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The Epic Journey

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Season 2004-05

Guy Noves was still smarting from his side's Heineken Cup final defeat at Twickenham when he guided his side into the 10th edition of the tournament. This time there was no margin for failure, although the second all-French final became a tense affair in Edinburgh that was only decided in extra-time.

Northampton Saints pipped Toulouse at home to inflict the only defeat on the French side in the pool stage, but then the Saints were beaten 37-9 away from home in the quarter-finals. That set-up a heavyweight clash with Leicester Tigers at The Walkers Stadium in the semi-finals as Toulouse attempted to reach a third successive final.

The tournament's two most successful clubs went at it hammer and tongs before the French giants earned themselves a ticket to the first decider to be staged in Scotland with a 27-19 triumph that kept them on course for a possible third title.

The growth of the tournament was demonstrated by the decision of Biarritz Olympique to take their 'home' quarter-final against Munster across the Spanish border to San Sebastien, and also by the fact that 235,000 fans clamoured to see the quarter and semi-finals.

In the final, all of the TOULOUSE points came from the boot, with the combined talents of Frederic Michalak and Jean-Baptiste Elissalde outgunning David Skrela. The game was tied at 12-12 at the end of full-time and the 51,236 crowd had to chew their fingernails through a further 30 minutes before Toulouse got home 18-12.

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