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2006–07 EDF Energy Cup

The 2006–07 EDF Energy Cup marked the 36th season of the English Rugby Union cup competition. It was the second season under the new Anglo-Welsh format and the first with EDF Energy as title sponsor. The competition began on 1 September and concluded with the final on Sunday 15 April at Twickenham, where Leicester Tigers beat the Ospreys 41-35.

2006–07 EDF Energy Cup
Tournament details
Countries England
 Wales
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
DateSeptember 2006 - April 2007
Tournament statistics
Teams16
Final
VenueTwickenham
Attendance43,312
ChampionsEngland Leicester Tigers (6th title)
Runners-upWales Ospreys
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The teams competing remained the same as the previous season with the exception of newly promoted NEC Harlequins, replacing Leeds Tykes, who were relegated to National Division One.

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L F A Pts
  Ospreys 3 3 0 0 114 46 14
  Gloucester 3 2 0 1 112 86 10
  Bristol 3 1 0 2 50 112 4
  Bath Rugby 3 0 0 3 51 83 0
29 September 2006
19:10
Ospreys   49 – 19   Gloucester
Tries: S. Williams
B. Williams
Parker (2)
Marshall
Henson
Con: Henson (5)
Pen: Henson (3)
Report Try: Richards
Con: Mercier
Pen: Mercier (4)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 7,557
Referee: Hugh Watkins  
1 October 2006
15:00
Bristol   22 – 15   Bath Rugby
Tries: Hobson
Pozzebon
Stanojevic
Con: Gray (2)
Drop: Gray
Report Tries: Bell
Stephenson
Con: Malone
Pen: Malone
Memorial Stadium, Bristol
Attendance: 10,103
Referee: Sean Davey  

7 October 2006
14:30
Bath Rugby   24 – 31   Ospreys
Tries: Cheeseman (2) 57' c, 60' m
Con: Walshe
Pen: Walshe (4) 6', 20', 34', 48'
Report Tries: Vaughton 17' m
Hook 22' c
Terblanche 52' c
Con: Connor (2)
Pen: Connor 30'
Drop: Connor 27'
Terblanche 73'
Hook 76'
The Recreation Ground, Bath
Attendance: 10,600
Referee: Dave Pearson  
7 October 2006
15:00
Gloucester   63 – 25   Bristol
Tries: Foster 28' c
Richards 38' c
Goodridge (2) 46' m, 56' c
Lamb 55' c
Bailey 65' c
Forrester 69' c
Lawson 80' c
Con: Mercier (7)
Pen: Mercier (3) 4', 14', 25'
Report Tries: Stortoni 32' c
Sambucetti 72' m
Reay 78' c
Con: Gray (2)
Pen: Gray (2) 9', 23'
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Attendance: 6,743
Referee: Ashley Rowden  

2 December 2006
17:30
Gloucester   30 – 12   Bath Rugby
Tries: Penalty try 7' c
Balding 18' c
Merriman 52' m
Walker 70' m
Con: Walker (2)
Pen: Walker (2) 40', 65'
Report Tries: Parkes 34' m
Cheeseman 55' c
Con: Malone
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Attendance: 7,453
Referee: Dave Pearson  
2 December 2006
17:30
Ospreys   34 – 3   Bristol
Tries: Marshall 13' c
Hook 43' c
Bennett 49' m
Walker 52' m
B. Williams 75' c
Con: Hook (3)
Pen: Hook 3'
Report Pen: Strange 5'
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 6,093
Referee: Tim Hayes  

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L F A Pts
  Cardiff Blues 3 3 0 0 107 56 13
  London Irish 3 1 0 2 56 78 5
  Saracens 3 1 0 2 79 91 4
  London Wasps 3 1 0 2 58 75 4
30 September 2006
14:30
Cardiff Blues   36 – 20   London Wasps
Tries: Jenkins
Czekaj
Luveitasau
Con: Blair (3)
Pen: Blair (4)
Drop: Robinson
Report Tries: Lewsey
Brooks
Con: Staunton (2)
Pen: Staunton
Drop: Staunton
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 10,237
Referee: Nigel Owens  
30 September 2006
15:00
London Irish   36 – 24   Saracens
Tries: Rees (2)
Horak
Leguizamón
Flutey
Con: Everitt (4)
Pen: Everitt
Report Tries: Penalty try
Ratuvou
Con: Jackson
Pen: Jackson (4)
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 7,172
Referee: Bruce Robertson  

8 October 2006
15:30
London Wasps   23 – 13   London Irish
Tries: Dallaglio 7' c
Voyce 45' c
Con: Cipriani (2)
Pen: Cipriani 26'
King (2) 60', 72'
Report Try: Flutey 21' c
Con: Everitt
Pen: Everitt 15'
Flutey 68'
Adams Park, High Wycombe
Attendance: 7,249
Referee: Andrew Small  
8 October 2006
16:10
Saracens   29 – 40   Cardiff Blues
Tries: de Vedia 17' c
Johnston 73' c
Con: Jackson (2)
Pen: Jackson (5) 6', 25', 28', 31', 40'
Report Tries: Stcherbina 3' c
Shanklin (2) 14' m, 49' m
Lewis 47' c
Luveitasau 66' c
Con: Blair (3)
Pen: Blair (3) 22', 56', 65'
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 5,742
Referee: Tony Spreadbury  

1 December 2006
19:40
Cardiff Blues   31 – 7   London Irish
Tries: M. Williams 31' c
Czekaj (2) 37' m, 79' c
Con: Blair (2)
Pen: Blair (4) 17', 20', 26', 70'
Report Try: Bishop 13' c
Con: Geraghty
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 7,245
Referee: Nigel Owens  
1 December 2006
19:40
Saracens   26 – 15   London Wasps
Tries: Russell 42' c
Hill 46' c
Con: Castaignède (2)
Pen: Castaignède (3) 23', 34', 65'
Drop: Castaignède 55'
Report Tries: Voyce (2) 13' m, 59' m
Ward 29' m
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 6,616
Referee: Chris White  

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L F A Pts
  Sale Sharks 3 3 0 0 77 37 12
  Newcastle Falcons 3 2 0 1 51 55 8
  Llanelli Scarlets 3 1 0 2 40 53 5
  NEC Harlequins 3 0 0 3 52 75 3
29 September 2006
Sale Sharks   28 – 5   Newcastle Falcons
Report

Referee: Andrew Small
1 October 2006
Llanelli Scarlets   26 – 7   NEC Harlequins
Report
Stradey Park, Llanelli
Attendance: 6,148
Referee: Tim Hayes

6 October 2006
Newcastle Falcons   25 – 9 Llanelli Scarlets  
Report
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,368
Referee: C White
6 October 2006
NEC Harlequins   27 – 28 Sale Sharks  
Report
Kingston Park
Attendance: 4,368
Referee: C White

2 December 2006
Sale Sharks   21 – 5   Llanelli Scarlets
Report

Referee: Rob Debney
2 December 2006
Newcastle Falcons   21 – 18   NEC Harlequins
Report

Referee: Rob Debney

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L F A Pts
  Leicester Tigers 3 2 0 1 81 55 10
  Worcester Warriors 3 2 0 1 67 57 8
  Newport Gwent Dragons 3 1 0 2 53 71 4
  Northampton Saints 3 1 0 2 37 55 4
30 September 2006
Northampton Saints   12 – 24   Worcester Warriors
Report
Franklin's Gardens
Referee: D Richards
30 September 2006
Leicester Tigers   41 – 17   Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Welford Road
Referee: W Barnes

7 October 2006
Worcester Warriors   20 – 35   Leicester Tigers
Report

Referee: R Maybank
7 October 2006
Newport Gwent Dragons   26 – 7   Northampton Saints
Report
Rodney Parade, Newport
Attendance: 5,628
Referee: Nigel Owen

2 December 2006
Northampton Saints   18 – 5   Leicester Tigers
Report

Semi-finalsEdit

24 March 2007
14:30
Leicester Tigers   29 – 19   Sale Sharks
Tries: Tuilagi 38' c
Hipkiss 67' c
Con: Goode (2)
Pen: Burke (2) 4', 31'
Goode (2) 56', 62'
Drop: Goode 74'
Report Tries: Chabal 41' m
I. Fernández Lobbe 70' m
Pen: Larrechea 2'
Thomas (2) 46', 64'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 27,558
Referee: Nigel Owens  

24 March 2007
17:15
Cardiff Blues   10 – 27   Ospreys
Try: Blair 70' c
Con: Blair
Pen: Blair 14'
Report Tries: Parker 27' c
Byrne 46' m
Con: Hook
Pen: Hook (4) 23', 52', 61', 69'
Drop: Hook 72'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 40,293
Referee: Wayne Barnes  

FinalEdit

Broadcast rightsEdit

Television rights for the league are held exclusively by BBC Sport. The BBC show EDF Energy Cup games as part of Grandstand, Scrum V and on Welsh-language channel S4C.

See alsoEdit

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