With Twickenham announced today as the venue for the 2021 Heineken Champions Cup final and final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup, we look back on the five decisive precedents that took place at the headquarters of English rugby.
Tickets for the final go on sale today (Friday 30 April) at 5:00 p.m. UK and Irish time, starting at £ 45, with details communicated via HeinekenChampionsCup.com.
2000 – Northampton Saints 9 Munster Rugby 8
Paul Grayson gave the Northampton Saints their first European title in the first Heineken Cup decision maker not to feature a French side.
In front of a then-record final crowd of 68,441, the England international picked up three penalties to show his young countryterpart, Ronan O’Gara, how it’s done.
Munster’s half-ball missed all four of his kicks, including one with one minute to go, to leave the Irish province scary shortly after scoring the game only try.
Who came in the 33rd minute, when a series of quick and precise passes freed David Wallace. Munster’s only other score was a Jason Holland drop-goal in the early stages.
2004 – Wasps 27 Toulouse 20
Wasps won the Heineken Cup for the first time in dramatic fashion as scrum half Robert Howley grabbed the decisive try in the dying seconds.
With sides locked at 20-20, Welsh international tried his hand with a grubber kick and stung when Clement Poitrenaud procrastinated the bounce Ball.
Back Mark van Gisbergen converted to complete a total of 17 points, which also included the conversions of his essay and that of center Stuart Abbott, plus two penalties.
ToulouseThe main contributor of half-fly Yann Delaigue with 11 points of one try and two penalties, while Substitute scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Elissalde also picked up three penalties.
2007 – Wasps 25 Leicester Tigers 9
Wasps denied to England Premiership rivals Leicester tigers the European-domestic double globally as they elevatored the Heineken Cup for the second time in four years.
the 2004 the champions exceeded expectations and outperformed the Tigers in pursuit of the treble, which had also won the EDF Energy Cup, in front of a then-record crowd for a club match of 81,076.
Both wasps‘try came in the first half through scrum half Eoin Reddan and hooker Raphael Ibanez. With half-fly Alex king giving a penalty, they led 13-9 at the break after three penalties of his counterpart in Leicester, Andy Goode.
The second half was wasp while King managed three more penalties and lost one goal, and twice European Champions Leicester failed to add to their score.
2012 – Leinster Rugby 42 Ulster Rugby 14
Leinster became the first team to win Three Heineken Cups in four years as they produced a record performance to defeat their Irish rivals Ulster In in front an absolute record final crowd of 81,744 people.
They emulated the Leicester Tigers by winning back-to-back trophies thanks to a record margin for the Heineken Cup final and total points, as they also set a new final record of five tries.
Leinster has won three victories in three finals in the first half flanker scores Sean O’Brien and support Cian healy, followed by a penalty try and late scores from substitutes Heinke van der Merwe and Sean Cronin in the second half.
Half fly Johnny Sexton converted three and landed three penalties for a game of 15 points, while winger Fergus McFadden also started a conversion.
Two penalties of scrum half Ruan pienaar were Ulster’s only first-half scores, But another Pienaar penalty and a lockout attempt Dan Tuohy gave them hope – until they are blown away by Leinster late burst.
2015 – RC Toulon 24 ASM Clermont Auvergne 18
Toulon became the first team to achieve a European Cup hat-trick as they staged a fine return to beat Clermont in the first Champions Cup final.
They trailed 11-3 midway through the first half and led just 19-18 with 10 minutes before, but a brilliant test of the wing Drew Mitchell – in which he ran clear half-way after bamboo six defenders – cleared Toulon.
After two penalties from Camille Lopez and one from Toulon back Leigh Halfpenny, Clermont stormed at 24 minutes, when a load–through scrum half Morgan parra was jumped on by center Wesley fofana for the first try of the game.
however, two more Penalties of half a cent cut the gap to 11-9 then center Mathieu Bastareaud propelled at the stroke of half time for a try converted by halfpenny give Toulon a 16-11 lead.
the Extended Welsh The advantage of Toulon with his fourth penalty, only to back pseudo Abendanon at chip on the Toulon defense for a test targeted by Lopez over 62 minutes and it looked to be the killer shot until Mitchellthe incredible effort.