2002 Heineken Cup Final

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2002 Heineken Cup Final
Event2001–02 Heineken Cup
Date25 May 2002
VenueMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
RefereeJoël Jutge (France)

The 2002 Heineken Cup Final was the final match of the 2001–02 Heineken Cup, the seventh season of Europe's top club rugby union competition. The match was played on 25 May 2002 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff; this was the third time the final had been played in Cardiff after the 1996 final won by Stade Toulouse and 1997 final won by CA Brive but the first since the substantial redevelopment of the ground for the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

The match was contested by Leicester Tigers of England and Munster of Ireland. Munster were appearing in their second final after losing the 2000 Heineken Cup Final to Northampton Saints. Tigers were the defending champions having beaten Stade Francais in the 2001 Heineken Cup Final and were appearing in their third final after losing the 1997 final to Brive.

Leicester Tigers won the match 15-9, becoming the first team to defend the trophy successfully.[1] In the first minute Tigers had a try by Freddie Tuilagi ruled out for illegal blocking on Munster wing John Kelly.[2] Munster took a 3-0 lead from Ronan O'Gara's penalty before Tigers had a second try ruled out inside the first 10 minutes, Martin Johnson had pounced on a Frankie Sheahan over throw but referee Joël Jutge was not ready and the throw re-taken. After 20 minutes O'Gara slotted his second penalty for a 6-0 lead after Lewis Moody had been ruled offside. Geordan Murphy scored Tigers first try after a sweeping break from Tim Stimpson and dummy before finding Murphy to make it 6-5 when the conversion was missed. A scrum penalty against Darren Garforth gave O'Gara his third penalty goal for a 9-5 lead. However once Harry Ellis, a try scorer in the semi final, was introduced on 52 minutes the game swung into Leicester's favour. Tigers turned down kicks at goal in search of the try that came when Austin Healey darted over, Tim Stimpson's conversion gave Leicester a 12-9 lead. O'Gara missed an opportunity to level the scorers and seconds later Stimpson slotted the last points of the game for a 15-9 final score. More drama was to come though as Munster wing Kelly thought he had scored in the corner, only to be denied by a last ditch cover tackle by man of the match Healey.[3]

Match details[edit]

25 May 2002
15:00 BST
Leicester Tigers England 15 – 9 Ireland Munster
Tries: Murphy Try 26'
Healey Try 59'

Con: Stimpson Kick 59'
Pen: Stimpson Kick 70'

Report Pen: O'Gara Kick 7'20'49'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,600
Referee: Joël Jutge (France)
Leicester Tigers
FB 15 England Tim Stimpson
RW 14 Ireland Geordan Murphy
OC 13 England Ollie Smith Substituted off 78'
IC 12 Australia Rod Kafer
LW 11 Samoa Freddie Tuilagi
FH 10 England Austin Healey
SH 9 England Jamie Hamilton Substituted off 52'
N8 8 England Martin Corry
OF 7 England Neil Back
BF 6 England Lewis Moody
RL 5 England Ben Kay
LL 4 England Martin Johnson (c)
TP 3 England Darren Garforth
HK 2 England Dorian West
LP 1 England Graham Rowntree Substituted off 74'
SH 16 England Harry Ellis Substituted in 52'
LP 17 England Perry Freshwater Substituted in 74'
OC 18 South Africa Glenn Gelderbloom Substituted in 78'
HK 19 England Richard Cockerill
N8 20 England Will Johnson
OF 21 New Zealand Josh Kronfeld
FH 22 England Andy Goode
England Dean Richards
FB 15 Ireland Dominic Crotty Substituted off 66'
RW 14 Ireland John Kelly
OC 13 Ireland Rob Henderson Substituted off 68'
IC 12 Ireland Jason Holland
LW 11 Ireland John O'Neill
FH 10 Ireland Ronan O'Gara
SH 9 Ireland Peter Stringer
N8 8 Ireland Anthony Foley Substituted off 53'
OF 7 Ireland David Wallace
BF 6 Ireland Alan Quinlan
RL 5 Ireland Paul O'Connell Substituted in 62'
LL 4 Ireland Mick Galwey (c)
TP 3 Ireland John Hayes
HK 2 Ireland Frankie Sheahan Substituted off 18'Substituted in 29'
LP 1 Ireland Peter Clohessy Substituted off 61'
HK 16 Ireland James Blaney Substituted in 18'Substituted off 29'
FL 17 Australia Jim Williams Substituted in 53'
LP 18 Ireland Marcus Horan Substituted in 61'
LK 19 Ireland Mick O'Driscoll Substituted in 62'
FH 20 Ireland Jeremy Staunton Substituted in 66'
WG 21 Ireland Mike Mullins Substituted in 68'
SH 22 Ireland Mike Prendergast
Ireland Declan Kidney

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tigers retain European Cup". BBC Sport. 9 March 2002. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Tigers are Heineken champs once again". ESPNscrum. 25 May 2002. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Leicester hang on to defend Heineken crown". ESPNscrum. 25 May 2002. Retrieved 15 October 2016.