"The final was a very tough game at an Arms Park that was fully behind Cardiff. For us, it remains the start of something new, even more since the Welsh managed to come back in that game and pushed us into extra-time.
"It was the first steps for the competition, but the atmosphere was incredible. We played in a stadium where no other French team than the National XV usually played. Only a few fans from Toulouse made the trip and they were in a very small corner of the stadium. We went over to them to celebrate a very special moment for us all as soon as the end of the game.
"At Toulouse, we had already started playing against foreign teams and we were a team on a mission in that first year of the Heineken Cup. We had been the French champions for the previous two seasons and we really wanted to do well for French rugby in Europe.
"We were so proud to be taking part. We had already played clubs like Bath and Swansea, and the national teams of Fiji, Russia and Romania. Our first European game was then in Romania, against Farul Constanta.
"As soon as the tournament was launched we wanted to go as far as possible. We even managed to be sensible during the Christmas holidays! The Heineken Cup wasn't a priority for the media, even though it was on French national TV, but for us as players it was a major goal. It was the most important game of that year so far.
"We wanted to spread the gospel about Toulouse and our rugby outside our own borders. We knew we were strong and we felt it was the beginning of something that would grow over the years. We knew that every team in Europe would love to win the Heineken Cup in the future."
Toulouse were presented with a trophy that had been struck for the tournament by title sponsors, Heineken B.V in Holland and which contained seven kilos of solid silver. The near two foot high trophy, which had goal posts as its main feature, was an original creation by French sculptor Michel Demarthin, who specialised in working in precious metals at his Paris studio.
The players also received miniature versions of the main trophy, but a number of them failed to stand the test of time.
"The Heineken Cup was a small trophy at that time. We were more used to the Bouclier de Brennus - a very solid trophy! And the Heineken Cup didn't last the trip back to Toulouse!" admitted Ntamack.
"But the trophy and title still meant a lot to us. When we met Brive in the French Championship final in June we told ourselves we couldn't dare lose because we were the European champions."