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.