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Guinness Premiership
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Guinness Premiership 2008/09

Overview
The bonus point scoring system was used to determine standing positions.
The first 4 teams in the table (Leicester Tigers, Harlequins, London Irish and Bath) qualified for semifinals. The worst team (Bristol Rugby) was relegated to Championship, former National League 1.
The 4 teams playing the final phase, along with the 5th in table (Sale sharks) and the 6th (Gloucester) qualified for Heineken Cup. For Challenge Cup qualifying criterium was the admission to Premiership.

The league was sponsored by Guinness brewery.

Teams variations
Relegated to National Division 1 2008/09:Leeds Carnegie
Promoted from National Division 1 2007/08:Northampton Saints

Regular season
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTATBLB
1Leicester Tigers71221516582401181624054Qualified to semifinals
2Harlequins66221417519387132603653
3London Irish66221219551386165643679
4Bath6522132753944198584845
5Sale Sharks6122130944741037443655
6Gloucester572212010435448-13434454
7London Wasps53221101143141615334227
8Northampton Saints4922101114434349414025
9Saracens47229013437447-10383838
10Newcastle Falcons44229112362456-94384324
11Worcester Warriors34227213348530-182306402
12Bristol Rugby17222119299637-338337716Relegated
Sale Sharks had 1 point deducted for fielding an ineligible player.

BathBristol
Rugby
GloucesterHarlequinsLeicester
Tigers
London
Irish
London
Wasps
Newcastle
Falcons
Northampton
Saints
Sale
Sharks
SaracensWorcester
Warriors
Bath-45-817-213-1925-2120-2022-1436-2525-1424-2033-1837-19
Bristol
Rugby
20-33-10-2914-1717-2313-1818-363-3514-136-916-2337-18
Gloucester36-2739-10-24-208-2023-2124-2239-2333-1024-1722-166-13
Harlequins21-1431-1314-9-26-2627-2832-1031-1227-638-2021-1560-14
Leicester
Tigers
24-2273-324-1027-14-24-2219-2820-329-1937-3146-1638-5
London
Irish
16-2038-2142-129-1428-31-26-1448-832-2728-627-1438-17
London
Wasps
23-2721-1934-324-1836-2921-16-12-69-512-1333-2410-11
Newcastle
Falcons
14-1517-310-724-1614-108-2417-23-32-229-1413-916-16
Northampton
Saints
28-2830-840-2223-1317-1321-1724-2013-19-38-320-1521-13
Sale
Sharks
23-1632-1323-928-627-1314-831-325-3224-18-18-159-17
Saracens20-1637-1321-2521-2413-1616-1319-1444-1426-1224-23-23-6
Worcester
Warriors
17-3420-2014-1023-3017-1915-3213-1226-1112-2220-3722-8-

Final phase
SemifinalsFinal
Leicester Tigers
5/9/2009 - 24-10Leicester Tigers
5/16/2009 - 10-9
BathLeicester Tigers
Harlequins
5/9/2009 - 0-17
London Irish
London Irish

Matches schedule
16/05/2009 - Final
Leicester Tigers - London Irish10-9
09/05/2009 - Semifinals
Harlequins - London Irish0-17
Leicester Tigers - Bath24-10
25/04/2009 - Regular season
Bath - Saracens33-18
Harlequins - Newcastle Falcons31-12
Leicester Tigers - Bristol Rugby73-3
London Wasps - Gloucester34-3
Sale Sharks - Northampton Saints24-18
Worcester Warriors - London Irish15-32
21/04/2009 - Regular season
Gloucester - Worcester Warriors6-13
19/04/2009 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - London Wasps18-36
Newcastle Falcons - Bath14-15
Saracens - Leicester Tigers13-16
18/04/2009 - Regular season
Northampton Saints - London Irish21-17
17/04/2009 - Regular season
Sale Sharks - Harlequins28-6
05/04/2009 - Regular season
London Wasps - Newcastle Falcons12-6
04/04/2009 - Regular season
Bath - Harlequins3-19
Leicester Tigers - Sale Sharks37-31
London Irish - Bristol Rugby38-21
Northampton Saints - Gloucester40-22
Worcester Warriors - Saracens22-8
01/04/2009 - Regular season
Bath - London Wasps22-14
Harlequins - Worcester Warriors60-14
29/03/2009 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Worcester Warriors37-18
Saracens - London Wasps19-14
27/03/2009 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Leicester Tigers14-10
Sale Sharks - Bath23-16
22/03/2009 - Regular season
Harlequins - Sale Sharks38-20
London Irish - Northampton Saints32-27
London Wasps - Bristol Rugby21-19
Worcester Warriors - Gloucester14-10
21/03/2009 - Regular season
Bath - Newcastle Falcons36-25
Leicester Tigers - Saracens46-16
15/03/2009 - Regular season
London Irish - Worcester Warriors38-17
Newcastle Falcons - Harlequins24-16
Saracens - Bath20-16
14/03/2009 - Regular season
Gloucester - London Wasps24-22
Northampton Saints - Sale Sharks38-3
13/03/2009 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Leicester Tigers17-23
08/03/2009 - Regular season
London Wasps - London Irish21-16
Sale Sharks - Newcastle Falcons25-32
07/03/2009 - Regular season
Bath - Bristol Rugby45-8
Harlequins - Saracens21-15
Leicester Tigers - Gloucester24-10
Worcester Warriors - Northampton Saints12-22
01/03/2009 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Harlequins14-17
London Irish - Leicester Tigers28-31
Saracens - Sale Sharks24-23
28/02/2009 - Regular season
Gloucester - Bath36-27
Northampton Saints - Newcastle Falcons13-19
Worcester Warriors - London Wasps13-12
22/02/2009 - Regular season
London Wasps - Northampton Saints9-5
21/02/2009 - Regular season
Bath - London Irish20-20
Harlequins - Gloucester14-9
Leicester Tigers - Worcester Warriors38-5
20/02/2009 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Saracens13-9
Sale Sharks - Bristol Rugby32-13
15/02/2009 - Regular season
London Wasps - Leicester Tigers36-29
14/02/2009 - Regular season
Gloucester - Sale Sharks24-17
London Irish - Harlequins9-14
Northampton Saints - Saracens20-15
Worcester Warriors - Bath17-34
13/02/2009 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Newcastle Falcons3-35
31/01/2009 - Regular season
Gloucester - London Irish23-21
Harlequins - Northampton Saints27-6
Worcester Warriors - Sale Sharks20-37
11/01/2009 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Gloucester10-7
Saracens - Bristol Rugby37-13
10/01/2009 - Regular season
Northampton Saints - Leicester Tigers17-13
09/01/2009 - Regular season
Sale Sharks - London Irish14-8
04/01/2009 - Regular season
Leicester Tigers - Bath24-22
London Wasps - Harlequins24-18
03/01/2009 - Regular season
Gloucester - Saracens22-16
London Irish - Newcastle Falcons48-8
Northampton Saints - Bristol Rugby30-8
27/12/2008 - Regular season
Bath - Northampton Saints25-14
Bristol Rugby - Gloucester10-29
Harlequins - Leicester Tigers26-26
Newcastle Falcons - Worcester Warriors16-16
Saracens - London Irish16-13
26/12/2008 - Regular season
Sale Sharks - London Wasps31-3
20/12/2008 - Regular season
Bath - Sale Sharks24-20
Leicester Tigers - Newcastle Falcons20-3
London Irish - Gloucester42-12
London Wasps - Saracens33-24
Northampton Saints - Harlequins23-13
Worcester Warriors - Bristol Rugby20-20
30/11/2008 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - London Irish13-18
Harlequins - Bath21-14
Saracens - Worcester Warriors23-6
29/11/2008 - Regular season
Gloucester - Northampton Saints33-10
28/11/2008 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - London Wasps17-23
Sale Sharks - Leicester Tigers27-13
23/11/2008 - Regular season
London Irish - Saracens27-14
London Wasps - Sale Sharks12-13
22/11/2008 - Regular season
Leicester Tigers - Harlequins27-14
Northampton Saints - Bath28-28
21/11/2008 - Regular season
Gloucester - Bristol Rugby39-10
Worcester Warriors - Newcastle Falcons26-11
16/11/2008 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Northampton Saints14-13
Harlequins - London Wasps32-10
Newcastle Falcons - London Irish8-24
Saracens - Gloucester21-25
15/11/2008 - Regular season
Bath - Leicester Tigers25-21
14/11/2008 - Regular season
Sale Sharks - Worcester Warriors9-17
02/10/2008 - Regular season
Worcester Warriors - Harlequins23-30
01/10/2008 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Saracens16-23
Leicester Tigers - Northampton Saints29-19
London Irish - Sale Sharks28-6
London Wasps - Bath23-27
30/09/2008 - Regular season
Gloucester - Newcastle Falcons39-23
27/09/2008 - Regular season
Bath - Worcester Warriors37-19
Harlequins - London Irish27-28
Saracens - Northampton Saints26-12
26/09/2008 - Regular season
Leicester Tigers - London Wasps19-28
Newcastle Falcons - Bristol Rugby17-3
Sale Sharks - Gloucester23-9
21/09/2008 - Regular season
Saracens - Newcastle Falcons44-14
20/09/2008 - Regular season
Gloucester - Harlequins24-20
London Irish - Bath16-20
Northampton Saints - London Wasps24-20
Worcester Warriors - Leicester Tigers17-19
19/09/2008 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Sale Sharks6-9
14/09/2008 - Regular season
London Wasps - Worcester Warriors10-11
Newcastle Falcons - Northampton Saints32-22
13/09/2008 - Regular season
Bath - Gloucester17-21
Harlequins - Bristol Rugby31-13
Leicester Tigers - London Irish24-22
12/09/2008 - Regular season
Sale Sharks - Saracens18-15
07/09/2008 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Bath20-33
Gloucester - Leicester Tigers8-20
Newcastle Falcons - Sale Sharks9-14
Northampton Saints - Worcester Warriors21-13
06/09/2008 - Regular season
London Irish - London Wasps26-14
Saracens - Harlequins21-24