1997 Heineken Cup Final

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1997 Heineken Cup Final
Event 1996–97 Heineken Cup
Date 25 January 1997
Venue Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Referee Derek Bevan (Wales)
Attendance 41,664

The 1997 Heineken Cup Final was the final match of the 1996–97 Heineken Cup, the second season of Europe's top club rugby union competition. The match was played on 25 January 1997 at the Arms Park in Cardiff. The match was contested by Brive of France and Leicester of England. Brive won the match 28–9; they took the lead early on through a fourth-minute penalty from Christophe Lamaison, and Sébastien Viars extended that lead with an unconverted try two minutes later. Leicester responded with three penalties from John Liley, but Brive finally made their pressure show with three second-half tries, one of which was converted, before Lamaison added a drop goal to seal a 19-point victory.[1]

Match details

25 January 1997
14:30 GMT
Brive France 28 – 9 England Leicester Tigers
Tries: Viars
Carrat (2)
Con: Lamaison
Pen: Lamaison
Drop: Lamaison
Report Pen: J.Liley (3)
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 41,664
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)
FB 15 France Sebastien Viars
RW 14 France Gerald Fabre
OC 13 France Christophe Lamaison
IC 12 France David Venditti
LW 11 France Sebastien Carrat
FH 10 France Alain Penaud (C) Substituted off 69'
SH 9 France Philippe Carbonneau
N8 8 Poland Grzegorz Kacala
OF 7 France Francois Duboisset Substituted off 49'
BF 6 Belgium Loic van der Linden Substituted off 77'
RL 5 New Zealand Grant Ross
LL 4 France Eric Alegret Substituted off 67'
TP 3 France Richard Crespy
HK 2 France Laurent Travers
LP 1 France Didier Casadei Substituted off 70'
16 France Romuald Paillat Substituted in 69'
17 France Eric Bouti Substituted in 70'
18 Wales Tony Rees Substituted in 67'
19 France Yanni Domi Substituted in 77'
20 France Thierry Labrousse Substituted in 49'
21 France Sebastien Bonnet
22 France Cedric Heymans
FB O England John Liley
RW N England Steve Hackney
OC M England Will Greenwood
IC L England Stuart Potter
LW K England Rory Underwood Substituted off 72'
FH J England Rob Liley
SH I England Austin Healey
N8 G England Dean Richards (c) Substituted off 68'
OF H England Neil Back
BF F England John Wells
RL E England Matt Poole
LL D England Martin Johnson
TP C England Darren Garforth Substituted off 17' Substituted in 22'
HK B England Richard Cockerill
LP A England Graham Rowntree
WG P England Leon Lloyd Substituted in 72'
LP Q New Zealand Perry Freshwater Substituted in 17' Substituted off 22'
N8 R Ireland Eric Miller Substituted in 68'
FH S Ireland Niall Malone
SH T England Aadel Kardooni
HK U England Dorian West
LK V England Neil Fletcher
Australia Bob Dwyer

See also


  1. ^ Mick Cleary and John Griffiths, ed. (1997). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1997–98. London: Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0 7472 7732 X.
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