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European Challenge Cup

European Challenge Cup 1997/98

Overview
The final was played at Stade des Sept Deniers in Toulouse, France.

Final results

Group phase
Group 1
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Agen1266002191051142712Qualified for quarter finals
2Bristol Rugby46204115180-651622
3Ebbw Vale46204117155-381217
4La Rochelle46204128139-111115

Matches
Group phase
07/09/1997Bristol Rugby - La Rochelle33-14
07/09/1997Ebbw Vale - Agen16-27
13/09/1997Ebbw Vale - Bristol Rugby28-15
14/09/1997La Rochelle - Agen20-33
20/09/1997Agen - Bristol Rugby45-18
20/09/1997La Rochelle - Ebbw Vale25-24
27/09/1997Agen - La Rochelle21-15
27/09/1997Bristol Rugby - Ebbw Vale18-16
03/10/1997Bristol Rugby - Agen24-42
04/10/1997Ebbw Vale - La Rochelle21-19
11/10/1997Agen - Ebbw Vale51-12
12/10/1997La Rochelle - Bristol Rugby35-7

Group 2
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Montferrand106501203120832811Qualified for quarter finals
2Newport66303172192-202027
3Sale Sharks66303163117461813
4Montpellier2610590199-1091227

Matches
Group phase
07/09/1997Montferrand - Sale Sharks25-16
07/09/1997Newport - Montpellier42-17
13/09/1997Montferrand - Newport58-32
14/09/1997Montpellier - Sale Sharks30-12
21/09/1997Montpellier - Montferrand16-18
21/09/1997Sale Sharks - Newport61-27
27/09/1997Newport - Montferrand26-31
28/09/1997Sale Sharks - Montpellier43-3
04/10/1997Montferrand - Montpellier56-10
04/10/1997Newport - Sale Sharks17-11
12/10/1997Montpellier - Newport14-28
12/10/1997Sale Sharks - Montferrand20-15

Group 3
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Stade Français1065013371312064818Qualified for quarter finals
2London Irish86402169133361814
3Dax66303139180-411420
4Farul Constanta0600694295-2011038

Matches
Group phase
06/09/1997Dax - Farul Constanta32-20
07/09/1997London Irish - Stade Français25-41
12/09/1997Dax - London Irish34-19
13/09/1997Stade Français - Farul Constanta83-10
20/09/1997Farul Constanta - London Irish9-26
20/09/1997Stade Français - Dax65-19
27/09/1997Farul Constanta - Stade Français28-85
27/09/1997London Irish - Dax24-11
04/10/1997Dax - Stade Français20-35
04/10/1997London Irish - Farul Constanta46-10
11/10/1997Farul Constanta - Dax17-23
11/10/1997Stade Français - London Irish28-29

Group 4
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Connacht10650114497471113Qualified for quarter finals
2Northampton Saints66303161116451713
3Club Athletique Bordeaux Begles663031121102106
4Nice2610594188-941420

Matches
Group phase
06/09/1997Nice - Club Athletique Bordeaux Begles24-25
09/09/1997Connacht - Northampton Saints43-13
13/09/1997Northampton Saints - Club Athletique Bordeaux Begles25-13
14/09/1997Nice - Connacht20-16
20/09/1997Club Athletique Bordeaux Begles - Connacht9-15
20/09/1997Northampton Saints - Nice66-7
27/09/1997Club Athletique Bordeaux Begles - Northampton Saints23-16
27/09/1997Connacht - Nice28-25
04/10/1997Connacht - Club Athletique Bordeaux Begles22-15
04/10/1997Nice - Northampton Saints10-26
11/10/1997Club Athletique Bordeaux Begles - Nice27-8
11/10/1997Northampton Saints - Connacht15-20

Group 5
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Colomiers1266002901211694013Qualified for quarter finals
2Richmond86402196133632815
3Bridgend46204130259-1291237
4Grenoble06006112215-103924

Matches
Group phase
07/09/1997Colomiers - Richmond34-18
07/09/1997Grenoble - Bridgend33-35
13/09/1997Richmond - Bridgend43-14
14/09/1997Colomiers - Grenoble60-10
20/09/1997Bridgend - Colomiers24-49
20/09/1997Richmond - Grenoble37-8
27/09/1997Bridgend - Richmond12-44
27/09/1997Grenoble - Colomiers24-29
04/10/1997Colomiers - Bridgend69-20
04/10/1997Grenoble - Richmond16-29
11/10/1997Bridgend - Grenoble25-21
12/10/1997Richmond - Colomiers25-49

Group 6
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Gloucester106501170101691912Qualified for quarter finals
2Toulon7631213610432127
3Béziers5621315014731814
4Petrarca Padova26024108212-1041329

Matches
Group phase
06/09/1997Toulon - Béziers19-14
07/09/1997Gloucester - Petrarca Padova43-10
13/09/1997Béziers - Petrarca Padova40-23
13/09/1997Gloucester - Toulon18-15
20/09/1997Béziers - Gloucester27-29
21/09/1997Petrarca Padova - Toulon13-54
27/09/1997Petrarca Padova - Béziers26-26
28/09/1997Toulon - Gloucester16-13
04/10/1997Gloucester - Béziers38-17
04/10/1997Toulon - Petrarca Padova20-20
11/10/1997Béziers - Toulon26-12
12/10/1997Petrarca Padova - Gloucester16-29

Group 7
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Newcastle Falcons10650126498166368Qualified for quarter finals
2Biarritz66303123153-301017
3Perpignan4620498138-401213
4Edinburgh Rugby46204109205-96929

Matches
Group phase
07/09/1997Newcastle Falcons - Biarritz37-10
07/09/1997Perpignan - Edinburgh Rugby21-9
14/09/1997Edinburgh Rugby - Biarritz15-32
14/09/1997Newcastle Falcons - Perpignan60-3
20/09/1997Biarritz - Perpignan18-6
21/09/1997Edinburgh Rugby - Newcastle Falcons16-40
27/09/1997Biarritz - Edinburgh Rugby25-27
27/09/1997Perpignan - Newcastle Falcons13-27
04/10/1997Perpignan - Biarritz40-6
05/10/1997Newcastle Falcons - Edinburgh Rugby72-24
11/10/1997Biarritz - Newcastle Falcons32-28
12/10/1997Edinburgh Rugby - Perpignan18-15

Group 8
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Castres106501206971092610Qualified for quarter finals
2Saracens106501197128692313
3Narbonne46204168138301914
4Neath0600693301-2081041

Matches
Group phase
07/09/1997Narbonne - Saracens16-18
07/09/1997Neath - Castres12-36
13/09/1997Neath - Narbonne10-50
14/09/1997Saracens - Castres26-21
20/09/1997Castres - Narbonne24-19
21/09/1997Saracens - Neath69-30
27/09/1997Castres - Saracens32-18
27/09/1997Narbonne - Neath52-21
04/10/1997Narbonne - Castres14-25
04/10/1997Neath - Saracens12-26
11/10/1997Castres - Neath68-8
12/10/1997Saracens - Narbonne40-17

Final phase
Quarter finalsSemifinalsFinal
Colomiers
11/9/1997 - 23-13Colomiers
12/20/1997 - 19-13
MontferrandColomiers
Stade Français2/1/1998 - 43-5
11/8/1997 - 53-22
Stade Français
GloucesterColomiers
Agen
11/8/1997 - 40-27Agen
12/20/1997 - 12-9
Connacht
Newcastle FalconsAgen
11/9/1997 - 44-0
Newcastle Falcons
Castres