2013 Heineken Cup final

The 2013 Heineken Cup Final was the final match of the 2012–13 Heineken Cup, the 18th season of Europe's top club rugby union competition. The match was played on 18 May 2013 in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, kicking off at 5 pm (16:00 UTC).[2][3] The all-French game was won by Toulon, defeating Clermont 16–15.[4][5]

2013 Heineken Cup Final
Event2012–13 Heineken Cup
Date18 May 2013
VenueAviva Stadium, Dublin
Man of the MatchMathieu Bastareaud (Toulon)
RefereeAlain Rolland (Ireland)

Background edit

Under rules of the competition organiser, European Rugby Cup, the winner of the Heineken Cup receives an automatic entry into the following season's Heineken Cup, as does the winner of the Amlin Challenge Cup. If the Heineken Cup winner has already qualified through its domestic or regional league, the berth will normally pass to another team from its country; both Clermont and Toulon have qualified as the top two teams in the Top 14 home-and-away season. However, France is capped at seven Heineken Cup places (as is England).[6]

The final 2013–14 Heineken Cup participant was determined by the result of the Challenge Cup Final held the previous day at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Leinster's victory over Stade Français meant that the Heineken Cup winner's berth would now pass to the seventh-placed team in Top 14, Perpignan.[7]

Route to final edit

On 6 April, Clermont defeated Montpellier 36–14 at the Stade Marcel-Michelin in the quarter-finals while Toulon defeated Leicester Tigers the following evening 21–15. On 27 April, in the semi-finals, Clermont won 16–10 against Munster at Stade de la Mosson while Toulon beat Saracens 26–14 at Twickenham the next day.[8]

Match edit

The European Champions Village was staged in Merrion Square and was a point for all travelling supporters to congregate before the match.[9]

Summary edit

The final was an all-French clash between Clermont and Toulon.[10][11] At half-time the score was 3–3, with Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson and Clermont's Morgan Parra scoring a penalty each.[12] Early in the second half, Clermont scored two tries (Napolioni Nalaga and Brock James) taking the score to 15–6, but despite this, Delon Armitage's converted try resulted in a 16–15 win for Toulon.[12][13][14] Delon later apologized for mocking Brock James on the way to scoring the winning try, after being criticized for being unprofessional.[15][16]

Details edit

18 May 2013
17:00 IST
Clermont  15–16  Toulon
Try: Nalaga 42' m
James 48' c
Con: Parra (1/2)
Pen: Parra (1/1) 3'
ReportTry: D. Armitage 64' c
Con: Wilkinson (1/1)
Pen: Wilkinson (3/3) 13', 45', 60'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 50,148[1]
Referee: Alain Rolland (IRFU)
FB 15   Lee Byrne
RW 14   Sitiveni Sivivatu
OC 13   Aurélien Rougerie (c)   68'
IC 12   Wesley Fofana
LW 11   Napolioni Nalaga
FH 10   Brock James   73'
SH 9   Morgan Parra   71'
N8 8   Damien Chouly
OF 7   Gerhard Vosloo   68'
BF 6   Julien Bonnaire
RL 5   Nathan Hines
LL 4   Jamie Cudmore
TP 3   Davit Zirakashvili   73'
HK 2   Benjamin Kayser   66'
LP 1   Thomas Domingo   66'
HK 16   Ti'i Paulo   66'
PR 17   Vincent Debaty   66'
PR 18   Clement Ric   73'
LK 19   Julien Pierre
FL 20   Julien Bardy   68'
SH 21   Ludovic Radosavljevic   71'
FH 22   David Skrela   73'
CE 23   Regan King   68'
  Vern Cotter
FB 15   Delon Armitage
RW 14   Rudi Wulf
OC 13   Mathieu Bastareaud
IC 12   Matt Giteau
LW 11   Alexis Palisson
FH 10   Jonny Wilkinson (c)
SH 9   Sébastien Tillous-Borde   50'
N8 8   Chris Masoe   69'
OF 7   Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
BF 6   Danie Rossouw   50'
RL 5   Nick Kennedy
LL 4   Bakkies Botha   69'
TP 3   Carl Hayman   76'
HK 2   Sébastien Bruno   50'
LP 1   Andrew Sheridan   61'
HK 16   Jean-Charles Orioli   50'
PR 17   Gethin Jenkins   61'
PR 18   Davit Kubriashvili   76'
N8 19   Joe van Niekerk   50'
FL 20   Steffon Armitage   69'
CE 21   Maxime Mermoz
FH 22   Frédéric Michalak   50'
LK 23   Jocelino Suta   69'
  Bernard Laporte

Touch judges:
  Wayne Barnes
  George Clancy
Television match official:
  Marshall Kilgore

Reaction edit

Wilkinson, who had turned down a place on the British and Irish Lions side to focus on his club rugby, said that winning the Heineken Cup was "right up there with winning the World Cup".[citation needed] The following day, Wilkinson was named European Player of the Year following his performance in the Heineken Cup.[17]

Toulon's victory also doubled, to six, the number of players to have won titles in the premier club competitions of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, respectively the Heineken Cup and Super Rugby. Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw had won the then-Super 14 title with the Bulls in 2007, 2009, and 2010, while Matt Giteau had won the title with the Brumbies in 2004 when the competition was known as Super 12. The previous three players to have claimed both titles were Rod Kafer, Doug Howlett, and Brad Thorn.[18]

References edit

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