With Colomiers in our Heineken Champions Cup Rewind on Saturday in the 1999 Heineken Cup final, we use our Thursday Throwback this week to look back at their Challenge Cup success the previous year.
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Colomiers marked the second staging of the European Challenge Cup final with a series of records that still stand today for the competition’s climax.
They demolished French rivals Agen with a stunning display of rugby at Les Sept Deniers in Toulouse to collect their sole continental trophy to date.
Watched by a crowd of 12,500, Colomiers ran in an all-time best seven tries to finish with a record winning margin of 38 points.
Two of those tries went to flanker Bernard de Giusti, who still holds the joint individual record – with three other players – for the most number of tries in a Challenge Cup final.
The other five were scored by wing Marc Biboulet, centres Sébastien Roque and Jérome Sieurac, scrum-half Fabien Galthié (the current France head coach) and hooker Yannick Bru, while fly-half Mickael Carre kicked four conversions.
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Both teams entered the final with 100 per cent records, after winning all six pool matches, their quarter-final and semi-final, so something had to give – and that was the Agen defence.
Colomiers had the trophy sewn up by half-time, opening up a 26-5 interval lead, and they were even missing the competition’s joint top scorer, Laurent Labit, who had amassed 108 points in seven of the club’s previous eight games.
Agen’s solitary response was a first-half try from lock Christophe Porcu.