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2004–05 Powergen Cup

2004–05 Powergen Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
Tournament format(s) knockout
Date September 2004 - 16 April 2005
Tournament statistics
Teams 132
Matches played 131
Final
Venue Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance 60,300
Champions Leeds Tykes (1st title)
Runners-up Bath
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The 2004-05 Powergen Cup was the 34th annual rugby union cup competition in England. Leeds Tykes (now named Yorkshire Carnegie) won the competition for the first time in their history.[1][2] The event was sponsored by Powergen and the final was held at Twickenham Stadium.[3]

This was the last season in which the competition was confined to English teams only; from the 2005-06 season, the Welsh regional teams joined to form the Anglo-Welsh Cup. This season also marked the last time that teams outside of the English Premiership were permitted to enter.

Earlier Rounds

Earlier rounds of the competition were run on a seeded system. Earlier rounds included Clubs which were lower in the RFU league structure, clubs higher in the leagues joined at later rounds.

The Qualifier Round consisted of 64 Clubs nominated by the Constituent Bodies (CB). Each CB nominated 2 Clubs, or 3 for the larger CBs such as Middlesex and Lancashire. These teams were usually selected through the previous season's County Cup (CB Cup) competitions. All were Level 5 or below. This Round produced 32 teams for the next round.

The Preliminary Round consisted of the 32 winning teams from the Qualifier Round and produced 16 teams for the 1st Round proper.

In the 1st Round, the 16 teams that won their Preliminary Round matches were joined by 14 National League 3 North and 14 National League 3 South clubs. National 3 was Level 4 of the RFU league structure; these leagues have since been renamed as National League 2 North and South. A total of 44 teams meant that this round consisted of 22 matches.

For the 2nd Round, the 22 teams that won their 1st Round matches were joined by 14 National League 2 clubs. National 2 was Level 3 of the RFU league structure; this league have since been renamed as National League 1. A total of 36 teams meant that this round consisted of 18 matches.

In the 3rd Round, the 18 teams that won their 2nd Round matches were joined by 14 National League 1 clubs. National 1 was Level 2 of the RFU league structure; this league have since been renamed as the RFU Championship. A total of 32 teams meant that this round consisted of 16 matches.

The 4th and 5th Rounds reduced the 16 teams that won their 3rd Round matches to 4 teams to advance to the 6th Round.

The 6th Round consisted of the 4 teams that won their 5th Round matches, joined by 12 Premiership clubs. The Premiership is, and remains, Level 1 of the RFU league structure, the highest level. A total of 16 teams meant that this round consisted of 8 matches.

Subsequent rounds were a standard knockout format of Quarter-finals, Semi-finals and a Final to produce an outright Cup winner.

Tablular form

Round Qualified from
previous round
Joined by Total teams Matches /
Qualify for
next round
Notes
Qualifier n/a 64 CB nominated clubs 64 32 2 or 3 per CB, clubs from Level 5 and below
Preliminary 32 n/a 32 16
1st Round 16 14 National League 3 North and
14 National League 3 South clubs
44 22 Level 4 clubs join
2nd Round 22 14 National League 2 clubs 36 18 Level 3 Clubs join
3rd Round 18 14 National League 1 clubs 32 16 Level 2 clubs join
4th Round 16 n/a 16 8
5th Round 8 n/a 8 4
6th Round 4 12 Premiership clubs 16 8 Level 1 clubs join
Quarter-finals 8 n/a 8 4
Semi-finals 4 n/a 4 2
Final 2 n/a 2 1

First Round

Team One Team Two Score
Blackburn Blaydon 0-39
Bradford & Bingley Bedford Athletic 54-7
Chester Macclesfield 28-23
Cleckheaton Darlington Mowden Park 13-21
Dudley Kingswinford West Park St Helens 13-21
Halifax New Brighton 34-20
Hull Tynedale 26-20
Kendal Longton 34-12
Reading Scunthorpe 33-29
Rugby Darlington 62-3
Whitchurch Fylde 9-15
Cambridge North Walsham 6-22
Ealing Weston-super-Mare 20-25
Haywards Heath Penryn 37-29
Hertford Bridgwater & Albion 35-0
London Scottish Worthing 9-10
Maidenhead Barking 12-24
Old Patesians Havant 31-30
Redruth Berry Hill ?
Southend Richmond 20-22
Tabard Dings Crusaders 21-19
Westcombe Park Lydney 40-35

Second Round

Team One Team Two Score
Blaydon Wharfedale 16-14
Cleckheaton Hull 16-15
Halifax Fylde 31-15
Harrogate Bradford & Bingley 28-29
Kendal Reading 36-31
Manchester Chester 40-13
Nuneaton Doncaster 13-16
Waterloo Rugby 47-24
West Park St Helens Moseley 20-35
Blackheath Newbury 27-34
Esher Weston-super-Mare 21-17
Haywards Heath Tabard 16-28
Old Patesians Launceston 12-19
Redruth Worthing 30-23
Richmond Hertford 31-7
Rosslyn Park Bracknell 13-40
Stourbridge North Walsham 11-21
Westcombe Park Barking 33-10

Third Round

Team One Team Two Score
Bedford Tabard 52-13
Bracknell Otley 27-31
Doncaster Pertemps Bees 21-30
Launceston Halifax 5-9
London Welsh Exeter 19-67
Manchester Sedgley Park 44-20
Moseley Henley Hawks 24-20
Newbury Nottingham 23-38
Orrell Blaydon 38-0
Penzance/Newlyn Esher 64-0
Redruth Waterloo 8-20
Richmond Kendal 13-18
Rotherham Plymouth Albion 16-17
Stourbridge Coventry 11-29
Westcombe Park Cleckheaton 24-19
Bristol Bradford & Bingley 32-6

Fourth Round

Team One Team Two Score
Bedford Halifax 40-10
Coventry Penzance/Newlyn 31-23
Exeter Manchester 78-0
Kendal Waterloo 16-22
Otley Westcombe Park 45-16
Pertemps Bees Orrell 30-7
Plymouth Albion Moseley 76-6
Bristol Nottingham 61-14

Fifth Round

Team One Team Two Score
Bedford Exeter 23-18
Coventry Pertemps Bees 23-28
Plymouth Albion Otley 23-15
Waterloo Bristol 3-57

Later Rounds

The 12 Premiership teams joined the 4 qualifiers from Round 5 to make up the draw for Round 6.

 
Round 6Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
18 December 2004
 
 
Northampton Saints 41
 
22 January 2005
 
Bedford Blues 8
 
Northampton Saints 19
 
19 December 2004
 
Leeds Tykes 24
 
Leeds Tykes 81
 
6 March 2005
 
Pertemps Bees 17
 
Leeds Tykes 15
 
19 December 2004
 
London Irish 6
 
Saracens 22
 
23 January 2005
 
Newcastle Falcons 20
 
Saracens 15
 
18 December 2004
 
London Irish 21
 
Worcester 7
 
16 April 2005
 
London Irish 9
 
Leeds Tykes 20
 
18 December 2004
 
Bath 12
 
Leicester Tigers 13
 
22 January 2005
 
Gloucester 20
 
Gloucester 21
 
19 December 2004
 
Bristol Shoguns 0
 
Bristol Shoguns 33
 
6 March 2005
 
London Wasps1 43
 
Gloucester 19
 
19 December 2004
 
Bath 24
 
Sale Sharks 38
 
21 January 2005
 
Plymouth Albion 18
 
Sale Sharks 23
 
18 December 2004
 
Bath 24
 
Bath 33
 
 
Harlequins 7
 

1 London Wasps disqualified for fielding an ineligible player

Final

16 April 2005
14:30
Leeds Tykes 20 - 12 Bath
Try: Chris Bell Try
André Snyman Try
Con: Gordon Ross (2)
Pen: Gordon Ross (2)
Score Pen: Chris Malone (4)
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 60,300
Referee: Dave Pearson
15 England Iain Balshaw (c)
14 South Africa André Snyman
13 England Phil Christophers
12 England Chris Bell
11 England Tom Biggs
10 Scotland Gordon Ross
9 England Alan Dickens
8 Wales Alix Popham
7 Wales Richard Parks
6 Wales Scott Morgan
5 England Tom Palmer
4 England Stuart Hooper
3 Scotland Gavin Kerr
2 England Mark Regan
1 England Mike Shelley
Replacements:
16 Australia Matt Holt
17 England Rob Rawlinson
18 Scotland Jon Dunbar
19 England Dan Hyde
20 Scotland Mark McMillan
21 Australia Craig McMullen
22 Argentina Diego Albanese
Coach:
England Jon Callard
15 England Matt Perry
14 New Zealand Joe Maddock
13 England Andrew Higgins
12 England Olly Barkley
11 South Africa Frikkie Welsh
10 Australia Chris Malone
9 England Nick Walshe
8 Samoa Isaac Fe'aunati
7 England James Scaysbrook
6 Wales Geirant Lewis
5 England Danny Grewcock (c)
4 England Rob Fidler
3 England Duncan Bell
2 England Lee Mears
1 England Matt Stevens
Replacements:
16 Wales Jonathan Humphreys
17 England David Flatman
18 Wales Gareth Delve
19 New Zealand Brendon Daniel
20 England Martyn Wood
21 England Ryan Davis
Coach:
Australia John Connolly

See also

References

  1. ^ "Bath 12-20 Leeds". BBC Sport. 
  2. ^ "Perverse rule may turn Leeds silver to dust". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "Times Archives". Oxfordshire Libraries.