1997–98 Heineken Cup

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1997–1998 Heineken Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date October 1997 to 31 January 1998
Tournament statistics
Teams 20
Matches played 70
Attendance 462,958 (6,614 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Lee Jarvis (Cardiff)
(134 points)
Top try scorer(s) Kenny Logan (Wasps)
(7 tries)
Final
Venue Stade Lescure, Bordeaux
Attendance 36,500
Champions England Bath (1st title)
Runner-up France Brive
Official website http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/
1996–97 (Previous) (Next) 1998–99

The 1997–98 Heineken Cup was the third edition of the Heineken Cup European rugby union club competition. Competing professional club teams from France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, England and Scotland, were divided into five pools of four, in which teams played home and away matches against each other. The pool winners automatically qualified for the knock-out stages. The five runners-up and the best third placed team entered the play-offs, where they competed for the remaining three quarter final positions.


Teams[edit]

England Ireland Italy France Scotland Wales

Pool stage[edit]

In the pool matches teams received

  • 2 points for a win
  • 1 points for a draw
Key to colours
     Winner of each pool advances to quarter-final stage
     Advance to quarter-final playoffs
For more details on this topic, see 1997-98 Heineken Cup pool stage.

Pool 1[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Toulouse 6 5 0 1 25 12 13 200 121 79 10
England Leicester 6 4 0 2 16 14 2 163 117 46 8
Ireland Leinster 6 2 0 4 15 19 −4 137 167 −30 4
Italy Milan 6 1 0 5 15 26 −11 111 206 −95 2

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Wasps 6 6 0 0 31 12 19 243 104 139 12
Scotland Glasgow 6 3 0 3 14 15 −1 132 167 −35 6
Wales Swansea 6 2 0 4 15 16 −1 157 161 −4 4
Ireland Ulster 6 1 0 5 6 23 −17 95 195 −100 2

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Bath 6 5 0 1 12 12 0 141 119 22 10
France Brive 6 4 1 1 24 13 11 210 146 64 9
Wales Pontypridd 6 2 1 3 17 13 4 154 147 7 5
Scotland Scottish Borders 6 0 0 6 14 29 −15 129 222 −93 0

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Harlequins 6 4 0 2 21 12 9 198 141 57 8
Wales Cardiff 6 4 0 2 17 15 2 184 146 38 8
France Bourgoin 6 2 0 4 14 21 −7 141 180 −39 4
Ireland Munster 6 2 0 4 7 11 −4 93 149 −56 4

Pool 5[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Pau 6 4 0 2 27 8 19 203 89 114 8
Wales Llanelli 6 4 0 2 15 18 −3 144 142 2 8
Italy Benetton Treviso 6 2 0 4 18 19 −1 146 162 −16 4
Scotland Caledonia 6 2 0 4 8 23 −15 89 189 −100 4

Seeding[edit]

Seed Pool Winners Pts TF +/−
1 England London Wasps 12 31 +139
2 France Toulouse 10 25 +79
3 England Bath 10 12 +22
4 France Pau 8 27 +114
5 England Harlequins 8 21 +57
Seed Pool Runners-up (and best third place) Pts TF +/−
6 France Brive 9 24 +64
7 Wales Cardiff 8 17 +38
8 England Leicester Tigers 8 16 +46
9 Wales Llanelli 8 15 +2
10 Scotland Glasgow 6 14 −35
11 Wales Pontypridd 5 17 +7

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter final play-offs[edit]

1 November 1997
15:00
Leicester Tigers England 90 – 19 Scotland Glasgow
Welford Road
Attendance: 6,500
1 November 1997
16:30
Brive France 25 – 20 Wales Pontypridd
Parc Municipal des Sports
Attendance: 13,000
1 November 1997
17:15
Cardiff Wales 24 – 20 Wales Llanelli
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 8,000

Quarter finals[edit]

8 November 1997
14:15
Bath England 32 – 21 Wales Cardiff
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 8,200
8 November 1997
15:30
Toulouse France 51 – 10 England Harlequins
Stade Municipal
Attendance: 18,000
9 November 1997
14:15
London Wasps England 18 – 25 France Brive
Loftus Road Stadium
Attendance: 10,481
9 November 1997
15:20
Pau France 35 – 18 England Leicester Tigers
Stade Municipal du Hameau
Attendance: 12,000

Semi finals[edit]

20 December 1997
14:00
Bath England 20 – 14 France Pau
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 8,200
21 December 1997
15:20
Toulouse France 22 – 22 France Brive
Stade Municipal
Attendance: 26,000

Brive advance to final on try count (two tries to one)

Final[edit]

31 January 1998
15:30
Bath England 19 – 18 France Brive
Try: Callard
Con: Callard
Pen: Callard (4)
Report Pen: Lamaison (5)
Drop: Penaud
Stade du Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Attendance: 36,500
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)