2004 European Challenge Cup
2004/05 Parker Pen Challenge Cup

The 2004 European Challenge Cup was the 2nd tier of European club rugby, after the Heineken Cup.

There were 28 teams in the competition and they came from 7 different countries.

This was the last year of the knock-out format that had been in use for the past 2 seasons. The teams played their opposition on a home and away basis. The team with the best aggregate score over the two games progressed to the next round. With 28 teams in this competiton, the 'best' 2 losing teams were also progressed into the 2nd round of the competition. The final was a single match.

There was also another, 3rd tier competiton held, the European Shield. This was played for amongst the 12 first round losers from the European Challenge Cup matches. The competition followed the same knock-out format as the European Challenge Cup.


Teams playing in the 2004/05 European Challenge Cup were:

France

  • Agen
  • Bayonne
  • Pau
  • Narbonne
  • Auch
  • Montpellier
  • Brive
  • Grenoble
  • Beziers
  • Clermont Auvergne

England

  • Leeds Tykes
  • Sale Sharks
  • Saracens
  • London Irish
  • Worcester Warriors 

Italy

  • L'Aquila
  • Overmach Parma
  • Rugby Viadana
  • Catania
  • Gran Parma
  • Leonessa
  • Petrarca Padova
  • Rovigo

Spain

  • El Salvador
  • Valladolid RAC

Ireland

  • Connacht

Scotland

  • Borders

Portugal

  • AA Coimbra


2004 European Challenge Cup

Round 1

1st Leg

October 23














2nd Leg

October 29




October 30








October 31



AA Coimbra

Worcester Warriors

Gran Parma

L'Aquila

Rovigo

Petrarca Padova

Valladolid RAC

Auch

Bayonne

Genoble

Narbonne

Leonessa

El Salvador

Catania


Borders

Montpellier

Saracens

Leeds Tykes

Connacht

Overmach Parma

Beziers

Pau

Agen

Brive

Clermont Auvergne

Viadana

London Irish

Sale Sharks


v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


Borders

Brive

Pau

Agen

Montpellier

Beziers

Viadana

London Irish

Saracens

Leeds Tykes

Connacht

Clermont Auvergne

Overmach Parma

Sale Sharks


AA Coimbra

Rovigo

Bayonne

Grenoble

Narbonne

El Salvador

Petrarca Padova

Gran Parma

L'Aquila

Worcester Warriors

Leonessa

Valladolid RAC

Auch

Catania


Coimbra

Worcester

Parma

L'Aquila

Rovigo

Padua

Valladolid

Auch

Bayonne

Grenoble

Narbonne

Brescia

Valladolid

Catania


Netherdale

Montpellier

Watford

Leeds

Galway

Parma

Beziers

Pau

Agen

Brive

Clermont Ferrand

Viadana

Reading

Stockport


3

29

15

27

7

24

3

18

21

9

25

0

36

22


107

59

36

17

40

36

69

31

59

40

51

59

42

50



98

15

35

50

51

57

88

20

24

9

11

65

12

31


3

3

10

18

21

10

18

22

21

10

6

7

18

3

1st Round Aggregate Results

Winners

Borders

Viadana

Clermont Auvergne

Montpellier

Beziers

Agen

Sale Sharks

Pau

Saracens

London Irish

Grenoble

Brive

Connacht

Overmach Parma

Losers

AA Coimbra

Valladolid RAC

Leonessa

Rovigo

Petrarca Padova

L'Aquila

Catania

Bayonne

Gran Parma

Auch

Leeds Tykes

Worcester Warriors

Narbonne

El Salvador

Aggregate Score

205 - 6

147 - 10

116 - 6

110 - 10

126 - 42

109 - 48

81 - 25

66 - 37

60 - 31

62 - 36

27 - 26

55 - 39

51 - 46

48 - 46

Match Points

4-0

4-0

4-0

4-0

4-0

4-0

4-0

4-0

4-0

4-0

3-1

2-2

2-2

2-2

Points Margin

199

137

110

100

84

61

56

29

29

26

1

16

5

2

2004 European Challenge Cup
Round 2

1st Leg

December 3

December 4






December 5

2nd Leg

December 10


Beziers

Connacht

Overmach Parma

Narbonne

Pau

Agen

Brive

Clermont Auvergne


Grenoble

Montpellier

Sale Sharks

Viadana

El Salvador

Borders

London Irish

Saracens


v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


Grenoble

Montpellier

Saracens

Sale Sharks

London Irish

Viadana

El Salvador

Borders


Beziers

Connacht

Narbonne

Agen

Brive

Clermont Auvergne

Pau

Overmach Parma


Beziers

Galway

Parma

Narbonne

Pau

Agen

Brive

Clermont Ferrand


Grenoble

Montpellier

Stockport

Viadana

Valladolid

Netherdale

Reading

Watford


12

56

19

15

25

23

57

44


38

19

25

22

23

23

19

52


27

3

18

33

19

15

6

14


26

14

10

17

45

34

16

6

2nd Round Aggregate Results

Winners

Brive

Clermont Auvergne

Sale Sharks

Grenoble

Connacht

Saracens

Pau

Agen

Losers

El Salvador

Borders

Narbonne

Beziers

Montpellier

Overmach Parma

London Irish

Viadana

Aggregate Score

102-29

78-37

58-25

65-38

70-22

70-25

41-38

40-37

Match Points

4-0

4-0

4-0

4-0

2-2

2-2

2-2

2-2

Points Margin

73

41

33

27

48

45

3

3

Quarter-Finals

1st Leg

January 7


January 8

January 9

2nd Leg

January 14

January 15


January 16


Grenoble

Sale Sharks

Pau

Saracens


Clermont Auvergne

Connacht

Agen

Brive


v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v


Connacht

Agen

Clermont Auvergne

Brive


Pau

Grenoble

Sale Sharks

Saracens


Grenoble

Stockport

Pau

Watford


Clermont Ferrand

Galway

Agen

Brive


21

34

25

19


26

19

17

31


26

18

21

6


25

3

15

16

Quarter-Final Aggregate Points

Winners

Connacht

Sale Sharks

Pau

Brive

Losers

Grenoble

Agen

Clermont Auvergne

Saracens

Aggregate Score

45-24

49-35

50-47

37-35

Match Points

4-0

2-2

2-2

2-2

Points Margin

21

14

3

2

Semi-Finals

1st Leg

April 2

April 2

2nd Leg

April 23

April 24


Connacht

Pau


Brive

Sale Sharks


v

v


v

v


Sale Sharks

Brive


Pau

Connacht


Galway

Pau


Brive

Stockport


18

37


27

59


25

16


13

9

Semi-Final Aggregate Points

Winners

Sale Sharks

Pau

Losers

Connacht

Brive

Aggregate Score

84-27

50-43

Match Points

4-0

2-2

Points Margin

57

7

Final

May 21

Sale Sharks

v

Pau

Oxford

27

3