2009–10 Heineken Cup

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2009–10 Heineken Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date Oct 2009 – May 2010
Tournament statistics
Teams 24
Matches played 79
Attendance 1,080,598 (13,678 per match)
Top point scorer(s) France Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz) (113 points)
Top try scorer(s) Ireland Tommy Bowe (Ospreys) (7 tries)
Final
Venue Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance 78,962
Champions France Toulouse (4th title)
Runner-up France Biarritz Olympique
Official website http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/
2008–09 (Previous) (Next) 2010–11

The 2009–10 Heineken Cup was the 15th season of the Heineken Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from the top six nations in European rugby. It started in October 2009 and ended on 22 May 2010 with the final at Stade de France in which Toulouse defeated Biarritz 21 – 19 to win the trophy for the fourth time.[1]

Teams[edit]

Seven English teams participated, as an English team, Leicester Tigers, progressed further in the previous year's tournament than any French or Italian team. France had six participants, Ireland three, Wales four, Italy two and Scotland two.

On Friday 29 May 2009, Newport Gwent Dragons defeated Calvisano 42–17 in a play-off to secure the 24th and final qualification place.[2]

England France Wales Ireland Scotland Italy

Seeding[edit]

The seeding system was the same as in the 2008–09 tournament. The 24 competing teams are ranked based on past Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup performance, with each pool receiving one team from each quartile, or Tier.[3] The requirement to have only one team per country in each pool, however, still applied (with the exception of the inclusion of the seventh English team).[4]

The brackets show each team's European Rugby Club Ranking at the start of the 2009–10 season.

Tier 1 Ireland Munster (1) England Leicester Tigers (2) Ireland Leinster (3) France Toulouse (4) England Bath (5) France Biarritz (6)
Tier 2 Wales Cardiff Blues (8) France Stade Français (9) England Gloucester (10) France Perpignan (11) Wales Ospreys (13) England London Irish (14)
Tier 3 England Northampton Saints (15) England Sale Sharks (16) France Clermont (17) Wales Scarlets (18) Ireland Ulster (20) Wales Newport Gwent Dragons (21)
Tier 4 England Harlequins (23) Scotland Glasgow Warriors (24) Scotland Edinburgh (26) Italy Benetton Treviso (28) France Brive (29) Italy Viadana (36)

Pool stage[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2009–10 Heineken Cup pool stage.

The draw for the pool stage took place on 9 June 2009 in Paris.

Key to colours
     Winner of each pool, and best two runners-up,
advance to quarterfinals. Seed # in parentheses
     Third- through fifth- highest-scoring second-place teams
parachute into the knockout stage of the European Challenge Cup.
Seed # in brackets

Pool 1[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
Ireland Munster (1) 6 5 0 1 19 10 9 185 94 91 3 1 24
England Northampton Saints (8) 6 4 0 2 16 8 8 138 104 34 2 1 19
France Perpignan 6 2 0 4 12 10 2 108 123 −15 1 2 11
Italy Benetton Treviso 6 1 0 5 7 26 −19 68 178 −110 0 1 5

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Biarritz (2) 6 5 0 1 19 8 11 188 97 91 3 0 23
England Gloucester [6] 6 4 0 2 12 12 0 119 129 −10 1 0 17
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 6 2 0 4 9 14 −5 120 140 −20 0 1 9
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 6 1 0 5 12 18 −6 108 169 −61 0 2 6

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Clermont Auvergne (5) 6 4 0 2 24 11 13 201 120 81 3 2 21
Wales Ospreys (7) 6 4 1 1 21 11 10 188 121 67 2 0 20
England Leicester Tigers 6 3 1 2 23 10 13 187 123 64 3 1 18
Italy Viadana 6 0 0 6 6 42 −36 83 295 −212 0 0 0

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Stade Français (6) 6 4 0 2 11 7 4 124 95 29 1 1 18
Ireland Ulster 6 4 0 2 11 6 5 127 94 33 0 1 17
Scotland Edinburgh 6 3 0 3 3 10 −7 64 94 −30 0 1 13
England Bath 6 1 0 5 6 8 −2 84 116 −32 0 3 7

Pool 5[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Toulouse (3) 6 5 0 1 13 9 4 143 92 51 2 1 23
Wales Cardiff Blues [5] 6 4 0 2 14 10 4 149 104 45 1 1 18
England Sale Sharks 6 3 0 3 15 16 −1 126 153 −27 1 1 14
England Harlequins 6 0 0 6 13 20 −7 102 171 −69 0 2 2

Pool 6[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
Ireland Leinster (4) 6 4 1 1 19 6 13 154 60 94 3 1 22
Wales Scarlets [7] 6 4 0 2 12 20 −8 116 147 −31 1 0 17
England London Irish 6 3 1 2 16 8 8 140 94 46 2 1 17
France Brive 6 0 0 6 7 20 −13 68 177 −109 0 1 1
  • Scarlets win the tiebreaker over London Irish by virtue of winning both of the matches between the two teams.

Seeding and runners-up[edit]

  • Bare numbers indicate Heineken Cup quarterfinal seeding.
  • Numbers with "C" indicate Challenge Cup quarterfinal seeding.
Seed Pool Winners Pts TF +/−
1 Ireland Munster 24 19 +91
2 France Biarritz 23 19 +91
3 France Toulouse 23 14 +51
4 Ireland Leinster 22 19 +94
5 France Clermont 21 24 +81
6 France Stade Français 18 11 +29
Seed Pool Runners-up Pts TF +/−
7 Wales Ospreys 20 17 +67
8 England Northampton 19 16 +34
5C Wales Cardiff Blues 18 14 +45
6C England Gloucester 17 12 −10
7C Wales Scarlets 17 12 −29
Ireland Ulster 17 11 +33

Knock-out stage[edit]

The semi-final draw was conducted on 24 January in Paris. The winner of the topmost quarter-final on each side of the bracket receives home-country advantage in its semi-final. (The competition organisers have traditionally allowed Biarritz to take semi-finals to Spain, as it has stadiums that meet Heineken Cup semi-final hosting requirements that are far closer to Biarritz than any acceptable venue in France. The club also enjoys large support in the Basque Country of Spain, a region with which it shares a cultural affinity.)

All times are local times.

Quarter-finals[edit]

9 April 2010
20:00
Leinster Ireland 29 – 28 France Clermont Auvergne
Try: Heaslip (2) 22' c, 33' c
Con: Sexton (2/2)
Pen: Sexton (5/6) 21', 37', 54', 65', 72'
Report Try: Malzieu (3) 11' c, 44' m, 62' c
Con: James (2/3)
Pen: James (3/7) 16', 49', 60'
RDS Arena, Dublin
Attendance: 18,500[5]
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

10 April 2010
16:00
Biarritz France 29 – 28 Wales Ospreys
Try: Ngwenya 11' c
Balshaw 50' c
Con: Yachvili (2/2)
Pen: Yachvili (2/3) 22', 48'
Drop: Traille (3/4) 1', 23', 60'
Report Try: R. Jones 19' c
Byrne 35' m
Walker 75' c
Con: Biggar (2/3)
Pen: Biggar (2/4) 45', 53'
Drop: Biggar (1/4) 40'

10 April 2010
17:30
Munster Ireland 33 – 19 England Northampton Saints
Try: Warwick 4' m
Howlett (2) 24' m, 75' c
de Villiers 52' c
Con: O'Gara (2/4) 53', 76'
Pen: O'Gara (3/4) 1', 58', 67'
Report Try: Clarke 39' c
Con: Myler (1/1)
Pen: Myler (4/4) 10', 16', 28', 55'
Thomond Park, Limerick
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

11 April 2010
17:30
Toulouse France 42 – 16 France Stade Français
Try: Jauzion 40' c
Albacete 58' c
Heymans 74' c
Con: Skrela (3/3)
Pen: Skrela (7/9) 24', 32', 45', 48', 66', 70', 79'
Report Try: Roncero 20'
Con: Beauxis (1/1)
Pen: Beauxis (3/3) 26', 43', 47'
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Attendance: 35,089
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

Semi-finals[edit]

1 May 2010
16:45
Toulouse France 26 – 16 Ireland Leinster
Try: Jauzion 55' c
Skrela 60' c
Con: Skrela (2/2)
Pen: Skrela (4/6) 4', 16', 30', 71'
Drop: Élissalde (0/1)
Report Try: Heaslip 64' c
Con: Berne (1/1)
Pen: Berne (2/2) 31', 40'+1'
Kearney (1/1) 42'
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Attendance: 34,951
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

2 May 2010
16:15
Biarritz Olympique France 18 – 7 Ireland Munster
Pen: Yachvili (6/6) 39', 44', 65', 72', 78', 80'
Report Try: Earls 29' c
Con: O'Gara (1/1)

Final[edit]

The final was played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis.

22 May 2010
18:00
Biarritz France 19 – 21 France Toulouse
Try: Hunt 73' c
Con: Courrent (1/1)
Pen: Yachvili (4/4) 4', 15', 29', 48'
Report Pen: Fritz (1/1) 21'
Skrela (3/5) 33', 36', 65'
Drop: Fritz (1/1) 38'
Skrela (2/2) 51', 58'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 78,962 [6]
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Leading scorers[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Kitson, Robert (2010-05-22). "Toulouse outmuscle Biarritz to win uninspiring Heineken Cup final". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Calvisano 17–42 NG Dragons". BBC. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "ERC European Rankings (May 2009)". European Rugby Cup. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "ERC Draw Regulations (May 2009)". European Rugby Cup. Retrieved 15 May 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ BBC Sport
  6. ^ http://www.lequipe.fr/Rugby/RugbyFicheMatch12551.html