1996–97 European Challenge Cup pool stage

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1996–97 European Challenge Cup pool stage
Season 1996–97 European Challenge Cup
Date 12 October 1996 - 2 November 1996
Qualifiers
Seed 1 France Castres Olympique
Seed 2 England Northampton Saints
Seed 3 France Bourgoin
Seed 4 France Agen
Seed 5 France Montferrand
Seed 6 France Toulon
Seed 7 France Narbonne
Seed 8 France Bordeaux-Bègles
1997–98
(Next)

The 1996–97 European Challenge Cup pool stage was the opening stage of the 1st season of the European Challenge Cup, the second-tier competition for European rugby union clubs. Matches took place between 12 October and 2 November 1996.

Twenty four teams participated in this phase of the competition; they were divided into four pools of six teams each, with each team playing the other teams in their pool once only. Teams were awarded two points for a win and one point for a draw. The winner and runner-up of each pool progressed to the knockout stage of the tournament. These teams then competed in a single-elimination tournament that ended with the final at the Stade de la Méditerranée in Béziers, France on 26 January 1997.

Results[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Agen 5 5 0 0 20 9 +11 156 82 +74 10
France Montferrand 5 4 0 1 30 8 +22 211 74 +137 8
England Sale Sharks 5 3 0 2 18 14 +4 166 115 +51 6
Wales Newport 5 2 0 3 14 19 −15 98 158 −60 4
Scotland Glasgow 5 1 0 4 15 30 −15 113 202 −89 2
Wales Newbridge 5 0 0 5 16 33 −17 106 219 −113 0
Source : www.ercrugby.com
Points breakdown:
*2 points for a win
*1 point for a draw
12 October 1996
Agen France 32 – 13 Wales Newport
Report
12 October 1996
Newbridge Wales 38 – 62 Scotland Glasgow
Report
12 October 1996
Sale Sharks England 12 – 17 France Montferrand
Report

16 October 1996
Agen France 27 – 17 France Montferrand
Report
16 October 1996
Glasgow Scotland 9 – 29 England Sale Sharks
Report
16 October 1996
Newport Wales 24 – 9 Wales Newbridge
Report

19 October 1996
Newbridge Wales 13 – 30 France Agen
Report
19 October 1996
Sale Sharks England 52 – 22 Wales Newport
Report

26 October 1996
Agen France 33 – 16 England Sale Sharks
Report
26 October 1996
Newbridge Wales 12 – 46 France Montferrand
Report
26 October 1996
Newport Wales 25 – 10 Scotland Glasgow
Report

30 October 1996
Glasgow Scotland 23 – 34 France Agen
Report
2 November 1996
Sale Sharks England 57 – 34 Wales Newbridge
Report

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Castres Olympique 5 5 0 0 29 6 +23 207 71 +136 10
France Narbonne 5 4 0 1 21 6 +15 161 90 +71 8
Romania Dinamo-Bucureşti 5 2 1 2 12 32 −20 109 213 −104 5
Wales Bridgend 4 1 1 2 10 14 −4 94 120 −26 3
England Bristol Shoguns 5 1 0 4 11 12 −1 128 99 +29 2
Wales Treorchy 4 0 0 4 10 23 −13 72 178 −106 0
Source : www.ercrugby.com
Points breakdown:
*2 points for a win
*1 point for a draw
12 October 1996
Bridgend Wales 23 – 36 France Castres Olympique
Report
12 October 1996
Bristol Shoguns England 53 – 5 Wales Treorchy
Report

16 October 1996
Bridgend Wales 30 – 27 England Bristol Shoguns
Report
16 October 1996
Treorchy Wales 19 – 26 France Narbonne
Report

19 October 1996
Bridgend Wales 24 – 24 Romania Dinamo-Bucureşti
Report
19 October 1996
Bristol Shoguns England 16 – 18 France Narbonne
Report

26 October 1996
Dinamo-Bucureşti Romania 38 – 31 Wales Treorchy
Report

  • The Treorchy v Bridgend match was not played.[1]

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Northampton Saints 5 5 0 0 28 12 +16 207 88 +119 10
France Toulon 5 4 0 1 22 10 +12 164 102 +62 8
England Orrell 5 2 0 3 18 22 −4 122 173 −51 4
Ireland Connacht 5 2 0 3 9 17 −8 94 131 −37 4
Wales Dunvant 5 1 0 4 15 22 −7 106 169 −63 2
Italy Petrarca 5 1 0 4 10 19 −9 118 148 −30 2
Source : www.ercrugby.com
Points breakdown:
*2 points for a win
*1 point for a draw
12 October 1996
Connacht Ireland 34 – 12 Italy Petrarca
Report
12 October 1996
Orrell England 32 – 29 Wales Dunvant
Report
12 October 1996
Toulon France 29 – 38 England Northampton Saints
Report

16 October 1996
Dunvant Wales 26 – 9 Ireland Connacht
Report
16 October 1996
Toulon France 32 – 23 Italy Petrarca
Report

19 October 1996
Orrell England 23 – 28 France Toulon
Report
19 October 1996
Petrarca Italy 49 – 11 Wales Dunvant
Report

26 October 1996
Orrell England 42 – 25 Italy Petrarca
Report
27 October 1996
Toulon France 44 – 10 Ireland Connacht
Report

2 November 1996
Connacht Ireland 30 – 18 England Orrell
Report
2 November 1996
Dunvant Wales 8 – 31 France Toulon
Report

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Bourgoin 5 5 0 0 27 4 +23 196 66 +130 10
France Bordeaux-Bègles 5 3 1 1 29 13 +16 195 99 +96 7
Wales Swansea 5 3 1 1 28 19 +9 207 138 +69 7
England Gloucester 5 2 0 3 17 17 0 119 123 −4 4
Wales Ebbw Vale 5 1 0 4 6 36 −30 48 243 −195 2
England London Irish 5 0 0 5 12 30 −18 90 186 −96 0
Source : www.ercrugby.com
Points breakdown:
*2 points for a win
*1 point for a draw
12 October 1996
Gloucester England 59 – 7 Wales Ebbw Vale
Report
12 October 1996
Swansea Wales 63 – 38 England London Irish
Report

16 October 1996
Ebbw Vale Wales 3 – 32 Wales Swansea
Report
16 October 1996
Gloucester England 10 – 17 France Bordeaux-Bègles
Report
16 October 1996
London Irish England 13 – 34 France Bourgoin
Report

19 October 1996
Bourgoin France 39 – 3 Wales Ebbw Vale
Report
19 October 1996
Swansea Wales 62 – 12 England Gloucester
Report

26 October 1996
Ebbw Vale Wales 28 – 20 England London Irish
Report
26 October 1996
Swansea Wales 31 – 31 France Bordeaux-Bègles
Report
27 October 1996
Gloucester England 9 – 24 France Bourgoin
Report

2 November 1996
Bourgoin France 54 – 19 Wales Swansea
Report
2 November 1996
London Irish England 13 – 29 England Gloucester
Report

Qualifiers[edit]

Seed Pool Winners Pts TF +/−
1 France Castres Olympique 10 29 +136
2 England Northampton Saints 10 28 +119
3 France Bourgoin 10 27 +130
4 France Agen 10 20 +74
Seed Runners-up Pts TF +/−
5 France Montferrand 8 30 +137
6 France Toulon 8 22 +62
7 France Narbonne 8 21 +71
8 France Bordeaux-Bègles 7 29 +96

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Challenge Cup 1996/7". BBC. 13 April 2004. Retrieved 21 August 2013.