2009–10 Amlin Challenge Cup pool stage

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2009–10 Amlin Challenge Cup pool stage
Season 2009–10 Amlin Challenge Cup
Date 8 October 2009 - 23 January 2010
Qualifiers
Seed 1 Ireland Connacht
Seed 2 France Toulon
Seed 3 England London Wasps
Seed 4 England Newcastle Falcons
Seed 5 Wales Cardiff Blues
Seed 6 England Gloucester Rugby
Seed 7 Wales Scarlets
Seed 8 France Bourgoin
2008–09
(Previous)
2010–11
(Next)

The 2009–10 Amlin Challenge Cup pool stage was the opening stage of the 14th season of the European Challenge Cup, the second-tier competition for European rugby union clubs. It began on 8 October 2009 when Worcester Warriors hosted Montpellier and ended on 24 January 2010 with the Leeds Carnegie / Bourgoin fixture.

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 pool winners advanced to the knockout stage, where they were joined by three entrants from the Heineken Cup pool stage. These teams then competed in a single-elimination tournament that ended with the final at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille on 23 May 2010.

Results[edit]

All times are local to the game location.

Key to colours
     Winner of each pool advances 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
France Bourgoin (8) 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
9 October 2009
19:30
Bourgoin France 29 – 19 England Leeds Carnegie

18 October 2009
15:00
Leeds Carnegie England 32 – 13 Italy Overmach Parma

12 December 2009
14:00
Overmach Parma Italy 14 – 9 France Bourgoin

17 December 2009
19:30
Bourgoin France 31 – 10 Italy Overmach Parma
20 December 2009
15:00
Leeds Carnegie England 47 – 0 Romania Bucureşti Oaks

14 January 2010
19:30
Bourgoin France 33 – 15 Romania Bucureşti Oaks
16 January 2010
14:30
Overmach Parma Italy 16 – 38 England Leeds Carnegie

23 January 2010
14:30
Overmach Parma Italy 16 – 9 Romania Bucureşti Oaks
24 January 2010
15:00
Leeds Carnegie England 9 – 18 France Bourgoin

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 (1) 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
8 October 2009
19:45
Worcester Warriors England 17 – 22 France Montpellier
9 October 2009
18:30
Connacht Ireland 46 – 6 Spain Olympus Madrid

16 October 2009
20:00
Montpellier France 19 – 22 Ireland Connacht

11 December 2009
20:00
Montpellier France 57 – 24 Spain Olympus Madrid
11 December 2009
15:00
Worcester Warriors England 21 – 26 Ireland Connacht

18 December 2009
19:00
Connacht Ireland 19 – 7 England Worcester Warriors

15 January 2010
19:00
Connacht Ireland 20 – 10 France Montpellier

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 (2) 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
9 October 2009
19:00
Castres Olympique France 17 – 33 France Toulon
11 October 2009
15:00
Saracens England 36 – 12 Italy Rovigo

15 October 2009
20:45
Toulon France 31 – 23 England Saracens
17 October 2009
15:00
Rovigo Italy 11 – 76 France Castres Olympique

11 December 2009
19:00
Castres Olympique France 9 – 23 England Saracens
11 December 2009
19:30
Toulon France 73 – 3 Italy Rovigo

19 December 2009
20:00
Saracens England 18 – 14 France Castres Olympique
20 December 2009
14:00
Rovigo Italy 7 – 30 France Toulon

14 January 2010
19:45
Saracens England 28 – 9 France Toulon
15 January 2010
19:00
Castres Olympique France 47 – 0 Italy Rovigo

23 January 2010
15:00
Rovigo Italy 8 – 56 England Saracens
23 January 2010
20:45
Toulon France 42 – 10 France Castres Olympique

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 (3) 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
9 October 2009
19:30
Bayonne France 61 – 3 Italy Rugby Roma Olimpic
11 October 2009
15:00
London Wasps England 18 – 13 France Racing Métro


12 December 2009
15:00
London Wasps England 22 – 18 France Bayonne

17 December 2009
20:45
Bayonne France 3 – 12 England London Wasps

14 January 2010
20:00
London Wasps England 50 – 16 Italy Rugby Roma Olimpic
16 January 2010
20:45
Bayonne France 27 – 14 France Racing Métro

23 January 2010
14:30
Rugby Roma Olimpic Italy 6 – 55 France Bayonne

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 (4) 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
9 October 2009
20:00
Albi France 7 – 17 France Montauban
10 October 2009
15:00
Petrarca Padova Italy 27 – 29 England Newcastle Falcons

16 October 2009
20:30
Montauban France 27 – 10 Italy Petrarca Padova
18 October 2009
15:00
Newcastle Falcons England 45 – 3 France Albi

10 December 2009
19:45
Newcastle Falcons England 17 – 6 France Montauban
12 December 2009
15:00
Petrarca Padova Italy 16 – 35 France Albi

18 December 2009
20:30
Montauban France 24 – 19 England Newcastle Falcons
20 December 2009
14:00
Albi France 38 – 16 Italy Petrarca Padova

15 January 2010
20:00
Albi France 14 – 16 England Newcastle Falcons
16 January 2010
15:00
Petrarca Padova Italy 23 – 31 France Montauban

22 January 2010
19:30
Montauban France 27 – 20 France Albi
22 January 2010
20:00
Newcastle Falcons England 20 – 3 Italy Petrarca Padova

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

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