1996–97 Heineken Cup pool stage

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1996–97 Heineken Cup pool stage
Season 1996–97 Heineken Cup
Date 12 October 1996 - 2 November 1996
Qualifiers
Seed 1 England Leicester
Seed 2 France Brive
Seed 3 France Toulouse
Seed 4 France Dax
Seed 5 England Harlequins
Seed 6 Wales Cardiff RFC
Seed 7 England Bath
Seed 8 Wales Llanelli RFC
1995–96
(Previous)
1997–98
(Next)

The 1996–97 Heineken Cup pool stage was played during October and November 1996. The top two teams in each group qualified for the quarter-finals.

All times are local to the game site.

Key to colours
     Top two teams in each group advance to quarter-finals

Pool 1[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Dax 4 3 0 1 16 2 14 141 69 72 6
England Bath 4 3 0 1 15 8 7 136 88 48 6
Wales Pontypridd 4 3 0 1 7 3 4 97 60 37 6
Italy Benetton Treviso 4 1 0 3 13 15 –2 106 135 –29 2
Scotland Edinburgh 4 0 0 4 6 29 –23 71 199 –128 0
12 October 1996
14:30
Pontypridd Wales 28–22 Italy Benetton Treviso
Sardis Road
Attendance: 3,500
12 October 1996
15:00
Bath England 55–26 Scotland Edinburgh
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 6,500

16 October 1996
19:00
Edinburgh Scotland 10–32 Wales Pontypridd
Myreside
Attendance: 3,000
16 October 1996
20:00
Benetton Treviso Italy 14–34 France Dax
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Attendance: 1,000

19 October 1996
14:30
Pontypridd Wales 19–6 England Bath
Sardis Road
Attendance: 7,000
20 October 1996
14:30
Dax France 69–12 Scotland Edinburgh
Parc Municipal des Sports
Attendance: 8,000

26 October 1996
15:00
Bath England 25–16 France Dax
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 8,000
27 October 1996
14:30
Edinburgh Scotland 23–43 Italy Benetton Treviso
Myreside
Attendance: 1,500

2 November 1996
14:30
Benetton Treviso Italy 27–50 England Bath
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Attendance: 2,500
2 November 1996
19:30
Dax France 22–18 Wales Pontypridd
Parc Municipal des Sports
Attendance: 9,000

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Leicester 4 4 0 0 14 3 11 114 43 71 8
Wales Llanelli 4 2 0 2 9 9 0 97 81 16 4
Ireland Leinster 4 2 0 2 9 12 –3 86 109 –23 4
France Pau 4 1 0 3 19 10 9 137 103 34 2
Scotland Scottish Borders 4 1 0 3 7 24 –17 80 178 –98 2
12 October 1996
14:30
Llanelli Wales 34–17 Ireland Leinster
Stradey Park
Attendance: 2,800
12 October 1996
17:00
Pau France 85–28 Scotland Borders
Stade Municipal du Hameau
Attendance: 3,000

16 October 1996
18:45
Leinster Ireland 10–27 England Leicester Tigers
Lansdowne Road
Attendance: 3,500
16 October 1996
19:00
Borders Scotland 24–16 Wales Llanelli
Mansfield Park
Attendance: 2,000

19 October 1996
14:30
Llanelli Wales 31–15 France Pau
Stradey Park
Attendance: 3,000
19 October 1996
14:30
Leicester Tigers England 43–3 Scotland Borders
Welford Road
Attendance: 4,609

26 October 1996
14:30
Borders Scotland 25–34 Ireland Leinster
The Greenyards
Attendance: 3,500
26 October 1996
16:45
Pau France 14–19 England Leicester
Stade Municipal du Hameau
Attendance: 9,000

2 November 1996
14:30
Leinster Ireland 25–23 France Pau
Donnybrook
Attendance: 4,000
2 November 1996
15:00
Leicester Tigers England 25–16 Wales Llanelli
Welford Road
Attendance: 11,000

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Brive 4 4 0 0 13 8 5 106 65 41 8
England Harlequins 4 3 0 1 20 8 12 131 95 36 6
Wales Neath 4 2 0 2 10 16 –6 83 109 –26 4
Ireland Ulster 4 1 0 3 6 10 –4 75 87 –12 2
Scotland Caledonia 4 0 0 4 13 20 –7 117 156 –39 0
12 October 1996
17:15
Brive France 34–19 Wales Neath
Parc Municipal des Sports
Attendance: 5,000
13 October 1996
14:30
Caledonia Scotland 34–41 Ireland Ulster
McDiarmid Park
Attendance: 2,400

16 October 1996
19:00
Ulster Ireland 15–21 England Harlequins
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,000
16 October 1996
19:15
Neath Wales 27–18 Scotland Caledonia
The Gnoll
Attendance: 2,000

19 October 1996
15:00
Harlequins England 44–22 Wales Neath
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 3,500
20 October 1996
15:00
Caledonia Scotland 30–32 France Brive
McDiarmid Park
Attendance: 2,000

26 October 1996
14:30
Neath Wales 15–13 Ireland Ulster
The Gnoll
Attendance: 2,000
27 October 1996
16:15
Brive France 23–10 England Harlequins
Parc Municipal des Sports
Attendance: 13,000

2 November 1996
14:30
Ulster Ireland 6–17 France Brive
Ravenhill
Attendance: 3,500
2 November 1996
14:30
Harlequins England 56–35 Scotland Caledonia
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 3,751

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Toulouse 4 3 0 1 21 13 8 157 142 15 6
Wales Cardiff 4 3 0 1 16 7 9 135 97 38 6
England London Wasps 4 2 0 2 17 14 3 156 115 41 4
Ireland Munster 4 2 0 2 11 22 –11 109 135 –26 4
Italy Milan 4 0 0 4 6 15 –9 73 141 –68 0
12 October 1996
15:00
Munster Ireland 23–5 Italy Milan
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 1,500
13 October 1996
15:00
London Wasps England 24–26 Wales Cardiff
Loftus Road
Attendance: 6,000

16 October 1996
19:15
Cardiff Wales 48–18 Ireland Munster
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 4,000
16 October 1996
20:30
Milan Italy 26–44 France Toulouse
Stadio Comunale Giuriati
Attendance: 500

19 October 1996
15:30
Munster Ireland 49–22 England London Wasps
Thomond Park
Attendance: 6,000
19 October 1996
15:30
Toulouse France 36–20 Wales Cardiff
Les Sept Deniers
Attendance: 10,000

26 October 1996
15:00
London Wasps England 77–17 France Toulouse
Loftus Road
Attendance: 8,000
27 October 1996
15:00
Cardiff Wales 41–19 Italy Milan
Arms Park
Attendance: 3,000

2 November 1996
14:30
Milan Italy 23–33 England London Wasps
Stadio Comunale Giuriati
Attendance: 1,200
2 November 1996
16:00
Toulouse France 60–19 Ireland Munster
Les Sept Deniers
Attendance: 14,000

Seeding[edit]

Seed Pool Winners Pts TF +/−
1 England Leicester 8 14 +71
2 France Brive 8 13 +41
3 France Toulouse 6 21 +15
4 France Dax 6 16 +72
Seed Pool Runners-up Pts TF +/−
5 England Harlequins 6 20 +36
6 Wales Cardiff RFC 6 16 +38
7 England Bath 6 15 +48
8 Wales Llanelli RFC 4 9 +16

See also[edit]

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