2006–07 European Challenge Cup pool stage

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2006–07 European Challenge Cup pool stage
Season 2006–07 European Challenge Cup
Date 20 October 2006 - 20 January 2007
Qualifiers
Seed 1 France Clermont
Seed 2 England Saracens
Seed 3 England Bath
Seed 4 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Seed 5 France Brive
Seed 6 England Bristol
Seed 7 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Seed 8 England Newcastle Falcons
2005–06
(Previous)
2007–08
(Next)

The 2006–07 European Challenge Cup pool stage was the opening stage of the 11th season of the European Challenge Cup, the second-tier competition for European rugby union clubs. It began with five matches on 20 October 2006 and ended with the final seven pool games on 20 January 2007.

Twenty teams participated in this phase of the competition; they were divided into five pools of four teams each, with each team playing the others home and away. Competition points were earned using the standard bonus point system. The five pool winners and the best three runners-up advanced to the knockout stage. These teams then competed in a single-elimination tournament that ended with the final at the Twickenham Stoop in London on 19 May 2007.

Results[edit]

All times are local to the game location.

Key to colours
     Winner of each pool, advance to quarterfinals. Seed # in parentheses
     Three highest-scoring second-place teams advance to quarterfinals. Seed # in parentheses

Pool 1[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons (4) 6 5 0 1 29 10 19 211 79 132 4 1 25
England Bristol Rugby (6) 6 5 0 1 26 6 20 168 69 99 4 1 25
Romania Bucureşti 6 1 0 5 15 35 −20 124 230 −106 3 1 8
France Bayonne 6 1 0 5 14 33 −19 106 231 −125 2 1 7
20 October 2006
19:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 50 – 3 France Bayonne
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,112
Referee: Rob Debney
21 October 2006
15:00
Bucureşti Romania 3 – 27 England Bristol Rugby
Steaua Stadium
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

27 October 2006
19:45
Bristol Rugby England 11 – 7 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Memorial Ground
Attendance: 8,113
Referee: Eric Darriere
28 October 2006
14:00
Bucureşti Romania 32 – 27 France Bayonne
Steaua Stadium
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Stefano Mancini

8 December 2006
19:30
Bayonne France 17 – 38 England Bristol Rugby
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Malcolm Changleng
8 December 2006
19:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 66 – 10 Romania Bucureşti
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,325
Referee: Giulio de Santis

15 December 2006
19:45
Bristol Rugby England 48 – 6 France Bayonne
Memorial Ground
Attendance: 5,400
Referee: Tim Hayes
16 December 2006
13:00
Bucureşti Romania 29 – 39 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Steaua Stadium
Attendance: 500
Referee: Carlo Damasco

12 January 2007
19:30
Bayonne France 38 – 31 Romania Bucureşti
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 3,600
Referee: Paulo Ventura
12 January 2007
19:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 17 – 11 England Bristol Rugby
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 6,834
Referee: Romain Poite

19 January 2007
19:30
Bristol Rugby England 33 – 19 Romania Bucureşti
Memorial Ground
Attendance: 5,621
Referee: Jerome Garces
19 January 2007
20:30
Bayonne France 15 – 32 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Stade Jean Dauger
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Stefano Mancini

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
England Saracens (2) 6 5 1 0 35 9 26 225 101 124 5 0 26
Scotland Glasgow Warriors (7) 6 4 1 1 25 10 15 204 72 132 3 1 22
France Narbonne 6 2 0 4 16 20 −4 127 171 −44 1 1 10
Italy Parma 6 0 0 6 6 43 −37 84 296 −212 0 1 1
21 October 2006
14:30
GRAN Parma Italy 16 – 19 France Narbonne
Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 300
Referee: Andrew Macpherson
22 October 2006
15:00
Saracens England 28 – 23 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 4,266
Referee: Tim Hayes

27 October 2006
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 69 – 7 Italy GRAN Parma
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,707
Referee: Rob Debney
28 October 2006
19:30
Narbonne France 20 – 37 England Saracens
Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: George Clancy

8 December 2006
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 51 – 7 France Narbonne
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,431
Referee: Carlo Damasco
10 December 2006
15:00
Saracens England 71 – 16 Italy GRAN Parma
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 3,379
Referee: David Rosich

16 December 2006
14:30
GRAN Parma Italy 16 – 36 England Saracens
Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 800
Referee: Jerome Garces
16 December 2006
19:30
Narbonne France 7 – 8 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

13 January 2007
14:30
GRAN Parma Italy 17 – 47 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 700
Referee: Dean Richards
14 January 2007
15:00
Saracens England 47 – 20 France Narbonne
Vicarage Road
Attendance: 5,782
Referee: Carlo Damasco

19 January 2007
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 6 – 6 England Saracens
Hughenden
Attendance: 2,570
Referee: David Rosich
20 January 2007
19:30
Narbonne France 54 – 12 Italy GRAN Parma
Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Andrew Small

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Brive (5) 6 5 0 1 32 11 21 225 79 146 3 1 24
England Newcastle Falcons (8) 6 4 0 2 29 11 18 181 85 96 4 1 21
France Montauban 6 3 0 3 13 13 0 107 98 9 1 0 13
Italy Petrarca Padova 6 0 0 6 6 45 −39 47 298 −251 0 0 0
20 October 2006
19:00
Montauban France 13 – 26 France Brive
Stade de Sapiac
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Andrew Small
20 October 2006
20:00
Newcastle Falcons England 50 – 5 Italy Petrarca Padova
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,233
Referee: James Jones

28 October 2006
15:00
Brive France 41 – 12 England Newcastle Falcons
Stadium Municipal, Brive
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Hugh Watkins
28 October 2006
15:00
Petrarca Padova Italy 5 – 53 France Montauban
Stadio Plebiscito
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Dean Richards

8 December 2006
19:00
Montauban France 16 – 10 England Newcastle Falcons
Stade de Sapiac
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: George Clancy
9 December 2006
15:00
Brive France 78 – 18 Italy Petrarca Padova
Stadium Municipal, Brive
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Rob Debney

16 December 2006
15:00
Petrarca Padova Italy 6 – 48 France Brive
Stadio Plebiscito
Attendance: 500
Referee: Peter Allan
17 December 2006
15:00
Newcastle Falcons England 35 – 0 France Montauban
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,895
Referee: Malcolm Changleng

12 January 2007
19:00
Montauban France 19 – 7 Italy Petrarca Padova
Stade de Sapiac
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Rob Debney
12 January 2007
20:00
Newcastle Falcons England 24 – 17 France Brive
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,388
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

20 January 2007
15:00
Brive France 15 – 6 France Montauban
Stadium Municipal, Brive
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Dean Richards
20 January 2008
15:00
Petrarca Padova Italy 6 – 50 England Newcastle Falcons
Stadio Plebiscito
Attendance: 1,700
Referee: Neil Paterson

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
England Bath Rugby (3) 6 6 0 0 21 9 12 164 106 58 2 0 26
England NEC Harlequins 6 4 0 2 18 13 5 171 109 62 3 2 21
Ireland Connacht Rugby 6 1 0 5 15 16 −1 119 150 −31 2 2 8
France Montpellier 6 1 0 5 13 29 −16 116 205 −89 0 1 5
20 October 2006
19:00
Connacht Rugby Ireland 18 – 19 England NEC Harlequins
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,561
Referee: Romain Poite
20 October 2006
19:30
Montpellier France 14 – 21 England Bath Rugby
Stade Sabathe
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Peter Allan

28 October 2006
14:15
Bath Rugby England 21 – 19 Ireland Connacht Rugby
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,308
Referee: David Rosich
28 October 2006
20:45
NEC Harlequins England 57 – 10 France Montpellier
The Stoop
Attendance: 9,020
Referee: Carlo Damasco

8 December 2006
18:30
Connacht Rugby Ireland 26 – 13 France Montpellier
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Sean Davey
9 December 2006
15:00
NEC Harlequins England 18 – 24 England Bath Rugby
The Stoop
Attendance: 10,522
Referee: Eric Darriere

15 December 2006
19:30
Montpellier France 35 – 22 Ireland Connacht Rugby
Stade Sabathe
Attendance: 1,800
Referee: Rob Debney
16 December 2006
14:15
Bath Rugby England 20 – 14 England NEC Harlequins
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Andrew Macpherson

12 January 2007
19:0
Connacht Rugby Ireland 24 – 36 England Bath Rugby
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,244
Referee: Tim Hayes
12 January 2007
19:30
Montpellier France 27 – 37 England NEC Harlequins
Stade Sabathe
Attendance: 4,200
Referee: James Jones

20 January 2007
14:15
Bath Rugby England 42 – 17 France Montpellier
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 10,265
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon
20 January 2007
14:15
NEC Harlequins England 26 – 10 Ireland Connacht Rugby
The Stoop
Attendance: 9,053
Referee: David Changleng

Pool 5[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Clermont (1) 6 6 0 0 27 13 14 210 107 103 4 0 28
England Worcester Warriors 6 4 0 2 22 13 9 141 99 42 3 1 20
Italy Rugby Viadana 6 2 0 4 12 20 −8 114 145 −31 1 2 11
France Albi 6 0 0 6 7 22 −15 66 180 −114 0 0 0
21 October 2006
15:00
Worcester Warriors England 25 – 7 Italy Rugby Viadana
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 5,526
Referee: David Rosich
21 October 2006
18:30
Albi France 21 – 30 France Clermont
La Maison des Sports
Attendance: 3,734
Referee: Carlo Damasco

27 October 2006
20:00
Rugby Viadana Italy 26 – 13 France Albi
Stadio Luigi Zaffanella
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Andrew Macpherson
28 October 2006
15:00
Clermont France 29 – 23 England Worcester Warriors
Stade Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: James Jones

9 December 2006
15:00
Worcester Warriors England 29 – 0 France Albi
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 4,917
Referee: Stefano Mancini
10 December 2006
15:00
Viadana Italy 9 – 14 France Clermont
Stadio Luigi Zaffanella
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Dean Richards

16 December 2006
15:00
Clermont France 57 – 29 Italy Rugby Viadana
Stade Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 8,210
Referee: Andrew Small
16 December 2006
18:30
Albi France 12 – 23 England Worcester Warriors
La Maison des Sports
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Simon McDowell

13 January 2007
15:00
Worcester Warriors England 22 – 35 France Clermont
Sixways Stadium
Attendance: 5,848
Referee: Andrew Macpherson
13 January 2007
18:30
Albi France 17 – 27 Italy Rugby Viadana
La Maison des Sports
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Andrew Small

20 January 2007
15:00
Clermont France 45 – 3 France Albi
Stade Marcel Michelin
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: David Keane
20 January 2007
15:00
Rugby Viadana Italy 16 – 19 England Worcester Warriors
Stadio Luigi Zaffanella
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Pascal Gauzere

Seeding and runners-up[edit]

Seed Pool Winners Pts TF +/-
1 France Clermont 28 27 +103
2 England Saracens 26 35 +124
3 England Bath 26 21 +58
4 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 25 29 +132
5 France Brive 24 32 +146
Seed Pool Runners-up Pts TF +/-
6 England Bristol 25 29 +132
7 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 22 25 +132
8 England Newcastle Falcons 21 29 +96
- England Harlequins 21 18 +62
- England Worcester Warriors 20 22 +42

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