2003–04 European Shield

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2003-04 European Shield
Tournament details
Countries  England
 France
 Italy
 Portugal
 Spain
Tournament format(s) Knockout
Date 10 January 2004 - 21 May 2004
Tournament statistics
Teams 16
Matches played 29
Attendance 27,489 (948 per match)
Tries scored 176 (6.07 per match)
Final
Venue Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, Viadana
Attendance 2,553
Champions France Montpellier (1st title)
Runner-up Italy Viadana
Official website http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/
2002–03 (Previous) (Next) 2004–05

The 2003–04 European Shield (known as the Parker Pen Shield for sponsorship reasons)[1] was the 2nd season of the European Shield, Europe's third tier club rugby union competition below the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup. A total of 16 teams participated, representing five different countries.

This competition was contested between 12 first round losers from the 2003–04 European Challenge Cup[2] plus 4 other Clubs entering directly into the 1st Round. The structure of the competition was a purely knockout format; teams played each other on a home and away basis, with the aggregate points winner proceeding to the next round. The final was a single leg.

The competition began on 10 January 2004 and culminated in the final at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella in Viadana on 21 May 2004. Montpellier secured a victory over Viadana in the final and picked up their first piece of European Club silverware.

Teams[edit]

This competition was contested between 12 first round losers from the 2003–04 European Challenge Cup, plus 4 other Clubs that joined directly at the 1st Round of the Shield.[3]

England England France France Italy Italy Portugal Portugal Spain Spain

Rotherham

Montpellier

Gran Parma
L'Aquila
Leonessa
Overmach Parma
Petrarca Padova
Rugby Roma
Rovigo
Viadana

El Salvador
Valladolid RAC

AA Coimbra
Clube Rugby Lisboa

UC Madrid
UE Santboiana

Matches[edit]

Round 1[edit]

All kickoff times are local to the match location.[4]

1st Leg[edit]

10 January 2004
14:30
Clube Rugby Lisboa Portugal 25 – 13 Italy Leonessa
Report
Estádio Universitário de Lisboa
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Malcolm Changleng (Scotland)
10 January 2004
15:00
AA Coimbra Portugal 0 – 45 Italy Petrarca Padova
Report
Estádio Municipal Sérgio Conceição
Referee: David Changleng (Scotland)
10 January 2004
15:00
L'Aquila Italy 36 – 22 Spain UE Santboiana
Report
Stadio Tommaso Fattori
Attendance: 500
Referee: Sean Davy (England)
10 January 2004
15:00
Rovigo Italy 48 – 13 Spain El Salvador
Report
Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini
Attendance: 300
Referee: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)
10 January 2004
16:00
UC Madrid Spain 27 – 60 Italy Viadana
Report
Ciuadad Universitaria
Attendance: 500
Referee: Andy Ireland (Scotland)
10 January 2004
19:30
Montpellier France 46 – 10 Italy Rugby Roma
Report
Stade Sabathé
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
11 January 2004
12:30
Valladolid RAC Spain 9 – 15 Italy Overmach Parma
Report
Estadio Pepe Rojo
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Neil Ballard (Wales)
11 January 2004
14:30
Gran Parma Italy 41 – 33 England Rotherham
Report
Sergio Lanfranchi Stadium
Attendance: 300
Referee: Franck Maciello (France)

2nd Leg[edit]

17 January 2004
14:30
Overmach Parma Italy 27 – 10 Spain Valladolid RAC
Report
Sergio Lanfranchi Stadium
Attendance: 400
Referee: Franck Maciello (France)
17 January 2004
14:30
Viadana Italy 43 – 3 Spain UC Madrid
Report
Stadio Luigi Zaffanella
Attendance: 500
Referee: Malcolm Changleng (Scotland)
17 January 2004
15:00
Petrarca Padova Italy 83 – 3 Portugal AA Coimbra
Report
Stadio Plebiscito
Attendance: 500
Referee: Sean Davy (England)
17 January 2004
17:00
Leonessa Italy 42 – 18 Portugal Clube Rugby Lisboa
Report
Campo Comunale di Rugby
Attendance: 800
Referee: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)
18 January 2004
12:30
El Salvador Spain 40 – 24 Italy Rovigo
Report
Estadio Pepe Rojo
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
18 January 2004
12:30
UE Santboiana Spain 26 – 8 Italy L'Aquila
Report
Estadi Baldiri Aleu
Attendance: 1,600
Referee: Andy Ireland (Scotland)
18 January 2004
13:00
Rotherham England 42 – 17 Italy Gran Parma
Report
Millmoor
Attendance: 1,183
Referee: Phil Fear (Wales)
18 January 2004
14:30
Rugby Roma Italy 10 – 22 France Montpellier
Report
Stadio Tre Fontane
Attendance: 100
Referee: David Rose (England)

Aggregate Results[edit]

Proceed to Quarter-final Match points Aggregate score Points margin Eliminated from competition
Petrarca Padova Italy 4 – 2 128 – 3 125 Portugal AA Coimbra
Viadana Italy 4 – 2 103 – 30 73 Spain UC Madrid
Montpellier France 4 – 2 68 – 20 48 Italy Rugby Roma
Overmach Parma Italy 4 – 2 42 – 19 23 Spain Valladolid RAC
Rovigo Italy 2 – 2 72 – 53 19 Spain El Salvador
Rotherham England 2 – 2 75 – 58 17 Italy Gran Parma
Leonessa Italy 2 – 2 55 – 43 12 Portugal Clube Rugby Lisboa
UE Santboiana Spain 2 – 2 48 – 44 4 Italy L'Aquila

Quarter finals[edit]

1st Leg[edit]

All kickoff times are local to the match location.[5]

24 January 2004
14:30
Overmach Parma Italy 29 – 10 Italy Rovigo
Report
Sergio Lanfranchi Stadium
Attendance: 500
Referee: Franck Maciello (France)
24 January 2004
14:30
Viadana Italy 32 – 30 England Rotherham
Report
Stadio Luigi Zaffanella
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: R McDowell (Ireland)
24 January 2004
15:00
UE Santboiana Spain 19 – 27 Italy Leonessa
Report
Estadi Baldiri Aleu
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Jean Matheu (France)
24 January 2004
19:30
Montpellier France 34 – 6 Italy Petrarca Padova
Report
Stade Sabathé
Attendance: 2,300
Referee: David Changleng (Scotland)

2nd Leg[edit]

All kickoff times are local to the match location.[6]

31 January 2004
15:00
Petrarca Padova Italy 18 – 9 France Montpellier
Report
Stadio Plebiscito
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
31 January 2004
15:00
Rotherham England 22 – 21 Italy Viadana
Report
Millmoor
Attendance: 1,153
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)
31 January 2004
15:00
Rovigo Italy 24 – 20 Italy Overmach Parma
Report
Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini
Attendance: 800
Referee: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
31 January 2004
17:00
Leonessa Italy 28 – 10 Spain UE Santboiana
Report
Campo Comunale di Rugby
Attendance: 800
Referee: David Keane (Ireland)

Aggregate Results[edit]

Proceed to Semi-final Match points Aggregate score Points margin Eliminated from competition
Leonessa Italy 4 – 2 55 – 29 26 Spain UE Santboiana
Montpellier France 2 – 2 43 – 24 19 Italy Petrarca Padova
Overmach Parma Italy 2 – 2 49 – 34 15 Italy Rovigo
Viadana Italy 2 – 2 53 – 52 1 England Rotherham

Semi finals[edit]

All kickoff times are local to the match location.[7]

1st Leg[edit]

9 April 2004
19:30
Montpellier France 45 – 12 Italy Leonessa
Report
Stade Sabathé
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Sean Davey (England)
10 April 2004
15:00
Overmach Parma Italy 32 – 42 Italy Viadana
Report
Sergio Lanfranchi Stadium
Attendance: 500
Referee: Malcolm Changleng (Scotland)

2nd Leg[edit]

24 April 2004
15:00
Leonessa Italy 23 – 26 France Montpellier
Report
Campo Comunale di Rugby
Attendance: 500
Referee: David Changleng (Scotland)
25 April 2004
15:05
Viadana Italy 33 – 27 Italy Overmach Parma
Report
Stadio Luigi Zaffanella
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)

Aggregate Results[edit]

Proceed to Final Match points Aggregate score Points margin Eliminated from competition
Montpellier France 4 – 2 71 – 35 36 Italy Leonessa
Viadana Italy 4 – 2 75 – 59 16 Italy Overmach Parma

Final[edit]

21 May 2004
21:00
Montpellier France 25 – 19 Italy Viadana
Try: Buada
Arbo
Daniell
Con: Bortolussi (1)
Jouve (1)
Pen: Jouve (2)
Report Try: Steyn (1)
Con: Steyn (1)
Pen: Steyn (4)
Stadio Luigi Zaffanella, Viadana
Attendance: 2,553
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Shield History". ERC. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Challenge Cup European Champions". ERC. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Parker Pen Shield News". ERC. 14 December 2003. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Parker Pen Shield Round 1 Fixtures". ERC. 23 December 2003. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Parker Pen Shield Lineups". ERC. 23 January 2004. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Parker Pen Shield Lineups". ERC. 29 January 2004. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Parker Pen Shield Final To Be Played In Italy". ERC. 6 April 2004. Retrieved 30 January 2013.