2013 Heineken Cup Final

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2013 Heineken Cup Final
2013 Heineken Cup Dublin.jpg
Event 2012–13 Heineken Cup
Date 18 May 2013
Venue Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Man of the Match Mathieu Bastareaud
Referee Alain Rolland (IRFU)
Attendance 50,148

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).[1][2] The all-French game was won by Toulon, defeating Clermont 16–15.[3][4][5]


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-place 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 quarterfinals while Toulon defeated Leicester Tigers the following evening 21–15. On 27 April, in the semifinals, Clermont won 16–10 against Munster at Stade de la Mosson while Toulon beat Saracens 26–14 at Twickenham the next day.[8]


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


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]


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

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


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".[17] The following day, Wilkinson was named European Player of the Year following his performance in the Heineken Cup.[18]

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.[19]


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