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banner Saturday, 19 May, 2001, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Heineken Cup final clockwatch
Stade Francais v Leicester clockwatch
All the action as it happened in a dramtic Heineken Cup final at the Parc des Princes, Paris.

Latest news first - scroll down for earlier action.


15:00 BST Leicester's Andy Goode kicks off in a packed stadium - in front of one of the most vocal crowds ever witnessed in club rugby union.

3 mins: The match starts at a tremendous pace, with both sides running the ball at every opportunity in the opening minutes. Stade full-back Christophe Dominci already looks a threat.

4 mins: As Stade career forward, Leicester centre Pat Howard is caught offside - handing Diego Dominguez his first penalty chance. The Italian international sends it over from in front of the posts.
Leicester 0-3 Stade Francais

6: Stade Francais hooker Richard Pool-Jones is sin-binned for 10 minutes for foul play in the Leicester half. Tim Stimpson levels the scores by slotting the resultant penalty from the left-hand side.
Leicester 3-3 Stade Francais

10: Another penalty for Leicester, this time on the right. Tim Stimpson again makes no mistake.
Leicester 6-3 Stade Francais

16: Landreau returns to the fray after his sin-binning - Leicester have been unable to take advantage of his absence.

Penalty to Stade after Pat Howard is accused of crossing in midfield. Diego Dominguez is spot-on with another kick.
Leicester 6-6 Stade Francais

18: The game is now being dominated by a tussle in the centre of the field. Dominguez tries to break the deadlock with a drop-goal - but his attempt drifts off to the left and wide of the target.

21: Another penalty from Diego Dominguez.
Leicester 6-9 Stade Francais

27: Leicester hooker Dorian West infringes at a scrum and Stade are awarded a penalty. There looks little danger, but Diego Dominguez produces a magnificent effort to kick the points from the half-way line.
Leicester 6-12 Stade Francais

30: Leicester hit straight back and Tim Stimpson replies with another penalty from the left.
Leicester 9-12 Stade Francais

35: A rare attacking chance for Leicester - but Austin Healey is hauled down by Christophe Moni.

39: As the first half comes to a close, a fight breaks out among the packs on the half-way line. Stade lock David Auradou and Leicester hooker Dorian West are given a lecture and the Tigers are penalised. Diego Dominguez has another 50-metre penalty chance - and again he makes no mistake, with a monster kick.
Leicester 9-15 Stade Francais


40: The whistle blows, bringing an end to an uneventful first half dominated by the boot.

41: After a try-less and disappointing first half, the match bursts into life with a try for Leicester in the first minute of the second.

Pat Howard is the architect of the score with a beutifully weighted kick over the top of the Stade defence. Geordan Murphy takes it on down the right wing before chipping through for Leon Lloyd, who races over the line and just manages to touch the ball down.

Stimpson misses the penalty from the right-hand touch-line - the first missed place kick of the match.
Leicester 14-15 Stade Francais

44: Leicester are penalised for taking a scrum down. It looks like a straightforward chance for Dominguez - but the fly-half shows he is a mere mortal by dragging it wide.

46: Martin Johnson, Leicester's inspirational captain, is yellow carded for a punch on Christophe Juillet. He is now out of the game for 10 minutes. Diego Dominguez kicks his sixth penalty.
Leicester 14-15 Stade Francais

51: Austin Healey suffers a recurrence of his knee injury when his own team-mate, prop Darren Garforth, falls on him at a maul. But he is able to hobble on.

55: Dominguez tries another drop-goal - but he misses again.

57: Leicester forwards kill the ball at a ruck and Diego Dominguez kicks his seventh penalty of the day.
Leicester 14-21 Stade Francais

59: Leicester, who now trail by a converted try, are desperate to get the ball wide. They embark on a passing move in their own half and the ball is transferred to Leon Lloyd, who turns on the gas with a superb run down the right wing.

Lloyd chips ahead, but just as he looks like scoring a try, he is impeded by Christophe Dominici's late tackle. The referee awards a penalty rather than a penalty try - but it matters little to Leicester as Nail Back takes a tap-penalty and stretches out to score the try. Stimpson converts.
Leicester 21-21 Stade Francais

64: Tim Stimpson chips the ball over the top, but as he runs through he is tripped by Stade flanker Richard Pool-Jones. Stimpson is injured - but after treatment he gets back on his feet and lands the penalty from in front of the posts.
Leicester 24-21 Stade Francais

68: Penalty number eight for Diego Dominguez.
Leicester 24-24 Stade Francais

71: A trademark break from Christophe Dominci, who jinks through the opposition ranks, prompts Leicester to concede another penalty. And there is no surprise as Diego Dominguez kicks his 27th point.
Leicester 24-27 Stade Francais

73: Just when it looks like the French side may have landed the crucial score, Leicester hit back, Stade concede a penalty just inside their own half and Tim Stimpson converts it.
Leicester 27-27 Stade Francais

77: Diego Domingues sparks a Stade attack - but when there is no way through, he launches a speculative drop-goal attempt from way out on the left. And this time he lands it.
Leicester 27-30 Stade Francais

79: Leicester continue to run the ball and Austin Healey makes a brilliant break from scrum-half through the middle. He lays the ball off to Leon Lloyd, who sprints over in the corner for a superb - and potentially match-winning - try.
Leicester 34-30 Stade Francais

84: The last play of the match. Stade's forwards charge at the Leicester defence, but there is no way through and the referee awards the Tigers a penalty. Tim Stimpson kicks it into the stands and the final whistle blows.

Leicester are European champions for the first time.


Teams:

Leicester: Stimpson, Murphy, Lloyd, Howard, Stanley, Goode, Healey, Rowntree, West, Garforth, M. Johnson, Kay, Corry, Back, W Johnson.

Replacements: Freshwater, Cockerill, Nebbett, Gustard, Moody, Hamilton, Gelderbloom.

Stade Francais: Dominici, Lombard, Comba, Mytton, Gomes, Dominguez, Williams, Marconnet, Landreau, De Villiers, Auradou, James, Moni, Pool-Jones, Juillet.

Replacements: Blin, Lemoine, George, Tabacco, Venditti, Berthe, Laussucq.

Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

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