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Which team will be the first to qualify for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals?
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The Seventh Heineken Cup Final
15 - 9
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff   Att: 74,600
Referee: Joel Jutge
Saturday 25th May 2002, 14:00
Match report
Leicester became the only side to claim the Heineken Cup twice in a scintillating 15-9 victory against Munster at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The defending champions lifted the trophy with a two-tries-to-nil victory in a clash that could have gone either way.

The Tigers' own Irishman Geordan Murphy and Austin Healey were the key men, the latter producing a delightful dummy for Leicester's second try.

Three penalties from Ronan O'Gara were scant reward for a mighty performance from the Irishmen.

But try as they might they failed to break down a superb Leicester defence despite a late rally which saw Munster controversially lose possession at a scrum underneath the posts.

Neil Back appeared to knock the ball out of Peter Stringer's hands with his hand but neither the referee nor the touch judge spotted the infringement, and the Tigers held on.

Leicester almost got off to the perfect start when Freddie Tuilagi raced over with just one minute on the clock, only for referee Joel Jutge to bring the Midlanders back for an illegal push on John Kelly.

Seconds later man-of-the-match Tim Stimpson's penalty sailed wide, but O'Gara slotted over shortly afterwards to push Munster 3-0 ahead.

Tigers fans reacted furiously when Martin Johnson ran over after a dismal throw in at the lineout by Frankie Sheahan - only for it to be again ruled out by Jutge.

Instead, it was Munster who added to their tally when O'Gara slotted his second of the afternoon after 20 minutes.

The game clearly needed a try and it was Leicester's Murphy who provided it - courtesy of a timely dummy from Stimpson - to the dismay of his fellow countrymen.

It was nothing more than Leicester deserved, but Stimpson again failed to find the posts.

In front of a sea of red, Munster started the second period impressively, forcing the Tigers back into their 22.

Leicester again struggled to gain any meaningful possession and had it not been for Munster's inability to win any line-out ball, the Tigers could have been out of the game.

Leicester's front-row were struggling against the might of Peter Clohessy, Sheahan and John Hayes and O'Gara made them pay when Darren Garforth was penalised for not binding.

His kick pushed Munster 9-5 ahead to raise Irish hopes of a famous victory.

But after semi-final hero Harry Ellis replaced scrum-half Jamie Hamilton 10 minutes after the break, the Tigers began to dominate.

Twice Stimpson refused to kick for goal and Leicester were rewarded for their bravery when O'Gara missed his man in front of his posts to allow Healey to turn the tide in favour of the defending champions.

Stimpson's conversion pushed Leicester ahead for the first time in the game.

The try prompted a rash of changes for Munster, with Clohessy bidding farewell to a remarkable rugby union career as the game entered the final quarter.

But just as Munster continued to struggle in the line-out, so Leicester again lost out in the scrum.

Garforth was again penalised for collapsing, this time inside his own 22, but O'Gara missed his opportunity to level affairs - a costly mistake made more frustrating seconds later when Stimpson pushed the Tigers 15-9 ahead.

From the re-start Munster hit back immediately, but John O'Neill's touchdown was correctly ruled out when TV replays showed he was marginally in touch.

And when Back's infringement at the scrum was not picked up, it was clear it was going to be Leicester's day.

Leicester Tigers V Munster
 PDCTPosPlayerPlayerPosTCDP 

1

1


Tim Stimpson
15
Dominic Crotty





Replacement off




1

Geordan Murphy
14
John O'Neill






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Ollie Smith
13
Rob Henderson












Rod Kafer
12
Jason Holland












Freddie Tuilagi
11
John Kelly






Man of the Match



1

Austin Healey
10
Ronan O'Gara




3

Replacement off





Jamie Hamilton
9
Peter Stringer






Replacement off





Graham Rowntree
1
Peter Clohessy





Replacement off






Dorian West
2
Frankie Sheahan





Replacement off






Darren Garforth
3
John Hayes












Martin Johnson (capt)
4
Mick Galwey (capt)












Ben Kay
5
Paul O'Connell





Replacement off






Lewis Moody
6
Alan Quinlan












Neil Back
7
David Wallace












Martin Corry
8
Anthony Foley





Replacement off
Replacements
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Harry Ellis
16
James Blaney





Replacement on
Replacement on





Perry Freshwater
17
Jim Williams





Replacement on
Replacement on





Glenn Gelderbloom
18
Marcus Horan





Replacement on






Richard Cockerill
19
Mick O'Driscoll





Replacement on






Will Johnson
20
Jeremy Staunton





Replacement on






Josh Kronfeld
21
Mike Mullins





Replacement on






Andy Goode
22
Mike Prendergast






Penalty Tries
0
0
First half timeline
17Munster
Temporary sub - J Blaney on for F Sheahan
28Munster
Temporary sub - F Sheahan on for J Blaney
Second half timeline
50Leicester Tigers
Substitution - H Ellis on for J Hamilton
52Munster
Substitution - J Williams on for A Foley
60Munster
Substitution - M Horan on for P Clohessy
61Munster
Substitution - M O'Driscoll on for P O'Connell
65Munster
Substitution - J Staunton on for D Crotty
73Leicester Tigers
Substitution - P Freshwater on for G Rowntree
76Leicester Tigers
Substitution - G Gelderbloom on for O Smith
Results so far
Leicester Tigers
DateStageOppositionScore
25/5/02FinalMunsterW 15-9
28/4/02Semi FinalsLlanelli ScarletsW 13-12
27/1/02Quarter FinalsLeinsterW 29-18
12/1/02Pool 1Llanelli ScarletsL 12-24
5/1/02Pool 1Rugby CalvisanoW 29-7
3/11/01Pool 1PerpignanW 54-15
27/10/01Pool 1PerpignanW 31-30
7/10/01Pool 1Rugby CalvisanoW 37-3
29/9/01Pool 1Llanelli ScarletsW 12-9
Munster
DateStageOppositionScore
25/5/02FinalLeicester TigersL 9-15
27/4/02Semi FinalsCastres OlympiqueW 25-17
26/1/02Quarter FinalsStade Francais ParisW 16-14
12/1/02Pool 4Castres OlympiqueL 13-21
5/1/02Pool 4NEC HarlequinsW 51-17
3/11/01Pool 4BridgendW 40-6
26/10/01Pool 4BridgendW 16-12
6/10/01Pool 4NEC HarlequinsW 24-8
29/9/01Pool 4Castres OlympiqueW 28-23
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Previous Heineken Cup meetings
DateStageHomeScoreAway
Sat 20th Jan 07Pool 4Munster6 - 13Leicester Tigers
Sun 22nd Oct 06Pool 4Leicester Tigers19 - 21Munster
Sun 13th Apr 03Quarter FinalsLeicester Tigers7 - 20Munster
Sat 25th May 02FinalLeicester Tigers15 - 9Munster
Heineken CupHistory
Leicester Tigers
2007/08 - Pool 6
2006/07 - Runners up
2005/06 - Quarter Finals
2004/05 - Semi Finals
2003/04 - Pool 1
2002/03 - Quarter Finals
2001/02 - Champions
2000/01 - Champions
1999/00 - Pool 1
1997/98 - Quarter Finals
1996/97 - Runners up
Munster
2007/08 - Champions
2006/07 - Quarter Finals
2005/06 - Champions
2004/05 - Quarter Finals
2003/04 - Semi Finals
2002/03 - Semi Finals
2001/02 - Runners up
2000/01 - Semi Finals
1999/00 - Runners up
1998/99 - Quarter Finals
1997/98 - Pool D
1996/97 - Pool D
1995/96 - Pool D
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Did You Know?
Dafydd James, the Llanelli Scarlets threequarter, requires just one try to become the first player to score 25 Heineken Cup tries.
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