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The 2012–13 Aviva Premiership was the 26th season of the top flight of the English domestic rugby union competitions and the third to be sponsored by Aviva. On 14 June, Premiership Rugby, the competition organisers, announced through their Facebook page that the official fixture list would be released at 2pm on 4 July 2012.[3]

2012–13 Aviva Premiership
Countries England
Date1 September 2012 – 25 May 2013
ChampionsLeicester Tigers
Runners-upNorthampton Saints
RelegatedLondon Welsh
Matches played135
Attendance1,684,804
(average 12,480 per match)
Tries scored542
(average 4 per match)
Top point scorerNick Evans (Harlequins)
(258 points)[1]
Top try scorerTom Varndell (London Wasps)
Christian Wade (London Wasps)
(13 tries)[2]
Official website
www.premiershiprugby.com

The reigning champions entering the season were Harlequins, who claimed their first-ever top-flight title after defeating Leicester Tigers in the final, having also finished atop the league table in the regular season.[4][5][6] London Welsh were the newcomers for this season, having earned promotion by winning the 2011–12 RFU Championship play-offs against Cornish Pirates, and following a lengthy appeal process over a supposed lack of fulfillment of the Premiership's minimum standards criteria.[7] Newcastle Falcons, having finished bottom of the 2011–12 table, were relegated to the RFU Championship following the appeal.

For the second consecutive season, significant changes were made to the Premiership's salary cap. Last season, "academy credits" were introduced, giving each team a £30,000 cap credit for each of up to eight home-grown players in the senior squad.[8] This season, the team cap rose for the first time since the 2008–09 season, when it was increased from £2.2 million to £4 million.[9] The new cap is £4.26 million before academy credits and up to £4.5 million with credits.[8] In addition, each team was allowed to sign one player whose salary did not count against the cap.[8]

Contents

TeamsEdit

Club Coach Captain Kit Supplier Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath   Gary Gold   Stuart Hooper Puma The Recreation Ground 12,300 Bath, Somerset
Exeter Chiefs   Rob Baxter   Tommy Hayes Samurai Sportswear Sandy Park 10,744 Exeter, Devon
Gloucester   Nigel Davies   Jim Hamilton KooGa Kingsholm Stadium 16,500 Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Harlequins   Conor O'Shea   Chris Robshaw O'Neills The Stoop[n 1] 14,816 Twickenham, London
Leicester Tigers   Richard Cockerill   Geordan Murphy Canterbury Welford Road 24,000 Leicester, Leicestershire
London Irish   Brian Smith   Declan Danaher ISC Madejski Stadium 24,250 Reading, Berkshire
London Wasps   Dai Young   Hugo Southwell Kukri Sports Adams Park[n 2] 10,516 High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
London Welsh   Lyn Jones   Jonathan Mills Samurai Sportswear Kassam Stadium 12,500 Oxford, Oxfordshire
Northampton Saints   Jim Mallinder   Dylan Hartley BURRDA Franklin's Gardens 13,600 Northampton, Northamptonshire
Sale Sharks   Bryan Redpath   David Seymour Canterbury Salford City Stadium 12,000 Salford, Greater Manchester
Saracens   Mark McCall   Steve Borthwick Nike Allianz Park [n 3] 10,000 Barnet, London
Worcester Warriors   Richard Hill   Dean Schofield Cotton Traders Sixways Stadium 12,068 Worcester, Worcestershire
Notes
  1. ^ *Harlequins would also play 1 home game at Twickenham, London on 29 December 2012
  2. ^ *London Wasps would also play 1 home game at Twickenham, London on 1 September 2012
  3. ^ Saracens have made Allianz Park their permanent home, but their new stadium was not ready until February 2013. Until that time, they played home fixtures in a variety of stadia:[10]

TableEdit

2012-13 Aviva Premiership Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Saracens (SF) 22 17 1 4 533 339 194 41 25 5 2 77
2 Leicester Tigers (CH) 22 15 1 6 538 345 193 56 29 7 5 74
3 Harlequins (SF) 22 15 0 7 560 453 107 52 35 5 4 69
4 Northampton Saints (RU) 22 14 0 8 501 433 68 55 36 6 3 65
5 Gloucester 22 12 1 9 515 481 34 40 42 2 8 60
6 Exeter Chiefs 22 12 1 9 542 446 96 51 43 4 5 59
7 Bath 22 10 1 11 452 434 18 44 29 4 7 53
8 London Wasps 22 9 0 13 511 528 -17 47 51 4 8 48
9 London Irish 22 7 1 14 459 601 -142 38 57 2 3 35
10 Sale Sharks 22 7 1 14 377 596 -219 37 53 2 3 35
11 Worcester Warriors 22 5 1 16 422 547 -125 35 59 3 8 33
12 London Welsh (R) 22 5 0 17 412 619 -207 30 67 1 7 23[n 1]

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Greater Number of matches won
  2. Greater Points Difference
  3. Greater Points For
  4. Greater Points For (matches between the tied teams)
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
  1. ^ London Welsh were deducted 5 competition points for fielding a player who did not hold Effective Registration.[11]
Green background (rows 1 to 4) were play-off places, and received berths in the 2013–14 Heineken Cup. Blue background (rows 5 and 6) are clubs that did not make the play-offs, but received Heineken Cup berths. Red background (row 12) relegated as the winner of the RFU Championship (Newcastle Falcons) met the requirements for promotion. Updated 30 May 2013 — Current English Leagues
Source: Premiership Rugby

Pre-SeasonEdit

Following a lengthy appeal, London Welsh successfully gained promotion to the Premiership, having contested the Professional Game Boards recommendation to refuse them entry based on the Minimum Standards Criteria.[12] This meant that Newcastle Falcons were relegated, following their confirmation that they would not appeal the new decision.[13]

The 2012 edition of the Premiership Rugby Sevens Series began on 13 July 2012 at The Stoop, continued on 20 July at Edgeley Park and 26 July at Kingsholm. This was the first opportunity of the season for any of the teams competing in the Premiership to win a trophy. The finals were held on 3 August 2012 at The Recreation Ground and the Series was won by London Irish.[14]

Regular seasonEdit

Premiership Rugby announced the fixture list on 4 July 2012.[15] As with previous seasons, Round 1 included the London Double Header at Twickenham.

Fixtures as per Premiership Rugby Match Centre.

Round 1Edit

1 September 2012
14:00
London Wasps 40–42 Harlequins
Report
Twickenham
Attendance: 63,102
1 September 2012
15:00
Exeter Chiefs 43–6 Sale Sharks
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 5,568
1 September 2012
15:00
Gloucester 19–24 Northampton Saints
Report
Kingsholm
Attendance: 11,817
1 September 2012
15:00
Worcester Warriors 23–24 Bath
Report
Sixways
Attendance: 7,847
1 September 2012
16:30
Saracens 40–3 London Irish
Report
Twickenham
Attendance: 63,102
2 September 2012
14:00
London Welsh 13–38 Leicester Tigers
Report
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 6,850

Round 2Edit

7 September 2012
19:45
Harlequins 40–3 London Welsh
Report
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,550
8 September 2012
14:15
Bath 30–23 London Wasps
Report
The Rec
Attendance: 10,438
8 September 2012
15:00
Leicester Tigers 34–26 Worcester Warriors
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 19,250
8 September 2012
15:00
London Irish 31–40 Gloucester
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,828
8 September 2012
16:30
Sale Sharks 16–23 Saracens
Report
Salford City Stadium
Attendance: 7,451
9 September 2012
15:00
Northampton Saints 24–21 Exeter Chiefs
Report
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 12,230

Round 3Edit

14 September 2012
19:45
Bath 14–18 Northampton Saints
Report
The Rec
Attendance: 10,462
15 September 2012
13:30
Worcester Warriors 16–16 Gloucester
Report
Sixways
Attendance: 8,717
15 September 2012
15:00
Harlequins 37–14 Sale Sharks
Report
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 13,432
15 September 2012
15:00
London Wasps 43–14 London Irish
Report
Adams Park
Attendance: 5,612
15 September 2012
15:30
Saracens 9–9 Leicester Tigers
Report
Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 41,063
16 September 2012
15:00
London Welsh 25–24 Exeter Chiefs
Report
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 3,150

Round 4Edit

21 September 2012
20:00
Sale Sharks 19–29 London Welsh
Report
Salford City Stadium
Attendance: 7,479
22 September 2012
15:00
London Irish 29–22 Bath
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,324
22 September 2012
15:00
Northampton Saints 37–31 Worcester Warriors
Report
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 12,114
22 September 2012
15:15
Gloucester 29–22 London Wasps
Report
Kingsholm
Attendance: 10,782
22 September 2012
17:30
Leicester Tigers 9–22 Harlequins
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 20,354
23 September 2012
14:15
Exeter Chiefs 14–12 Saracens
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 6,141

Round 5Edit

28 September 2012
19:45
Northampton Saints 24–6 London Wasps
Report
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 12,955
28 September 2012
20:00
Worcester Warriors 35–11 London Irish
Report
Sixways
Attendance: 8,418
29 September 2012
14:15
Bath 31–10 Sale Sharks
Report
The Rec
Attendance: 11,073
29 September 2012
14:15
Leicester Tigers 30–8 Exeter Chiefs
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 19,292
30 September 2012
14:00
Harlequins 16–18 Saracens
Report
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,224
30 September 2012
15:00
London Welsh 25–31 Gloucester
Report
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 4,548

Round 6Edit

5 October 2012
20:00
Sale Sharks 8–20 Leicester Tigers
Report
Salford City Stadium
Attendance: 8,212
6 October 2012
14:15
Gloucester 16–10 Bath
Report
Kingsholm
Attendance: 15,677
6 October 2012
15:00
Exeter Chiefs 42–28 Harlequins
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 8,472
6 October 2012
15:00
London Irish 39–17 Northampton Saints
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,918
7 October 2012
14:15
London Welsh 23–28 Saracens
Report
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 4,685
7 October 2012
15:00
London Wasps 10–6 Worcester Warriors
Report
Adams Park
Attendance: 5,232

Round 7Edit

26 October 2012
20:00
Worcester Warriors 23–16 Sale Sharks
Report
Sixways
Attendance: 8,669
27 October 2012
14:30
Bath 23–15 Exeter Chiefs
Report
The Rec
Attendance: 12,200
27 October 2012
15:00
Northampton Saints 6–16 Saracens
Report
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 13,475
27 October 2012
16:45
Gloucester 27–21 Leicester Tigers
Report
Kingsholm
Attendance: 15,110
28 October 2012
14:15
London Irish 28–31 Harlequins
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,247
28 October 2012
15:00
London Wasps 29–19 London Welsh
Report
Adams Park
Attendance: 5,964

Round 8Edit

2 November 2012
20:00
Sale Sharks 21–9 London Irish
Report
Salford City Stadium
Attendance: 5,723
3 November 2012
14:15
Leicester Tigers 16–12 Northampton Saints
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 24,000
3 November 2012
15:00
Exeter Chiefs 33–9 Worcester Warriors
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 7,295
3 November 2012
17:15
Harlequins 28–25 Gloucester
Report
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,517
4 November 2012
14:15
Saracens 29–24 London Wasps
Report
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 6,466
4 November 2012
15:00
London Welsh 16–9 Bath
Report
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 5,004

Round 9Edit

23 November 2012
19:45
Bath 21–18 Harlequins
Report
The Rec
Attendance: 11,666
23 November 2012
20:00
Worcester Warriors 12–3 Saracens
Report
Sixways
Attendance: 8,848
24 November 2012
12:00
Gloucester 29–3 Sale Sharks
Report
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,501
24 November 2012
13:00
Northampton Saints 23–16 London Welsh
Report
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 11,695
25 November 2012
14:30
London Wasps 14–12 Leicester Tigers
Report
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,658
25 November 2012
15:00
London Irish 23–27 Exeter Chiefs
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,270

Round 10Edit

30 November 2012
19.45
Harlequins 22–19 Worcester Warriors
Report
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 11,630
30 November 2012
20:00
Sale Sharks 16–27 Northampton Saints
Report
Salford City Stadium
Attendance: 5,307
1 December 2012
12:30
Leicester Tigers 17–12 Bath
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 20,170
1 December 2012
13:00
London Welsh 15–9 London Irish
Report
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 3,750
1 December 2012
17:30
Exeter Chiefs 30–23 London Wasps
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 7,557
2 December 2012
15:00
Saracens 28–23 Gloucester
Report
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,960

Round 11Edit

21 December 2012
20:00
Worcester Warriors 13–6 London Welsh
Report
Sixways
Attendance: 8,991
22 December 2012
14:15
Bath 0–22 Saracens
Report
The Rec
Attendance: 12,200
22 December 2012
15:00
Gloucester 18–16 Exeter Chiefs
Report
Kingsholm
Attendance: 16,121
22 December 2012
15:00
London Irish 9–31 Leicester Tigers
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,958
22 December 2012
15:00
Northampton Saints 9–18 Harlequins
Report
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,475
23 December 2012
15:00
London Wasps 25–18 Sale Sharks
Report
Adams Park
Attendance: 6,486

Round 12Edit

28 December 2012
20:00
Sale Sharks 33–27 Worcester Warriors
Report
Salford City Stadium
Attendance: 6,347
29 December 2012
14:15
Harlequins 26–15 London Irish
Report
Twickenham
Attendance: 82,000
29 December 2012
15:00
Exeter Chiefs 12–12 Bath
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 10,744
29 December 2012
15:00
London Welsh 15–34 London Wasps
Report
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 10,045
29 December 2012
17:00
Leicester Tigers 17–12 Gloucester
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 24,000
30 December 2012
14:15
Saracens 17–16 Northampton Saints
Report
Stadium mk, Milton Keynes
Attendance: 18,856

Round 13Edit

4 January 2013
20:00
Worcester Warriors 14–19 Leicester Tigers
Try: Lemi 14' m
Pen: Goode (3/4) 5', 21', 23'
Report Try: Hamilton 39' m
Penalty Try (2) 55' c, 79' c
Con: Flood (2/3) 55', 79'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 12,024
Referee: JP Doyle
5 January 2013
15:00
Exeter Chiefs 19–30 Northampton Saints
Try: Naqelevuki 66' c
Con: Mieres (1/1) 66'
Pen: Steenson (4/4) 14', 39', 43',48'
Report Try: Pisi 18' c
Tonga'uiha 58' c
van Velze 74' c
Con: Myler (3/3) 18', 58', 74'
Pen: Myler (3/4) 28', 36', 46'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 8,357
Referee: Greg Garner
5 January 2013
15:00
Gloucester 12–18 London Irish
Pen: Burns (4/6) 1', 36', 57', 61'
Report Try: Skivington (2) 22' m, 37' c
Con: Shingler (1/2) 37'
Pen: Shingler (1/3) 11'
Homer (1/1) 71'
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,171
Referee: David Rose
6 January 2013
15:00
London Wasps 29–15 Bath
Try: Wade 22' c
Bell 72' c
Con: Jones 40'
Robinson 72'
Pen: Jones 3', 21', 24', 54', 61'
Report Try: Abendanon 1' m
Claassens 14' c
Con: Donald 15'
Pen: Heathcote 42'
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,046
Referee: Andrew Small
6 January 2013
15:00
London Welsh 26–31 Harlequins
Try: Scott 63' c
Jackson 72' c
Con: Ross (2) 64', 72'
Pen: Ross 30', 40', 55', 58'
Report Try: Care 15' c
Lowe 20' c
Robshaw 38' c
Evans 66' c
Con: Evans (4) 16', 21' 39', 66'
Pen: Evans 61'
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 4,653
Referee: Llyr Apgeraint-Roberts
6 January 2013
15:00
Saracens 32–12 Sale Sharks
Try: Strettle 63' c
Hodgson 70' c
Con: Farrell (2) 64', 70'
Pen: Farrell 13', 17', 20', 23', 28', 53'
Report Pen: Cipriani 4', 8', 50' 61'
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,472
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

Round 14Edit

8 February 2013
20:00
Sale Sharks 21–16 Exeter Chiefs
Try: Braid 17' m
Cueto 55' c
Con: Miller (1/2)
Pen: Miller (1/1) 59'
Cipriani (1/1) 65'
Drop: Macleod (1/1) 77'
Report Try: Votu 37' c
Con: Steenson (1/1)
Pen: Steenson (3/3) 15', 22', 44'
Salford City Stadium
Attendance: 8,232
Referee: Greg Garner
9 February 2013
12:30
Northampton Saints 11–27 Gloucester
Try: Dowson 54' m
Con: Myler (0/1)
Pen: Myler (2/3) 5', 27'
Report Try: May (2) 19' m, 42' c
Con: Cook (1/2)
Pen: Cook (5/5) 8', 12', 32', 34', 73'
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,742
Referee: Martin Fox
9 February 2013
14:15
Bath 32–9 Worcester Warriors
Try: Stringer 6' m
Webber 23' m
Biggs 53' m
Agulla (2) 62' c, 77' c
Con: Donald (0/3)
Heathcote (2/2)
Pen: Donald (1/1) 39'
Report Pen: Gray (3/3) 13', 26', 37'
The Rec
Attendance: 10,989
Referee: Wayne Barnes
9 February 2013
15:00
Leicester Tigers 28–12 London Welsh
Try: Thompstone 25' c
Morris 58' c
Bowden 79' m
Con: Ford (2/2)
Bowden (0/1)
Pen: Ford (3/4) 5', 12', 37',
Report Pen: Ross (4/5) 3', 49', 51', 57'
Arscott (0/1)
Welford Road
Attendance: 20,065
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
9 February 2013
15:00
London Irish 29–16 Saracens
Try: Geraghty 53' c
Treviranus 70' c
Con: Homer (2/2)
Pen: Homer (5/7) 5', 15', 35', 43', 61'
Report Try: Strettle 66' c
Con: Hodgson (1/1)
Pen: Hodgson (3/4) 2', 8', 38'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,245
Referee: Andrew Small
9 February 2013
20:00
Harlequins 16–17 London Wasps
Try: Hopper 22' c
Con: Evans (1/1)
Pen: Evans (3/6) 18', 40', 71'
Report Try: Varndell 8' c
Wade 13' c
Con: Robinson (2/2)
Pen: Robinson (1/2) 60'
Daly (0/2)
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,552
Referee: JP Doyle

Round 15Edit

16 February 2013
14:15
Bath 40–16 London Irish
Report
The Rec
Attendance: 11,879
Referee: David Rose
16 February 2013
15:00
Saracens 31–11 Exeter Chiefs
Report
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,997
Referee: Martin Fox
16 February 2013
15:00
Worcester Warriors 18–27 Northampton Saints
Report
Sixways
Attendance: 9,013
Referee: Greg Garner
16 February 2013
17:15
Harlequins 25–21 Leicester Tigers
Report
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: Wayne Barnes
17 February 2013
13:00
London Wasps 33–29 Gloucester
Report
Adams Park
Attendance: 6,076
Referee: Andrew Small
17 February 2013
15:00
London Welsh 25–26 Sale Sharks
Report
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 4,074
Referee: JP Doyle

Round 16Edit

22 February 2013
19:45
Gloucester 29–23 Worcester Warriors
Report
Kingsholm
Attendance: 14,362
Referee: David Rose
22 February 2013
20:00
Sale Sharks 21–30 Harlequins
Report
Salford City Stadium
Attendance: 7,103
Referee: Martin Fox
23 February 2013
15:00
Exeter Chiefs 47–16 London Welsh
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 7,317
Referee: Andrew Small
23 February 2013
15:00
Northampton Saints 25–23 Bath
Report
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,291
Referee: Luke Pearce
23 February 2013
20:00
Leicester Tigers 27–32 Saracens
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 20,728
Referee: JP Doyle
24 February 2013
15:00
London Irish 30–19 London Wasps
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,184
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

Round 17Edit

1 March 2013
20:00
Bath 31–25 Gloucester
Report
The Rec
Attendance: 11,953
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
1 March 2013
20:00
Worcester Warriors 29–23 London Wasps
Report
Sixways
Attendance: 9,214
Referee: Greg Garner
2 March 2013
15:00
Leicester Tigers 48–10 Sale Sharks
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 20,585
Referee: Wayne Barnes
2 March 2013
15:00
Northampton Saints 40–14 London Irish
Report
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 12,465
Referee: JP Doyle
2 March 2013
15:15
Harlequins 16–27 Exeter Chiefs
Report
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: David Rose
3 March 2013
14:15
Saracens 35–14 London Welsh
Report
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,968
Referee: Luke Pearce

Round 18Edit

22 March 2013
20:00
Sale Sharks 14–13 Bath
Report
Salford City Stadium
Attendance: 6,541
Referee: JP Doyle
23 March 2013
15:00
Gloucester 15–14 London Welsh
Report
Kingsholm
Attendance: 14,627
Referee: Martin Fox
23 March 2013
15:00
London Irish 26–6 Worcester Warriors
Report
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 19,523
Referee: Wayne Barnes
23 March 2013
15:15
London Wasps 24–26 Northampton Saints
Report
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,193
Referee: David Rose
23 March 2013
17:00
Exeter Chiefs 9–12 Leicester Tigers
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 10,427
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
24 March 2013
14:00
Saracens 27–12 Harlequins
Report
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,996
Referee: Greg Garner

Round 19Edit

29 March 2013
19:45
Gloucester 17–15 Harlequins
Try: May 44' c
Qera 70' c
Con: Burns (2/2)
Pen: Burns (1/2) 20'
Report Try: Buchanan 8' m
Smith 23' c
Con: Evans (1/2)
Pen: Evans (1/1) 55'
Kingsholm
Attendance: 14,699
Referee: JP Doyle
30 March 2013
14.15
Bath 40–25 London Welsh
Try: Banahan 1' m
Fearns 8' m
Rokoduguni 40' c
Agulla 64' c
Claassens 78' c
Con: Donald (1/3)
Heathcote (2/2)
Pen: Donald (2/2) 21', 63'
Heathcote (1/1) 75'
Report Try: Jewell 69' c
Con: Davies (1/1)
Pen: Davies (6/7) 23', 27', 30', 43', 48', 55'
The Rec
Attendance: 11,621
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
30 March 2013
15:00
London Wasps 13–22 Saracens
Try: Wade 9' c
Con: Jones (1/1)
Pen: Daly (2/2) 7', 12'
Report Try: Wyles 16' m
Ashton 68' m
Con: Farrell (0/2)
Pen: Farrell (4/5) 26', 62', 70', 78'
Adams Park
Attendance: 8,078
Referee: Martin Fox
30 March 2013
15:00
Northampton Saints 8–36 Leicester Tigers
Try: Myler 57' m
Con: Myler (0/1)
Pen: Myler (1/1) 12'
Report Try: Tuilagi (2) 41' m, 61' c
Morris 70' c
Tait 74' m
Con: Flood (2/3)
Ford (0/1)
Pen: Flood (4/4) 9', 18', 28', 37'
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,479
Referee: Wayne Barnes
30 March 2013
15:00
Worcester Warriors 18–24 Exeter Chiefs
Try: Kvesic 46' m
Drauniniu 59' c
Con: Goode (1/2)
Pen: Goode (2/3) 2', 12'
Report Try: Arscott 5' c
Steenson 20' c
Mumm 76' c
Con: Steenson (3/3)
Pen: Steenson (1/2) 46'
Sixways
Attendance: 9,130
Referee: David Rose
31 March 2013
14:15
London Irish 33–33 Sale Sharks
Try: Armitage 2' c
Aulika 9' c
Lahiff 53' c
Con: Homer (3/3)
Pen: Homer (4/5) 31', 33', 55', 65'
Report Try: Thomas 19' c
Cueto 26' m
Myall 40' c
Gaskell 45' m
Con: Macleod (2/4)
Pen: Macleod (3/3) 6', 43', 79'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 6,968
Referee: Greg Garner

Round 20Edit

12 April 2013
19:45
Sale Sharks 32–9 Gloucester
Try: Leota 1' m
Peel (2) 6' c, 74' m
Shephard 39' c
Cueto 80' m
Con: Macleod (2/3)
Cipriani (0/2)
Pen: Macleod (1/1) 30'
Report Pen: Burns (3/5) 5', 15', 54'
Salford City Stadium
Attendance: 8,023
Referee: David Rose
13 April 2013
14:15
Harlequins 23–9 Bath
Try: Care 45' c
Monye 63' c
Con: Botica (2/2)
Pen: Botica (2/2) 31', 56'
Evans (1/1) 34'
Report Pen: Donald (2/2) 5', 40'
Devoto (1/1) 22'
The Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,326
Referee: Wayne Barnes
13 April 2013
15:00
Exeter Chiefs 27–6 London Irish
Try: Jess 61' m
Ewers 77' c
Con: Steenson (0/1)
Slade (1/1)
Pen: Steenson (5/6) 14', 30', 33', 37' 53'
Report Pen: Homer (1/1) 21'
Humphreys (1/1) 58'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 8,986
Referee: Martin Fox
14 April 2013
15:00
London Welsh 14–31 Northampton Saints
Try: Scott 30' c
Browne 70' c
Con: Davies (1/1)
Ross (1/1)
Report Try: May (2) 36' m, 39' m
Burrell (2) 44' m, 78' c
Con: Myler (0/3)
Lamb (1/1)
Pen: Myler (3/3) 2', 5', 34'
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 5,621
Referee: Greg Garner
14 April 2013
15:00
Saracens 47–17 Worcester Warriors
Try: Strettle (3) 9' m, 19' c, 23' m
Nieto 54' c
Ashton 74' c
Wray 79' c
Con: Hodgson (4/6)
Pen: Hodgson (3/4) 5', 15', 69'
Report Try: Drauininu 27' c
Kvesic 48' c
Con: Gray (2/2)
Pen: Gray (1/1) 3'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,995
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
14 April 2013
15:45
Leicester Tigers 35–16 London Wasps
Try: Youngs (2) 22' m, 44' c
Kitchener 26' m
Hawkins 36' m
Thompstone 59' c
Con: Flood (2/5)
Pen: Flood (2/3) 14', 19'
Report Try: Daly 63' c
Con: Bell (1/1)
Pen: Bell (2/2) 30', 40'
Daly (1/1) 53'
Welford Road
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: JP Doyle

Round 21Edit

20 April 2013
14:15
Bath 27–26 Leicester Tigers
Try: Taylor 8' c
Rokoduguni 17' m
Agulla 38' c
Louw 73' m
Con: Devoto (1/2)
Donald (1/1)
Heathcote (0/1)
Pen: Donald (0/2)
Heathcote (1/2)
Report Try: Croft 13' c
Youngs 25' c
Con: Flood (2/2)
Pen: Flood (4/4) 5', 20', 48', 53'
The Rec
Attendance: 12,200
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
20 April 2013
15:00
Gloucester 28–23 Saracens
Try: May (2) 8' m, 30' c
Morgan 61' c
Con: Burns (2/3)
Pen: Burns (3/4) 4', 37', 80'
Report Try: Tomkins (2) 20' c, 69' c
Con: Farrell (2/2)
Pen: Farrell (3/3) 11', 27', 60'
Kingsholm
Attendance: 15,537
Referee: JP Doyle
20 April 2013
15:00
London Irish 47–28 London Welsh
Try: Armitage (2) 8' c, 68' c
Aulika (2) 36' c, 42' c
Hala'ufia 38' m
Tagicakibau 61' c
Garvey 66' c
Con: Humphreys (6/7)
Report Try: Stegmann 19' m
Scott 31' c
Bateman 74' c
Con: Ross (2/3)
Pen: Ross (3/5) 7', 46', 49'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 11,716
Referee: Dean Richards
20 April 2013
15:00
Worcester Warriors 26–42 Harlequins
Try: Pennell 14' c
Grove 41' c
Con: Goode (2/2)
Pen: Goode (4/4) 21', 23', 40', 46',
Report Try: Evans (2) 18' c, 65' c
Williams 31' m
Care (2) 37' m, 50' m
Brown 71' c
Con: Evans (3/6)
Pen: Evans (2/2) 15', 55'
Sixways
Attendance: 11,579
Referee: Martin Fox
20 April 2013
17:45
Northampton Saints 47–7 Sale Sharks
Try: Wood 22' c
Dickson 30' c
Burrell 34' m
Elliott (2) 56' m, 65' m
Wilson (2) 70' c, 79' m
Con: Myler (2/3)
Lamb (1/3)
Pen: Myler (2/2) 12', 16'
Report Try: Gaskell 80' c
Con: Cipriani (1/1)
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,493
Referee: Luke Pearce
21 April 2013
14:00
London Wasps 24–37 Exeter Chiefs
Try: Wade 29' c
Southwell 49' c
Varndell 79' c
Con: Jones (2/2)
Bell (1/1)
Pen: Jones (0/1)
Daly (1/1) 6'
Report Try: Yeandle 12' c
Nowell 19' c
Welch 41' c
Thomas 56' c
Con: Steenson (4/4)
Pen: Steenson (3/5) 10', 24', 66'
Adams Park
Attendance: 7,197
Referee: Wayne Barnes

Round 22Edit

All games in Round 22 kicked off at 15.00 on 4 May 2013, so as to not give any team a potential advantage with regards to knowing how to achieve a play-off berth, Heineken Cup place, or safety from relegation.

4 May 2013
15:00
Exeter Chiefs 40–39 Gloucester
Report
Sandy Park
Attendance: 10,744
Referee: Greg Garner
4 May 2013
15:00
Harlequins 22–19 Northampton Saints
Report
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
4 May 2013
15:00
Leicester Tigers 32–20 London Irish
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Luke Pearce
4 May 2013
15:00
London Welsh 33–22 Worcester Warriors
Report
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 3,610
Referee: Matt Carley
4 May 2013
15:00
Sale Sharks 21–20 London Wasps
Report
Salford City Stadium
Attendance: 9,783
Referee: Dean Richards
4 May 2013
15:00
Saracens 23–14 Bath
Report
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,998
Referee: Martin Fox

Play-offsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

The semi-finals were played on the weekend of 11/12 May 2013. As with previous seasons, the play-offs followed a 1 v 4, 2 v 3 system, with the games being played at the home ground of the higher placed teams.

11 May 2013
15:00
Leicester Tigers 33–16 Harlequins
Report
Welford Road
Attendance: 20,243
Referee: Greg Garner
12 May 2013
15:00
Saracens 13–27 Northampton Saints
Report
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,998
Referee: JP Doyle

FinalEdit

The final was contested at Twickenham on 25 May 2013 between Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints with Leicester winning 37-17. Northampton captain Dylan Hartley was sent off for using foul and abusive language just before half-time after calling referee Wayne Barnes a "f*****g cheat" . This was the first time a player has ever been red carded in a Premiership Final, as was said by the commentators during the match. [16][17][18][19]

25 May 2013
15:00
Leicester Tigers 37–17 Northampton Saints
Try: Morris 8' c, Kitchener 48', Tuilagi 66', Goneva 74'
Con: Flood (1/1) Ford (0/3)
Pen: Flood 5' Ford 40+2', 56', 81'
Report Try: Myler 15', Foden 44', Dickson 57' c
Con: Myler (1/3)
Red Card: Hartley 40+1'
Twickenham
Attendance: 81,703
Referee: Wayne Barnes
FB 15   Mathew Tait
RW 14   Niall Morris
OC 13   Manu Tuilagi
IC 12   Anthony Allen
LW 11   Vereniki Goneva   75'
FH 10   Toby Flood (c)   24'
SH 9   Ben Youngs   75'
N8 8   Jordan Crane   73'
OF 7   Julian Salvi
BF 6   Tom Croft
RL 5   Geoff Parling
LL 4   Graham Kitchener   56'
TP 3   Dan Cole   68'
HK 2   Tom Youngs   68'
LP 1   Logovi'i Mulipola   75'
Substitutions:
HK 16   Rob Hawkins   68'
PR 17   Fraser Balmain   75'
PR 18   Martin Castrogiovanni   68'
LK 19   Ed Slater   56'
FL 20   Steve Mafi   73'
SH 21   Sam Harrison   75'
FH 22   George Ford   24'
WG 23   Matt Smith   75'
Coach:
  Richard Cockerill
FB 15   Ben Foden   68'
RW 14   Ken Pisi
OC 13   James Wilson
IC 12   Luther Burrell
LW 11   Jamie Elliott   40'
FH 10   Stephen Myler   68'
SH 9   Lee Dickson   68'
N8 8   Samu Manoa
OF 7   Tom Wood
BF 6   Phil Dowson   68'
RL 5   Christian Day   60'
LL 4   Courtney Lawes
TP 3   Brian Mujati   57'
HK 2   Dylan Hartley (c)  40+1'
LP 1   Soane Tonga'uiha   56'
Substitutions:
HK 16   Mike Haywood   40'
PR 17   Alex Waller   56'
PR 18   Tom Mercey   57'
FL 19   Ben Nutley   68'
LK 20   Gerrit-Jan van Velze   60'
SH 21   Martin Roberts   68'
FH 22   Ryan Lamb   68'
FB 23   George Pisi   68'
Coach:
  Jim Mallinder

Total Season AttendancesEdit

Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath 11 126,681 11,516 12,200 10,438 94%
Exeter Chiefs 11 89,581 8,144 10,744 5,568 76%
Gloucester 11 154,404 14,037 16,121 10,782 85%
Harlequins 11 219,631 19,966 82,000 11,630 94%
Leicester Tigers 12 256,687 21,391 24,000 19,250 89%
London Irish 11 104,181 9,471 19,523 5,828 39%
London Wasps 11 129,644 11,786 63,103 5,232 65%
London Welsh 11 55,990 5,090 10,045 3,150 41%
Northampton Saints 11 140,414 12,765 13,493 11,695 94%
Sale Sharks 11 80,201 7,291 9,783 5,307 61%
Saracens 12 200,871 16,739 63,102 5,472 73%
Worcester Warriors 11 102,450 9,314 12,024 7,847 77%

Top scorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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