2000–01 Heineken Cup

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2000–01 Heineken Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date 6 October 2000 - 19 May 2001
Tournament statistics
Teams 24
Matches played 79
Attendance 646,834 (8,188 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Diego Domínguez (Stade Français)
(188 points)
Top try scorer(s) Matthew Robinson (Swansea)
(9 tries)
Final
Venue Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance 44,000
Champions England Leicester Tigers (1st title)
Runner-up France Stade Français
Official website http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/
1999–2000 (Previous) (Next) 2001–02

The 2000–01 Heineken Cup was the sixth edition of the Heineken Cup. Competing teams from France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, England and Scotland, were divided into six pools of four, in which teams played home and away matches against each other. The pool winners and two best runners-up qualified for the knock-out stages.


Teams[edit]

France England Wales Scotland Ireland Italy
  • France Biarritz Olympique
  • France Stade Français
  • France Toulouse
  • France Castres
  • France Colomiers
  • France Pau
  • England Northampton
  • England London Wasps
  • England Saracens
  • England Bath
  • England Gloucester Rugby
  • England Leicester Tigers
  • Wales Swansea
  • Wales Cardiff
  • Wales Newport
  • Wales Llanelli
  • Wales Pontypridd
  • Ireland Leinster
  • Ireland Ulster
  • Ireland Munster
  • Italy L'Aquila
  • Italy Roma

Pool stage[edit]

In the pool matches teams received

  • 2 points for a win
  • 1 points for a draw
For more details on this topic, see 2000-01 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 Biarritz Olympique 6 4 0 2 13 20 −7 164 152 12 8
Scotland Edinburgh Reivers 6 3 1 2 17 12 5 154 141 13 7
Ireland Leinster 6 3 1 2 13 14 −1 149 156 −7 7
England Northampton 6 1 0 5 17 14 3 138 156 −18 2

Edinburgh finished above Leinster despite having a lower points difference, as the first tie-breaker was the results in the two matches between the teams.[1]

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Stade Français 6 5 0 1 36 4 32 297 85 212 10
Wales Swansea 6 4 0 2 28 11 17 244 123 121 8
England Wasps 6 3 0 3 20 14 6 175 156 19 6
Italy L'Aquila 6 0 0 6 3 58 −55 40 392 −352 0

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Wales Cardiff 6 4 0 2 18 13 5 182 146 36 8
England Saracens 6 4 0 2 14 13 1 174 140 34 8
France Toulouse 6 2 1 3 19 15 4 171 182 −11 5
Ireland Ulster 6 1 1 4 11 21 −10 146 205 −59 3

Cardiff won the pool despite having a lower points difference than Saracens, as the first tie-breaker was the results in the two matches between the teams.[2]

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Ireland Munster 6 5 0 1 15 7 8 154 109 45 10
England Bath 6 4 0 2 14 11 3 139 106 33 8
Wales Newport 6 2 0 4 10 22 −12 122 183 −61 4
France Castres 6 1 0 5 14 13 1 135 152 −17 2

Pool 5[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Gloucester 6 4 1 1 13 11 2 186 140 46 9
Wales Llanelli 6 4 0 2 18 8 10 187 103 84 8
France Colomiers 6 3 1 2 14 11 3 148 120 28 7
Italy Roma 6 0 0 6 10 25 −15 88 246 −158 0

Pool 6[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Leicester 6 5 0 1 15 9 6 178 105 73 10
France Pau 6 4 0 2 19 10 9 154 142 12 8
Wales Pontypridd 6 2 0 4 9 12 −3 136 131 5 4
Scotland Glasgow Caledonians 6 1 0 5 12 24 −12 137 227 −90 2

Seeding[edit]

Seed Pool Winners Pts TF +/−
1 France Stade Français 10 36 +212
2 England Leicester Tigers 10 15 +73
3 Ireland Munster 10 15 +45
4 England Gloucester 9 13 +46
5 Wales Cardiff 8 18 +36
6 France Biarritz Olympique 8 13 +12
Seed Pool Runners-up Pts TF +/−
7 Wales Swansea 8 28 +121
8 France Pau 8 19 +12
- Wales Llanelli 8 18 +84
- England Saracens 8 14 +34
- England Bath 8 14 +33
- Scotland Edinburgh Reivers 7 17 +13

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

27 January 2001
14:00
Gloucester England 21 – 15 Wales Cardiff
Kingsholm
Attendance: 10,800
27 January 2001
14:10
Stade Francais France 36 – 19 France Pau
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 8,000
28 January 2001
14:10
Leicester Tigers England 41 – 10 Wales Swansea
Welford Road
Attendance: 13,000
28 January 2001
14:45
Munster Ireland 38 – 29 France Biarritz Olympique
Thomond Park
Attendance: 14,000

Semi-finals[edit]

21 April 2001
15:00
Stade Francais France 16 – 15 Ireland Munster
Stadium Nord
Attendance: 20,400
21 April 2001
15:00
Leicester Tigers England 19 – 15 England Gloucester
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 14,010

Final[edit]

19 May 2001
15:00 CEST
Stade Français France 30 – 34 England Leicester Tigers
Pen: Dominguez (9) 4', 16', 21', 27', 39', 46', 57', 68', 71'
Drop: Dominguez 77'
Report Tries: Lloyd (2) 41' m, 79' c
Back 59' c
Con: Stimpson (2)
Pen: Stimpson (5) 6', 10', 30', 64', 73'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 44,000
Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

Going into the final stages of the game, the scores were level at 27–27. A drop goal from Diego Domínguez then put Stade three points ahead. Meanwhile, Leicester brought on replacement scrum-half Jamie Hamilton for starting fly-half Andy Goode, with starting scrum-half Austin Healey switching to fly-half. Glenn Gelderbloom was also brought on at outside centre, with Leon Lloyd switching from outside centre to wing.

Leicester won a penalty just inside their own half and kicked to the left-hand touchline. The resulting line-out throw was too high and but it was cleaned up by Neil Back at the back of the line. Back passed the ball to out to Healey, though the pass forced Healey to check his run to gather the ball. With the two sets of opposing backs 20 metres apart for the line-out, the Tigers backs executed a pre-called backs move. Healey would dummy scissors with inside centre Pat Howard, another dummy scissors with outside centre Glenn Gelderbloom before the ball would be passed to the big full back Tim Stimpson who would take the ball into contact. Howard drew Domínguez and Gelderbloom drew the Stade inside centre, but the Stade outside centre who had only been on the field a few minutes, drifted onto Stimpson. Healey broke the Stade defensive line through the gap, before drawing the full back and putting Leon Lloyd in the right hand corner.

Lloyd's second try of the game gave Leicester a two-point lead, with the conversion to come. If Stimpson missed, another goal would give Stade the lead. If he scored the conversion, however, Stade would need a try. The kick from the right-hand touchline was from the most difficult position on the field for a right-footed kicker. Stimpson however hit the conversion straight between the posts, and Leicester were able to hang on to their lead for victory.

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