2011–12 Heineken Cup

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2011–12 Heineken Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date 11 November 2011 – 19 May 2012
Tournament statistics
Teams 24
Matches played 79
Attendance 1,172,127 (14,837 per match)
Tries scored 320 (4.05 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Jonathan Sexton (Leinster)
(103 points)
Top try scorer(s) Timoci Matanavou (Toulouse)
(8 tries)
Final
Venue Twickenham, London
Attendance 81,774
Champions Ireland Leinster (3rd title)
Runner-up Ireland Ulster
Official website http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/
2010–11 (Previous) (Next) 2012–13

The 2011–12 Heineken Cup was the 17th season of the Heineken Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from the top six nations in European rugby. The final was held at Twickenham[1] on Saturday, 19 May 2012, kicking off at 5 pm (16:00 UTC).[2][3]

Leinster lifted the Heineken Cup by defeating fellow Pro12 and Irish side Ulster 42–14. The victory gave Leinster their third Heineken Cup title in four years — a run of success unprecedented in the competition's history.[4]

Teams[edit]

The default allocation of teams is as follows:[5]

  • England: 6 teams, based on performance in the Aviva Premiership and Anglo-Welsh Cup[6]
  • France: 6 teams, based on regular-season finish in the Top 14[7]
  • Ireland: 3 teams, based on regular-season finish in the Celtic League[8]
  • Wales: 3 teams, based on regular-season finish in the Celtic League[8]
  • Italy and Scotland: 2 teams each, based on participation in the Celtic League (although there are only 2 from each nation)[8]

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). Accordingly, Harlequins claimed the Challenge Cup winner's berth, and since Heineken Cup winners Leinster were already domestically qualified, the extra Irish berth went to Connacht.

England France Ireland Wales Italy Scotland

Seeding[edit]

The seeding system was the same as in the 2010–11 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. The requirement to have only one team per country in each pool, however, still applies (with the exception of the inclusion of the seventh English team).[9]

The brackets show each team's European Rugby Club Ranking at the end of the 2010–11 season.

Tier 1 Ireland Leinster (1) France Toulouse (2) Ireland Munster (3) Wales Cardiff Blues (4) France Biarritz (5) England Leicester Tigers (6)
Tier 2 England Northampton (7) France Clermont Auvergne (10) Wales Ospreys (11) England Bath (12) England Harlequins (13) England London Irish (15)
Tier 3 Ireland Ulster (16) England Saracens (17) England Gloucester (18) Scotland Glasgow (20) Wales Scarlets (21) Scotland Edinburgh (24)
Tier 4 Ireland Connacht (25) Italy Benetton Treviso (30) France Castres (31) France Montpellier (32) France Racing Métro (33) Italy Aironi (37)

Pool stage[edit]

The draw for the pool stage took place on 7 June 2011.

Under rules of the competition organiser, European Rugby Cup, tiebreakers within each pool are as follows.[10]

  • 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
     Pool winners, and the two best pool runners-up, advance to quarterfinals.
     Third-, fourth- and fifth-highest-scoring second-place teams parachute into the knockout stage
of the European Challenge Cup.

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 6 6 0 0 14 10 +4 163 118 +45 1 0 25
Wales Scarlets 6 3 0 3 12 9 +3 119 124 −5 1 2 15
England Northampton Saints 6 2 0 4 18 16 +2 176 160 +16 2 2 12
France Castres 6 1 0 5 10 19 −9 111 167 −56 1 2 7

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
Scotland Edinburgh 6 5 0 1 17 11 +6 156 138 +18 2 0 22
Wales Cardiff Blues 6 5 0 1 9 5 +4 145 110 +35 0 1 21
France Racing Métro 6 1 0 5 13 19 −6 160 190 −30 1 4 9
England London Irish 6 1 0 5 7 11 −4 116 139 −23 1 4 9

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
Ireland Leinster 6 5 1 0 18 7 +11 172 88 +84 2 0 24
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 6 2 1 3 8 12 −4 106 133 −27 0 2 12
England Bath 6 2 0 4 11 15 −4 122 151 −29 0 3 11
France Montpellier 6 1 2 3 8 11 −3 84 112 −28 0 2 10

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Clermont Auvergne 6 4 0 2 26 5 +21 215 69 +146 2 2 20
Ireland Ulster 6 4 0 2 16 8 +8 158 87 +71 3 1 20
England Leicester Tigers 6 4 0 2 13 8 +5 123 117 +6 1 0 17
Italy Aironi 6 0 0 6 4 38 −34 51 274 −223 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 Saracens 6 5 0 1 13 10 +3 145 107 +38 1 1 22
France Biarritz 6 3 0 3 18 7 +11 143 105 +42 3 3 18
Wales Ospreys 6 2 1 3 13 16 −3 142 147 −5 1 2 13
Italy Benetton Treviso 6 1 1 4 12 23 −11 102 167 −65 0 0 6

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 6 4 0 2 16 11 +5 150 105 +45 1 1 18
England Harlequins 6 4 0 2 11 7 +4 122 94 +28 0 1 17
England Gloucester 6 3 0 3 10 12 −2 111 122 −11 1 2 15
Ireland Connacht 6 1 0 5 5 12 −7 68 130 −62 0 2 6

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 25 14 +45
2 Ireland Leinster 24 18 +84
3 Scotland Edinburgh 22 17 +18
4 England Saracens 22 13 +38
5 France Clermont Auvergne 20 26 +146
6 France Toulouse 18 16 +45
Seed Pool Runners-up Pts TF +/−
7 Wales Cardiff Blues 21 9 +35
8 Ireland Ulster 20 16 +71
5C France Biarritz 18 18 +42
6C England Harlequins 17 11 +28
7C Wales Scarlets 15 12 −5
- Scotland Glasgow Warriors 12 12 −27

Knock-out stages[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

7 April 2012
15:00 BST
Edinburgh Scotland 19–14 France Toulouse
Try: Blair 1' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1)
Pen: Laidlaw (3/4) 46', 51', 80'
Drop: Laidlaw (1/1) 38'
Report Try: Matanavou 30' m
Pen: Beauxis (3/5) 5', 19', 28'
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 37,881
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

7 April 2012
17:45 IST
Leinster Ireland 34–3 Wales Cardiff Blues
Try: Nacewa 12' c
Kearney (2) 30' c, 41' c
O'Driscoll 34' c
Con: Sexton (4/4)
Pen: Sexton (2/3) 8', 23'
Report Pen: Halfpenny (1/1) 2'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 50,340
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

8 April 2012
13:45 IST
Munster Ireland 16–22 Ireland Ulster
Try: Zebo 34' c
Con: O'Gara (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (3/4) 40', 49', 61'
Report Try: Gilroy 16' c
Con: Pienaar (1/1)
Pen: Pienaar (4/5) 5', 11', 20', 59'
Drop: Humphreys (1/1) 32'
Thomond Park, Limerick
Attendance: 26,500
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

8 April 2012
16:30 BST
Saracens England 3–22 France Clermont Auvergne
Pen: Farrell (1/2) 16'
Report Try: Byrne 43' c
Con: James (1/1)
Pen: James (4/6) 7', 11', 13', 55'
Drop: James (1/1) 49'
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 11,047
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Semi-finals[edit]

28 April 2012
17:45 IST
Ulster Ireland 22–19 Scotland Edinburgh
Try: Wannenburg 15' c
Con: Pienaar (1/1)
Pen: Pienaar (5/5) 5', 38', 58', 63', 75'
Report Try: Thompson 80' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1)
Pen: Laidlaw (4/4) 9', 11', 40', 45'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 45,147
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

29 April 2012
16:00 HAEC
Clermont Auvergne France 15–19 Ireland Leinster
Pen: James (5/6) 17', 31', 36', 39', 52'
Report Try: Healy 41' c
Con: Sexton (1/1)
Pen: Sexton (3/4) 7', 34', 62'
Drop: Kearney (1/1) 46'
Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
Attendance: 32,397
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Final[edit]

19 May 2012
17:00 BST
Leinster Ireland 42–14 Ireland Ulster
Try: O'Brien 12' c
Healy 31' c
penalty try 44' c
van der Merwe 76' m
Cronin 80' c
Con: Sexton (3/3)
McFadden (1/2)
Pen: Sexton (3/4) 51', 67', 73'
Report Try: Tuohy 60' m
Pen: Pienaar (3/3) 7', 40', 49'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 81,774
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ERC : Finals : Twickenham 2012". Ercrugby.com. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "ERC : News : Heineken Cup 2011 and 2012 Finals". Ercrugby.com. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
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  4. ^ Palmer, Bryn (19 May 2012). "Heineken Cup final: Leinster beat Ulster to retain trophy". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "ERC : Heineken Cup : Rules : Qualification Process". Ercrugby.com. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "ERC : European Qualification : England". Ercrugby.com. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "ERC : European Qualification : France". Ercrugby.com. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "ERC : European Qualification : Celtic Countries". Ercrugby.com. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Heineken Cup Pool Draw. European Rugby Cup. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Key Tournament Rules". European Rugby Cup. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010.