2000–01 European Challenge Cup

2000–01 European Challenge Cup

2000–01 European Challenge Cup
Tournament details
Countries England
France
Ireland
Italy
Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Knockout
Date 6 October 1999 - 20 May 2001
Tournament statistics
Top point scorer(s) Barry Everitt (London Irish)
(119 points)
Top try scorer(s) Pépito Elhorga (Agen)
(8 tries)
Final
Champions NEC Harlequins (1st title)
Runner-up Narbonne
Official website http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/
1999–2000 (Previous) (Next) 2001–02

The 2000–01 European Challenge Cup was the fifth year of the European Challenge Cup, the second tier rugby union cup competition below the Heineken Cup. The tournament was held between October 2000 and May 2001.

Pool stage

Pool 1

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Newcastle Falcons 6 5 0 1 27 10 17 234 99 135 10
Benetton Treviso 6 5 0 1 17 11 6 157 97 60 10
Bordeaux-Begles 6 2 0 4 17 14 3 136 152 −16 4
Cross Keys 6 0 0 6 7 33 −26 60 239 −179 0

Pool 2

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Béziers 6 5 0 1 14 10 4 151 112 39 10
Montferrand 6 4 0 2 23 9 14 201 107 94 8
Neath 6 2 0 4 16 23 −7 151 192 −41 4
Connacht 6 1 0 5 4 15 −11 60 152 −92 2

Pool 3

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Perpignan 6 4 0 2 20 9 11 187 105 82 8
Rotherham Titans 6 4 0 2 13 19 −6 122 136 −14 8
Bridgend RFC 6 2 0 4 15 16 −1 144 166 −22 4
Grenoble 6 2 0 4 12 16 −4 120 166 −46 4

Pool 4

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
SU Agen 6 5 0 1 37 5 32 259 91 168 10
Sale Sharks 6 4 0 2 16 18 −2 178 155 23 8
Auch 6 2 1 3 16 21 −5 134 185 −51 5
Caerphilly 6 0 1 5 11 36 −25 128 268 −140 1

Pool 5

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
NEC Harlequins 6 5 0 1 22 8 14 188 80 108 10
Dax 6 5 0 1 17 10 7 152 103 49 10
Ebbw Vale 6 1 0 5 13 18 −5 120 151 −31 2
Périgueux 6 1 0 5 9 25 −16 94 220 −126 2

Pool 6

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
London Irish 6 5 0 1 25 13 12 254 106 148 10
Brive 6 5 0 1 23 11 12 184 143 41 10
Aurillac 6 2 0 4 20 17 3 155 179 −24 4
Piacenza 6 0 0 6 10 37 −27 90 255 −165 0

Pool 7

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Mont de Marsan 6 5 0 1 22 8 14 177 113 64 10
La Rochelle 6 3 1 2 21 11 10 167 113 54 7
Bristol Shoguns 6 3 1 2 17 16 1 199 147 52 7
Rugby Parma 6 0 0 6 12 37 −25 92 262 −170 0

Pool 8

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff Pts
Narbonne 4 3 1 0 13 9 4 124 76 48 7
Bourgoin 4 2 1 1 13 6 7 104 83 21 5
Rugby Viadana 4 0 0 4 8 19 −11 78 147 −69 0

Knockout stage

Quarter finals

27 January 2001
SU Agen 31 – 0 Béziers
28 January 2001
Brive 13 – 20 NEC Harlequins
28 January 2001
Newcastle Falcons 61 – 23 Mont de Marsan
Kingston Park
Attendance: 2,500

Semi finals

21 April 2001
Narbonne 22 – 15 SU Agen
Stade Ernest Wallon
Attendance: 12,000
22 April 2001
NEC Harlequins 17 – 12 Newcastle Falcons
Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 6,000

Final

20 May 2001
NEC Harlequins 42 – 33 Narbonne
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 11,211

See also