January 25 down the years
Brive conquer Europe
Sebastien Carrat was the hero for Brive on this day in 1997
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A crowd of 41,664, nearly double the attendance the previous year, saw Brive defeat Leicester 28-9 at Cardiff Arms Park in the second Heineken Cup Final. Brive were ruthlessly efficient and continued from where the inaugural winners, Toulouse, left off. Sebastien Carrat scored a brace of tries for the French side, while Sébastien Viars and Gerald Fabre also scored. Christophe Lamaison kicked a penalty, drop-goal and conversion to defeat a Leicester side captained by Dean Richards and featuring future
World Cup-winners Will Greenwood, Martin Johnson and Neil Back.
Ulster confirmed that their prized asset, winger Tommy Bowe, would be leaving the region to join their Magners League rivals the Ospreys. Bowe was a product of the Ulster academy and made his international debut in 2004 while with the club. In the colours of the Ospreys he went on to cement his place as Ireland's first-choice wing and also won three Test caps for the British & Irish Lions. Bowe re-signed with the Ospreys in 2009, turning down the chance to return to Ireland.
Saracens slipped to a 43-33 defeat to the Stormers at Newlands as the Guinness Premiership side continued a brief South African tour. The South African side crossed for six tries as the Cape Town heat took its toll on Saracens, with Sireli Naqelevuki bagging a brace and Gcobani Bobo, Schalk Brits, Luke Watson and Joe Pietersen all chipping in. Saracens scored three tries themselves, Richard Haughton, Kameli Ratuvou and South Africa's Wikus Van Heerden all crossing while Kiwi fly-half Glen Jackson kicked 18 points for Eddie Jones' men.
France beat Ireland 5-0 in Belfast, their last Championship win on British soil for 17 years. With 25,000 fans packing Ravenhill, France
could thank wing Robert Samatan for their try and prop Albert Ambert for the conversion.
In Vancouver the All Blacks and Vancouver XV wore black armbands and observed a minute's silence as a mark of respect for King George V, who had died a few days earlier. The New Zealanders won the penultimate match of their tour 32-0.
France's 12-8 win against Ireland was their first away success in the Five Nations since 1930. Wing Jean Lassegue scored two tries for the away side at Lansdowne Road.
After holding the two previous All Blacks tour sides to draws Ulster finally caved in 24-5 to Wilson Whineray's team. Peter McMullan, in the Belfast Telegraph, waxed lyrical about the New Zealanders' "gala display" in an "exhilarating game."
Johnny Moroney played a blinder in Ireland's first defeat of France for ten years. The Garryowen wing contributed 14 points - an Irish Test record at the time - in a 17-9 victory. Moroney's points came from a try, three penalties and a conversion.