 BP)
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 10,780[10]
23 February 2008
17:30
Perpignan 28–23 Auch (1 BP)
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,470[18]
23 February 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Toulouse 51–3 Brive
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 15,648[19]
24 February 2008
15:00
Bourgoin 35–15 Biarritz
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 5,876[7]

Round 12Edit

29 February 2008
20:30
Montauban 14–6 Montpellier
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 6,130[15]
1 March 2008
15:00
Biarritz 9–6 Stade Français (1 BP)
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 11,522[6]
1 March 2008
17:30
Albi 6–33 Castres (1 BP)
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 8,983[12]
1 March 2008
17:30
Auch 20–30 Brive
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 4,032[13]
1 March 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Clermont 27–3 Bayonne
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 14,587[14]
1 March 2008
17:30
Perpignan 10–10 Dax
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,140[18]
1 March 2008
20:30
Bourgoin 30–23 Toulouse (1 BP)
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 7,861[7]

Round 13Edit

7 March 2008
20:30
Castres 26–19 Biarritz (1 BP)
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 7,506[9]
8 March 2008
17:30
Albi 15–25 Montauban (1 BP)
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 6,492[12]
8 March 2008
17:30
Brive 29–13 Bourgoin
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 8,488[8]
8 March 2008
17:30
Dax 22–40 Clermont (1 BP)
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 6,760[4]
8 March 2008
17:30
Montpellier 29–24 Auch (1 BP)
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 8,968[10]
8 March 2008
18:30
Bayonne 10–25 Toulouse
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 14,018[16]
8 March 2008
21:00
Stade Français 12–23 Perpignan
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 8,792[17]

Round 14Edit

14 March 2008
20:30
Albi 13–8 Biarritz (1 BP)
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 6,167[12]
15 March 2008
15:00
Auch 15–36 Castres (1 BP)
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 3,159[13]
15 March 2008
15:00
Bayonne 20–18 Brive (1 BP)
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 9,645[16]
15 March 2008
15:00
Montauban 16–11 Bourgoin (1 BP)
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 6,147[15]
15 March 2008
15:00
(1 BP) Toulouse 58–5 Dax
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 14,066[19]
15 March 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Perpignan 27–6 Montpellier
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,380[18]
16 March 2008
15:00
(1 BP) Clermont 50–12 Stade Français
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 14,804[14]

Round 15Edit

21 March 2008
20:30
Biarritz 10–0 Brive
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 7,206[6]
22 March 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Bourgoin 36–0 Auch
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 4,832[7]
22 March 2008
17:30
Castres 21–7 Montauban
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 8,016[9]
22 March 2008
17:30
Dax 11–6 Bayonne (1 BP)
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 8,903[4]
22 March 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Perpignan 45–7 Albi
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,981[18]
22 March 2008
18:30
Montpellier 17–56 Clermont (1 BP)
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 13,230[10]
22 March 2008
21:00
(1 BP) Stade Français 29–0 Toulouse
Stade de France
Attendance: 79,779[5]

Round 16Edit

28 March 2008
20:30
Toulouse 12–6 Biarritz (1 BP)
Stadium Municipal
Attendance: 35,188[11]
29 March 2008
15:05
Bayonne 14–36 Stade Français (1 BP)
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 13,189[16]
29 March 2008
17:30
Auch 16–10 Dax (1 BP)
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 3,882[13]
29 March 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Castres 12–17 Montpellier
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 6,642[9]
29 March 2008
17:30
Brive 14–7 Montauban (1 BP)
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 9,289[8]
29 March 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Clermont 52–17 Albi
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 13,295[14]
29 March 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Bourgoin 9–10 Perpignan
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 7,224[7]

Round 17Edit

11 April 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Dax 9–13 Stade Français
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 8,839[4]
12 April 2008
15:00
Perpignan 20–18 Castres (1 BP)
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 11,653[18]
12 April 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Albi 13–20 Toulouse
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 9,251[12]
12 April 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Biarritz 20–0 Bayonne
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 13,044[6]
12 April 2008
17:30
Montauban 30–19 Auch
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 5,553[15]
12 April 2008
17:30
Montpellier 20–14 Brive (1 BP)
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 10,022[10]
12 April 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Clermont 36–7 Bourgoin
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 14,771[14]

Round 18Edit

18 April 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Bourgoin 12–14 Castres
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 8,000[7]
19 April 2008
15:00
Toulouse 11–23 Clermont
Stadium Municipal
Attendance: 36,000[20]
19 April 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Albi 25–12 Montpellier
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 6,000[12]
19 April 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Biarritz 26–3 Auch
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 8,500[6]
19 April 2008
17:30
Brive 30–0 Dax
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 9,193[8]
19 April 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Perpignan 38–13 Bayonne
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 12,407[18]
19 April 2008
20:30
Stade Français 25–18 Montauban (1 BP)
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 10,000[17]

Round 19Edit

25 April 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Montpellier 9–12 Stade Français
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 13,103[10]
26 April 2008
17:30
Auch 15–36 Clermont (1 BP)
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 6,000[13]
26 April 2008
17:30
Bayonne 19–19 Bourgoin
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 11,500[16]
26 April 2008
17:30
Dax 12–9 Albi (1 BP)
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 5,000[4]
26 April 2008
18:30
Montauban 19–13 Biarritz (1 BP)
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 7,500[15]
26 April 2008
20:30
Brive 7–16 Perpignan
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 10,347[8]
26 April 2008
Castres P–P Toulouse

  • Game postponed due to Toulouse playing in Heineken Cup semi-finals on the same date. Game to be rescheduled for 7 May 2008.

Round 20Edit

2 May 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Clermont 28–35 Castres (1 BP)
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 16,574[14]
2 May 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Toulouse 73–12 Auch
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 16,574[19]
3 May 2008
15:05
Perpignan 16–3 Biarritz
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 14,517[18]
3 May 2008
17:30
Albi 21–18 Brive (1 BP)
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 7,000[12]
3 May 2008
17:30
Bayonne 19–16 Montpellier (1 BP)
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 12,000[16]
3 May 2008
17:30
Dax 20–16 Montauban (1 BP)
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 5,000[4]
3 May 2008
20:30
Stade Français 34–20 Bourgoin
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 8,939[17]

Round 19 (rescheduled game)Edit

7 May 2008
18:30
Castres 6–16 Toulouse
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 10,000[9]
  • Rescheduled from 26 April 2008.

Round 21Edit

9 May 2008
21:00
(1 BP) Biarritz 11–16 Clermont
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 12,500[6]
10 May 2008
15:00
(1 BP) Auch 19–23 Bayonne
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 5,000[13]
10 May 2008
15:00
Stade Français 43–20 Albi
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 9,000[17]
10 May 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Bourgoin 50–14 Dax
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 6,000[7]
10 May 2008
18:30
Montauban 28–22 Perpignan (1 BP)
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 7,000[21]
11 May 2008
17:00
(1 BP) Castres 41–10 Brive
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 7,500[9]
11 May 2008
19:00
Montpellier 17–15 Toulouse (1 BP)
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 15,789[10]

Round 22Edit

16 May 2008
20:00
Brive 11–3 Stade Français
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 13,869[22]
17 May 2008
15:00
Clermont 29–15 Perpignan
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 14,800[14]
17 May 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Albi 29–0 Auch
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 6,000[12]
17 May 2008
17:30
Bayonne 27–16 Castres
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 13,000[16]
17 May 2008
17:30
Montpellier 12–6 Bourgoin (1 BP)
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 9,000[a 7]
17 May 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Toulouse 28–6 Montauban
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 18,870[24]
17 May 2008
18:35
Dax 17–12 Biarritz (1 BP)
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 8,000[4]

Round 23Edit

23 May 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Clermont 38–7 Brive
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 15,000[14]
24 May 2008
15:05
Biarritz 20–0 Montpellier
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 6,500[6]
24 May 2008
20:30
Auch 9–6 Stade Français (1 BP)
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 5,000[13]
24 May 2008
20:30
Bourgoin 18–13 Albi (1 BP)
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 5,000[7]
24 May 2008
20:30
(1 BP) Castres 38–16 Dax
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 8,500[9]
24 May 2008
20:30
Montauban 15–12 Bayonne (1 BP)
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 6,000[15]
24 May 2008
(1 BP) Perpignan P - P Toulouse

  • Game postponed due to Toulouse playing in Heineken Cup final on the same date. Game to be rescheduled for 3 June 2008.

Round 24Edit

30 May 2008
19:00
Auch 13–25 Perpignan
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 6,000[13]
30 May 2018
21:00
Brive 15–12 Toulouse (1 BP)
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 14,868[8]
31 May 2008
15:05
(1 BP) Stade Français 44–15 Castres
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 7,443[17]
31 May 2008
17:30
Albi 13–6 Bayonne (1 BP)
Stadium Municipal d'Albi
Attendance: 10,000[12]
31 May 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Biarritz 30–10 Bourgoin
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 6,000[6]
31 May 2008
17:30
Dax 16–36 Montpellier (1 BP)
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 4,500[4]
31 May 2008
20:30
Montauban 18–16 Clermont (1 BP)
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 8,000[15]

Round 23 (rescheduled game)Edit

3 June 2008
21:00
(1 BP) Perpignan 50–6 Toulouse
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 7,889[18]
  • Rescheduled from 24 May 2008.

Round 25Edit

6 June 2008
20:30
Montpellier 12–8 Montauban (1 BP)
Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 12,348[10]
7 June 2008
15:05
Stade Français 22–18 Biarritz (1 BP)
Stade de France
Attendance: 79,644[5]
7 June 2008
17:30
Bayonne 36–8 Clermont
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 13,051[16]
7 June 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Brive 40–26 Auch
Stade Amédée-Domenech
Attendance: 10,931[8]
7 June 2008
17:30
Castres 20–16 Albi (1 BP)
Stade Pierre-Fabre
Attendance: 9,500[9]
7 June 2008
17:30
(1 BP) Toulouse 57–17 Bourgoin
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 16,796[19]
7 June 2008
20:30
Dax 10–21 Perpignan
Stade Maurice Boyau
Attendance: 15,000[4]

Round 26Edit

14 June 2008
15:15
Auch 12–23 Montpellier
Stade Jacques Fouroux
Attendance: 6,000[13]
14 June 2008
(1 BP) Biarritz 30–34 Castres
Parc des Sports Aguiléra
Attendance: 7,000[6]
14 June 2008
15:15
Bourgoin 22–19 Brive (1 BP)
Stade Pierre Rajon
Attendance: 7,000[7]
14 June 2008
15:15
(1 BP) Clermont 95–7 Dax
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 15,827[14]
14 June 2008
15:15
Montauban 24–17 Albi (1 BP)
Stade Sapiac
Attendance: 6,500[15]
14 June 2008
15:15
Perpignan 23–19 Stade Français (1 BP)
Stade Aimé Giral
Attendance: 13,517[18]
14 June 2008
15:15
Toulouse 35–28 Bayonne (1 BP)
Stade Ernest-Wallon
Attendance: 19,400[25]

Knock-out stagesEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

21 June 2008
17:00
Clermont 21 – 7 Perpignan
Tries: Nalaga (2) 23' c, 47' m
Con: James (1/2)
Pen: James (2/3) 21', 40'
Drop: James (1/1) 10'
Report Try: N. Laharrague 63' c
Con: Montgomery (1/1)
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 55,042[26]

22 June 2008
15:15
Toulouse 31 – 13 Stade Français
Tries: Médard 44' c
Jauzion (2) 56' c, 60' m
Con: Elissalde (1/1)
Kunavore (1/2)
Pen: Elissalde (2/2) 20', 22'
Kunavore (1/1) 48'
Drop: Fritz (1/1) 77'
Report Try: Fillol 73' c
Con: Hernández (1/1)
Pen: Hernández (2/2) 24', 52'

FinalEdit

28 June 2008
21:00
Clermont 20 – 26 Toulouse
Tries: Rougerie 20' c
Zirakashvili 80' c
Con: James (2/2)
Pen: James (2/2) 13', 69'
Tries: Servat 17' c
Médard 60' c
Con: Elissalde (2/2)
Pen: Elissalde (2/3) 33', 56'
Kunavore (1/1) 74'
Courrent (1/1) 79'
CLERMONT AUVERGNE:
FB 15   Benoît Baby   65'
RW 14   Aurélien Rougerie (c)
OC 13   Gonzalo Canale   52'
IC 12   Marius Joubert
LW 11   Napolioni Nalaga
FH 10   Brock James
SH 9   Pierre Mignoni
N8 8   Elvis Vermeulen   62'
OF 7   Alexandre Audebert
BF 6   Julien Bonnaire
RL 5   Thibaut Privat   66'
LL 4   Jamie Cudmore   56'
TP 3   Laurent Emmanuelli   52'
HK 2   Mario Ledesma   68'
LP 1   Davit Zirakashvili
Replacements:
HK 16   John Smit   68'
PR 17   Thomas Domingo   52'
LK 18   Loïc Jacquet   66'
LK 19   Christophe Samson   56'
N8 20   Sam Broomhall   62'
CE 21   Seremaia Bai   52'
FB 22   Anthony Floch   65'
Coach:
  Vern Cotter
TOULOUSE:
FB 15   Maxime Médard
RW 14   Yves Donguy
OC 13   Maleli Kunavore   78'
IC 12   Yannick Jauzion
LW 11   Cédric Heymans
FH 10   Jean-Baptiste Élissalde   62'
SH 9   Byron Kelleher
N8 8   Shaun Sowerby   76'
OF 7   Thierry Dusautoir   56'
BF 6   Jean Bouilhou (c)
RL 5   Fabien Pelous   65'
LL 4   Patricio Albacete
TP 3   Omar Hasan
HK 2   William Servat   78'
LP 1   Daan Human   56'
Replacements:
PR 16   Jean-Baptiste Poux   56'
HK 17   Alberto Vernet Basualdo   78'
LK 18   Romain Millo-Chluski   65'
FL 19   Grégory Lamboley   76'
N8 20   Finau Maka   56'
FH 21   Valentin Courrent   78'
CE 22   Florian Fritz   62'
Coach:
  Guy Novès

Leading scorersEdit

  • Note that points scorers includes tries as well as conversions, penalties and drop goals.

AttendancesEdit

The league has seen a major increase in attendance in recent years. In 2006-07, per-game attendance averaged 10,549,[28] up from 9,288 in 2005-06[29] and 7,255 in 2004-05,[30] when the league consisted of 16 teams instead of its current 14. The 2005-06 and 2006-07 totals are skewed to some degree because Stade Français drew over 79,000 fans to each of the two fixtures they played at Stade de France in both seasons. However, even if the Stade de France fixtures are not included, per-game attendance was 8,549 in 2005-06[29] and 9,267 in 2006-07,[28] both well above the 2004-05 figures.

The final average attendance for the 2007-08 regular season was 11,106, another increase from the previous season. The LNR also reported that league-wide season ticket sales were up by 11% from 2006-07.[31] The most-attended matches were the three Stade Français matches played at Stade de France, each of which drew more than 75,000, and Toulouse's three games at Stadium Municipal, each of which drew at least 30,000.[32]

  • Attendances do not include the semi-finals or final as these are at neutral venues.
Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Albi 13 93,351 7,181 10,000 5,865 55%
Auch 13 62,337 4,795 6,681 3,159 69%
Bayonne 13 161,135 12,395 14,025 9,645 73%
Biarritz 13 115,573 8,890 13,044 6,000 59%
Bourgoin 13 82,464 6,343 8,000 4,832 67%
Brive 13 136,768 10,521 14,868 7,899 70%
Castres 13 102,095 7,853 10,000 6,560 68%
Clermont 13 189,327 14,564 16,574 12,827 88%
Dax 13 94,656 7,281 15,000 4,500 45%
Montauban 13 90,816 6,986 9,054 5,553 61%
Montpellier 13 144,520 11,117 15,789 8,895 70%
Perpignan 13 153,181 11,783 14,517 7,889 71%
Stade Français 13 323,069 24,851 79,779 7,443 79%
Toulouse 13 272,011 20,924 36,000 14,066 88%

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Capacity of Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin up to 16,574 from 16,334 the previous season.
  2. ^ Montpellier moved into a new stadium this season having previously based at Stade Sabathé.
  3. ^ Stade Français would also play three home games at the 81,338 capacity Stade de France.
  4. ^ Toulouse would also play three home games at the 35,575 capacity Stadium Municipal.
  5. ^ Montauban received a Heineken Cup berth because Toulouse advanced farther in the 2007-08 Heineken Cup than any team from England or Italy.
  6. ^ Due to financial irregularities, SC Albi were relegated to the Pro D2 for 2008-09. This saved Dax from relegation and gave them what had been Albi's place in the Challenge Cup.[3]
  7. ^ Surprisingly there is no information available online for Montpellier's home attendance against Bourgoin on 17 May 2008, despite all other home games being accounted for. However, using figures acquired from the Sur la touche website, who state Montpellier's seasonal average attendance at 11,118, this game had an crowd of around 9,000.[23]

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