24 May 03
But this was the season the French clubs hit back - and the Amlin Challenge Cup winners were guaranteed a ticket into the Heineken Cup. Starved of success since Brive's triumph in 1997, Toulouse and Perpignan set-up the first final between two clubs from the same country with Dublin's Lansdowne Road the host venue.
TOULOUSE made it two titles as they held off a spirited second half revival from their Catalan rivals after racing into a 19-point lead at the break. In the end, they triumphed 22-17 to give coach Guy Noves his second European title.