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2008 Heineken Cup final
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 24 May, 1700 BST

Munster coach Declan Kidney
Munster coach Declan Kidney celebrates victory over Toulouse

Declan Kidney admitted feelings were running high after ending his reign as Munster coach by guiding the province to a second Heineken Cup triumph.

"It was an emotional dressing room - it was a special place to be," he said after the 16-13 win over Toulouse.

Kidney, now taking over as Ireland boss, added: "To win this trophy once is special, but twice is a dream.

"You have good days and some tough days, but not many teams finish on top against Toulouse."

Munster's Alan Quinlan said his side had been forced to dig in after coming under early pressure in the final in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

"Toulouse had us on the rack for the first 15 minutes and we had to hold on to avoid conceding more scores," said the man-of-the-match Quinlan.

"The amount of work which has gone into this has been immense and I count myself lucky to be a part of this team.

"We had great support from people who believed in us."


Munster captain Paul O'Connell added: "I think it is more satisfying than last time.

"We have an incredible bunch of people and you feel a pressure when you wear the jersey which is so special to all of us.

"It was tough campaign and it is just incredible. We have shown bottle and courage and great mental strength today."

Toulouse coach Guy Noves said: "We put them under a lot of pressure for the first 25 minutes or so. We were there in terms of physicality.

"We know Munster are a team of great quality, but I felt a turning point was the yellow card for Fabien Pelous."

see also
Munster return to summit
25 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Munster 16-13 Toulouse
24 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Heineken Cup final as it happened
24 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Heineken Cup final photos
24 May 08 |  Rugby Union

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