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The 2009–10 Heineken Cup was the 15th season of the Heineken Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from the top six nations in European rugby. It started in October 2009 and ended on 22 May 2010 with the final at Stade de France in which Toulouse defeated Biarritz 21 – 19 to win the trophy for the fourth time.[1]

2009–10 Heineken Cup
Tournament details
Countries England
 France
 Ireland
 Italy
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and Knockout
DateOct 2009 – May 2010
Tournament statistics
Teams24
Matches played79
Attendance1,080,598 (13,678 per match)
Top point scorer(s)France Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz) (113 points)
Top try scorer(s)Ireland Tommy Bowe (Ospreys) (7 tries)
Final
VenueStade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance78,962
ChampionsFrance Toulouse (4th title)
Runners-upFrance Biarritz Olympique
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TeamsEdit

Seven English teams participated, as an English team, Leicester Tigers, progressed further in the previous year's tournament than any French or Italian team. France had six participants, Ireland three, Wales four, Italy two and Scotland two.

On Friday 29 May 2009, Newport Gwent Dragons defeated Calvisano 42–17 in a play-off to secure the 24th and final qualification place.[2]

England France Wales Ireland Scotland Italy

SeedingEdit

The seeding system was the same as in the 2008–09 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.[3] The requirement to have only one team per country in each pool, however, still applied (with the exception of the inclusion of the seventh English team).[4]

The brackets show each team's European Rugby Club Ranking at the start of the 2009–10 season.

Tier 1   Munster (1)   Leicester Tigers (2)   Leinster (3)   Toulouse (4)   Bath (5)   Biarritz (6)
Tier 2   Cardiff Blues (8)   Stade Français (9)   Gloucester (10)   Perpignan (11)   Ospreys (13)   London Irish (14)
Tier 3   Northampton Saints (15)   Sale Sharks (16)   Clermont (17)   Scarlets (18)   Ulster (20)   Newport Gwent Dragons (21)
Tier 4   Harlequins (23)   Glasgow Warriors (24)   Edinburgh (26)   Benetton Treviso (28)   Brive (29)   Viadana (36)

Pool stageEdit

The draw for the pool stage took place on 9 June 2009 in Paris.

Key to colours
     Winner of each pool, and best two runners-up,
advance to quarterfinals. 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 1Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
  Munster (1) 6 5 0 1 19 10 9 185 94 91 3 1 24
  Northampton Saints (8) 6 4 0 2 16 8 8 138 104 34 2 1 19
  Perpignan 6 2 0 4 12 10 2 108 123 −15 1 2 11
  Benetton Treviso 6 1 0 5 7 26 −19 68 178 −110 0 1 5

Pool 2Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
  Biarritz (2) 6 5 0 1 19 8 11 188 97 91 3 0 23
  Gloucester [6] 6 4 0 2 12 12 0 119 129 −10 1 0 17
  Glasgow Warriors 6 2 0 4 9 14 −5 120 140 −20 0 1 9
  Newport Gwent Dragons 6 1 0 5 12 18 −6 108 169 −61 0 2 6

Pool 3Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
  Clermont Auvergne (5) 6 4 0 2 24 11 13 201 120 81 3 2 21
  Ospreys (7) 6 4 1 1 21 11 10 188 121 67 2 0 20
  Leicester Tigers 6 3 1 2 23 10 13 187 123 64 3 1 18
  Viadana 6 0 0 6 6 42 −36 83 295 −212 0 0 0

Pool 4Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
  Stade Français (6) 6 4 0 2 11 7 4 124 95 29 1 1 18
  Ulster 6 4 0 2 11 6 5 127 94 33 0 1 17
  Edinburgh 6 3 0 3 3 10 −7 64 94 −30 0 1 13
  Bath 6 1 0 5 6 8 −2 84 116 −32 0 3 7

Pool 5Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
  Toulouse (3) 6 5 0 1 13 9 4 143 92 51 2 1 23
  Cardiff Blues [5] 6 4 0 2 14 10 4 149 104 45 1 1 18
  Sale Sharks 6 3 0 3 15 16 −1 126 153 −27 1 1 14
  Harlequins 6 0 0 6 13 20 −7 102 171 −69 0 2 2

Pool 6Edit

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
  Leinster (4) 6 4 1 1 19 6 13 154 60 94 3 1 22
  Scarlets [7] 6 4 0 2 12 20 −8 116 147 −31 1 0 17
  London Irish 6 3 1 2 16 8 8 140 94 46 2 1 17
  Brive 6 0 0 6 7 20 −13 68 177 −109 0 1 1
  • Scarlets win the tiebreaker over London Irish by virtue of winning both of the matches between the two teams.

Seeding and runners-upEdit

  • Bare numbers indicate Heineken Cup quarterfinal seeding.
  • Numbers with "C" indicate Challenge Cup quarterfinal seeding.
Seed Pool Winners Pts TF +/−
1   Munster 24 19 +91
2   Biarritz 23 19 +91
3   Toulouse 23 14 +51
4   Leinster 22 19 +94
5   Clermont 21 24 +81
6   Stade Français 18 11 +29
Seed Pool Runners-up Pts TF +/−
7   Ospreys 20 17 +67
8   Northampton 19 16 +34
5C   Cardiff Blues 18 14 +45
6C   Gloucester 17 12 −10
7C   Scarlets 17 12 −29
  Ulster 17 11 +33

Knock-out stageEdit

The semi-final draw was conducted on 24 January in Paris. The winner of the topmost quarter-final on each side of the bracket receives home-country advantage in its semi-final. (The competition organisers have traditionally allowed Biarritz to take semi-finals to Spain, as it has stadiums that meet Heineken Cup semi-final hosting requirements that are far closer to Biarritz than any acceptable venue in France. The club also enjoys large support in the Basque Country of Spain, a region with which it shares a cultural affinity.)

All times are local times.

Quarter-finalsEdit

9 April 2010
20:00
Leinster   29 – 28   Clermont Auvergne
Try: Heaslip (2) 22' c, 33' c
Con: Sexton (2/2)
Pen: Sexton (5/6) 21', 37', 54', 65', 72'
Report Try: Malzieu (3) 11' c, 44' m, 62' c
Con: James (2/3)
Pen: James (3/7) 16', 49', 60'
RDS Arena, Dublin
Attendance: 18,500[5]
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

10 April 2010
16:00
Biarritz   29 – 28   Ospreys
Try: Ngwenya 11' c
Balshaw 50' c
Con: Yachvili (2/2)
Pen: Yachvili (2/3) 22', 48'
Drop: Traille (3/4) 1', 23', 60'
Report Try: R. Jones 19' c
Byrne 35' m
Walker 75' c
Con: Biggar (2/3)
Pen: Biggar (2/4) 45', 53'
Drop: Biggar (1/4) 40'

10 April 2010
17:30
Munster   33 – 19   Northampton Saints
Try: Warwick 4' m
Howlett (2) 24' m, 75' c
de Villiers 52' c
Con: O'Gara (2/4) 53', 76'
Pen: O'Gara (3/4) 1', 58', 67'
Report Try: Clarke 39' c
Con: Myler (1/1)
Pen: Myler (4/4) 10', 16', 28', 55'
Thomond Park, Limerick
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

11 April 2010
17:30
Toulouse   42 – 16   Stade Français
Try: Jauzion 40' c
Albacete 58' c
Heymans 74' c
Con: Skrela (3/3)
Pen: Skrela (7/9) 24', 32', 45', 48', 66', 70', 79'
Report Try: Roncero 20'
Con: Beauxis (1/1)
Pen: Beauxis (3/3) 26', 43', 47'
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Attendance: 35,089
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

Semi-finalsEdit

1 May 2010
16:45
Toulouse   26 – 16   Leinster
Try: Jauzion 55' c
Skrela 60' c
Con: Skrela (2/2)
Pen: Skrela (4/6) 4', 16', 30', 71'
Drop: Élissalde (0/1)
Report Try: Heaslip 64' c
Con: Berne (1/1)
Pen: Berne (2/2) 31', 40'+1'
Kearney (1/1) 42'
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Attendance: 34,951
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

2 May 2010
16:15
Biarritz Olympique   18 – 7   Munster
Pen: Yachvili (6/6) 39', 44', 65', 72', 78', 80'
Report Try: Earls 29' c
Con: O'Gara (1/1)

FinalEdit

The final was played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis.

22 May 2010
18:00
Biarritz   19 – 21   Toulouse
Try: Hunt 73' c
Con: Courrent (1/1)
Pen: Yachvili (4/4) 4', 15', 29', 48'
Report Pen: Fritz (1/1) 21'
Skrela (3/5) 33', 36', 65'
Drop: Fritz (1/1) 38'
Skrela (2/2) 51', 58'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 78,962 [6]
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Leading scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Kitson, Robert (2010-05-22). "Toulouse outmuscle Biarritz to win uninspiring Heineken Cup final". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  2. ^ "Calvisano 17–42 NG Dragons". BBC. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
  3. ^ "ERC European Rankings (May 2009)". European Rugby Cup. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
  4. ^ "ERC Draw Regulations (May 2009)". European Rugby Cup. Archived from the original on June 20, 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
  5. ^ BBC Sport
  6. ^ https://www.lequipe.fr/Rugby/RugbyFicheMatch12551.html