2017–18 English Premiership (rugby union)

2017–18 Aviva Premiership
Countries  England
Date 1 September 2017 – 26 May 2018
Matches played 78
Attendance 1,047,930
(average 13,435 per match)
Tries scored 461
(average 5.9 per match)
Top point scorer Gareth Steenson (Exeter Chiefs)
(122 points)
Top try scorer Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors)
(9 tries)
Official website
www.premiershiprugby.com

The 2017–18 English Premiership is the 31st season of the top flight of English domestic rugby union competition and the eighth to be sponsored by Aviva.[1] The competition is being broadcast by BT Sport for the fifth successive season with five games also simulcast free-to-air on Channel 5 for the first time. Highlights of each weekend's games are shown on Channel 5 with extended highlights on BT Sport.

The reigning champions entering the season were Exeter Chiefs, who claimed their first title after defeating Wasps in the 2016–17 final.

After just one season back in the Premiership, Bristol were relegated with two games to go after they lost 21–36 to Wasps at Ashton Gate on 16 April 2017.[2] Bristol's poor start to the season, combined with a lack of quality recruitment, meant that they always looked favourites for the drop and so it ultimately proved. They were replaced by London Irish who made an immediate return to the premiership after just one season in the Greene King IPA Championship.


Teams[]

London Irish, having beaten Yorkshire Carnegie 84–66 on aggregate in the 2016–17 Greene King IPA Championship play-off final, replace Bristol, who were relegated last season after finishing bottom of the table.[3]

Club Coach Captain Kit supplier Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath New Zealand Todd Blackadder England Matt Garvey Canterbury The Recreation Ground[a] 14,500 Bath, Somerset
Exeter Chiefs England Rob Baxter England Jack Yeandle Samurai Sportswear Sandy Park 12,800 Exeter, Devon
Gloucester Ireland David Humphreys New Zealand Willi Heinz XBlades Kingsholm Stadium 16,500 Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Harlequins England John Kingston Australia James Horwill Adidas Twickenham Stoop[b] 14,800 Twickenham, Greater London
Leicester Tigers Australia Matt O'Connor England Tom Youngs Kukri Welford Road 25,849 Leicester, Leicestershire
London Irish England Nick Kennedy England David Paice XBlades Madejski Stadium[c] 24,161 Reading, Berkshire
Newcastle Falcons England Dean Richards England Will Welch ISC Kingston Park[d] 10,200 Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
Northampton Saints Australia Alan Gaffney (interim) England Dylan Hartley Macron Franklin's Gardens 15,500 Northampton, Northamptonshire
Sale Sharks England Steve Diamond England Will Addison Samurai Sportswear AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 Salford, Greater Manchester
Saracens Ireland Mark McCall England Brad Barritt BLK Allianz Park[e] 10,000[f] Barnet, Greater London
Wasps Wales Dai Young England Joe Launchbury Under Armour Ricoh Arena 32,609 Coventry, West Midlands
Worcester Warriors South Africa Alan Solomons Ireland Donncha O'Callaghan Under Armour Sixways Stadium 12,024 Worcester, Worcestershire

Pre-season[]

The 2017 ion of the Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens was held on 28 and 29 July at Franklin's Gardens. For the first time all twelve Premiership teams featured together in one venue over two days. Teams were split into four pools of three which played each other in a round-robin basis with the tournament splitting into Cup, Plate and Bowl finals on the second day.

Table[]

2017–18 Aviva Premiership Table watch · · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Tries for Tries against Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Exeter Chiefs 13 10 0 3 365 224 +141 47 27 8 2 50
2 Saracens 13 9 0 4 420 236 +184 48 28 6 3 45
3 Wasps 13 8 0 5 362 321 +41 47 38 6 1 39
4 Gloucester 13 8 0 5 294 320 −26 39 38 5 1 38
5 Bath 13 7 0 6 341 307 +34 36 41 6 3 37
6 Newcastle Falcons 13 8 0 5 254 298 −44 32 33 4 0 36
7 Sale Sharks 13 6 0 7 326 295 +31 40 34 6 3 33
8 Leicester Tigers 13 7 0 6 296 306 −10 33 36 1 3 32
9 Harlequins 13 6 0 7 354 349 +5 44 41 5 3 32
10 Northampton Saints 13 5 0 8 297 362 −65 40 48 3 3 26
11 Worcester Warriors 13 3 0 10 252 379 −127 32 47 4 3 19
12 London Irish 13 1 0 12 219 383 −164 23 50 1 5 10

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 2018–19 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 5 & 6) indicates teams outside the play-off places, that earns a berth in the 2018–19 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Yellow background indicates the team that advances to a play-off for a chance to compete in the 2018–19 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2018–19 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Red background (row 12) will be relegated, providing the 2017–18 RFU Championship champions are eligible for promotion.
Starting table — source: [1]

Regular season[]

Fixtures for the season were announced by Premiership Rugby on 7 July 2017.[4] As is the norm, round 1 included the London Double Header at Twickenham. After success in 2016 a match will once again take place in the United States. Newcastle Falcons will host Saracens at the Talen Energy Stadium in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester, Pennsylvania.[5]

All fixtures are subject to change.[6]

Round 1[]

1 September 2017
19:45
(1 BP) Gloucester 28–21 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Try: Thrush (2) 24' c, 39' c
Morgan 55' c
Woodward 80+1' c
Con: B. Burns (3/3) 25', 39, 56'
Twelvetrees (1/1) 80+2'
Report Try: S. Simmonds (2) 3' c, 28' c
Woodburn 70' c
Con: Steenson (2/2) 5', 29'
Slade (1/1) 70'
Kingsholm
Attendance: 15,547
Referee: Matthew Carley
1 September 2017
19:45
(1 BP) Newcastle Falcons 35–8 Worcester Warriors
Try: A. Tait 4' c
Vickers 51' c
Cooper 61' m
J. Socino 74' c
Con: Takulua (2/3) 5', 52'
Willis (1/1) 75'
Pen: Takulua (3/3) 20', 49', 66'
Report Try: Adams 46' m
Pen: Heathcote (1/2) 27'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 5,875
Referee: Wayne Barnes
(1 BP) Saracens 55–24 Northampton Saints
Try: Barritt 8' m
Wigglesworth 11' c
Maitland (3) 20' m, 31' m, 34' m
Lozowski 28' c
Koch 37' c
Brits 51' c
Spencer 67' c
Con: Lozowski (5/9) 12', 29', 38', 52', 68'
Report Try: Ludlam 43' c
Wood (2) 55' c, 64' c
Con: Mallinder (3/3) 44', 56', 64'
Pen: Mallinder (1/2) 24'
Twickenham Stadium
Attendance: 56,532
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
2 September 2016
15:00
(1 BP) Wasps 50–35 Sale Sharks (1 BP)
Try: Robson (4) 2' c, 13' c, 32' c, 43' m
Wade 16' c
Rowlands 69' c
Rieder 73' c
Con: Gopperth (6/7) 3', 14', 17', 33', 70', 74'
Pen: Gopperth (1/1) 25'
Report Try: McGuigan 21' c
B. Curry 34' c
Solomona 55' c
de Klerk 59' c
Strauss 77' c
Con: MacGinty (5/5) 21', 35', 56', 60', 77'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 12,018
Referee: JP Doyle
(1 BP) London Irish 39–29 Harlequins (1 BP)
Try: Ojo 23' c
Bell 30' m
Treviranus 56' m
McKibbin 78' c
Con: Bell (2/4) 24', 79'
Pen: Bell (5/6) 4', 7', 37', 52', 75'
Report Try: Marchant 34' c
Yarde 63' c
Care 72' m
Walker 77' c
Con: M. Smith (1/1) 34'
Catrakilis (2/3) 64', 77'
Pen: M. Smith (1/1) 15'
Twickenham Stadium
Attendance: 56,532
Referee: Tom Foley
3 September 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Leicester Tigers 23–27 Bath
Try: M. Tuilagi 23' m
May (2) 72' m, 77' c
Con: G. Ford (1/3) 78'
Pen: G. Ford (2/2) 20', 58'
Report Try: Clark (2) 26' c, 31' c
Rokoduguni 34' c
Con: Priestland (3/3) 27', 31', 36'
Pen: Priestland (2/2) 55', 62'
Welford Road
Attendance: 22,582
Referee: Luke Pearce

Round 2[]

8 September 2017
19:45
(1 BP) Sale Sharks 12–13 Newcastle Falcons
Pen: MacGinty (4/4) 18', 48', 56', 59'
Report Try: Penalty try 73'
Pen: Takulua (2/2) 45', 51'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 4,510
Referee: Andrew Jackson
9 September 2017
14:00
Bath 31–21 Saracens
Try: Louw 23' m
Rokoduguni (2) 76' c, 80+1' c
Con: F. Burns (2/2) 77', 80+2'
Pen: Priestland (2/2) 35', 40+2'
Drop: Priestland (2/2) 17', 53'
Report Try: Penalty try 57'
Spencer 72' m
Pen: Lozowski (1/2) 41'
Farrell (2/2) 50', 66'
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 14,482
Referee: Wayne Barnes
9 September 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 37–7 London Irish
Try: Slade 11' m
Penalty try 24'
Armand (2) 33' m, 80' c
Woodburn 75' c
Con: Steenson (2/4) 76', 80'
Pen: Steenson (2/2) 8', 45'
Report Try: Lewington 71' c
Con: Bell (1/1) 72'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 8,536
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
9 September 2017
15:00
Harlequins 28–17 Gloucester
Try: Ward 28' c
Walker 37' c
Yarde 67' m
Con: Smith (2/3) 29' 38'
Pen: Catrakilis (1/1) 9'
Smith (2/3) 55' 60'
Report Try: Clarke 52' c
Rowan 80' c
Con: B. Burns (1/1) 52'
Twelvetrees (1/1) 80+1'
Pen: B. Burns (1/1) 12'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 12,919
Referee: Luke Pearce
9 September 2017
16:30
Northampton Saints 24–11 Leicester Tigers
Try: Burrell 11' c
Hartley 27' c
Collins 67' c
Con: Mallinder (3/3) 12', 28', 68'
Pen: Mallinder (1/2) 40+6'
Report Try: May 79' m
Pen: G. Ford (2/3) 34', 57'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 15,203
Referee: JP Doyle
10 September 2017
15:00
Worcester Warriors 10–24 Wasps
Try: Alo 38' c
Con: Heathcote (1/1) 39'
Pen: Olver (1/2) 56'
Report Try: M. Watson 21' c
le Roux 67'c
Bassett 77' c
Con: Gopperth (3/3) 22'
Pen: Gopperth (1/1) 18'
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 7,735
Referee: Tom Foley

Round 3[]

15 September 2017
19:45
(1 BP) Northampton Saints 24–6 Bath
Try: Lawes 3' m
Ribbans (2) 38' c, 52' m
North 74' c
Con: Mallinder (2/4) 40', 76'
Report Pen: Priestland (2/2) 26', 32'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 12,457
Referee: Tom Foley
15 September 2017
19:45
Worcester Warriors 10–41 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Try: Alo 47' c
Con: Olver (1/1) 48'
Pen: Olver (1/1) 16'
Report Try: S. Simmonds (2) 24' c, 72' c
Nowell 34' c
Hill 39' c
Woodburn 62' c
Con: Steenson (5/5) 24', 35', 40' 63', 73'
Pen: Steenson (2/2) 1', 55'
Sixways
Attendance: 7,023
Referee: Ian Tempest
15 September 2017
20:00
(1 BP) Sale Sharks 36–7 London Irish
Try: Harrison 13' c
Solomona (2) 18' c, 25' c
Charnley 55' c
Jennings 69' m
Con: MacGinty (4/5) 14', 19', 26', 57'
Pen: MacGinty (1/1) 8'
Report Try: Penalty try 65'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 4,572
Referee: Wayne Barnes
16 September 2017
15:00
Leicester Tigers 24–10 Gloucester
Try: B. Youngs (2) 8' c, 14' c
Malouf 20' c
Con: G. Ford (3/3) 9', 16', 22'
Pen: G. Ford (1/1) 63'
Report Try: Hohneck 41' c
Con: Twelvetrees (1/1) 42'
Pen: Twelvetrees (1/1) 48'
Welford Road
Attendance: 20,008
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
16 September 2017
17:10[g]
Newcastle Falcons 7–29 Saracens
Try: Goneva 25' c
Con: Takulua (1/1) 26'
Report Try: Wyles 7' c
Penalty try 74'
Con: Farrell (1/1) 8'
Pen: Farrell (5/5) 32', 40+3', 44', 50', 56'
Talen Energy Stadium, Philadelphia
Attendance: 6,271[7]
Referee: JP Doyle
17 September 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Wasps 21–24 Harlequins
Try: Wade 13' c
Cruse 53' m
Con: Cipriani (1/2) 14'
Pen: Cipriani (3/4) 4', 36', 61'
Report Try: Yarde 22' m
Walker 42' c
Con: Smith (1/2) 43'
Pen: Smith (4/4) 2' 20' 66' 71'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 15,308
Referee: Andrew Jackson

Round 4[]

22 September 2017
19:45
Gloucester 24–19 Worcester Warriors (1 BP)
Try: Thorley (2) 12' c, 15' c
Twelvetrees 41' c
Con: B. Burns (3/3) 13', 17', 41'
Pen: B. Burns (1/1) 9'
Report Try: Humphreys (2) 59' m, 70' m
Pen: Mills (3/3) 25', 38', 74'
Kingsholm Stadium
Attendance: 12,430
Referee: Wayne Barnes
23 September 2017
15:00
(2 BP) Bath 32–33 Newcastle Falcons (1 BP)
Try: Banahan 28' c
Rokoduguni 44' m
Ewels 47' c
Joseph 54' c
Con: Priestland (3/4) 29', 47', 56'
Pen: Priestland (2/2) 39', 42'
Report Try: Takulua 8' c
Vickers 11' c
van der Merwe 17' m
Harris 66' c
M. Wilson 75' c
Con: Takulua (2/3) 9', 13'
Hodgson (2/2) 67', 76'
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 14,121
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
23 September 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Harlequins 28–31 Leicester Tigers
Try: Care 43' c
Luamanu 45' m
Alofa 62' c
Con: M. Smith (1/2) 44'
Swiel (1/1) 63'
Pen: M. Smith (3/3) 3', 17', 25'
Report Try: Veainu 10' m
May 52' c
Bateman 56' c
Con: G. Ford (2/3) 53', 57'
Pen: G. Ford (4/4) 5', 37', 66', 72'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,418
Referee: Ian Tempest
23 September 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Saracens 41–13 Sale Sharks
Try: Spencer (2) 3' c, 51' c
Li. Williams 8' c
Koch 63' c
Earle 77' c
Con: Farrell (5/5) 4', 10', 52', 64', 79'
Pen: Farrell (2/2) 32', 50'
Report Try: McGuigan (2) 65' m, 80' m
Pen: de Klerk (1/1) 25'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,243
Referee: Tom Foley
24 September 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 31–17 Wasps
Try: Woodburn (2) 8' m, 37' c
Dennis 19' m
Armand 25' c
Malton 59' c
Con: Steenson (3/5) 26, 38', 60'
Report Try: A. Johnson 11' c
Bassett 62' c
Con: Gopperth (2/2) 12', 63'
Pen: Gopperth (1/2) 17'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 11,858
Referee: JP Doyle
24 September 2017
15:00
London Irish 25–40 Northampton Saints (1 BP)
Try: Lewington 48' c
Bell 64' m
McNally 80' c
Con: Bell (1/2) 50'
Tonks (1/1) 80+2'
Pen: Bell (2/2) 11', 40'
Report Try: Groom 1' c
Horne (2) 5' c, 25' m
Haywood 31' c
North 53' c
Reinach 77' c
Con: Mallinder (5/6) 2', 6', 33', 54, 78'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,502
Referee: Matthew Carley

Round 5[]

29 September 2017
19:45
Newcastle Falcons 29–17 London Irish
Try: J. Socino 18' c
Goneva (2) 21' c, 26' c
Welch 59' m
Con: Takulua (3/4) 20', 22', 27'
Pen: Takulua (1/2) 15'
Report Try: Gilsenan 66' c
Fowlie 69' c
Con: Bell (2/2) 66', 70'
Pen: Bell (1/1) 3'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,650
Referee: Ian Tempest
29 September 2017
19:45
Worcester Warriors 3–25 Saracens
Pen: Shillcock (1/1) 30'
Report Try: Wyles (2) 5' c, 75' c
Goode 51' m
Con: Lozowski (1/2) 6'
Farrell (1/1) 76'
Pen: Lozowski (1/1) 11'
Sixways
Attendance: 7,517
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
29 September 2017
20:00
(BP) Sale Sharks 57–10 Gloucester
Try: Solomona (2) 0' c, 50' c
McGuigan (3) 15' c, 32' m, 72' c
de Klerk 47' c
O'Connor 55' c
James 68' c
Con: MacGinty (6/7) 1', 17', 49', 51', 57', 69'
Cliff (1/1) 74'
Pen: MacGinty (1/1) 39'
Report Try: Afoa 76' c
Con: B. Burns (1/1) 76'
Pen: B. Burns (1/1) 7'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 5,123
Referee: JP Doyle
30 September 2017
15:00
Leicester Tigers 20–13 Exeter Chiefs (BP)
Try: Malouf 24' c
May 66' c
Con: G. Ford (2/2) 26', 68'
Pen: G. Ford (1/1) 48'
Drop: G. Ford (1/1) 36'
Report Try: Penalty try 56'
Pen: Steenson (2/3) 4', 80'
welford Road
Attendance: 23,018
Referee: Tom Foley
30 September 2017
15:00
(BP) Northampton Saints 30–22 Harlequins
Try: North 7' m
Collins 21' c
Haywood 37' c
Tuala 42' m
Con: Mallinder (2/4) 22' 38'
Pen: Mallinder (1/2) 49'
Myler (1/1) 77'
Report Try: Morris 11' c
Roberts 40+1' m
Ward 63' c
Con: Smith (2/3) 12, 64'
Pen: Smith (1/2) 35'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 12,806
Referee: Luke Pearce
1 October 2017
15:00
Wasps 9–25 Bath
Pen: Gopperth (3/3) 5', 12', 32'
Report Try: Rokoduguni 76' c
Con: F. Burns (1/1) 77'
Pen: Priestland (3/3) 11', 17', 44'
F. Burns (2/3) 48', 73'
Drop: Priestland (1/1) 28'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 15,488
Referee: Matthew Carley

Round 6[]

6 October 2017
19:45
(1 BP) Harlequins 42–26 Sale Sharks (1 BP)
Try: Visser (2) 11' c, 47' m
Marler 20' c
Marchant 23' c
Yarde 75' c
Con: M. Smith (4/5) 12', 21', 24', 76'
Pen: M. Smith (3/3) 37', 40+3', 60'
Report Try: Haley 31' c
Aulika 54' m
James 64' c
Webber 73' c
Con: MacGinty (1/1) 32'
de Klerk (2/3) 65', 73'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,128
Referee: Matthew Carley
7 October 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Bath 29–13 Worcester Warriors
Try: Joseph 9' c
Brew (2) 29' m, 58' c
Tapuai 39' c
Con: F. Burns (3/4) 9', 40', 60'
Pen: J. Lewis (1/1) 75'
Report Try: Hammond 21' m
Shillcock 45' m
Pen: Shillcock (1/2) 12'
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 14,509
Referee: Luke Pearce
7 October 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 34–24 Newcastle Falcons (1 BP)
Try: White 9' c
Turner 20' c
Simmonds 34' c
Penalty try 62'
Con: Steenson (3/3) 10' 21' 35'
Pen: Steenson (2/2) 17', 43'
Report Try: Welch 31' m
J. Socino 37' m
A. Tait 58' c
Goneva 75' c
Con: Flood (2/2) 59', 76'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 9,624
Referee: Andrew Jackson
7 October 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Gloucester 29–24 Northampton Saints (1 BP)
Try: Trinder (2) 8' m, 40+1 m
Woodward 47' m
Twelvetrees 58' c
Heinz 62' c
Con: O. Williams (2/5) 59', 63'
Report Try: Gibson 17' c
Mallinder 42' c
Haywood 68' c
Con: Mallinder (2/2) 18', 43'
Myler (1/1) 69'
Pen: Mallinder (1/3) 57'
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,711
Referee: Wayne Barnes
7 October 2017
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 27–28 Leicester Tigers
Try: Cowan 55' c
Paice 68' c
Lewington 80' c
Con: Bell (3/3) 56', 69', 80+1'
Pen: Bell (2/2) 32', 46'
Report Try: Malouf 2' m
Evans 41' c
May 61'
Con: G. Ford (2/3) 43', 62
Pen: G. Ford (3/3) 8', 17', 26'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 6,188
Referee: JP Doyle
8 October 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Saracens 38–19 Wasps
Try: Wyles 6' m
George (3) 11' c, 49' c, 64' c
Con: Lozowski (3/4) 12', 51', 65'
Pen: Lozowski (4/4) 15', 33', 42', 46'
Report Try: Moore 23' c
Willis 68' c
Bassett 80+1' m
Con: Miller (2/3) 24', 68'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ian Tempest

Round 7[]

27 October 2017
19:45
(1 BP) Sale Sharks 6–10 Exeter Chiefs
Pen: de Klerk (2/3) 34', 57'
Report Try: Turner 43' c
Con: Steenson (1/1) 44'
Pen: Steenson (1/1) 30'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 6,490
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
28 October 2017
15:00
Northampton Saints 22–38 Wasps (1 BP)
Try: Tuala 17' m
Mallinder 77' m
Pen: P. Francis (4/4) 10', 34', 53', 57'
Report Try: Wade 31' c
A. Johnson 42' m
Bassett 59' c
de Jongh 75' c
Con: Wade (1/1) 32'
Gopperth (2/3) 60', 76'
Pen: Gopperth (4/4) 7', 13', 27', 65'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 15,109
Referee: Luke Pearce
28 October 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Harlequins 41–35 Worcester Warriors (2 BP)
Try: M. Smith 3' c
Luamanu 40' c
Care 44' c
Roberts 54' c
Walker 63' c
Con: M. Smith (5/5) 4', 40', 46', 55', 64'
Pen: M. Smith (1/2) 21'
Swiel (1/1) 72'
Report Try: Denton 6' m
Humphreys 8' m
Adams 28' m
Hammond (2) 65' m, 74' m
Singleton 77' c
Con: Heathcote (1/3) 78'
Pen: Lance (1/2) 23'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,445
Referee: JP Doyle
28 October 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Saracens 44–13 London Irish
Try: M. Vunipola 9' c
Farrell 45' c
L. Williams 58' c
Wyles 60' c
Earle (2) 65'm 79' m
Con: Farrell (4/6) 10', 46', 59', 62'
Pen: Farrell (2/3) 31, 40+1
Report Try: Paice 49' c
Con: Bell (1/1) 50'
Pen: Bell (2/2) 4', 26'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Andrew Jackson
29 October 2017
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 13–30 Leicester Tigers
Try: Goneva 38' c
Con: Flood (1/1) 39'
Pen: Flood (2/2) 14', 41'
Report Try: Veainu 10' c
B. Youngs 17' c
May 70' c
Con: G. Ford (3/3) 11', 18', 72'
Pen: G. Ford (3/3) 52', 65', 69'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 10,100
Referee: Wayne Barnes
29 October 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Bath 21–22 Gloucester
Try: Rokoduguni (2) 13' m, 75' c
Con: Priestland (1/2) 76'
Pen: Priestland (3/5) 25', 49', 64'
Report Try: Heinz (2) 4' m, 52' c
Slater 80+4' c
Con: O. Williams (2/2) 54', 80+7'
Pen: O. Williams (1/1) 46'
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 14,509
Referee: Tom Foley

Round 8[]

17 November 2017
19:45
Gloucester 23–17 Saracens (1 BP)
Try: Thorley 60' c
Hudson 66' c
Con: Twelvetrees (2/2) 61', 68'
Pen: Twelvetrees (3/3) 7', 50', 57'
Report Try: Brits 52' m
Pen: Lozowski (3/5) 9', 17', 39'
Spencer (1/1) 80'
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,871
Referee: Karl Dickson
18 November 2017
13:00
(1 BP) Worcester Warriors 30–15 Northampton Saints
Try: Heem (3) 23' m, 34' c, 80' c
Adams 48' m
Con: Lance (1/3) 35'
Pennell (1/1) 80+3'
Pen: Lance (2/3) 20', 44'
Report Try: Foden 52' m
Gibson 75' c
Con: Myler (1/2) 76'
Pen: Myler (1/2) 4'
Sixways
Attendance: 7,450
Referee: Andrew Jackson
18 November 2017
17:15
(1 BP) Wasps 40–10 Newcastle Falcons
Try: Wade (2) 2' c, 9' m
Eastmond 12' c
Haskell 43' c
Lovobalavu 58' c
Bassett 73' c
Con: Gopperth (5/6) 3', 14', 44', 59', 74'
Report Try: Robinson 31' c
Con: Flood (1/1) 32'
Pen: Flood (1/1) 7'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 16,073
Referee: Matthew O'Grady
19 November 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 31–17 Harlequins
Try: Turner 4' c
Woodburn 23' c
Hill (2) 43' c, 67' c
Con: Steenson (4/4) 5', 24', 44', 68'
Pen: Steenson (1/1) 79'
Report Try: J. Chisholm 9' c
Visser 33' c
Con: M. Smith (2/2) 10', 34'
Pen: M. Smith (1/2) 40+1'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 12,598
Referee: JP Doyle
19 November 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Leicester Tigers 35–27 Sale Sharks (1 BP)
Try: Penalty try 23'
Genge 34' c
Owen 65' c
Malouf 76' m
Con: J. Ford (2/3) 35', 66'
Pen: J. Ford (3/4) 9', 27', 47'
Report Try: B. Curry 15' m
Jennings 31' c
Yarde 38' c
Ross 50' m
Con: de Klerk (2/4) 32', 39'
Pen: de Klerk (1/3) 4'
Welford Road
Attendance: 20,056
Referee: Luke Pearce
19 November 2017
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 18–22 Bath
Try: Marshall 8' m
Steele 74' c
Con: Tonks (1/1) 75'
Pen: Bell (2/2) 2', 40'
Report Try: Banahan 7' c
Con: F. Burns (1/1) 8'
Pen: F. Burns (4/5) 13, 26, 46, 59'
Drop: F. Burns (1/1) 23'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,538
Referee: Tom Foley

Round 9[]

24 November 2017
19:45
Newcastle Falcons 7–29 Gloucester Rugby (1 BP)
Try: Wilson 40' c
Con: Hodgson (1/1) 40+1'
Report Try: Symons 16' c
Thrush 22' c
Purdy 34' m
Denman 67' c
Con: Twelvetrees (3/4) 16', 24', 68'
Pen: Twelvetrees (1/1) 41'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 6,768
Referee: JP Doyle
25 November 2017
12:15
(1 BP) Bath 38–14 Harlequins
Try: Grant 1' c
F. Burns 9' c
Stooke 12' m
Banahan 18' c
Con: F. Burns (3/4) 2', 10', 19'
Pen: F. Burns (2/3) 38', 60'
J. Lewis (2/2) 71', 79'
Report Try: Cheeseman 32' c
Ibitoye 63' c
Con: Lang (2/2) 33', 65'
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 14,509
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
25 November 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Leicester Tigers 27–31 Worcester Warriors (1 BP)
Try: Fitzgerald 20' c
S. Harrison 40+3' c
Owen 78' c
Con: J. Ford (3/3) 22', 40+4', 78'
Pen: J. Ford (2/2) 27', 65'
Report Try: Fa'osiliva 3' m
Adams (2) 6' c, 36' c
Singleton 45' c
Mills 72' m
Con: Pennell (2/4) 7', 47'
Lance (1/1) 37'
Welford Road
Attendance: 21,112
Referee: Greg MacDonald
25 November 2017
17:30
Sale Sharks 18–15 Northampton Saints (1 BP)
Try: de Klerk 37' c
B. Curry 43' m
Con: de Klerk (1/2) 38'
Pen: de Klerk (1/1) 6'
Cliff (1/1) 62'
Report Try: Reinach 12' m
T. Harrison 20' c
Con: Mallinder (1/2) 21'
Pen: Mallinder (1/1) 54'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 5,132
Referee: Karl Dickson
26 November 2017
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 13–17 Wasps
Try: Lewington 51' c
Con: Bell (1/1) 52'
Pen: Bell (2/2) 30' 60
Report Try: A. Johnson 56' m
Bassett 63' m
Carr 66' c
Con: Gopperth (1/3) 67'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 7,775
Referee: Christophe Ridley
26 November 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Saracens 18–20 Exeter Chiefs
Try: Goode 7' c
Brits 13' m
Con: Spencer (1/2) 8'
Pen: Spencer (1/1) 22'
Bosch (1/1) 54'
Report Try: Whitten 50' c
Low 72' c
Con: Steenson (2/2) 51', 73'
Pen: Steenson (2/2) 6', 29'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ian Tempest

Round 10[]

1 December 2017
19:45
(1 BP) Northampton Saints 22–24 Newcastle Falcons
Try: Mallinder 20' m
Penalty try 33'
Hartley 59' c
Con: P. Francis (1/1) 60'
Pen: P. Francis (1/1) 69'
Report Try: Sinoti 24' c
Matavesi 29' c
Latu 79' c
Con: Flood (2/2) 25', 29'
Takulua (1/1) 80'
Pen: Flood (1/1) 51'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 11,007
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
1 December 2017
19:45
(1 BP) Worcester Warriors 14–18 Sale Sharks
Try: Adams 32' m
Pen: Pennell (3/3) 25', 61', 66'
Report Try: Janse van Rensburg 13' m
Jennings 69' c
Con: MacGinty (1/2) 70'
Pen: MacGinty (2/2) 9', 40'
Sixways
Attendance: 7,327
Referee: Matthew Carley
2 December 2017
14:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 42–29 Bath (1 BP)
Try: Cowan-Dickie 7' c
Short 15' c
Lees 28' c
Armand 34' c
Waldrom 52' c
Steenson 67' c
Con: Steenson (6/6) 7', 16', 29', 35', 53', 68'
Report Try: Joseph 65' c
A. Watson 72' c
Brew 75'
Banahan 79' c
Con: Joseph (1/1) 66'
Priestland (2/2) 73', 80+1'
Pen: F. Burns (1/1) 27'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 12,800
Referee: JP Doyle
2 December 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Gloucester 39–15 London Irish
Try: Ludlow 10' c
B. Burns (2) 36' c, 41' c
Polledri 52' c
Purdy 67' m
Con: Twelvetrees (4/5) 11', 37', 42', 53'
Pen: Twelvetrees (2/2) 17', 22'
Report Try: du Plessis 28' m
Paulo 55' c
Con: Bell (1/2) 56'
Pen: Bell (1/2) 13'
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,351
Referee: Ian Tempest
2 December 2017
16:30
(1 BP) Wasps 32–25 Leicester Tigers (1 BP)
Try: Carr 22' c
Robson 31' c
Daly 62' m
Myall 78' c
Con: Gopperth (3/4) 23', 33' 80'
Pen: Daly (1/1) 36'
Gopperth (1/1) 58'
Report Try: T. Youngs 13' c
Holmes (2) 50' m, 56' c
Con: G. Ford (2/3)
Pen: G. Ford (2/3)
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 22,148
Referee: Thomas Foley
3 December 2017
15:00
Harlequins 20–19 Saracens (1 BP)
Try: Walker (2) 25' m, 70' c
Visser 78' m
Con: Lang (1/3) 71'
Pen: Lang (1/1) 42'
Report Try: Barritt 1' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 2'
Pen: Farrell (4/4) 8', 51', 60', 74'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 14,800
Referee: Luke Pearce

Round 11[]

22 December 2017
19:45
Worcester Warriors 23–8 London Irish
Try: Adams (2) 4' c, 40' c
Con: Pennell (2/2) 5', 40+2'
Pen: Pennell (3/3) 21', 49', 53'
Report Try: Lewington 37' m
Pen: Tonks (1/1) 33'
Sixways
Attendance: 9,647
Referee: Wayne Barnes
23 December 2017
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 11–10 Harlequins (1 BP)
Try: Goneva 16' m
Pen: Takalua (2/2) 13', 25'
Report Try: Brown 42' c
Con: M. Smith (1/1) 43'
Pen: M. Smith (1/1) 67'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 9,128
Referee: Luke Pearce
23 December 2017
15:00
Northampton Saints 14–35 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Try: Tuala 19' c
Reinach 75' c
Con: P. Francis (2/2) 20', 76'
Report Try: Chudley 11' m
S. Simmonds 59' c
Waldrom 72' c
Yeandle 80+1' c
Con: Steenson (2/3) 60', 73'
J. Simmonds (1/1) 80+2'
Pen: Steenson (3/3) 6', 31', 42'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 15,120
Referee: Thomas Foley
23 December 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Sale Sharks 32–9 Bath
Try: Strauss 43' c
McGuigan 47' m
O'Connor 60' c
Cliff 71' c
Con: MacGinty (3/4) 43', 62', 72'
Pen: MacGinty (2/2) 13', 39'
Report Pen: Priestland (3/3) 8', 11', 35'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 6,426
Referee: Ian Tempest
23 December 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Wasps 49–24 Gloucester (1 BP)
Try: le Roux 11' m
Wade (2) 34' c, 77' c
Young 48' c
Thompson 66' c
Robson 75' c
Con: Cipriani (4/5) 35', 49', 68', 76' 78'
Pen: Cipriani (3/3) 31', 52', 58'
Report Try: Heinz 16' c
Atkinson 27' m
T. Marshall 38' m
Clarke 73' c
Con: Twelvetrees (2/4) 16', 74'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 26,296
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
24 December 2017
15:00
Leicester Tigers 17–29 Saracens
Try: Tait 28' c
Penalty try 57'
Con: G. Ford (1/1) 29'
Pen: G. Ford (1/1) 34'
Report Try: Penalty try 10'
George 25' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 25'
Pen: Farrell (4/4) 6', 47', 60', 69'
Drop: Farrell (1/1) 50'
Welford Road
Attendance: 24,873
Referee: Matthew Carley

Round 12[]

29 December 2017
19:45
(2 BP) Bath 26–31 Wasps (1 BP)
Try: Priestland 33' c
Jac. Wilson 39' c
Grant 52' m
Mercer 63' c
Con: Priestland (3/4) 34', 40', 64'
Report Try: M. Watson (2) 7' c, 22' m
Robson 16' c
de Jongh 41' c
Lovobalavu 56' m
Con: Cipriani (3/5) 8', 17', 42'
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 14,509
Referee: Luke Pearce
30 December 2017
15:00
Gloucester 20–16 Sale Sharks (1 BP)
Try: Halifonua 33' c
Vellacott 47' c
Con: Twelvetrees (2/2) 34', 47'
Pen: Twelvetrees (2/3) 63', 70'
Report Try: MacGinty 50' c
Con: MacGinty (1/1) 51'
Pen: MacGinty (3/3) 11', 18', 40'
Kingsholm
Attendance: 16,115
Referee: Andrew Jackson
30 December 2017
15:00
(1 BP) London Irish 15–20 Newcastle Falcons
Pen: Tonks (5/6) 3', 11', 28', 50', 76'
Report Try: A. Tait (2) 22' m, 25' c
Goneva 39' m
Con: Flood (1/3) 26'
Pen: Flood (1/2) 7'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 10,019
Referee: Tom Foley
30 December 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Saracens 46–31 Worcester Warriors (1 BP)
Try: Spencer 14' c
Maitland 26' c
Wray (2) 56' c, 61' c
Earle (2) 72' c, 76' m
Con: Farrell (5/6) 16', 26', 57', 62', 73'
Pen: Farrell (2/3) 30', 51'
Report Try: Adams 4' c
S. Lewis 40' c
Denton 64' c
Shillcock 79' c
Con: Pennell (4/4) 6', 40+1', 64', 80+1'
Pen: Pennell (1/3) 32'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 9,999
Referee: Christophe Ridley
30 December 2017
16:00
(1 BP) Harlequins 50–21 Northampton Saints
Try: Ward 10' c
Walker 18' c
Visser (2) 20' c, 42' m
Care (2) 30' c, 56' c
Luamanu 67' c
Con: M. Smith (6/7) 11', 18', 21', 31', 57', 68'
Pen: M. Smith (1/1) 16'
Report Try: Horne 47' c
Groom 52' c
Haywood 72' c
Con: Myler (3/3) 47', 54', 73'
Twickenham
Attendance: 77,825
Referee: JP Doyle
31 December 2017
15:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 30–6 Leicester Tigers
Try: Armand 52' c
Slade 63' c
Hill 70' m
Yeandle 80+1' m
Con: Steenson (2/2) 53', 64
Pen: Slade (1/1) 23'
Steenson (1/1) 39'
Report Pen: G. Ford (2/2) 35', 42'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 12,807
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

Round 13[]

5 January 2018
19:45
Worcester Warriors 25–46 Bath (1 BP)
Try: Denton 57' c
Taufete'e 71' c
Humphreys 78' m
Con: Pennell (2/2) 57', 72'
Pen: Pennell (2/4) 27', 40'
Report Try: Grant 33' c
Garvey 43' c
A. Watson 52' c
J. Phillips 59' c
Fotuali'i (2) 66' c, 76' m
Con: Priestland (3/3) 34', 44', 53'
F. Burns (2/2) 60', 67'
Pen: Priestland (2/2) 7', 14'
Sixways
Attendance: 8,225
Referee: JP Doyle
6 January 2018
15:00
Leicester Tigers 19–15 London Irish (1 BP)
Try: Toomua 35' c
May 41' c
Tuilagi 71' c
Con: G. Ford (2/3) 37', 72'
Report Try: Cokanasiga 20' m
Lewington 73' c
Con: Tonks (1/2) 74'
Pen: Tonks (1/2) 56'
Welford Road
Attendance: 20,845
Referee: Karl Dickson
6 January 2018
15:00
Northampton Saints 22–19 Gloucester (1 BP)
Try: Pisi 10' m
Groom 55' c
Penalty try 14'
Con: Mallinder (1/2) 56'
Pen: Mallinder (1/1) 26'
Report Try: Penalty try 14'
Hanson 30' c
Afoa 52' m
Con: O. Williams (1/2) 31'
Franklin’s Gardens
Attendance: 13,133
Referee: Ian Tempest
6 January 2018
15:00
Sale Sharks 30–29 Harlequins (2 BP)
Try: McGuigan 6' c
Janse van Rensburg (2) 10' c, 67' c
Con: MacGinty (2/2) 8', 11'
de Klerk (1/1) 68'
Pen: MacGinty (2/2) 24', 61'
de Klerk (1/1) 75'
Report Try: Alofa 19' m
Walker 28' c
R. Chisholm 34' c
Roberts 63' c
Con: M. Smith (3/4) 29', 35', 64'
Pen: M. Smith (1/2) 38'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 7,242
Referee: Matthew Carley
7 January 2018
15:00
Newcastle Falcons 28–20 Exeter Chiefs
Try: Sinoti 22' m
Goneva 25' c
Cooper 38' c
Con: Hodgson (2/2) 26', 39'
Pen: Flood (1/1) 2'
Hodgson (2/2) 30', 80'
Report Try: Simmonds 44' m
Woodburn 66' m
Salmon 77' c
Con: Steenson (1/3) 77'
Pen: Steenson (1/1) 10'
Kingston Park
Attendance: 7,174
Referee: Andrew Jackson
7 January 2018
15:00
Wasps 15–38 Saracens (1 BP)
Try: Penalty try 36'
le Roux 38' m
Pen: Cipriani (1/1) 19'
Report Try: Wyles 8' m
Goode (2) 13' m, 65' c
Burger 30' m
Spencer 78' c
Con: Farrell (2/5) 66', 79'
Pen: Farrell (3/3) 22', 55', 75'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 17,677
Referee: Wayne Barnes

Round 14[]

9 February 2018
19:45
Bath v Northampton Saints
10 February 2018
14:00
Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors
10 February 2018
14:30
Gloucester v Leicester Tigers
10 February 2018
14:30
Saracens v Newcastle Falcons
10 February 2018
15:00
London Irish v Sale Sharks
11 February 2018
13:00
Harlequins v Wasps

Round 15[]

16 February 2018
19:45
Newcastle Falcons v Bath
16 February 2018
19:45
Sale Sharks v Saracens
17 February 2018
15:00
Leicester Tigers v Harlequins
17 February 2018
15:00
Worcester Warriors v Gloucester
18 February 2018
15:00
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

Round 16[]

24 February 2018
14:00
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
24 February 2018
14:30
Bath v Sale Sharks
24 February 2018
14:30
Gloucester v Wasps
24 February 2018
15:00
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons
25 February 2018
15:30
Saracens v Leicester Tigers

Round 17[]

2 March 2018
19:45
Harlequins v Bath
3 March 2018
15:00
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens
3 March 2018
15:00
Gloucester v Newcastle Falcons
4 March 2018
15:00
Wasps v London Irish

Round 18[]

23 March 2018
19:45
Bath v Exeter Chiefs
24 March 2018
15:00
London Irish v Gloucester
24 March 2018
15:00
Saracens v Harlequins
25 March 2018
15:00
Leicester Tigers v Wasps

Round 19[]

6 April 2018
19:45
Sale Sharks v Wasps
7 April 2018
14:00
Bath v Leicester Tigers
8 April 2018
15:00
Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester

Round 20[]

14 April 2018
15:00
Gloucester v Harlequins
13 April 2018
15:00
Wasps v Worcester Warriors
15 April 2018
15:00
Saracens v Bath

Play-offs[]

As in previous seasons, the top four teams contest the semi-finals in a 1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd format with the higher ranking team having home advantage. The two winners of the semi-finals meet in the Final at Twickenham on 26 May.


Leading scorers[]

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 attendances[]

By club[]

Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath Rugby 6 86,639 14,440 14,509 14,121
Exeter Chiefs 6 68,223 11,371 12,807 8,536
Gloucester 6 82,025 13,671 16,115 12,351
Harlequins 6 148,535 24,756 77,825 12,919
Leicester Tigers 7 152,494 21,785 24,873 20,008
London Irish 6 93,554 15,592 56,532 5,502
Newcastle Falcons 7 52,966 7,567 10,100 5,875
Northampton Saints 7 94,835 13,548 15,203 11,007
Sale Sharks 7 39,495 5,642 7,242 4,510
Saracens 6 105,774 17,629 56,532 9,243
Wasps 7 125,008 17,858 26,296 12,018
Worcester Warriors 7 54,924 7,846 9,647 7,023

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Highest attendances[]

Home club Away club Stadium Attendance

Notes[]

  1. ^ Bath will also play a home game at Twickenham Stadium, Greater London on 7 April.
  2. ^ Harlequins also played a home game at Twickenham Stadium, Greater London on 30 December.
  3. ^ Irish also played a home game at Twickenham Stadium, Greater London on 2 September.
  4. ^ Falcons also played a home game at Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States on 16 September and will play a home game at St James' Park, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on 24 March
  5. ^ Saracens also played a home game at Twickenham Stadium, Greater London on 2 September and will play a home game at London Stadium, Greater London on 24 March.
  6. ^ Allianz Park typically has a capacity of 10,000 but this can be raised to 15,000 with temporary seating.
  7. ^ Kick off time local to Pennsylvania; 22:10 BST in England.

References[]

External links[]