That followed the agony of two Heineken Cup final defeats, 34-30 to Leicester Tigers in 2001 and 18-12 after extra time to Toulouse in 2005.
Here are some other tournament facts and figures …
* Leinster Rugby - the 2009, 2011 and 2012 Heineken Cup champions - are targeting a fourth European title in five seasons. They are contesting a third ERC final in successive seasons. They have won all three of their previous final encounters in the Heineken Cup (2009, 2011 and 2012)
* Stade Francais Paris are one of only six teams from France to qualify for an Amlin Challenge Cup final since 2001. The others have been Biarritz Olympique a year ago, Toulon in 2010, Bourgoin in 2009, ASM Clermont Auvergne (the 2004 finalists and 2007 winners) and 2005 finalists Pau.
* Leinster Rugby are bidding to become the fourth club to win both the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup. Heineken Cup finalists ASM Clermont Auvergne will be trying to do the same having won the Amlin CC in 1999 and 2007. Other teams to win both European trophies are Bath Rugby (HC 1997 / ACC 2008), Northampton Saints (HC 2000 / ACC 2009) and London Wasps (ACC 2003 / HC 2004, 2007).
* Two finals have needed extra time to decide the winner. Harlequins finally beat Narbonne in Reading in 2001 and Gloucester Rugby beat London Irish at the Twickenham Stoop in 2006.
* Leinster Rugby are only the third non-English or French teams to play in a tournament final, joining 2010 winners Cardiff Blues and Pontypridd, who were beaten by Sake Sharks in 2002.
* Three players have been sent off in Amlin Challenge Cup Finals: Danny Grewcock (Bath Rugby) v London Wasps, 2003; Raphael Chanal (ASM Clermont Auvergne) v Harlequins 2004; Thomas Genevois (Bourgoin) v Northampton Saints 2009.
* The biggest win in a final was when Colomiers beat Agen by 38 points in 1998. They also scored a tournament record seven tries in their 43-5 romp.
* Leo Cullen's team are the only survivors from the three Heineken Cup Pool runners-up who qualified for the Amlin Challenge Cup 2012/13 knock-out stages - Toulouse and Biarritz Olympique having fallen short of the final.
* The tournament final attendance record is the 48,990 who were in Marseille three years ago when Cardiff Blues beat Toulon 28-21.