1995–96 Heineken Cup

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1995–1996 Heineken Cup
Tournament details
Countries  France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Romania
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date 31 October 1995 to 7 January 1996
Tournament statistics
Teams 12
Matches played 15
Attendance 97,535 (6,502 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Adrian Davies (Cardiff)
(58 points)
Top try scorer(s) Philippe Bernat-Salles (Bordeaux)
David Berty (Toulouse)
Thomas Castaignède (Toulouse)
Piero Dotto (Treviso)
Mike Hall (Cardiff)
Alan Harris (Swansea)
Sebastien Loubsens (Bordeaux)
Leandro Manteri (Treviso)
Andy Moore (Cardiff)
Émile Ntamack (Toulouse)
Conor O'Shea (Leinster)
Massimiliano Perziano (Treviso)
(2 tries)
Final
Venue National Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance 21,800
Champions France Toulouse (1st title)
Runner-up Wales Cardiff RFC
Official website http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/
(Next) 1996–97

The 1995–96 Heineken Cup was the first edition of the Heineken Cup, which was to become the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from the top six nations in European rugby. Competing teams, from France, Ireland, Italy, Wales and, for the only time to date, Romania (teams from England and Scotland were not permitted to enter the competition by the RFU and SRU respectively), were divided into four pools of three, in which teams played each other only once, meaning one home and one away games per team. The winners of the pools qualified for the knock-out stages.

Teams[edit]

France Wales Ireland Romania Italy

Pool stage[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1995-96 Heineken Cup pool stage.

The twelve teams were arranged into four pools of three, with each team playing the other team in their pool once. Two points were awarded for a win, and one point for a draw. The four pool winners qualified for the knockout stage.

In the pool matches teams received

  • 2 points for a win
  • 1 points for a draw

The four pool winners qualified for the knockout stage.

Key to colours
     Top team in each pool advance to semi-finals

Pool 1[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Toulouse (1) 2 2 0 0 8 1 7 72 19 53 4
Italy Benetton Treviso 2 1 0 1 12 1 11 95 26 69 2
Romania Farul Constanţa 2 0 0 2 2 20 −18 18 140 −122 0

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Wales Cardiff RFC (3) 2 1 1 0 7 1 6 60 20 40 3
France Bègles-Bordeaux 2 1 1 0 6 3 3 43 30 13 3
Ireland Ulster 2 0 0 2 2 11 −9 22 75 −53 0

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Ireland Leinster (2) 2 2 0 0 4 3 1 47 43 4 4
Wales Pontypridd RFC 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 53 35 18 2
Italy Milan 2 0 0 2 2 3 −1 33 55 −22 0

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Wales Swansea RFC (4) 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 35 27 8 2
Ireland Munster 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 29 32 −3 2
France Castres 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 29 34 −5 2

Seeding[edit]

Seed Pool Winners Pts TF +/−
1 France Toulouse 4 8 +53
2 Ireland Leinster Lions 4 4 +4
3 Wales Cardiff RFC 3 7 +40
4 Wales Swansea RFC 2 3 +8

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

30 December 1995
13:30
Leinster Lions Ireland 14 – 23 Wales Cardiff RFC
Try: Chris Pim m
Pen: McGowan (3)
Tries: Hall c
Taylor 50' c
Con: Davies (2)
Pen: Davies
Drop: Davies
Moore
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 7,350
Referee: Brian Campsall England

30 December 1995
14:00
Toulouse France 30 – 3 Wales Swansea RFC
Tries: Artiguste c
Manent c
Penalty try c
Con: Deylaud (3)
Pen: Deylaud (3)
Pen: Williams
Stade des Sept Deniers, Toulouse
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Jim Fleming Scotland

Final[edit]

The 1996 Heineken Cup Final was the final match of the 1995–96 Heineken Cup, the inaugural season of Europe's top club rugby union competition. The match was played on 6 January 1996 at the Arms Park in Cardiff. The match was contested by Cardiff RFC of Wales and Toulouse of France. Toulouse won the match 21–18 after extra time; they took the lead with two tries in the first ten minutes, but the kicking of Adrian Davies kept Cardiff level. With the scores at 15–12 as the clock ticked past 80 minutes, Davies stepped up again and slotted over a penalty to take the game to extra time. Christophe Deylaud restored Toulouse's lead with another penalty shortly after the game restarted, before Davies tied the scores up again. Then, going into the final few seconds of extra time, the referee penalised Cardiff for using hands in the ruck; Deylaud slotted the resulting penalty to seal Toulouse's victory.

Match details[edit]

6 January 1996
13:30
Cardiff RFC Wales 18 – 21 (a.e.t.) France Toulouse
Pen: Davies (6) Report Tries: Castaignède
Cazalbou
Con: Deylaud
Pen: Deylaud (2)
Drop: Castaignède
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 21,800
Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

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