2002–03 Heineken Cup

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2002–03 Heineken Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date 11 October 2002 - 24 May 2003
Tournament statistics
Teams 24
Matches played 79
Attendance 704,782 (8,921 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Stephen Jones (Llanelli)
(107 points)
Top try scorer(s) Vincent Clerc (Toulouse)
Garan Evans (Llanelli)
(7 tries)
Final
Venue Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance 28,600
Champions France Toulouse (2nd title)
Runner-up France Perpignan
Official website http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/
2001–02 (Previous) (Next) 2003–04

The 2002–03 Heineken Cup was the eighth 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 Béziers
  • France Perpignan
  • France Bourgoin
  • France Montferrand
  • France Toulouse
  • France Biarritz Olympique
  • England Leicester Tigers
  • England Gloucester
  • England Sale Sharks
  • England Bristol
  • England London Irish
  • England Northampton Saints
  • Wales Neath
  • Wales Llanelli
  • Wales Swansea
  • Wales Newport
  • Wales Cardiff
  • Scotland Glasgow Rugby
  • Scotland Edinburgh Rugby
  • Ireland Munster
  • Ireland Leinster
  • Ireland Ulster
  • Italy Calvisano
  • Italy Viadana

Pool stage[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2002-03 Heineken Cup pool stage.

In the pool matches teams received

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

Pool 1[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Leicester Tigers 6 5 1 0 31 6 25 232 71 161 11
Wales Neath 6 2 1 3 18 12 6 151 139 12 5
Italy L'Amatori & Calvisano 6 2 0 4 10 34 −24 105 236 −131 4
France Béziers 6 2 0 4 8 15 −7 109 151 −42 4

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
France Perpignan 6 4 0 2 23 16 7 176 156 20 8
Ireland Munster 6 4 0 2 27 14 13 206 107 99 8
England Gloucester 6 4 0 2 31 14 17 241 140 101 8
Italy Arix Viadana 6 0 0 6 15 52 −37 128 348 −220 0

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Wales Llanelli 6 5 0 1 22 16 6 201 130 71 10
France Bourgoin 6 4 0 2 21 14 7 190 142 48 8
Scotland Glasgow Rugby 6 2 0 4 9 23 −14 86 185 −99 4
England Sale Sharks 6 1 0 5 16 15 1 123 143 −20 2

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Ireland Leinster 6 6 0 0 22 7 15 188 93 95 12
England Bristol Shoguns 6 3 0 3 15 17 −2 149 144 5 6
France Montferrand 6 2 0 4 15 8 7 141 120 21 4
Wales Swansea 6 1 0 5 8 28 −20 109 230 −121 2

Pool 5[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 29 9 20 241 118 123 10
England London Irish 6 3 0 3 12 13 −1 158 118 40 6
Scotland Edinburgh Rugby 6 2 0 4 15 19 −4 125 188 −63 4
Wales Newport 6 2 0 4 11 26 −15 117 217 −100 4

Pool 6[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
England Northampton Saints 6 4 0 2 21 10 11 172 110 62 8
France Biarritz Olympique 6 4 0 2 14 5 9 138 73 65 8
Ireland Ulster 6 4 0 2 8 8 0 116 106 10 8
Wales Cardiff 6 0 0 6 6 26 −20 78 215 −137 0

Seeding[edit]

Seed Pool Winners Pts TF +/−
1 Ireland Leinster 12 22 +95
2 England Leicester Tigers 11 31 +161
3 France Toulouse 10 29 +123
4 Wales Llanelli 10 22 +71
5 France Perpignan 8 31 +101
6 England Northampton Saints 8 21 +62
Seed Pool Runners-up Pts TF +/−
7 Ireland Munster 8 27 +99
8 France Biarritz Olympique 8 14 +65
- France Bourgoin 8 21 +48
- England Bristol Shoguns 6 15 +5
- England London Irish 6 12 +40
- Wales Neath 5 18 +12

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

12 April 2003
14:45
Toulouse France 32 – 16 England Northampton Saints
Stade Municipal
Attendance: 36,500
12 April 2003
15:35
Leinster Ireland 18 – 13 France Biarritz
Lansdowne Road
Attendance: 46,000
13 April 2003
16:00
Leicester Tigers England 7 – 20 Ireland Munster
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,500
16 April 2003
19:30
Llanelli Wales 19 – 26 France Perpignan
Stradey Park
Attendance: 10,800

Semi-finals[edit]

26 April 2003
15:35
Toulouse France 13 – 12 Ireland Munster
Stade Municipal
Attendance: 36,500
27 April 2003
14:45
Leinster Ireland 14 – 21 France Perpignan
Lansdowne Road
Attendance: 37,000

Final[edit]

24 May 2003
15:00
Toulouse France 22 – 17 France Perpignan
Try: Clerc 33' c
Con: Delaigue
Pen: Delaigue (5) 3', 18', 27', 40', 80+1'
Report Try: Bomati 80+4' m
Pen: Edmonds (4) 44', 51', 57', 70'
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 28,600
Referee: Chris White (England) Substituted off 12'
Tony Spreadbury (England) Substituted in 12'

Toulouse became the second team to win the competition more than once.