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The 1997–98 Heineken Cup was the third edition of the Heineken Cup European rugby union club competition. Competing professional club teams from France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, England and Scotland, were divided into five pools of four, in which teams played home and away matches against each other. The pool winners automatically qualified for the knock-out stages. The five runners-up and the best third placed team entered the play-offs, where they competed for the remaining three quarter final positions.

1997–1998 Heineken Cup
Tournament details
Countries England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and Knockout
DateOctober 1997 to 31 January 1998
Tournament statistics
Teams20
Matches played70
Attendance462,958 (6,614 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Lee Jarvis (Cardiff)
(134 points)
Top try scorer(s)Kenny Logan (Wasps)
(7 tries)
Final
VenueStade Lescure, Bordeaux
Attendance36,500
ChampionsEngland Bath (1st title)
Runners-upFrance Brive
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TeamsEdit

Pool stageEdit

In the pool matches teams received

  • 2 points for a win
  • 1 points for a draw
Key to colours
     Winner of each pool advances to quarter-final stage
     Advance to quarter-final playoffs

Pool 1Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
  Toulouse 6 5 0 1 25 12 13 200 121 79 10
  Leicester 6 4 0 2 16 14 2 163 117 46 8
  Leinster 6 2 0 4 15 19 −4 137 167 −30 4
  Milan 6 1 0 5 15 26 −11 111 206 −95 2

Pool 2Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
  Wasps 6 6 0 0 31 12 19 243 104 139 12
  Glasgow 6 3 0 3 14 15 −1 132 167 −35 6
  Swansea 6 2 0 4 15 16 −1 157 161 −4 4
  Ulster 6 1 0 5 6 23 −17 95 195 −100 2

Pool 3Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
  Bath 6 5 0 1 12 12 0 141 119 22 10
  Brive 6 4 1 1 24 13 11 210 146 64 9
  Pontypridd 6 2 1 3 17 13 4 154 147 7 5
  Scottish Borders 6 0 0 6 14 29 −15 129 222 −93 0

Pool 4Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
  Harlequins 6 4 0 2 21 12 9 198 141 57 8
  Cardiff 6 4 0 2 17 15 2 184 146 38 8
  Bourgoin 6 2 0 4 14 21 −7 141 180 −39 4
  Munster 6 2 0 4 7 11 −4 93 149 −56 4

Pool 5Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
  Pau 6 4 0 2 27 8 19 203 89 114 8
  Llanelli 6 4 0 2 15 18 −3 144 142 2 8
  Benetton Treviso 6 2 0 4 18 19 −1 146 162 −16 4
  Caledonia 6 2 0 4 8 23 −15 89 189 −100 4

SeedingEdit

Seed Pool Winners Pts TF +/−
1   London Wasps 12 31 +139
2   Toulouse 10 25 +79
3   Bath 10 12 +22
4   Pau 8 27 +114
5   Harlequins 8 21 +57
Seed Pool Runners-up (and best third place) Pts TF +/−
6   Brive 9 24 +64
7   Cardiff 8 17 +38
8   Leicester Tigers 8 16 +46
9   Llanelli 8 15 +2
10   Glasgow 6 14 −35
11   Pontypridd 5 17 +7

Knockout stageEdit

Quarter final play-offsEdit

1 November 1997
15:00
Leicester Tigers   90 – 19   Glasgow
Welford Road
Attendance: 6,500
1 November 1997
16:30
Brive   25 – 20   Pontypridd
Parc Municipal des Sports
Attendance: 13,000
1 November 1997
17:15
Cardiff   24 – 20   Llanelli
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 8,000

Quarter finalsEdit

8 November 1997
14:15
Bath   32 – 21   Cardiff
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 8,200
8 November 1997
15:30
Toulouse   51 – 10   Harlequins
Stade Municipal
Attendance: 18,000
9 November 1997
14:15
London Wasps   18 – 25   Brive
Loftus Road Stadium
Attendance: 10,481
9 November 1997
15:20
Pau   35 – 18   Leicester Tigers
Stade Municipal du Hameau
Attendance: 12,000

Semi finalsEdit

20 December 1997
14:00
Bath   20 – 14   Pau
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 8,200
21 December 1997
15:20
Toulouse   22 – 22   Brive
Stade Municipal
Attendance: 26,000

Brive advance to final on try count (two tries to one)

FinalEdit

31 January 1998
15:30
Bath   19 – 18   Brive
Try: Callard
Con: Callard
Pen: Callard (4)
Report Pen: Lamaison (5)
Drop: Penaud
Stade du Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Attendance: 36,500
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

ReferencesEdit