1973–74 French Rugby Union Championship

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French Rugby Championship 1973-74
Countries  France
Champions Béziers (4th title)
Runners-up Narbonne

The 1973-74 French Rugby Union Championship was won by Béziers beating Narbonne in the final.

Formula[edit]

The 64 clubs are divided in two groups.

  • Group A with the 32 better of the previous season, divided in 4 pools of 8. The best 6 of each pools were qualified to knockout stages.
  • Group B, with the other 32 teasm, divided in 4 pools of 8. The first two of each pools were qualified to knock-on stage.

Qualification round[edit]

Group A[edit]

The clubs classified in the six first places of each pool (24 clubs on 32) were qualified for the knockout stages.

The team are here listed in ranking order, in bold, the team qualified.

Pool 1

Pool 2

Pool 3

Pool 4

Group B[edit]

The clubs classified in the two first places of each pool (8 clubs on 32) were qualified for the knockout stages.

The teams qualidied are here listed:

Knockout stages[edit]

(Single match stage)

"Last 32"[edit]

In bold the clubs qualified for the next round

Team 1 Team 2 Results
Béziers US Bressane 9-3
Montchanin Lavelanet 0-8
RRC Nice Avignon Saint-Saturnin 22-3
La Rochelle La Voulte 9-3
Brive Saint-Girons 32-3
Albi Toulose 12-10
Racing Mont-de-Marsan 27-11
Perpignan Montferrand 17-6
Narbonne Lourdes 9-6
Biarritz Tulle 14-10
Montauban Touloun 9-14
Stadoceste Bayonne 16-7
Agen Bègles 24-9
Pau Mérignac 18-15
Saint-Jean-de-Luz Dax 3-15
Stade Bagnérais Vichy 10-18


"Last 16"[edit]

In bold the clubs qualified for the next round

Team 1 Team 2 Results
Béziers Lavelanet 15-6
RRC Nice La Rochelle 22-12
Brive Albi 41-0
Racing Perpignan 6-10
Narbonne Biarritz 28-8
Toulon Stadoceste 12-16
Agen Pau 21-24
Dax Vichy 16-6


Quarter of finals[edit]

In bold the clubs qualified for the next round

Team 1 Team 2 Results
Béziers RRC Nice 6-0
Brive Perpignan 25-15
Narbonne Stadoceste 16-9
Pau Dax 13-8


Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Team 2 Results
Béziers Brive 19-10
Narbonne Pau 15-9


Final[edit]

Teams Béziers - Narbonne
Score 16-14
Date 12 May 1974
Venue Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee Francis Palmade
Line-up
Béziers Armand Vaquerin, Christian Prax, Alain Paco, Georges Senal, Michel Palmié, Olivier Saïsset, Yvan Buonomo, Alain Estève, Richard Astre, Henri Cabrol, Paul Cieply, Gabriel Constantino, Joseph Navarro, Jack Cantoni, Jean-Pierre Pesteil,
Narbonne Jean-Pierre Hortoland, Pierre Salettes, Raymond Canaguier, Jean-Marie Spanghero, Claude Spanghero, Alain Montlaur, André Belzons, Walter Spanghero, Gérard Sutra, Jo Maso, Daniel Dumas, François Sangalli, Gérard Viard, Henri Ferrero, Jean-Michel Benacloï, Patrick Taurines,
Scorers
Béziers 1 try Navarro, 1 penalty Cabrol, 3 drops Astre (2) and Cabrol (1)
Narbonne 2 tries Belzons and Sangalli, 2 penalties Bénacloï


Narbonnw starded vey well, with two tries, a drop by Henri Cabrol, but Walter Spanghero and his fellow lost the title in the last seconds.

Béziers won the 3rd of six titles of a collection in the 70's. Narbonne had to wait until 1979 to win his second "Bouclier de Brennus",

To remark that this was the final playerd in the new Parc des Princes.

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