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2010 Heineken Cup Final

2010 Heineken Cup Final
Event2009–10 Heineken Cup
Date22 May 2010
VenueStade de France, Saint-Denis
Man of the MatchWilliam Servat (Toulouse)[citation needed]
RefereeWayne Barnes (England)

The 2010 Heineken Cup Final was the final match of the 2009–10 Heineken Cup, the 15th season of Europe's top club rugby union competition. The match was played on 22 May 2010 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis north of Paris.[1] It was contested by Biarritz and Toulouse, both from France. Toulouse won the final by 21–19, and for a record fourth time in fifteen seasons of the competition.[2][3]


Toulouse reached the final after a 26–16 win against defending champions Leinster in the semi final[4] Biarritz got to the final after defeating Munster 18–7 in their semi final.[5] Toulouse previously won the trophy in 1996, 2003, and 2005. This was their sixth final in total. This was Biarritz's second final after being runner's up in 2006.

Build Up

On 18 May 2010, it was announced that Biarritz centre Damien Traille had lost his battle to be fit for the final after failing to recover in time from a fractured forearm.[6] Imanol Harinordoquy, who played with a broken nose and rib injury in the semi-final was fit to play and started at number 8.[7] Toulouse coach Guy Noves was aiming to guide them to a record fourth Heineken Cup title since he took over in 1993. This was a first European final for Biarritz’s joint coaching team of Jack Isaac and former France hooker and prop Jean-Michel Gonzalez.[8]



At the end of the first quarter of the game Biarritz were six points clear after two successful penalties from Dimitri Yachvili. His third penalty success followed a penalty kick from Toulouse centre Florian Fritz who scored from three metres inside his own half. It was 9–3 to Biarritz after half-an-hour, but nine points in five minutes just before the break for Toulouse transformed the scoreboard. Two David Skrela penalties were followed by a drop goal from Florian Fritz to put Toulouse three points clear at 12–9 at half time.

At the start of the second half Biarritz hooker Benoit August took a Toulouse line-out throw at the tail, Patricio Albacete brought him down inside the twenty two to earn a yellow card and give Biarritz a penalty. Dimitri Yachvili scored the penalty and the scores were tied at 12–12. David Skrela then put Toulouse ahead again with two successive drop goals, and the outside half then extended the lead to nine points with another penalty. A try then came from Biarritz when centre Karmichael Hunt scored, which replacement Valentin Courrent successfully converted. With seven minutes left there was only two points between the two sides, but Biarritz simply couldn't find a way through the Toulouse defence again and it was Toulouse that won the Heineken Cup for the fourth time with a two-point victory.


22 May 2010
18:00 CEST
Biarritz France 19 – 21 France Toulouse
Try: Hunt 73' c
Con: Courrent (1/1)
Pen: Yachvili (4/4) 4', 15', 29', 48'
Report Pen: Fritz (1/1) 21'
Skrela (3/5) 33', 36', 65'
Drop: Fritz (1/1) 38'
Skrela (2/2) 51', 58'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 78,962
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 England Iain Balshaw
RW 14 United States Takudzwa Ngwenya
OC 13 France Arnaud Mignardi
IC 12 New Zealand Karmichael Hunt
LW 11 France Jean-Baptiste Gobelet
FH 10 France Julien Peyrelongue
SH 9 France Dimitri Yachvili
N8 8 France Imanol Harinordoquy
OF 7 France Wenceslas Lauret
BF 6 England Magnus Lund
RL 5 South Africa Trevor Hall
LL 4 France Jérôme Thion
TP 3 New Zealand Campbell Johnstone
HK 2 France Benoit August
LP 1 South Africa Eduard Coetzee
HK 16 France Romain Terrain
PR 17 France Fabien Barcella
N8 18 France Rémy Hugues
FL 19 Argentina Manuel Carizza
SH 20 France Florian Faure
FH 21 France Valentin Courrent
CE 22 France Philippe Bidabé
CE 23 England Ayoola Erinle
France Jean-Michel Gonzalez
FB 15 France Clément Poitrenaud
RW 14 France Vincent Clerc
OC 13 France Florian Fritz
IC 12 France Yannick Jauzion
LW 11 France Maxime Medard
FH 10 France David Skrela
SH 9 New Zealand Byron Kelleher
N8 8 South Africa Shaun Sowerby
OF 7 France Thierry Dusautoir
BF 6 France Jean Bouilhou
RL 5 Argentina Patricio Albacete
LL 4 France Romain Millo-Chluski
TP 3 France Benoit Lecouls
HK 2 France William Servat
LP 1 France Jean-Baptiste Poux
HK 16 Argentina Alberto Vernet Basualdo
PR 17 South Africa Daan Human
PR 18 Samoa Census Johnston
LK 19 France Yoann Maestri
BR 20 France Louis Picamoles
SH 21 France Jean-Baptiste Elissalde
FH 22 France Yann David
OB 23 France Cédric Heymans
France Guy Novès

See also


  1. ^ "Heineken Cup Final 2010 heads to France" (Press release). European Rugby Cup. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Biarritz 19–21 Toulouse". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Toulouse lead French revolution with Heineken Cup final win against Biarritz". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Toulouse 26–16 Leinster". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Biarritz 18–7 Munster". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Damien Traille to miss Heineken Cup final". RTÉ Sport. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Biarritz v Toulouse (Sat)". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Heineken Cup final 2010: Biarritz v Toulouse match preview". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.

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