But there was to be no European final farewell as Toulouse cruised through to all French final.
"At the end of the day Toulouse took their chances and we didn't," said the World Cup winner.
"We had a couple of great opportunities in the first half when we had huge overlaps out wide but unfortunately our handling let us down. We then had a penalty just before half time, after showing their scrum back, but we missed the kick. It would have been a different game had we taken those chances.
"The 20 minutes after break were a killer for us. We just didn't play the rugby that would bring us points. With only a point in the game, whoever scored next was going to be hard to catch and they punished us for not kicking to touch. Their back three can really shift.
"But I'm proud of the boys who never gave up. Unfortunately we made too many mistakes to keep the pressure on. If we're honest with ourselves, we didn't deserve to win."
Meanwhile coach John Wells, who will also leave the Tigers at the end of the season, tipped Stade Francais to lift the Heineken Cup despite their defeat to Toulouse.
He added: "There were a couple of dubious decisions but in the end their (Toulouse) class shone through. We failed to take our chances and you cannot afford to do that against this quality of opposition. Their second try really hurt us. We recovered well but by then the game was won."