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2010–11 Heineken Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date 8 October 2010 – 21 May 2011
Tournament statistics
Teams 24
Matches played 79
Attendance 1,139,427 (14,423 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Jonathan Sexton (Leinster)
(138 points)
Top try scorer(s) Paul Diggin (Northampton)
(6 tries)
Final
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance 72,456
Champions Leinster (2nd title)
Runner-up Northampton Saints
Official website http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/
2009–10 (Previous) (Next) 2011–12

The 2010–11 Heineken Cup was the 16th season of the Heineken Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from the top six nations in European rugby. It started with three matches on 8 October 2010 and ended on 21 May 2011 with the final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium[1] where Leinster beat Northampton Saints 33 – 22.[2][3]

Teams[edit]

The default allocation of teams is as follows:

  • England: 6 teams, based on performance in the Aviva Premiership and Anglo-Welsh Cup
  • France: 6 teams, based on regular-season finish in the Top 14
  • Ireland and Wales: 3 teams each, based on regular-season finish in the Celtic League
  • Italy and Scotland: 2 teams each, based on participation in the Celtic League

The remaining two places are filled by the winners of the previous year's Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup. If the cup winners are already qualified through their domestic league, an additional team from their country will claim a Heineken Cup place (assuming another team is available). The only exception is when teams from England or France win both cups, which did not happen in 2009–10.

Because 2010 Heineken Cup winners Toulouse were already qualified for this season's Heineken Cup by virtue of their fourth-place regular-season finish in the 2009–10 Top 14, the extra place for France went to seventh-placed Biarritz (who were also Toulouse's defeated opponent in the Heineken Cup Final). Because Amlin Challenge Cup winners Cardiff Blues were already qualified for the Heineken Cup by finishing second among the four Welsh teams in the 2009–10 Celtic League, the extra Welsh place went to the lowest-placed Welsh team in the league, Scarlets.

England France Wales Ireland Italy Scotland

Seeding[edit]

The seeding system was the same as in the 2009–10 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.[4] The requirement to have only one team per country in each pool, however, still applies (with the exception of the inclusion of the seventh French team).[5]

The brackets show each team's European Rugby Club Ranking at the end of the 2009–10 season. Aironi inherited the ranking of Viadana, the principal shareholders in the new Celtic League team.

Tier 1 Ireland Munster (1) France Toulouse (2) Ireland Leinster (3) England Leicester Tigers (4) France Biarritz (5) Wales Cardiff Blues (6)
Tier 2 England London Wasps (7) France Clermont (9) Wales Ospreys (10) England Northampton Saints (11) England Bath (12) Wales Scarlets (13)
Tier 3 France Perpignan (15) England London Irish (16) England Saracens (17) Ireland Ulster (19) Scotland Glasgow Warriors (21) Scotland Edinburgh (23)
Tier 4 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons (24) Italy Benetton Treviso (28) France Castres (29) France Toulon (30) Italy Aironi (34) France Racing Métro (40)

Pool stage[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2010–11 Heineken Cup pool stage.

The draw for the pool stage took place on 8 June 2010.

Under rules of the competition organiser, European Rugby Cup, tiebreakers within each pool are as follows.[6]

  • Competition points earned in head-to-head matches
  • Total tries scored in head-to-head matches
  • Point differential in head-to-head matches

ERC has four additional tiebreakers, used if tied teams are in different pools, or if the above steps cannot break a tie between teams in the same pool:

  • Tries scored in all pool matches
  • Point differential in all pool matches
  • Best disciplinary record (fewest players receiving red or yellow cards in all pool matches)
  • Coin toss
Key to colours
     Winner of each pool, and best two pool runners-up, advance to quarter-finals. 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
England Northampton Saints (1) 6 6 0 0 16 7 +9 155 87 +68 1 0 25
Wales Cardiff Blues 6 3 0 3 6 8 −2 107 113 −6 0 2 14
France Castres 6 2 0 4 10 12 −2 105 115 −10 0 3 11
Scotland Edinburgh 6 1 0 5 10 15 −5 98 150 −52 0 4 8

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
Ireland Leinster (2) 6 5 0 1 21 9 +12 179 104 +75 3 1 24
France Clermont [6] 6 4 0 2 14 9 +5 114 94 +20 2 1 19
France Racing Métro 6 2 0 4 9 17 −8 104 151 −47 0 1 9
England Saracens 6 1 0 5 9 18 −9 107 155 −48 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 Toulon (6) 6 4 0 2 13 13 0 143 134 +9 1 0 17
Ireland Munster [7] 6 3 0 3 17 9 +8 143 122 +21 2 2 16
Wales Ospreys 6 3 0 3 7 11 −4 117 113 +4 0 2 14
England London Irish 6 2 0 4 9 13 −4 107 141 −34 0 1 9

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Biarritz (4) 6 4 0 2 16 9 +7 140 85 +55 4 2 22
Ireland Ulster (8) 6 5 0 1 15 8 +7 145 93 +52 2 0 22
England Bath 6 2 0 4 20 8 +12 147 113 +46 2 4 14
Italy Aironi 6 1 0 5 4 30 −26 65 211 −146 0 0 4

Pool 5[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Perpignan (3) 6 4 1 1 23 9 +14 196 112 +84 4 0 22
England Leicester Tigers (7) 6 4 1 1 25 10 +15 215 118 +97 3 1 22
Wales Scarlets 6 3 0 3 16 24 −8 149 191 −42 3 0 15
Italy Benetton Treviso 6 0 0 6 11 32 −21 109 248 −139 0 1 1

Pool 6[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Toulouse (5) 6 5 0 1 15 6 +10 155 85 +70 1 1 22
England London Wasps [5] 6 4 0 2 15 6 +8 145 106 +59 2 1 19
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 6 3 0 3 10 15 −5 116 141 −25 0 0 12
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 6 0 0 6 5 18 −13 77 161 −84 0 2 2

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 England Northampton Saints 25 16 +68
2 Ireland Leinster 24 21 +75
3 France Perpignan 22 23 +84
4 France Biarritz 22 16 +55
5 France Toulouse 22 15 +70
6 France Toulon 17 11 +21
Seed Pool Runners-up Pts TF +/−
7 England Leicester Tigers 22 25 +97
8 Ireland Ulster 22 15 +52
5C England London Wasps 19 15 +39
6C France Clermont 19 14 +20
7C Ireland Munster 16 17 +21
Wales Cardiff Blues 14 6 −6

Knock-out stage[edit]

The semi-final draw for both the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup was conducted on 23 January at the press box of Adams Park in High Wycombe shortly after the London Wasps–Toulouse match.

All times are local times.

Quarter-finals[edit]

9 April 2011
16:30
Perpignan France 29 – 25 France Toulon
Try: Planté 51' c
Freshwater 73' c
Con: Porical (2/2)
Pen: Porical (5/8) 30', 37', 42', 62', 68'
Report Try: Smith 39' m
van Niekerk 53' c
Cibray 80'+1' c
Con: Wilkinson (2/3)
Pen: Wilkinson (2/2) 3', 35'

9 April 2011
18:00
Leinster Ireland 17 – 10 England Leicester Tigers
Try: Nacewa 48' m
Pen: Sexton (4/4) 3', 15' 36', 73'
Report Try: Hawkins 76' c
Con: Flood (1/1)
Pen: Flood (1/2) 5'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 49,762
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

10 April 2011
14:00
Northampton Saints England 23 – 13 Ireland Ulster
Try: Tonga'uiha 2' c
Dickson 55' c
Con: Myler (2/2) 3', 56'
Pen: Myler (3/5) 40', 48', 65'
Report Try: Trimble 32' c
Con: Humphreys (1/1) 33'
Pen: Humphreys (2/2) 7', 14'
Stadium:mk, Milton Keynes[7]
Attendance: 21,309
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

10 April 2011
17:30
Biarritz France 20 – 27 (a.e.t) France Toulouse
Try: Bolakoro 78' m
Pen: Yachvili (5/6) 41', 46', 57', 67', 97'
Report Try: Heymans 16' c
Médard 26' c
Nyanga 99' c
Con: Skrela (2/2)
Bézy (1/1)
Pen: Skrela (2/2) 36', 83'
Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastián, Spain
Attendance: 32,051
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Semi-finals[edit]

30 April 2011
15:30 (UTC)
Leinster Ireland 32 – 23 France Toulouse
Try: Heaslip 30' c
O'Driscoll 59' c
Con: Sexton (2/2)
Pen: Sexton (6/6) 10', 14', 40'+1', 47', 54', 80'
Report Try: Fritz 4' c
Picamoles 43' c
Con: Skrela (2/2)
Pen: Skrela (1/2) 37'
Bézy (1/1) 75'
Drop: Skrela (1/1) 11'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 50,073
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

1 May 2011
15:00 (UTC)
Northampton Saints England 23 – 7 France Perpignan
Try: Foden 14' c
Clarke 30' c
Con: Myler (2/2)
Pen: Myler (3/5) 24', 37', 49'
Report Try: Guirado 39' c
Con: Porical (1/1)
Drop: Laharrague (0/1)
Stadium:mk, Milton Keynes
Attendance: 18,231
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

Final[edit]

21 May 2011
17:00
Northampton Saints England 22 – 33 Ireland Leinster
Try: Dowson 7' c
Foden 30' c
Hartley 39' m
Con: Myler (2/3)
Pen: Myler (1/1) 20'
Report Try: Sexton (2) 43' c, 52' c
Hines 64' c
Con: Sexton (3/3)
Pen: Sexton (4/5) 13', 35', 56', 60'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,456
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Individual statistics[edit]

Top points scorers[edit]

Final Standings (correct as of 21 May 2011)

Pos Player Team Points
1 Ireland Jonathan Sexton Ireland Leinster 138
2 England Stephen Myler England Northampton Saints 101
3 France David Skrela France Toulouse 94
4 France Jérôme Porical France Perpignan 86
5 France Dimitri Yachvili France Biarritz 80
6 Ireland Ian Humphreys Ireland Ulster 72
7 Scotland Ruaridh Jackson Scotland Glasgow Warriors 71
8 England Dave Walder England London Wasps 70
England Jonny Wilkinson France Toulon 70
10 England Toby Flood England Leicester Tigers 67

[8]

Top try scorers[edit]

Final Standings (Correct as of 21 May 2011)

Pos Player Team Tries
1 England Paul Diggin England Northampton Saints 6
2 England Matt Banahan England Bath 5
Italy Tommaso Benvenuti Italy Benetton Treviso 5
England Tom Biggs England Bath 5
France Thierry Dusautoir France Toulouse 5
United States Takudzwa Ngwenya France Biarritz 5
Ireland Jonathan Sexton Ireland Leinster 5
8 England Ben Foden England Northampton Saints 4
Ireland Sean O'Brien Ireland Leinster 4
Ireland Andrew Trimble Ireland Ulster 4
Samoa Alesana Tuilagi England Leicester Tigers 4
England Tom Varndell England London Wasps 4

[9]

See also[edit]

2010–11 Amlin Challenge Cup

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Sport
  2. ^ "Shock turns to awe as Leinster join immortals". Irish Independent. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  3. ^ McNally, Frank. "Lions of Leinster perform miracle with belated roar". The Irish Times. 
  4. ^ "ERC European Rankings (May 2009)". European Rugby Cup. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "ERC Draw Regulations (May 2009)". European Rugby Cup. Retrieved 15 May 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Key Tournament Rules". European Rugby Cup. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  7. ^ Northampton forced to move Ulster tie to Milton Keynes – BBC Sport
  8. ^ "Points". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  9. ^ "Tries". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-12-30.