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Munster claim second Heineken Cup
16 - 13
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff   Att: 74,417
Saturday 24th May 2008, 17:00
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Match report
Munster won their second Heineken Cup title in three seasons with a nail-biting 16-13 triumph over Toulouse.

Denis Leamy’s first half try was supported by 11 points from the ice-cool Ronan O’Gara as head coach Declan Kidney was handed the perfect send-off.

Kidney masterminded another European crown but he now leaves Munster to take on the Ireland job.

Yves Donguy gave Toulouse a lifeline with his second half score but O’Gara clinched victory with his third penalty with 15 minutes remaining.

Toulouse went in search of their fourth Heineken Cup title while Munster returned to the scene of their 2006 triumph.

Munster are the only side to have reached the knock-out stages in the past decade.

The final pumped £20 million into Cardiff and a large proportion of that income came from the Irishmen who invaded the Welsh capital.

The Red Army from Cork and Limerick came in their thousands to say a fond farewell to head coach Declan Kidney who takes up the Ireland job.

Munster had tasted both joy and despair at the Millennium Stadium on their previous two visits.

Declan Kidney’s men snatched victory for their first Heineken Cup title against Biarritz but also suffered heartbreak to Leicester Tigers in 2002.

And Kidney’s last stand came against the Real Madrid of rugby and legendary Toulouse coach Guy Noves.

Noves was present when the French outfit won their first title in Cardiff back in 1996 but this time he was without joint leading try scorer Vincent Clerc through injury.

Captains Febian Pelous and Paul O’Connell led their sides into a cauldron of noise at the Millennium Stadium.

Toulouse had the first opportunity to open the scoring but Jean-Baptiste Elissalde pulled his fourth minute penalty attempt wide.

But Elissalde cooly slotted home two minutes later to hand Toulouse the lead.

French centre Yannick Jauzion beat Munster full-back Denis Hurley to the high ball and Elissalde made no mistake from close-range.

It was one-way traffic from Toulouse who continued to pile on the pressure in the opening quarter.

But Munster remained just three points adrift thanks to their committed defence.

And in the Irishmen’s first attack on the half hour mark, Hurley was stopped just shy of the try-line following Doug Howlett‘s mazy run.

Munster were gathering momentum and number eight Denis Leamy was denied by video referee Derek Bevan after he dropped the ball with the line at his mercy.

But after a series of close-range drives, Leamy powered over for the first try of a compelling encounter.

O’Gara extended the lead with the conversion and then a penalty to nudge Munster seven points clear.

And Kidney’s men were handed a boost when Pelous was yellow-carded for kneeing Alan Quinlan in the backside in the 50th minute.

O’Gara kicked another penalty but Toulouse hit back when a moment of genius from Cedric Heymans brought the three-times champions back in the contest.

Yves Donguy added the finishing touch after Heymans’ delightful chip and chase released Jauzion who beat O’Gara to the chase.

Elissalde converted to tie the scores before O‘Gara booted his third penalty to put Munster back in front with 15 minutes remaining.
Munster V Toulouse

Darragh Hurley
Cédric Heymans

Doug Howlett
Maxime Medard

Rua Tipoki
Maleli Kunavore

Lifeimi Mafi
Yannick Jauzion

Ian Dowling
Yves Donguy


Replacement off



Ronan O'Gara
Jean-Baptiste Elissalde


Tomas O'Leary
Byron Kelleher

Replacement off

Marcus Horan
Daan Human

Jerry Flannery
William Servat

John Hayes
Salvatore Perugini

Replacement off

Donncha O'Callaghan
Fabien Pelous (capt)

Yellow card
Replacement off

Paul O'Connell (capt)
Patricio Albacete

Replacement off
Man of the Match

Alan Quinlan
Jean Bouilhou

Replacement off

David Wallace
Thierry Dusautoir

Replacement off


Denis Leamy
Shaun Sowerby


Frankie Sheahan
Alberto Vernet Basualdo

Replacement on

Tony Buckley
Jean-Baptiste Poux

Replacement on
Replacement on

Mick O'Driscoll
Romain Millo-Chluski

Replacement on

Donnacha Ryan
Yannick Nyanga

Replacement on

Peter Stringer
Florian Fritz

Paul Warwick
Manu Ahotaeiloa

Replacement on

Keith Earls
Grégory Lamboley

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Penalty Tries
Results so far
24/5/08FinalToulouseW 16-13
27/4/08Semi FinalsSaracensW 18-16
5/4/08Quarter FinalsGloucester RugbyW 16-3
19/1/08Pool 5London WaspsW 19-3
13/1/08Pool 5ASM Clermont AuvergneL 19-26
16/12/07Pool 5Llanelli ScarletsW 22-13
8/12/07Pool 5Llanelli ScarletsW 29-16
18/11/07Pool 5ASM Clermont AuvergneW 36-13
10/11/07Pool 5London WaspsL 23-24
24/5/08FinalMunsterL 13-16
26/4/08Semi FinalsLondon IrishW 21-15
6/4/08Quarter FinalsCardiff BluesW 41-17
19/1/08Pool 6Edinburgh RugbyW 34-10
12/1/08Pool 6LeinsterL 13-20
16/12/07Pool 6Leicester TigersW 22-11
8/12/07Pool 6Leicester TigersL 9-14
18/11/07Pool 6LeinsterW 33-6
10/11/07Pool 6Edinburgh RugbyW 19-15
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Previous Heineken Cup meetings
Sat 24th May 08FinalMunster16 - 13Toulouse
Sat 26th Apr 03Semi FinalsToulouse13 - 12Munster
Sat 6th May 00Semi FinalsToulouse25 - 31Munster
Sat 2nd Nov 96Pool DToulouse60 - 19Munster
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