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Season 2003-04

The Welsh clubs were given a new status as regions, and bonus points were introduced for the first time. The latter innovation made an immediate impact as the quality of the rugby grew throughout another fantastic tournament. Toulouse went all the way to the final again, despite losing their opening match in Edinburgh, and were joined at Twickenham Stadium by a new finalist in London Wasps.

Wasps had won the Amlin Challenge Cup the previous season and with Lawrence Dallaglio at the helm they marched into the semi-finals to face the full might of Munster at a packed Lansdowne Road. What unfolded on a special Sunday afternoon in Dublin was one of the greatest and most intense games in the history of European club rugby, with Dallaglio's men clinching it 37-32.

There were more than 73,000 fans packed into the home of English rugby to see Wasps sting the reigning champions with three tries with the final score from Rob Howley going down in Heineken Cup history as one of the most audacious ever witnessed in a final as the Wales star dived took advantage of Clement Poitrenaud's hesitation to score as the ball rolled into the Toulouse in-goal area.

There were 17 points for England's top club at the time from full back Mark van Gisbergen and a truly heroic defensive display from Man of the Match Joe Worsley.

LONDON WASPS became the seventh club to win the silverware defeatingToulouse 27-20 in that Twickenham thriller.

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