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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Closing montage from the last ever Heineken Cup PLUS tournament stats

As the rugby world moves towards Test season and domestic finals up north, it already feels like the Heineken Cup final was a long time ago. This excellent montage from Sky Sports should form as some closure on what was another great tournament.

While the 19th and final tournament came to a much hyped about crescendo at the Millennium Stadium, defending champs Toulon were ultimately too good. Jonny Wilkinson went out with a high (Top 14 final pending), and Matt Giteau and Juan Smith scored memorable tries.

The video in this post was shown as Sky Sports' closing montage post match on Saturday, and touches on a few of the 19 seasons that produced some highly memorable moments.

Quick facts from this season's fascinating Heineken Cup:

  • South African wing, Bryan Habana, has joined an exclusive club of four players who have won the treble of World Cup, Heineken Cup and Super Rugby titles. [edit] The others are Brad Thorn, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, Rod Kafer and Ali Williams.

  • Jonny Wilkinson topped the points scoring charts for the 2013/14 season with 113. 

  • Toulon's triumph made it seven victories for French clubs in the tournament's 19 seasons. Both England and Ireland have six wins apiece. 

  • Juan Smith, who scored a crucial second-half try at the Millennium Stadium, was the season's leading tackler with 88 (8 missed). Kelly Brown was second with 87 tackles, 0 missed.

  • Saracens' No 8 Billy Vunipola led the statistical charts in most carries (110) and in defenders beaten (28) categories. Schalk Brits was second in carries with 94 carries, while Louis Picamoles equalled Vunipola's 28 defenders beaten, but did that in just 7 matches (Vunipola was in 9).

  • Chris Ashton was streaks ahead for most tries scored in the tournament with 11, with teammate and namesake Chris Wyles joint second with Naipolioni Nalaga on 5. 

  • Steffon Armitage, who was awarded ERC European Player of the Year 2014, led the turnover stats with 19 in 9 games. Next best was Justin Tipuric, with 15 in 6 games. 

Anything set to Green Day's Time of Your Life is always going to be emotional. This one hits the spot as we bid farewell to the Heineken Cup, and look forward to a new tournament next season, as the European Champions Cup (title sponsor unknown!) comes into play. Enjoy.

Posted by Rugbydump at 5:17 pm | View Comments (16)

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Guy May 29, 2014 7:43 pm

Just plain awesome! Could not have chosen a better song to accompany those images.

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Facepalm May 29, 2014 8:18 pm

*sigh* There is no greater cliché on this earth than a montage set to Green Day's Time Of Your Life...

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Mark OCallaghan May 29, 2014 8:25 pm

The best tournament in the world, thanks you for so many fantastic memories, particularly 2006 and 2008 Munster wins and I just hope to God that the new format lives up to the huge expectation levels set by ERC!

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stroudos May 29, 2014 9:24 pm

"Juan Smith, who scored a crucial second-half try at the Millennium Stadium, was the season's leading tackler with 88 (8 missed). Kelly Brown was second with 87 tackles, 0 missed."

87 tackles with ZERO missed!?!?

As well as being an absolutely insane statistic, I would suggest that 87/87 is more impressive than 80/88...

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Canadian content May 29, 2014 9:26 pm

Thought the same thing.

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Flo May 30, 2014 12:08 am

Probably it's 96/88 against 87/87, but still 100% out of 87 sounds better...

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Rugbydump May 30, 2014 2:30 pm

Thought the same thing, too. ERC were a bit strange with this actually. In their headline stats they left out Picamoles (mentioned above) and didn't mention Armitage's turnovers. As well as the Kelly Brown thing, and Rod Kafer (and Ali Williams as someone has said). All a bit odd really.

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5Lock4ward May 29, 2014 11:12 pm

Ali Williams won a RWC, a Super Rugby Championship w/ the Crusaders and a Heineken Cup w/ Toulon. So that exclusive group should include him too.

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DanKnapp May 30, 2014 6:15 am

Nerd points for 5Lock4ward.

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Rugbydump May 30, 2014 2:33 pm

Looks like you're correct. Thanks for that. Great achievement considering all he's been through injury wise.

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4LC4TR4Z May 30, 2014 6:23 am

Fred Michalak won 5 Hcups. But was part for only 3 of them.

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Grumpy May 30, 2014 1:00 pm

Even worse the song is actually titled Good Riddance (Time of Your Life). Makes your own jokes from here !!

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themull May 30, 2014 2:30 pm

Great video...Althoughit would be a huge undertaking I would be really interested to see those statistics but for the Heineken Cup in its entire history

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D-Matt May 30, 2014 5:55 pm

"Toulon, who play Castres Olympique in the Top 14 final on Saturday, are aiming to become the first club to win the Heineken Cup and the French Championship in the same season".

Toulouse actually won the french title and the H-Cup in 1996...Come on RD! :)

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Rugbydump May 30, 2014 6:05 pm

Thanks, D-Matt. Another loose fact from the ERC!

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