Toulon retain Heineken Cup

Updated: May 25, 2014


Jonny Wilkinson signed off from European rugby when he helped Toulon retain the Heineken Cup in emphatic style with a 23-6 win over Saracens at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Both sides came into the European showpiece chasing a domestic and European double, however Toulon’s collection of world stars proved to powerful for Saracens as they joined Leicester and Leinster as the only other clubs to successfully defend the Heineken Cup.

The French club scored 2 superb tries through Matt Giteau and Juan Smith, with the retiring Wilkinson providing 13 points with the boot, and in the process stopped Saracens from crossing the whitewash in a performance of pure class by their Galacticos.

The win for Toulon saw Brian Habana join exclusive company as the winner of the World Cup, Super XV, Tri-Nations and the Heineken Cup. Other players to have achieved this are Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha and Brad Thorn.

Thorn was a Super Rugby winner with the Crusaders (2008) and a Heineken Cup champion with Leinster Rugby (2012). He won the Rugby World Cup with New Zealand in 2011. Rossouw and Botha were Rugby World Cup winners with the Springboks in 2007, along with Habana, and Heineken Cup winners with RC Toulon last season. They won the Super Rugby crown in 2007, 2009 and 2010 with the Bulls. Habana was a team mate of theirs in the 2007 and 2009 victories by the Bulls.