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2015–16 Premiership Rugby

The 2015–16 English Premiership was the 29th season of the top flight of English domestic rugby union competition, and the sixth to be sponsored by Aviva. The competition began slightly later than normal, due to the 2015 Rugby World Cup taking place in England, and was broadcast by BT Sport for the third successive season. Highlights of each weekend's games were shown on ITV4. The 2015 London Double Header games at Twickenham were played at round 5 instead of round 1.

2015–16 Aviva Premiership
Countries England
Date16 October 2015 – 28 May 2016
ChampionsSaracens
Runners-upExeter Chiefs
RelegatedLondon Irish
Matches played135
Attendance1,837,427
(average 13,611 per match)
Tries scored634
(average 4.7 per match)
Top point scorerGareth Steenson (Exeter)
(258 points)[1]
Top try scorerThomas Waldrom (Exeter)
(13 tries)[2]
Official website
www.premiershiprugby.com

The reigning champions entering the season were Saracens, who had claimed their second title after defeating Bath in the 2014–15 final. Saracens defended their title – becoming the first team to do since Leicester Tigers in 2008–09 and 2009–10[3] – with a 28–20 win over the Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham.[4][5] The Chiefs, who made the playoffs for the first time in their history, had the top points scorer Gareth Steenson (with 258 points),[1] and top try scorer Thomas Waldrom (with 13 tries) in the competition.[2]

With their title win, Saracens sealed a European–league double – having won the 2016 European Rugby Champions Cup Final a fortnight prior,[3] against Racing 92 – the first English team to do so since Wasps in 2004.[6][7] London Irish were relegated to the 2016–17 RFU Championship with a round to spare, after losing 32–25 to Harlequins.[8] They will be replaced by 2015–16 RFU Championship winners Bristol, who beat Doncaster Knights 60–47 in the two-legged play-off final.[9]

Rule changesEdit

Salary capEdit

This season was the first for several significant changes to the Premiership's salary cap regulations:[10][11]

  • The base salary cap, which was £4.76 million in 2014–15, rose to £5.1 million.
  • The amount of "academy credits" available to each club—credits against the cap for younger players on the senior squad who were developed at the club—rose from £240,000 to £400,000. The number of "academy credits" remained at eight, as in past seasons, but the credit per player rose from £30,000 to £50,000. A club that could use all of its available credits in both 2014–15 and 2015–16 saw its effective cap rise from £5 million to £5.5 million.
  • Each club is now allowed to exclude two players from the salary cap calculations, up from one in 2014–15. However, the two slots for what the Premiership calls "excluded players" differ in how they can be used. The first slot can be used on a player on the club's current roster. The new slot can only be used for a player who had not been in the Premiership during the 12 months preceding the start of his contract. In a change from the rules that prevailed from 2011–12 through to 2014–15, a player's presence on or absence from a Rugby World Cup roster is no longer relevant to his status as an excluded player.

In addition to the above, a standard cap provision applicable only in Rugby World Cup years gave each club a £35,000 cap credit (up from £30,000 in the last World Cup season of 2011–12)[11] for each member of the senior squad who participated in the tournament.

TeamsEdit

Worcester Warriors, having beaten Bristol 59–58 on aggregate in the Greene King IPA Championship play-off final, replaced London Welsh, who finished last season having not won a single game.[12]

Club Coach Captain Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath   Mike Ford   Stuart Hooper The Recreation Ground 13,516 Bath, Somerset
Exeter Chiefs   Rob Baxter   Jack Yeandle Sandy Park 12,300 Exeter, Devon
Gloucester   David Humphreys   Billy Twelvetrees Kingsholm Stadium 16,121 Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Harlequins   Conor O'Shea   Danny Care Twickenham Stoop[a] 14,816 Twickenham, Greater London
Leicester Tigers   Richard Cockerill   Ed Slater Welford Road 25,800[b] Leicester, Leicestershire
London Irish   Tom Coventry   George Skivington
  Luke Narraway
Madejski Stadium[c] 24,161 Reading, Berkshire
Newcastle Falcons   John Wells   Will Welch Kingston Park 10,200 Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
Northampton Saints   Jim Mallinder   Lee Dickson Franklin's Gardens[d] 15,500 Northampton, Northamptonshire
Sale Sharks   Steve Diamond   Daniel Braid AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 Salford, Greater Manchester
Saracens   Mark McCall   Brad Barritt Allianz Park[e] 10,000 Hendon, Greater London
Wasps   Dai Young   James Haskell
  Matt Mullan
Ricoh Arena 32,609 Coventry, West Midlands
Worcester Warriors   Dean Ryan   Gerrit-Jan van Velze Sixways Stadium 12,024 Worcester, Worcestershire

TableEdit

2015–16 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 (CH) 22 17 1 4 580 376 +204 60 36 8 2 80
2 Exeter Chiefs (RU) 22 15 0 7 585 361 +224 71 40 8 6 74
3 Wasps (SF) 22 15 0 7 598 397 +201 71 42 9 3 72
4 Leicester Tigers (SF) 22 14 0 8 509 475 +34 55 48 6 3 65
5 Northampton Saints 22 12 0 10 455 392 +63 51 35 5 7 60
6 Sale Sharks 22 11 2 9 456 459 −3 53 52 6 4 58
7 Harlequins 22 10 1 11 547 583 −36 55 66 6 7 55
8 Gloucester 22 10 1 11 429 423 +6 36 44 2 5 49
9 Bath 22 9 0 13 435 460 −25 47 43 4 8 48
10 Worcester Warriors 22 7 0 15 420 597 −177 47 74 2 5 35
11 Newcastle Falcons 22 5 1 16 357 556 −199 34 62 0 5 27
12 London Irish (R) 22 4 0 18 328 620 −292 36 74 0 4 20

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

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background (rows 1 to 4) are play-off places and earns a berth in the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 5 & 6) indicates teams outside the play-off places, that earns a berth in the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2016–17 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Red background (row 12) will be relegated, as both Greene King IPA Championship play-off finalists meet the promotion criteria.
Final table — source: Premiership Rugby

Pre-seasonEdit

The 2015 edition of the Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens was held in August. Once again, the four Welsh Regions contested a group, alongside the twelve Premiership clubs, which were split into three groups. The top two sides from each group contested the series final at the Twickenham Stoop on 28 August. The series was won by Welsh region Newport Gwent Dragons who beat Premiership side Wasps in the final.[citation needed]

Regular seasonEdit

Fixtures for the season were announced by Premiership Rugby at 11am on 3 July 2015.[14] Unlike previous seasons, the London Double Header would not take place in round 1 because Twickenham Stadium was being used for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but would instead take place during round 5, on 28 November 2015.[15]

One game during this season was played on foreign soil, in the United States. The London Irish v Saracens match – played in Round 16 on 12 March 2016 – took place at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.[16]

Round 1Edit

16 October 2015
19:45
Harlequins 26–21 Wasps (1 BP)
Try: N. Evans 24' c
Lowe 46' c
Con: N. Evans (2/2)
Pen: N. Evans (4/5) 8', 14', 70', 74'
Report[17] Try: Cooper-Woolley 15' m
Daly 75' c
Con: Jackson (1/1)
Pen: Gopperth (3/4) 3', 29', 59'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 13,479
Referee: Luke Pearce
16 October 2015
19:45
Worcester Warriors 13–12 Northampton Saints (1 BP)
Try: van Velze 30' c
Con: Heathcote (1/1)
Pen: Heathcote (1/4) 10'
Drop: Heathcote (1/1) 80'
Report[18] Pen: Myler (4/4) 4', 6', 44', 78'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 8,483
Referee: Greg Garner
16 October 2015
20:00
Newcastle Falcons 27–39 Gloucester
Try: Hammersley 49' c
Harris 59' c
McGuigan 71' c
Con: Delany (3/3)
Pen: Delany (2/2) 11', 54'
Report[19] Try: Kvesic 25' m
Sharples 28' c
Con: Twelvetrees (1/2)
Pen: Twelvetrees (9/11) 5', 9', 15', 20', 40', 48', 58', 62', 74'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,049
Referee: Thomas Foley
17 October 2015
14:00
Bath 19–17 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Try: Hooper 35' c
Con: Ford (1/1)
Pen: Ford (4/4) 6', 46', 53', 77'
Report[20] Try: Short 1' m
Pen: Steenson (4/4) 9', 40', 51', 66'
The Recreation Ground
Attendance: 12,957
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
17 October 2015
14:00
(1 BP) Saracens 41–3 Sale Sharks
Try: Rhodes 3' c
Streather 28' c
Ellery (2) 39' c, 61' c
Fraser 74' c
Con: Hodgson (4/4)
Goode (1/1)
Pen: Hodgson (2/2) 16', 23'
Report[21] Pen: Cipriani (1/2) 18'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 7,231
Referee: Dean Richards
18 October 2015
15:15
London Irish 16–28 Leicester Tigers
Try: Sinclair 22' c
Con: Noakes (1/1)
Pen: Noakes (3/4) 15', 37', 45'
Report[22] Try: Betham 9' c
Con: Bell (1/1)
Pen: Bell (7/8) 1', 18', 25', 40', 59', 74', 79'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 6,597
Referee: Matthew Carley

Round 2Edit

23 October 2015
19:45
(1 BP) Gloucester 15–17 Saracens
Pen: Twelvetrees (5/6) 28', 33', 50', 61', 74'
Report[23] Try: Ellery 14' m
Pen: Hodgson (1/1) 21'
Farrell (3/4) 40', 68', 76'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 12,749
Referee: Matthew Carley
23 October 2015
20:00
(1 BP) Sale Sharks 27–13 Worcester Warriors
Try: Cipriani 6' m
Seymour 29' m
Beaumont 44' c
Leota 80' c
Con: Cipriani (2/4)
Pen: Cipriani (1/2) 40'
Report[24] Try: Arr 64' c
Con: Lamb (1/1)
Pen: Mills (2/2) 16', 27'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 4,356
Referee: Luke Pearce
24 October 2015
13:45
(1 BP) Northampton Saints 42–16 Newcastle Falcons
Try: Day (2) 4' c, 54' c
Burrell 57' m
Foden (2) 64' c, 70' c
Con: Myler (4/5)
Pen: Myler (3/3) 9', 12', 38'
Report[25] Try: Penny 67' c
Con: Catterick (1/1)
Pen: Delany (3/3) 14', 29', 36'
Stadium mk
Attendance: 20,034
Referee: Dean Richards
24 October 2015
14:00
Wasps 16–9 Bath (1 BP)
Try: penalty try 53' c
Con: Gopperth (1/1)
Pen: Gopperth (3/5) 20', 34', 59'
Report[26] Pen: Ford (3/3) 29', 66', 73'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 10,093
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
24 October 2015
18:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 38–11 London Irish
Try: Steenson 11' m
Armand 21' c
Cowan-Dickie 26' c
Short 41' c
Nowell (2) 49' m, 77' c
Con: Steenson (4/6)
Report[27] Try: Cowan 54' m
Pen: Noakes (2/2) 15', 35'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 7,130
Referee: Andrew Small
25 October 2015
14:00
Leicester Tigers 22–19 Harlequins (1 BP)
Try: Pearce 71' c
Con: O. Williams (1/1)
Pen: Bell (5/6) 10', 14', 19', 28', 44'
Report[28] Try: Clifford 34' c
Con: N. Evans (1/1)
Pen: N. Evans (4/5) 12', 22', 41', 55'
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,510
Referee: Thomas Foley

Round 3Edit

31 October 2015
13:00
Saracens 24–14 London Irish
Try: Wray 50' m
Goode 61' c
Con: Farrell (1/2)
Pen: Farrell (4/6) 15', 46', 69', 75'
Report[29] Try: Tikoirotuma 26' c
Halavatau 66' c
Con: Noakes (1/1)
Geraghty (1/1)
Allianz Park
Attendance: 7,932
Referee: Greg Garner
31 October 2015
13:30
Bath 28–38 Harlequins
Try: Eastmond 30' c
Auterac 75' m
Rokoduguni 80' c
Con: Ford (2/3)
Pen: Ford (3/3) 13', 38', 56'
Report[30] Try: Care 43' c
Ward 71' c
Con: N. Evans (2/2)
Pen: N. Evans (8/8) 7', 17', 34', 36', 42', 49', 53', 61'
The Recreation Ground
Attendance: 13,065
Referee: Matthew Carley
31 October 2015
14:00
Gloucester 24–22 Worcester Warriors (1 BP)
Try: Hibbard 2' m
Kalamafoni 14' m
Halaifonua 59' m
Pen: Twelvetrees (3/4) 13', 20', 34'
Report[31] Try: Vuna (2) 4' c, 48' m
Annett 30' c
Con: Heathcote (2/2)
Pen: Mills (1/1) 22'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 12,913
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
1 November 2015
13:00
Newcastle Falcons 3–41 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Pen: Delany (1/1) 5'
Report[32] Try: Chudley 6' c
Salvi 13' c
Armand (2) 20' m, 39' c
Jess 31' m
Low 66' c
Con: Steenson (4/6)
Pen: Steenson (1/1) 80'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,160
Referee: Ian Tempest
1 November 2015
14:30
Sale Sharks 20–13 Northampton Saints (1 BP)
Try: James 35' c
Addison 44' c
Con: Cipriani (2/2)
Pen: Cipriani (2/4) 17', 22'
Report[33] Try: Myler 53' c
Con: Myler (1/1)
Pen: Myler (2/2) 30', 33'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 5,072
Referee: Andrew Small
1 November 2015
15:15
Leicester Tigers 24–16 Wasps
Try: Goneva 4' c
Veainu 60' m
Con: O. Williams (1/2)
Pen: O. Williams (4/5) 13', 19', 48', 68'
Report[34] Try: Cittadini 77' c
Con: Jackson (1/1)
Pen: Gopperth (2/2) 8', 27'
Daly (1/1) 24'
Welford Road
Attendance: 19,746
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

Round 4Edit

6 November 2015
19:45
Harlequins 16–14 Sale Sharks (1 BP)
Try: Visser 47' c
Con: N. Evans (1/1)
Pen: N. Evans (3/4) 37', 43', 54'
Report[35] Try: Braid 16' c
James 64' c
Con: Cipriani (2/2)
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,157
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
7 November 2015
15:00
London Irish 14–45 Bath (1 BP)
Try: Steele 26' c
Mulchrone 51' c
Con: Geraghty (2/2)
Report[36] Try: Houston 15' c
Devoto 22' c
Fa'osiliva 41' c
Eastmond 43' c
Priestland 69' c
Matawalu 79' c
Con: Priestland (2/2)
T. Homer (2/2)
Ford (2/2)
Pen: Priestland (1/2) 6'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 6,641
Referee: Thomas Foley
7 November 2015
15:00
(1 BP) Worcester Warriors 28–20 Newcastle Falcons
Try: Pennell 5' c
Heem 20' c
Grove (2) 28' c, 37' c
Con: Heathcote (4/4)
Report[37] Try: M. Young 13' c
Catterick 39' c
Con: Delany (2/2)
Pen: Delany (1/2) 33'
Catterick (1/1) 49'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 7,987
Referee: JP Doyle
7 November 2015
15:15
(1 BP) Northampton Saints 6–12 Saracens
Pen: Myler (1/2) 2'
Hanrahan (1/1) 80'
Report[38] Pen: Farrell (4/4) 34', 40', 46', 68'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 15,169
Referee: Luke Pearce
7 November 2015
17:30
Exeter Chiefs 19–6 Leicester Tigers
Try: Steenson 5' c
Con: Steenson (1/1)
Pen: Steenson (4/4) 37', 40', 74', 76'
Report[39] Pen: O. Williams (2/2) 38', 62'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 10,102
Referee: Greg Garner
8 November 2015
15:00
Wasps 23–3 Gloucester
Try: Wade 18' c
penalty try 51' c
Con: Jackson (2/2)
Pen: Daly (3/4) 9', 26', 32'
Report[40] Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 48'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 11,649
Referee: Ian Tempest

Round 5Edit

27 November 2015
19:45
Northampton Saints 15–3 Gloucester
Pen: Myler (5/6) 9', 14', 21', 63', 66'
Report[41] Pen: Twelvetrees (1/2) 24'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 14,893
Referee: Greg Garner
28 November 2015
14:30
Sale Sharks 15–15 Newcastle Falcons
Pen: Cipriani (5/6) 2', 22', 33', 40', 50'
Report[42] Try: Vickers 24' m
Welsh 70' c
Con: Catterick (1/2)
Pen: Delany (1/1) 11'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 5,220
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
28 November 2015
15:00
Exeter Chiefs 26–25 Harlequins (2 BP)
Try: Short 39' c
Steenson 55' c
Con: Steenson (2/2)
Pen: Steenson (4/4) 1', 10', 24', 32'
Report[43] Try: penalty try 7' c
N. Evans 13' m
Walker 29' m
Visser 62' m
Con: N. Evans (1/3)
Pen: N. Evans (1/1) 42'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 11,471
Referee: Matthew Carley
28 November 2015
15:15
(1 BP) Saracens 48–18 Worcester Warriors
Try: Ashton (2) 3' c, 51' c
Spencer 21' c
Wray 43' c
Brits 55' c
Ransom 62' c
Con: Hodgson (6/6)
Pen: Hodgson (2/3) 30', 39'
Report[44] Try: Rees 70' m
van Velze 79' c
Con: Heathcote (1/2)
Pen: Heathcote (2/3) 33', 37'
Twickenham Stadium
Attendance: 42,680
Referee: Ian Tempest
28 November 2015
17:30
London Irish 15–33 Wasps (1 BP)
Try: Williams (2) 40' m, 56' c
Con: Noakes (1/2)
Pen: Noakes (1/3) 7'
Report[45] Try: Halai (2) 37' m, 74' m
Daly 49' c
Young 70' c
Con: Jackson (1/2)
Gopperth (1/2)
Pen: Jackson (2/4) 4', 18'
Gopperth (1/1) 54'
Twickenham Stadium
Attendance: 42,680
Referee: Wayne Barnes
29 November 2015
15:00
Leicester Tigers 21–11 Bath
Try: Veainu 33' m
Cole 72' c
Con: Bell (1/2)
Pen: Bell (3/4) 14', 37', 65'
Report[46] Try: Watson 6' m
Pen: Ford (2/2) 44', 50'
Welford Road
Attendance: 22,530
Referee: JP Doyle

Round 6Edit

4 December 2015
19:45
Gloucester 23–19 Sale Sharks (1 BP)
Try: Cook 2' m
Kalamafoni (2) 54' m, 60' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/2)
Pen: Twelvetrees (2/2) 24', 27'
Report[47] Try: Edwards (2) 10' m, 48' m
Pen: Cipriani (3/3) 16', 41', 69'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 11,583
Referee: JP Doyle
5 December 2015
15:00
(1 BP) Harlequins 38–7 London Irish
Try: Visser (3) 32' c, 57' c, 69' c
Care 47' c
Clifford 78' c
Con: N. Evans (4/4)
Botica (1/1)
Pen: N. Evans (1/1) 6'
Report[48] Try: Aulika 79' c
Con: Brophy-Clews (1/1)
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: Luke Pearce
5 December 2015
15:00
Worcester Warriors 20–29 Leicester Tigers (1 BP)
Try: Olivier 13' c
Cox 21' c
Con: Heathcote (2/2)
Pen: Heathcote (2/3) 6', 61'
Report[49] Try: Kitchener 36' c
Veainu 51' m
penalty try 72' c
McCaffrey 79' c
Con: O. Williams (3/4)
Pen: O. Williams (1/1) 68'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 10,157
Referee: Wayne Barnes
5 December 2015
15:15
(1 BP) Bath 11–13 Northampton Saints
Try: Rokoduguni 62' m
Pen: Ford (2/3) 42', 50'
Report[50] Try: Burrell 46' c
Con: Hanrahan (1/1)
Pen: Hanrahan (2/2) 23', 72'
The Recreation Ground
Attendance: 13,506
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
5 December 2015
17:30
Wasps 27–41 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Try: Halai 39' c
Johnson 43' c
Cittadini 51' c
Con: Gopperth (3/3)
Pen: Gopperth (2/2) 20', 27'
Report[51] Try: Waldrom (3) 12' m, 34' m, 56' c
Nowell 22' c
Lees 30' c
Low 71' c
Con: Steenson (4/6)
Pen: Steenson (1/1) 4'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 10,304
Referee: Greg Garner
6 December 2015
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 3–38 Saracens (1 BP)
Pen: Catterick (1/1) 24'
Report[52] Try: Vunisa 9' c
Tompkins 61' c
Hodgson 78' m
B. Vunipola 80' c
Con: Hodgson (2/3)
Goode (1/1)
Pen: Hodgson (4/4) 18', 40', 54', 73'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,020
Referee: Andrew Small

Round 7Edit

26 December 2015
14:30
London Irish 25–23 Northampton Saints (1 BP)
Try: Narraway 9' m
Maitland 32' c
penalty try 77' c
Con: Noakes (1/2)
Geraghty (1/1)
Pen: Noakes (2/2) 28', 50'
Report[53] Try: K. Pisi 36' m
North 45' m
Fotuali'i 62' c
Con: Myler (1/3)
Pen: Myler (2/3) 25', 55'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,842
Referee: Ian Tempest
26 December 2015
15:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 33–17 Sale Sharks
Try: Waldrom 14' m
Chudley (2) 19' m, 48' m
Short 67' c
Johnson 77' m
Con: Steenson (1/5)
Pen: Steenson (1/1) 54'
Hooley (1/1) 80'
Report[54] Try: Addison 24' c
Beaumont 46' c
Con: Cipriani (2/2)
Pen: Cipriani (1/1) 9'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 12,425
Referee: Dean Richards
26 December 2015
15:00
Leicester Tigers 22–10 Newcastle Falcons
Try: Veainu 29' c
Betham 42' c
Pearce 73' m
Con: Burns (2/3)
Pen: Burns (1/1) 23'
Report[55] Try: Latu 14' c
Con: Willis (1/1)
Pen: Willis (1/1) 5'
Welford Road
Attendance: 21,564
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
27 December 2015
14:00
Wasps 16–26 Saracens
Try: Halai 76' c
Con: Gopperth (1/1)
Pen: Gopperth (2/2) 31', 54'
Daly (1/2) 44'
Report[56] Try: Taylor 57' c
Farrell 61' c
Con: Farrell (2/2)
Pen: Farrell (4/5) 1', 8', 46', 71'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 24,053
Referee: JP Doyle
27 December 2015
14:30
Bath 21–14 Worcester Warriors (1 BP)
Try: Devoto 9' c
Agulla 40' m
Con: Priestland (1/2)
Pen: Priestland (3/4) 18', 43', 68'
Report[57] Try: Vuna 31' m
Pen: Heathcote (2/3) 12', 45'
Mills (1/1) 20'
The Recreation Ground
Attendance: 13,499
Referee: Thomas Foley
27 December 2015
16:30
(1 BP) Harlequins 39–39 Gloucester (1 BP)
Try: Yarde 15' m
Care 34' c
Easter 52' c
R. Chisholm (2) 54' c, 76' c
Con: N. Evans (4/5)
Pen: N. Evans (2/2) 12', 70'
Report[58] Try: Thrush 6' c
Hook 30' c
Trinder (2) 47' c, 56' m
Cook 68' c
Con: Laidlaw (4/5)
Pen: Laidlaw (2/3) 20', 60'
Twickenham Stadium
Attendance: 70,718
Referee: Wayne Barnes

Round 8Edit

1 January 2016
15:00
Northampton Saints 8–3 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Try: Haywood 17' m
Pen: Hanrahan (1/2) 31'
Report[59] Pen: Steenson (1/1) 73'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 15,430
Referee: JP Doyle
2 January 2016
15:00
Gloucester 27–14 London Irish
Try: Kvesic 66' c
Burns 70' m
Con: Hook (1/2)
Pen: Hook (5/5) 2', 12', 42', 50', 59'
Report[60] Try: Hearn 6' c
Lewington 31' c
Con: Noakes (2/2)
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 16,115
Referee: Thomas Foley
2 January 2016
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 19–14 Bath (1 BP)
Try: Vickers 20' c
Con: Willis (1/1)
Pen: Willis (4/7) 12', 36', 69', 80'
Report[61] Try: Garvey 5' m
Pen: Priestland (3/4) 27', 45', 57'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,075
Referee: Matthew Carley
2 January 2016
15:15
(1 BP) Saracens 26–6 Leicester Tigers
Try: penalty try (3) 11' c, 54' c, 66' c
George 42' m
Con: Hodgson (2/3)
Farrell (1/1)
Report[62] Pen: Burns (2/2) 5', 22'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Greg Garner
2 January 2016
17:30
Sale Sharks 15–9 Wasps (1 BP)
Pen: Cipriani (4/4) 5', 56', 64', 74'
Drop: Cipriani (1/2) 77'
Report[63] Pen: Gopperth (2/2) 31', 70'
Drop: Daly (1/1) 40'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 7,619
Referee: Luke Pearce
3 January 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Worcester Warriors 20–24 Harlequins
Try: Mama 48' m
penalty try 60' c
Dowson 69' m
Con: Mills (1/3)
Pen: Heathcote (1/2) 15'
Report[64] Try: Walker (2) 2' c, 43' c
Wallace 27' c
Con: N. Evans (3/3)
Pen: N. Evans (1/1) 33'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 9,035
Referee: Andrew Small

Round 9Edit

9 January 2016
15:00
Exeter Chiefs 19–10 Gloucester
Try: Waldrom (2) 5' c, 9' m
Woodburn 22' c
Con: Steenson (2/3)
Report[66] Try: Sharples 68' c
Con: Burns (1/1)
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 45'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 12,600
Referee: Ian Tempest
9 January 2016
15:00
Harlequins 29–23 Saracens (1 BP)
Try: Buchanan 21' m
Clifford 39' c
Horwill 79' m
Con: N. Evans (1/2)
Pen: N. Evans (1/1) 32'
Botica (3/3) 61', 67', 73'
Report[67] Try: de Kock 9' c
B. Vunipola 26' c
Con: Farrell (2/2)
Pen: Farrell (3/4) 44', 52', 64'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
9 January 2016
15:15
Leicester Tigers 30–27 Northampton Saints (1 BP)
Try: Smith 1' c
McCaffrey 19' c
O. Williams 22' c
Con: O. Williams (3/3)
Pen: Burns (3/3) 53', 57', 80'
Report[68] Try: Harrison 37' c
North 43' c
Gibson 65' c
Con: Hanrahan (2/2)
Myler (1/1)
Pen: Hanrahan (1/2) 29'
Myler (1/1) 75'
Welford Road
Attendance: 25,849
Referee: Wayne Barnes
10 January 2016
13:00
London Irish 20–15 Newcastle Falcons (1 BP)
Try: Lewington 41' c
Ojo 44' c
Con: Geraghty (2/2)
Pen: Noakes (2/3) 7', 26'
Report[69] Try: Latu 54' m
Watson 66' c
Con: Goode (1/1)
Pen: Goode (1/1) 60'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,558
Referee: JP Doyle
10 January 2016
14:00
(1 BP) Wasps 32–22 Worcester Warriors
Try: Myall 48' c
Thompson 68' c
Halai 78' m
Tagicakibau 80' c
Con: Gopperth (3/4)
Pen: Gopperth (2/2) 36', 43'
Report[70] Try: Vuna 31' c
Con: Symons (1/1)
Pen: Symons (5/5) 10', 26', 54', 62', 65'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 13,040
Referee: Matthew Carley

Round 10Edit

29 January 2016
19:45
Northampton Saints 11–24 Wasps
Try: Dickinson 72' m
Pen: Myler (2/2) 27', 42'
Report[71] Try: Robson 15' c
Miller 24' c
Bassett 28' c
Con: Gopperth (3/3)
Pen: Gopperth (1/2) 4'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 14,889
Referee: Thomas Foley
30 January 2016
14:30
(1 BP) Sale Sharks 38–10 London Irish
Try: Mujati 4' m
Ioane 19' c
James 41' c
Edwards (2) 54' c, 60' m
Tuitupou 68' c
Con: Cipriani (3/5)
Ford (1/1)
Report[72] Try: penalty try 37' c
Con: Geraghty (1/1)
Pen: Geraghty (1/2) 2'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 6,461
Referee: Greg Garner
30 January 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Gloucester 18–19 Leicester Tigers
Try: Hook 21' c
Morgan 22' m
Con: Hook (1/2)
Pen: Hook (2/2) 36', 72'
Report[72] Try: Ayerza 29' c
Veainu 68' m
Mulipola 78' c
Con: Burns (1/2)
Bell (1/1)
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 16,115
Referee: JP Doyle
30 January 2016
15:15
Saracens 19–13 Bath (1 BP)
Try: Brits 70' c
Con: Hodgson (1/1)
Pen: Hodgson (4/5) 45', 48', 73', 77'
Report[73] Try: T. Homer 12' c
Con: Priestland (1/1)
Pen: Priestland (2/4) 4', 40'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Dean Richards
31 January 2016
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 26–19 Harlequins (1 BP)
Try: Lawson 10' c
Vickers 77' c
Con: Willis (1/1)
Goode (1/1)
Pen: Willis (1/1) 19'
Goode (3/3) 59', 61', 68'
Report[74] Try: Walker (2) 38' c, 45' c
Ward 43' m
Con: N. Evans (2/3)
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,539
Referee: Luke Pearce
31 January 2016
15:00
Worcester Warriors 15–30 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Pen: Heathcote (5/6) 10', 21', 30', 37', 45'
Report[75] Try: Short 2' m
Whitten 28' c
Waldrom 58' c
Armand 68' m
Con: Steenson (2/4)
Pen: Steenson (2/2) 42', 74'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 8,215
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

Round 11Edit

5 February 2016
19:45
(1 BP) Bath 11–15 Gloucester
Try: Day 11' m
Pen: T. Homer (2/2) 19', 47'
Report[76] Pen: Hook (5/8) 27', 44', 51', 55', 64'
The Recreation Ground
Attendance: 13,104
Referee: Matthew Carley
6 February 2016
14:00
(1 BP) Harlequins 23–27 Northampton Saints
Try: Merrick 7' c
R. Chisholm 23' c
Con: N. Evans (2/2)
Pen: N. Evans (2/2) 43', 49'
Botica (1/1) 73'
Report[77] Try: Day 12' c
Burrell 30' c
Foden 80' c
Con: Myler (2/2)
Hanrahan (1/1)
Pen: Myler (1/2) 4'
Hanrahan (1/1) 71'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: Greg Garner
6 February 2016
14:00
Wasps 9–8 Newcastle Falcons (1 BP)
Pen: Gopperth (3/4) 22', 53', 75'
Report[78] Try: Latu 47' m
Pen: Goode (1/3) 25'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 12,392
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
6 February 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Leicester Tigers 3–10 Sale Sharks
Pen: Burns (1/3) 31'
Report[79] Try: Beaumont 61' c
Con: Cipriani (1/1)
Pen: Cipriani (1/6) 11'
Welford Road
Attendance: 22,737
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
7 February 2016
13:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 11–14 Saracens
Try: Short 12' m
Pen: Steenson (2/2) 3', 29'
Report[80] Try: Vunisa 38' m
Pen: Hodgson (3/3) 52', 66', 74'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 12,450
Referee: Thomas Foley
7 February 2016
13:00
London Irish 20–13 Worcester Warriors (1 BP)
Try: Hearn 16' c
Fenby 54' c
Con: Geraghty (2/2)
Pen: Geraghty (2/3) 32', 73'
Report[81] Try: Heem 46' m
Rapava-Ruskin 69' m
Pen: Mills (1/1) 22'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,837
Referee: Wayne Barnes

Round 12Edit

12 February 2016
19:45
Newcastle Falcons 26–14 Leicester Tigers
Try: Hammersley 15' c
Powell 35' c
Con: Goode (2/2)
Pen: Goode (3/5) 26', 30', 50'
Willis (1/1) 80'
Report[82] Try: Pearce 64' m
Pen: Burns (3/3) 2', 14', 21'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,207
Referee: Greg Garner
13 February 2016
14:30
Sale Sharks 23–17 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Try: Leota 15' m
Edwards 23' m
Haley 38' c
Con: Cipriani (1/3)
Pen: Cipriani (2/4) 49', 71'
Report[83] Try: Yeandle 46' c
Lewis 67' c
Con: Steenson (2/2)
Pen: Steenson (1/2) 79'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 4,236
Referee: Andrew Small
13 February 2016
15:00
Gloucester 28–6 Harlequins
Try: Hook 2' c
Morgan 28' c
McColl 76' m
Con: Hook (2/3)
Pen: Hook (3/5) 14', 17', 37'
Report[84] Pen: N. Evans (2/2) 9', 20'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 12,782
Referee: Wayne Barnes
13 February 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Northampton Saints 35–7 London Irish
Try: Craig 17' c
penalty try 22' c
A. Waller 37' c
Elliott 45' c
Dickson 47' c
Con: Myler (5/5)
Report[85] Try: Paice 77' c
Con: Geraghty (1/1)
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 15,227
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
13 February 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Worcester Warriors 14–16 Bath
Try: Vuna 13' c
O'Callaghan 24' c
Con: Heathcote (2/2)
Report[86] Try: Evans 50' c
Con: T. Homer (1/1)
Pen: T. Homer (3/4) 6', 29', 67'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 8,618
Referee: JP Doyle
14 February 2016
16:00
Saracens 23–64 Wasps (1 BP)
Try: Vunisa 23' c
Hamilton 54' c
Con: Hodgson (2/2)
Pen: Hodgson (3/3) 11', 30', 40'
Report[87] Try: C. Piutau (2) 2' m, 51' c
Young 4' c
Robson (2) 7' c, 67' c
Hughes (2) 27' m, 31' c
Gopperth 42' c
Con: Gopperth (6/8)
Pen: Gopperth (2/2) 47', 52'
Daly (1/1) 75'
Lozowski (1/1) 77'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 8,742
Referee: Ian Tempest

Round 13Edit

19 February 2016
19:45
Harlequins 25–19 Leicester Tigers (1 BP)
Try: Yarde 74' c
Con: Botica (1/1)
Pen: Botica (6/7) 8', 24', 30', 45', 52', 66'
Report[88] Try: Thacker 55' c
Con: Burns (1/1)
Pen: Bryant (3/3) 6', 22', 27'
Burns (1/2) 77'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: JP Doyle
20 February 2016
15:00
Saracens 25–12 Gloucester
Try: Ransom 2' c
Con: Hodgson (1/1)
Pen: Hodgson (6/7) 26', 33', 54', 62', 70', 76'
Report[89] Pen: Hook (4/4) 23', 30', 42', 56'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 8,432
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
20 February 2016
15:00
Worcester Warriors 31–23 Sale Sharks (1 BP)
Try: Kirwan 8' m
Hougaard 27' c
Pennell 44' c
Con: Heathcote (2/3)
Pen: Heathcote (4/4) 3', 34', 40', 51'
Report[90] Try: Seymour 36' m
Taylor 42' m
Haley (2) 60' m, 78' m
Pen: Cipriani (1/1) 15'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 7,156
Referee: Greg Garner
20 February 2016
15:15
(1 BP) Bath 18–24 Wasps
Try: T. Homer 65' c
Mafi 80' m
Con: T. Homer (1/2)
Pen: Priestland (2/2) 33', 40'
Report[91] Try: Halai (2) 28' m, 47' m
McIntyre 61' m
Pen: Daly (1/2) 5'
Jackson (1/2) 42'
Gopperth (1/1) 69'
The Recreation Ground
Attendance: 13,322
Referee: Thomas Foley
21 February 2016
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 15–22 Exeter Chiefs
Try: Treviranus 10' c
Ojo 62' m
Con: Brophy-Clews (1/2)
Pen: Brophy-Clews (1/1) 44'
Report[92] Try: Lewis 49' c
Con: Steenson (1/1)
Pen: Steenson (5/5) 20', 40', 47', 59', 74'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,892
Referee: Dean Richards
21 February 2016
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 26–25 Northampton Saints (1 BP)
Try: Tait 6' c
Harris 29' c
Con: Goode (2/2)
Pen: Goode (4/4) 21', 39', 46', 49'
Report[93] Try: Gibson 12' m
Dickson (2) 52' c, 67' c
Con: Hanrahan (2/2)
Pen: Myler (2/2) 18', 26'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,218
Referee: Wayne Barnes

Round 14Edit

27 February 2016
13:00
(1 BP) Sale Sharks 36–36 Saracens (1 BP)
Try: James 7' c
Leota 10' m
Arscott (2) 15' m, 79' m
Ioane 70' m
Con: Cipriani (1/5)
Pen: Cipriani (3/3) 48', 53', 58'
Report[94] Try: Hamilton 20' c
Wyles (2) 30' m, 38' c
Tompkins 60' c
Ellery 66' c
Con: Hodgson (1/2)
Spencer (3/3)
Pen: Hodgson (1/2) 24'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 5,824
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
27 February 2016
14:45
(1 BP) Northampton Saints 38–18 Worcester Warriors
Try: Mallinder 30' m
Collins (3) 36' c, 41' m, 65' c
Dickson 57' c
G. Pisi 77' c
Con: Myler (3/5)
Hanrahan (1/1)
Report[95] Try: Rapava-Ruskin 28' m
Olivier 39' c
Con: Heathcote (1/2)
Pen: Heathcote (2/2) 10', 52'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 14,246
Referee: Matthew Carley
27 February 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Gloucester 32–6 Newcastle Falcons
Try: Meakes 8' c
Hook 20' c
Moriarty 33' m
Savage 73' c
Con: Hook (2/3)
Twelvetrees (1/1)
Pen: Hook (2/4) 3', 26'
Report[96] Pen: Willis (2/2) 31', 40'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 11,095
Referee: Dean Richards
28 February 2016
13:00
Exeter Chiefs 26–17 Bath
Try: Whitten 34' c
Horstmann 76' c
Con: Steenson (2/2)
Pen: Steenson (4/6) 11', 17', 27', 64'
Report[97] Try: Mafi (2) 39' c, 41' c
Con: T. Homer (2/2)
Pen: T. Homer (1/1) 71'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 12,612
Referee: Greg Garner
28 February 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Leicester Tigers 47–20 London Irish
Try: Thompstone (2) 3' m, 69' c
Thacker 15' c
McCaffrey 30' c
Kitto 39' c
Croft 51' c
de Villiers 66' c
Con: Burns (5/6)
Bell (1/1)
Report[98] Try: Paice 57' m
Trayfoot 72' c
Fenby 80' m
Con: Geraghty (1/3)
Pen: Brophy-Clews (1/1) 10'
Welford Road
Attendance: 23,173
Referee: Ian Tempest
28 February 2016
15:15
(1 BP) Wasps 42–10 Harlequins
Try: Cooper-Woolley 22' c
Wade 28' c
Hughes 34' c
Young 61' c
S. Piutau 66' c
Macken 80' c
Con: Gopperth (5/5)
Lozowski (1/1)
Report[99] Try: Wallace 31' m
Walker 55' m
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 14,638
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

Round 15Edit

4 March 2016
19:45
(1 BP) Newcastle Falcons 14–15 Worcester Warriors
Try: Vickers 72' m
Pen: Goode (3/4) 15', 31', 53'
Report[100] Try: Potgieter 38' c
Heem 60' m
Con: Heathcote (1/2)
Pen: Heathcote (1/2) 46'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,353
Referee: Wayne Barnes
5 March 2016
14:30
Sale Sharks 29–23 Harlequins (1 BP)
Try: Ioane 47' c
Addison 61' c
Con: Ford (1/1)
Cipriani (1/1)
Pen: Ford (3/3) 3', 13', 26'
Cipriani (2/2) 59', 67'
Report[101] Try: Visser 35' c
Egerton 78' c
Con: Botica (2/2)
Pen: Botica (3/3) 8', 33', 51'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 7,562
Referee: Ian Tempest
5 March 2016
15:00
Gloucester 13–10 Wasps (1 BP)
Try: Hibbard 17' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1)
Pen: Laidlaw (2/4) 3', 56'
Report[102] Try: Wade 42' c
Con: Gopperth (1/1)
Pen: Gopperth (1/1) 20'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 13,766
Referee: Luke Pearce
5 March 2016
15:15
(1 BP) Bath 25–17 London Irish
Try: Banahan (2) 11' m, 23' c
Rokoduguni 37' m
Houston 60' m
Con: Priestland (1/4)
Pen: Priestland (1/1) 7'
Report[103] Try: Lewington 80' m
Pen: Brophy-Clews (3/4) 10', 20', 28'
Tonks (1/1) 79'
The Recreation Ground
Attendance: 13,500
Referee: JP Doyle
5 March 2016
15:15
(1 BP) Saracens 15–20 Northampton Saints
Pen: Spencer (3/3) 16', 29', 52'
Goode (2/2) 37', 71'
Report[104] Try: Myler 34' c
Dickson 42' c
Con: Myler (2/2)
Pen: Myler (2/2) 63', 76'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,877
Referee: Thomas Foley
6 March 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Leicester Tigers 31–27 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Try: penalty try 29' c
Tuilagi 31' c
Betham 45' c
Thompstone 48' c
Con: Burns (4/4)
Pen: Burns (1/1) 15'
Report[105] Try: Lewis 56' c
Whitten 59' c
Horstmann 80' c
Con: Steenson (3/3)
Pen: Steenson (2/2) 17', 40'
Welford Road
Attendance: 20,173
Referee: Matthew Carley

Round 16Edit

11 March 2016
19:45
(1 BP) Harlequins 35–28 Bath (1 BP)
Try: Sloan 3' m
Walker (2) 39' c, 41' c
Horwill 44' c
Con: Botica (3/4)
Pen: Botica (3/3) 2', 12', 35'
Report[106] Try: Mafi 65' m
Williams 69' c
Rokoduguni 72' c
Con: T. Homer (2/3)
Pen: T. Homer (3/3) 10', 14', 80'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: Dean Richards
12 March 2016
13:45
(1 BP) Wasps 36–24 Leicester Tigers
Try: C. Piutau (2) 8' m, 28' c
Wade 24' c
Halai 41' c
Hughes 62' c
Con: Gopperth (3/4)
Lozowski (1/1)
Pen: Gopperth (1/2) 2'
Report[107] Try: Betham 22' c
Veainu 47' c
Goneva 76' c
Con: Burns (3/3)
Pen: Burns (1/1) 20'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 22,241
Referee: Greg Garner
12 March 2016
14:00
(1 BP) Northampton Saints 26–11 Sale Sharks
Try: Haywood 37' c
K. Pisi 45' c
Collins 48' c
Hanrahan 77' m
Con: Myler (3/3)
Report[108] Try: Evans 19' m
Pen: Cipriani (1/2) 23'
Arscott (1/1) 27'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 14,337
Referee: JP Doyle
12 March 2016
14:00
Worcester Warriors 28–20 Gloucester
Try: Heem (2) 1' c, 36' m
Hougaard 52' c
Con: Heathcote (2/3)
Pen: Heathcote (3/4) 25', 61', 70'
Report[109] Try: Meakes 17' c
Hook 65' c
Con: Hook (2/2)
Pen: Hook (2/3) 29', 55'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 10,124
Referee: Ian Tempest
12 March 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 32–17 Newcastle Falcons
Try: Waldrom 44' c
Dollman 52' c
S. Hill 73' m
Taione 78' c
Con: Steenson (3/4)
Pen: Steenson (2/2) 8', 69'
Report[110] Try: Takulua 48' c
Latu 57' c
Con: Delany (2/2)
Pen: Delany (1/2) 29'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 9,170
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
12 March 2016
15:00[g]
London Irish 16–26 Saracens
Try: Lewington 18' c
Con: Tonks (1/1)
Pen: Tonks (3/4) 8', 24', 58'
Report[111] Try: Goode 15' c
Tompkins 78' c
Con: Spencer (1/1)
Goode (1/1)
Pen: Goode (4/4) 45', 48', 54', 68'
Red Bull Arena
Attendance: 14,811
Referee: Luke Pearce

Round 17Edit

18 March 2016
19:45
Bath 21–19 Newcastle Falcons (1 BP)
Try: Rokoduguni (2) 30' c, 37' m
Con: T. Homer (1/2)
Pen: T. Homer (3/4) 54', 68', 72'
Report[112] Try: Vickers 12' c
Con: Delany (1/1)
Pen: Delany (4/6) 48', 57', 60', 65'
The Recreation Ground
Attendance: 12,811
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
19 March 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Harlequins 15–21 Worcester Warriors
Pen: Botica (5/6) 3', 13', 36', 66', 73'
Report[113] Try: Olivier 19' m
van Velze 28' c
Con: Heathcote (1/2)
Pen: Heathcote (3/4) 7', 12', 71'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,955
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
20 March 2016
13:00
Exeter Chiefs 20–12 Northampton Saints
Try: Woodburn 51' m
Pen: Steenson (5/5) 11', 56', 68', 73', 78'
Report[114] Try: Dickson 13' m
K. Pisi 33' c
Con: Hanrahan (1/2)
Sandy Park
Attendance: 9,822
Referee: Greg Garner
20 March 2016
14:00
(1 BP) Wasps 39–12 Sale Sharks
Try: C. Piutau 1' c
Miller 6' m
Johnson 40' c
Gopperth 57' c
Wade 69' c
Con: Gopperth (3/4)
Jackson (1/1)
Pen: Gopperth (2/2) 21', 31'
Report[115] Try: Seymour 45' c
Briggs 52' m
Con: Cipriani (1/2)
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 12,823
Referee: Dean Richards
20 March 2016
15:00
London Irish 23–18 Gloucester (1 BP)
Try: Aulika 8' c
Cowan 69' c
Con: Tonks (2/2)
Pen: Tonks (3/4) 16', 50', 75'
Report[116] Try: Ludlow 37' c
Trinder 55' m
Con: Hook (1/2)
Pen: Hook (2/3) 12', 53'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 17,752
Referee: Matthew Carley
20 March 2016
15:15
Leicester Tigers 21–13 Saracens
Try: Burns 45' c
Goneva 51' m
Con: Burns (1/2)
Pen: Burns (2/2) 15', 31'
Drop: Burns (1/1) 75'
Report[117] Try: Goode 64' c
Con: Goode (1/1)
Pen: Goode (2/3) 12', 70'
Welford Road
Attendance: 22,282
Referee: JP Doyle

Round 18Edit

26 March 2016
15:15
(1 BP) Saracens 36–18 Exeter Chiefs
Try: Goode 17' c
B. Vunipola 32' m
Farrell 52' c
Wray 66' c
Wyles 74' c
Con: Farrell (3/4)
Goode (1/1)
Pen: Farrell (1/2) 70'
Report[118] Try: Waldrom (2) 58' m, 80' c
Con: Hooley (1/1)
Pen: Steenson (2/2) 39', 40'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,749
Referee: Matthew Carley
26 March 2016
17:30
(1 BP) Gloucester 12–17 Bath
Pen: Laidlaw (4/4) 3', 8', 16', 55'
Report[119] Try: Cook 13' c
Rokoduguni (2) 43' m, 75' m
Con: Ford (1/3)
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 16,115
Referee: Wayne Barnes
26 March 2016
17:30
Worcester Warriors 12–6 London Irish (1 BP)
Pen: Heathcote (4/4) 27', 29', 54', 75'
Report[120] Pen: Tonks (2/2) 69', 77'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 9,234
Referee: Greg Garner
27 March 2016
13:00
Sale Sharks 27–20 Leicester Tigers (1 BP)
Try: Neild 21' c
Edwards 29' c
Cipriani 69' c
Con: Cipriani (3/3)
Pen: Cipriani (2/2) 2', 43'
Report[121] Try: Bell 38' c
Goneva 61' c
Con: O. Williams (2/2)
Pen: Burns (1/1) 12'
O. Williams (1/1) 24'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 7,687
Referee: Thomas Foley
27 March 2016
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 20–34 Wasps (1 BP)
Try: Vea 40' c
McGuigan 65' c
Con: Delany (2/2)
Pen: Delany (2/2) 14', 49'
Report[122] Try: Smith 26' c
Robson (2) 29' m, 54' m
Young (2) 56' c, 78' c
Con: Gopperth (3/5)
Pen: Gopperth (1/1) 22'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,725
Referee: JP Doyle
27 March 2016
15:15
(1 BP) Northampton Saints 29–23 Harlequins (1 BP)
Try: A. Waller 12' m
Lawes 23' c
Foden 54' c
Mallinder 73' c
Con: Myler (3/4)
Pen: Myler (1/2) 46'
Report[123] Try: Visser 32' c
Clifford 41' c
Con: Botica (2/2)
Pen: Botica (3/5) 8', 18', 79'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 15,249
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

Round 19Edit

1 April 2016
19:45
Bath 10–30 Saracens (1 BP)
Try: Houston 62' c
Con: Ford (1/1)
Pen: Ford (1/1) 40'
Report[124] Try: Fraser 5' c
Ellery 31' m
Ashton (2) 54' m, 69' c
Con: Farrell (2/4)
Pen: Farrell (2/3) 11', 27'
The Recreation Ground
Attendance: 13,518
Referee: Greg Garner
2 April 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 50–12 Worcester Warriors
Try: Waldrom (3) 18' m, 58' m, 71' c
Short 23' c
Woodburn (3) 24' m, 62' c, 77' c
Atkins 41' c
Con: Steenson (2/5)
Slade (3/3)
Report[125] Try: Vuna 34' m
Symons 38' c
Con: Heathcote (1/2)
Sandy Park
Attendance: 11,168
Referee: Thomas Foley
2 April 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Harlequins 46–25 Newcastle Falcons
Try: Visser (2) 5' c, 72' m
Clifford 13' c
Gray 36' c
Marchant 47' c
Yarde 80' c
Con: Botica (5/6)
Pen: Botica (2/2) 63', 66'
Report[126] Try: Watson 49' m
Latu (2) 56' c, 60' c
Con: Delany (2/3)
Pen: Delany (2/2) 4', 8'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,267
Referee: Matthew Carley
2 April 2016
15:00
London Irish 15–30 Sale Sharks
Try: Maitland 15' m
Williams 64' c
Con: Tonks (1/2)
Pen: Tonks (1/3) 8'
Report[127] Try: Haley 36' c
Ioane 71' c
Cipriani 76' c
Con: Cipriani (3/3)
Pen: Cipriani (3/4) 6', 25', 62'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,541
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
2 April 2016
15:15
(1 BP) Leicester Tigers 35–30 Gloucester (1 BP)
Try: Veainu 7' m
Tuilagi (2) 11' m, 46' c
Betham 66' m
Goneva 73' c
Con: O. Williams (2/5)
Pen: O. Williams (2/2) 40', 54'
Report[128] Try: McColl 27' c
Trinder 30' c
McAllister 36' c
Con: Laidlaw (3/3)
Pen: Laidlaw (3/3) 3', 18', 65'
Welford Road
Attendance: 22,223
Referee: JP Doyle
3 April 2016
15:00
Wasps 28–6 Northampton Saints
Try: Miller (2) 21' c, 66' c
Stevenson 78' m
Con: Gopperth (2/3)
Pen: Gopperth (1/2) 17'
Daly (2/3) 48', 75'
Report[129] Pen: Myler (2/2) 2', 51'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 17,422
Referee: Luke Pearce

Round 20Edit

15 April 2016
19:45
Gloucester 16–9 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Try: Thorley 44' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1)
Pen: Laidlaw (3/3) 61', 68', 71'
Report[130] Pen: Steenson (3/3) 41', 47', 64'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 13,390
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
16 April 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Worcester Warriors 35–54 Wasps (1 BP)
Try: Hougaard 20' c
Vuna 33' m
Symons 45' m
van Velze 58' m
Heem 66' m
Kirwan 75' m
Con: Heathcote (1/5)
Pen: Mills (1/1) 1'
Report[131] Try: Halai 7' c
Wade (6) 15' c, 24' c, 29' m, 36' c, 48' c, 54' c
Lozowski 71' c
Con: Daly (3/4)
Jackson (3/3)
Lozowski (1/1)
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 10,727
Referee: JP Doyle
16 April 2016
15:15
Saracens 22–12 Harlequins
Try: Ashton (2) 12' m, 38' c
Kruis 29' c
Con: Hodgson (2/3)
Pen: Farrell (1/1) 74'
Report[132] Pen: Botica (4/5) 4', 16', 33', 46'
Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 80,650
Referee: Greg Garner
16 April 2016
17:30
(1 BP) Northampton Saints 24–30 Leicester Tigers
Try: Harrison 23' c
G. Pisi 53' m
Con: Myler (1/2)
Pen: Myler (3/3) 19', 40', 61'
Hanrahan (1/1) 76'
Report[133] Try: Thacker 12' c
Goneva 26' c
Burns 63' c
Con: Burns (3/3)
Pen: Burns (3/3) 10', 45', 58'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 15,241
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
17 April 2016
14:30
(1 BP) Sale Sharks 29–17 Bath
Try: Cobîlaș 9' c
Addison 19' c
Seymour 72' m
Easter 78' c
Con: Cipriani (3/4)
Pen: Cipriani (1/3) 37'
Report[134] Try: Rokoduguni 50' m
Pen: Ford (4/6) 14', 34', 40', 56'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 6,278
Referee: Luke Pearce
17 April 2016
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 13–6 London Irish (1 BP)
Try: Watson 24' c
Con: Delany (1/1)
Pen: Delany (1/2) 11'
Socino (1/1) 43'
Report[135] Pen: Tonks (2/2) 8', 18'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,756
Referee: Wayne Barnes

Round 9 rescheduled matchEdit

23 April 2016
15:15
(1 BP) Bath 32–26 Sale Sharks (2 BP)
Try: Devoto 1' c
Ewels 11' c
Rokoduguni 57' m
W. Homer 71' c
Con: Ford (3/4)
Pen: Ford (2/2) 15', 53'
Report[136] Try: Leota (2) 42' c, 80' c
Ostrikov 47' c
Ioane 77' m
Con: Cipriani (2/2)
Ford (1/2)
The Recreation Ground
Attendance: 12,684
Referee: Ian Tempest

This match – originally scheduled to be held during Round 9, on 8 January 2016 – was postponed due to a European Rugby Champions Cup fixture rearrangement that occurred as a result of the Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015.[65] It was further rescheduled from 13 April 2016, after Sale Sharks were eliminated from the European Rugby Challenge Cup.[137]

Round 21Edit

29 April 2016
19:45
(1 BP) Sale Sharks 11–12 Gloucester
Try: Leota 54' m
Pen: Cipriani (2/2) 16', 40'
Report[138] Pen: Laidlaw (4/4) 1', 30', 69', 76'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 7,352
Referee: Thomas Foley
30 April 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Leicester Tigers 31–17 Worcester Warriors
Try: Goneva 13' c
Fonua 25' c
Veainu 38' c
Evans 62' c
Con: O. Williams (4/4)
Pen: O. Williams (1/1) 69'
Report[139] Try: Heem 16' c
Symons 36' c
Con: Heathcote (2/2)
Pen: Mills (1/1) 8'
Welford Road
Attendance: 21,682
Referee: Greg Garner
30 April 2016
15:15
Northampton Saints 15–14 Bath (1 BP)
Try: Harrison 56' m
Haywood 72' c
Con: Myler (1/2)
Pen: Myler (1/1) 61'
Report[140] Try: Williams (2) 10' c, 19' c
Con: Priestland (2/2)
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 15,249
Referee: Wayne Barnes
1 May 2016
13:00
Exeter Chiefs 24–3 Wasps
Try: Woodburn 26' c
Dollman 57' c
Nowell 70' c
Con: Steenson (3/3)
Pen: Steenson (1/2) 43'
Report[141] Pen: Daly (1/1) 33'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 12,407
Referee: Matthew Carley
1 May 2016
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 25–32 Harlequins (1 BP)
Try: Narraway 30' m
Tikoirotuma 36' c
Paice 56' c
Con: Brophy-Clews (2/3)
Pen: Brophy-Clews (2/2) 13', 65'
Report[142] Try: Walker (2) 10' c, 19' c
R. Chisholm 21' m
Sinckler 69' c
Con: Botica (2/3)
N. Evans (1/1)
Pen: Botica (1/1) 40'
N. Evans (1/1) 67'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 9,016
Referee: JP Doyle
1 May 2016
15:15
Saracens 23–14 Newcastle Falcons
Try: Wray (2) 46' m, 52' c
Itoje 68' m
Con: Hodgson (1/3)
Pen: Hodgson (2/4) 17', 57'
Report[143] Try: Watson (2) 20' c, 38' c
Con: Willis (2/2)
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,744
Referee: Ian Tempest

Round 22Edit

7 May 2016
15:30
(1 BP) Bath 38–27 Leicester Tigers (1 BP)
Try: Rokoduguni (2) 2' c, 54' c
Devoto 41' c
Louw 51' c
Williams 78' c
Con: Ford (5/5)
Pen: Ford (1/1) 19'
Report[144] Try: Balmain 15' c
Betham 26' c
Tait 35' m
Evans 65' m
Con: O. Williams (2/4)
Pen: O. Williams (1/1) 47'
The Recreation Ground
Attendance: 13,515
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
7 May 2016
15:30
Gloucester 20–28 Northampton Saints
Try: L. Evans 32' c
Moriarty 37' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2)
Pen: Laidlaw (2/3) 1', 23'
Report[145] Try: G. Pisi 15' m
North (2) 40' c, 47' c
Con: Myler (2/3)
Pen: Myler (3/3) 24', 50', 53'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 16,115
Referee: JP Doyle
7 May 2016
15:30
Harlequins 24–62 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Try: Care 40' c
Sinckler 54' c
Stanley 71' c
Con: N. Evans (1/1)
Botica (2/2)
Pen: N. Evans (1/1) 3'
Report[146] Try: Short (2) 8' m, 49' c
Nowell (3) 12' m, 42' m, 53' c
Ewers 20' c
Dollman 58' c
Chudley 64' c
Slade 66' m
Salvi 73' c
Con: Steenson (6/10)
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: Wayne Barnes
7 May 2016
15:30
(1 BP) Newcastle Falcons 15–21 Sale Sharks
Try: Latu (3) 16' m, 34' m, 47' m
Report[147] Try: Seymour 9' m
James 23' c
Con: Cipriani (1/2)
Pen: Cipriani (1/1) 13'
Ford (2/2) 51', 71'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,089
Referee: Matthew Carley
7 May 2016
15:30
(1 BP) Wasps 38–12 London Irish
Try: Young 24' m
C. Piutau 33' m
Wade 38' m
Robson 61' c
Bassett 65' m
Johnson 68' m
Con: Gopperth (1/3)
Pen: Jackson (2/2) 2', 18'
Report[148] Try: Williams 21' c
Lewington 59' m
Con: Brophy-Clews (1/2)
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 16,902
Referee: Thomas Foley
7 May 2016
15:30
Worcester Warriors 19–43 Saracens (1 BP)
Try: Symons 2' c
Vuna (2) 17' c, 75' m
Con: Heathcote (2/2)
Report[149] Try: de Kock 6' c
Ashton (3) 24' m, 39' c, 50' c
Vunisa 37' c
Ransom 64' c
Con: Hodgson (5/6)
Pen: Hodgson (1/2) 31'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 9,722
Referee: Luke Pearce

Play-offsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

As with previous seasons, the top four teams contested the semi-finals in a 1st v 4th, 2nd v 3rd format.

21 May 2016
12:30
Saracens 44–17 Leicester Tigers
Try: Fraser 3' c
Wyles (2) 19' c, 39' c
Ashton (2) 24' c, 71' c
Con: Farrell (4/4)
Hodgson (1/1)
Pen: Farrell (1/2) 32'
Hodgson (2/2) 61', 69'
Report[150] Try: Veainu 41' c
Barrow 50' c
Con: O. Williams (2/2)
Pen: O. Williams (1/2) 44'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,932
Referee: JP Doyle
21 May 2016
15:15
Exeter Chiefs 34–23 Wasps
Try: Whitten 21' c
penalty try (2) 38' c, 79' c
Ewers 46' c
Con: Steenson (4/4)
Pen: Steenson (2/2) 3', 11'
Report[151] Try: Festuccia 16' c
Robson 31' c
Con: Gopperth (2/2)
Pen: Gopperth (3/3) 45', 52', 67'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 12,604
Referee: Greg Garner

FinalEdit

28 May 2016
15:00
Saracens 28–20 Exeter Chiefs
Try: Taylor 33' c
Wyles 36' c
Goode 75' m
Con: Farrell (2/2)
Pen: Farrell (3/3) 2', 9', 26'
Report[152] Try: Yeandle 52' c
Nowell 72' c
Con: Steenson (2/2)
Pen: Steenson (2/2) 22', 40'
Twickenham Stadium
Attendance: 77,109
Referee: Wayne Barnes
FB 15   Alex Goode
RW 14   Chris Ashton
OC 13   Duncan Taylor   73'
IC 12   Brad Barritt (c)
LW 11   Chris Wyles
FH 10   Owen Farrell   67'
SH 9   Richard Wigglesworth   67'
N8 8   Billy Vunipola
OF 7   Will Fraser   70'
BF 6   Michael Rhodes   51'
RL 5   George Kruis
LL 4   Maro Itoje
TP 3   Petrus du Plessis   51'
HK 2   Schalk Brits   51'
LP 1   Mako Vunipola   65'
Substitutions:
HK 16   Jamie George   51'
PR 17   Richard Barrington   65'
PR 18   Juan Figallo   51'
LK 19   Jim Hamilton   70'
FL 20   Jackson Wray   51'
SH 21   Neil de Kock   67'
FH 22   Charlie Hodgson   67'
CE 23   Marcelo Bosch   73'
Coach:
  Mark McCall
FB 15   Phil Dollman
RW 14   Jack Nowell
OC 13   Henry Slade
IC 12   Ian Whitten   67'
LW 11   Olly Woodburn   54'
FH 10   Gareth Steenson
SH 9   Will Chudley   64'
N8 8   Don Armand   64'
OF 7   Julian Salvi   60'   64'
BF 6   Dave Ewers
RL 5   Geoff Parling   63'
LL 4   Mitch Lees
TP 3   Harry Williams   46'
HK 2   Luke Cowan-Dickie   46'   67'   73'
LP 1   Ben Moon   46'
Replacements:
HK 16   Jack Yeandle   46'   67'   73'
PR 17   Alec Hepburn   46'
PR 18   Tomas Francis   46'
LK 19   Damian Welch   63'
FL 20   Kai Horstmann   60'
SH 21   Dave Lewis   64'
CE 22   Michele Campagnaro   67'
WG 23   James Short   54'
Coach:
  Rob Baxter

Man of the Match:
  Alex Goode (Saracens)

Touch judges:
JP Doyle
Luke Pearce
Television Match Official:
Sean Davey

Leading scorersEdit

Note: Flags to the left of player names indicate national team as has been defined under World Rugby eligibility rules, or primary nationality for players who have not yet earned international senior caps. Players may hold one or more non-WR nationalities.

Season attendancesEdit

By clubEdit

  • Attendances do not include the final at Twickenham.
Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath 11 145,537 13,231 13,562 12,684 98%
Exeter Chiefs 12 133,912 11,159 12,612 7,130 89%
Gloucester 11 152,738 13,885 16,115 11,095 84%
Harlequins 11 212,376 19,307 70,718 12,157 95%
Leicester Tigers 11 239,469 21,770 25,849 17,510 86%
London Irish 11 130,167 11,833 42,680 5,541 37%
Newcastle Falcons 11 71,191 6,472 7,756 5,049 63%
Northampton Saints 11 170,215 15,474 20,034 14,246 94%
Sale Sharks 11 67,667 6,152 7,687 4,236 51%
Saracens 12 214,969 17,914 80,650 7,231 88%
Wasps 11 165,557 15,051 24,053 10,093 46%
Worcester Warriors 11 99,458 9,042 10,727 7,156 75%

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Highest attendancesEdit

Home club Away club Stadium Attendance
Saracens Harlequins Wembley Stadium 80,650
Harlequins Gloucester Twickenham Stadium 70,718
Saracens
London Irish
Worcester
Wasps
Twickenham Stadium 42,680
Leicester Northampton Welford Road 25,849
Wasps Saracens Ricoh Arena 24,053
Leicester London Irish Welford Road 23,173
Leicester Sale Welford Road 22,737
Leicester Bath Welford Road 22,530
Leicester Saracens Welford Road 22,282
Leicester Gloucester Welford Road 22,223
Wasps Leicester Ricoh Arena 22,241
Leicester Worcester Welford Road 21,682
Leicester Newcastle Welford Road 21,564
Leicester Exeter Welford Road 20,173
Northampton Newcastle Stadium mk 20,034
Leicester Wasps Welford Road 19,746
London Irish Gloucester Madejski Stadium 17,752
Leicester Harlequins Welford Road 17,510
Wasps Northampton Ricoh Arena 17,422
Wasps London Irish Ricoh Arena 16,902
Gloucester London Irish Kingsholm Stadium 16,115
Gloucester Leicester Kingsholm Stadium 16,115
Gloucester Bath Kingsholm Stadium 16,115
Gloucester Northampton Kingsholm Stadium 16,115

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Harlequins also played 1 home game at Twickenham Stadium, Greater London on 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ Welford Road's capacity was limited to 22,500 until the 3,100 capacity West Stand was completed – which brought Welford Road up to 25,800 – this date was originally for the start of the season but was withheld until December 2015.[13]
  3. ^ London Irish also played 1 home game at Twickenham Stadium, Greater London on 28 November 2015, and 1 home game at the Red Bull Arena, New Jersey, United States on 12 March 2016
  4. ^ Northampton Saints also played 1 home game at Stadium mk, Milton Keynes on 24 October 2015.
  5. ^ Saracens also played 1 home game at Twickenham Stadium, Greater London on 28 November 2015 and 1 home game at Wembley Stadium, Greater London on 16 April 2016.
  6. ^ Due to the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on 13 November 2015, matches in the European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup were postponed to a later date – later announced to take place on the weekend of 8–10 January 2016. This meant the fixtures that featured those teams in their respective domestic leagues, were postponed to a later date.
  7. ^ Kick off time local to New Jersey; 20:00 GMT in England.

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