2009–10 European Challenge Cup

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2009–10 Amlin Challenge Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Romania
 Spain
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date 9 October 2009 to 23 May 2010
Tournament statistics
Teams 20
Matches played 67
Top point scorer(s) Jimmy Gopperth (Newcastle)
(74 points)
Top try scorer(s) Tom Varndell (Wasps)
(10 tries)
Final
Venue Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance 48,990[1]
Champions Wales Cardiff Blues (1st title)
Runner-up France Toulon
Official website http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/
2008–09 (Previous) (Next) 2010–11

The 2009–10 Amlin Challenge Cup was the 14th season of the European Challenge Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from six nations in European rugby. It started on 8 October 2009 at Sixways Stadium in Worcester with Worcester Warriors hosting Montpellier, and ended with the final at Stade Vélodrome in Marseille on 23 May 2010. The reigning champions were Northampton Saints, who did not defend their title as they qualified for the 2009–10 Heineken Cup. Cardiff Blues won the trophy after a 28-21 win against Toulon.[2]

Teams[edit]

Five English teams and eight French teams competed because an English team - Leicester Tigers - progressed farther in the 2008–09 Heineken Cup than any French or Italian team.

Other countries will have their usual number of teams: Ireland one, Romania one and one from Spain.[3]

France England Italy Ireland Romania Spain

Pool stage[edit]

The draw for the pool stages took place on 15 June 2009. The seeding system was the same as for the 2008–09 tournament. The 20 competing teams were ranked based on past Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup performance, with each pool receiving one team from each Tier.[5] The requirement to have only one team per country in each pool was, however, still apply (with the exception of the inclusion of the sixth, seventh and eight French teams).

Beginning with this season's competition, only the pool winners advanced to the knockout stage. They were joined by three clubs from the 2009–10 Heineken Cup, specifically the third through fifth highest-ranking teams that finished second in their pool (the top two second-place teams entered the Heineken Cup knockout stage).[6]

Team seedings[edit]

Seeding was determined by the teams' position in the ERC Rankings at the time of the pool draw in June 2009.

Rank Team Total points 2008–09 points 2007–08 points 2006–07 points 2005–06 points
7 London Wasps 19 3 2 11 3
12 Saracens 14 2 7 2 3
19 Bourgoin 8 3 2 1 2
22 Worcester 7 2 3 0 2
25 Newcastle 6 1 2 1 2
27 Castres 5 1 1 2 1
30 Leeds 4 0 1 0 3
31 Calvisano 3 1 0 1 1
34 Connacht 2 1 0 0 1
35 Montauban 1 1 0 0 0
37 Montpellier 1 0 1 0 0
38 Overmach Parma 1 0 0 1 0
39 Bayonne 1 0 0 0 1
Key to colours
     Winner of each pool, advanced to quarterfinals
Along with 3rd, 4th and 5th best runners up in the Heineken Cup group stages.
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
France Bourgoin 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 141 86 +55 2 1 23
England Leeds Carnegie 6 4 0 2 19 6 +13 160 82 +78 3 0 19
Italy Overmach Parma 6 2 0 4 5 17 −12 78 145 −67 0 0 8
Romania Bucureşti Oaks 6 1 0 5 5 16 −11 70 136 −66 0 3 7

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
Ireland Connacht 6 6 0 0 28 5 +23 199 63 +136 2 0 26
France Montpellier 6 4 0 2 18 10 +8 158 92 +66 2 1 19
England Worcester Warriors 6 2 0 4 18 8 +10 140 83 +57 2 3 13
Spain Olympus Madrid 6 0 0 6 4 45 −41 44 303 −269 0 0 0

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Toulon 6 5 0 1 27 7 +20 218 88 +130 3 0 23
England Saracens 6 5 0 1 17 6 +11 184 83 +101 2 0 22
France Castres Olympique 6 2 0 4 24 12 +12 173 127 +46 2 1 11
Italy Rovigo 6 0 0 6 3 46 −43 41 318 −277 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
England London Wasps 6 5 0 1 21 3 +18 176 69 +107 2 1 23
France Bayonne 6 4 0 2 23 4 −19 184 73 +111 2 1 19
France Racing Métro 6 3 0 3 22 7 +15 177 85 +92 2 2 16
Italy Rugby Roma Olimpic 6 0 0 6 1 53 −52 28 338 −310 0 0 0

Pool 5[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
England Newcastle Falcons 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 146 77 +69 2 1 23
France Montauban 6 5 0 1 13 9 +4 132 96 +36 1 0 21
France Albi 6 2 0 4 13 14 −1 117 137 −20 2 2 12
Italy Petrarca Padova 6 0 0 6 9 22 −13 95 180 −85 0 1 1

Seeding[edit]

  • Bare numbers indicate Challenge quarterfinal seeding.
  • Numbers with "HC" indicate Heineken Cup 3rd-5th Runners-Up.
Seeds Top 4 Pool Winners Pts TF +/−
1 Ireland Connacht 26 28 +136
2 France Toulon 23 27 +130
3 England London Wasps 23 21 +108
4 England Newcastle Falcons 23 16 +69
Non-Seeds (Worst Pool Winner and HC Runners-up) Pts TF +/−
5HC Wales Cardiff Blues 18 14 +45
6HC England Gloucester 17 12 -10
7HC Wales Scarlets 17 12 -31
8 France Bourgoin 23 15 +55

Knock-out stage[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

10 April 2010
13:00
Connacht Ireland 23 – 20 France Bourgoin
Try: Swift 17' c
Muldoon 36' c
Con: Keatley (2/2)
Pen: Nikora (2/2) 66', 73'
Drop: Nikora (1/1) 79'
Report Try: Kopelani 30' c
Senio 59' c
Con: Boyet (2/2)
Pen: Boyet (2/5) 39', 44'
Galway Sportsgrounds, Galway
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Andrew Small (England)
10 April 2010
21:00
Toulon France 38 – 12 Wales Scarlets
Try: Marienval (2) 29' c, 41' c
Sinzelle 72' m
Williams 76' m
Missoup 80'+1' m
Con: Wilkinson (2/3)
Pen: Wilkinson (3/3) 9', 36', 40'
Report Pen: S. Jones (4/6) 11', 23', 44', 47'
Stade Mayol, Toulon
Attendance: 12'600
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
11 April 2010
14:00
London Wasps England 42 – 26 England Gloucester
Try: Jacobs 6' c
Betsen 22' c
Varndell (3) 33' c, 72' m, 80' c
Con: Cipriani (4/5)
Pen: Cipriani (3/3) 18', 40', 43'
Report Try: Eustace 25' c
Sharples 77' c
Con: Robinson (2/2)
Pen: Robinson (4/4) 5', 10', 38', 56'
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 6,289
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)
11 April 2010
15:00
Newcastle Falcons England 20 – 55 Wales Cardiff Blues
Try: Amesbury 15' c
Young 66' c
Con: Gopperth (2/2)
Pen: Gopperth (2/3) 11', 18'
Report Try: Laulala 9' c
M. Williams 13' c
Filise (2) 42' c, 57' c
Blair 52'
Roberts 55' c
Sweeney 74' c
Con: Blair (7/7)
Pen: Blair (2/2) 32', 46'
Kingston Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 4,346
Referee: Jérôme Garces (France)

Semi-finals[edit]

30 April 2010
19:45
Connacht Ireland 12 – 19 France Toulon
Pen: Keatley (4/4) 2', 21', 37', 44'
Nikora (0/1)
Drop: Keatley (0/1)
Report Try: Kefu 40'+10' c
Con: Wilkinson (1/1)
Pen: Wilkinson (3/3) 10', 19', 35'
Drop: Wilkinson (1/3) 26'
Galway Sportsgrounds, Galway
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
1 May 2010
18:00
London Wasps England 15 – 18 Wales Cardiff Blues
Pen: Walder (5/6) 20', 32', 35', 41', 62'
Report Try: Halfpenny 27' m
Jenkins 59' c
Con: Blair (1/2)
Pen: Blair (2/5) 38', 52'
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 8,413
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Final[edit]

On 28 April 2010, the competition organiser, European Rugby Cup, announced that the final will be held on 23 May. The time was set at 13:00 UTC (14:00 BST, 15:00 CEST), but the location would depend on the result of the Connacht–Toulon semi-final. Since Toulon won, the final was held at Stade Vélodrome in Marseille.[7]

Cardiff Blues were designated as the home team for the final. However, it was an effective home game for Toulon; Stade Vélodrome hosted two of that club's matches in their domestic season. Cardiff Blues won the final against Toulon by 28-21.[8]

23 May 2010
15:00
Cardiff Blues Wales 28 – 21 France Toulon
Try: Roberts 50' c
Halfpenny 65' m
Davies 69' c
Con: Blair (2/3)
Pen: Halfpenny (1/2) 6'
Blair (2/2) 22', 60'
Report Try: Williams 37' c
Sourice 77' m
Con: Wilkinson (1/1)
Pen: Wilkinson (2/3) 12', 32'
May (1/1) 55'
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 48,990
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Sport: Match Report
  2. ^ "Cardiff Blues 28-21 Toulon". BBC Sport. 23 May 2010. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "European Challenge Cup Pool Draw 2009/10". European Rugby Cup. Retrieved 14 June 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ Rome replaced Calvisano in Rugbyrama
  5. ^ "ERC European Rankings". European Rugby Cup. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Format and qualification changes for Europe" (Press release). European Rugby Cup. 15 June 2009. Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Amlin Challenge Cup Final Set for Sunday, 23 May" (Press release). European Rugby Cup. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Rees, Paul (23 May 2010). "Cardiff Blues seize on Jonny Wilkinson injury to overcome Toulon". Guardian (London). Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 

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