I am looking for information about the 2001-02 league table so cannot relate that season with this one. For 2002-03 there were eleven clubs contesting the top division.
League: Villeneuve XIII narrowly won the league with 53 points, the same as second placed SM Pia. UTC (St Estève XIII Catalan) was a point further behind on third and the Limoux Grizzlies fourth on 46 points. Toulouse Olympique XIII were next on 42.
Finals: This year the games were home and away apart from the final. The quarter finals were as follows:
Villeneuve 36-4 (a) and 52-6 (h) Villefranche.
Limoux 37-32 (a) and 40-30 (h) Toulouse Olympique
FC Lézignan 38-5 (h) 11-40 (a) SM Pia
RC Saint-Gaudens 24-18 (h) 19-18 (a) UTC
Saint-Gaudens 44-22 (a) 40-16 (h) Lézignan
Villeneuve 33-17 (h) 12-18 (a) Limoux
The final was played at Narbonne before 8,000 attendees. Villeneuve proved too strong for Saint-Gaudens, winning the title with a 31-18 victory.
Lord Derby Cup: In the quarter finals, the results were: Toulouse 32-20 Carpentras, Pia 34-8 St Livrade, UTC 30-10 Villefranche, Villeneuve 32-20 Lézignan.
On to the last four: Pia 28-26 Toulouse, Villeneuve 30-24 UTC. The final was held at Carcassonne in front of 7,000 spectators. Villeneuve narrowly took the match 16-14 from Pia.
Summary: Villeneuve took all three titles on offer for a maximum of 60 points according to my way of rewarding teams. Pia was awarded 40 points and second place, UTC 34 and Toulouse 30. What a year for the Villeneuve club. St Livrade did well to make the quarter finals of the cup. It's right next door to Villeneuve.
To see the 2003-04 season, just click here.