Heineken Cup final ratings

  • Last Updated: May 24 2014, 21:13 BST

Toulon retained the Heineken Cup after beating Saracens 23-6 and we take a look at how the players rated in Cardiff.

Matt Giteau goes in for a Toulon try
Matt Giteau goes in for a Toulon try


15 DELON ARMITAGE: Solid effort from the former England full-back. 7.

14 DREW MITCHELL: Sharp as a tack to claim Giteau's chip and send the Australia centre over for the opening score. 8.

13 MATHIEU BASTAREAUD: Second-half rumble teed up Toulon's second try. 7.

12 MATT GITEAU: Cunningly-disguised short chip unlocked Saracens' meagre defence for vital first try. 8.

11 BRYAN HABANA: Springbok speedster was criminally underused, but ultimately not required. 6.

10JONNY WILKINSON (CAPT): Flawless final flourish on British soil steered his side to consecutive European titles. 9.

9 SEBASTIEN TILLOUS-BORDE: Offered Wilkinson and auxiliary rudder. 8.

1 XAVIER CHIOCCI: Bested by Stevens in the scrum. 5.

2 CRAIG BURDEN: Unable to assert any set-piece authority. 6.

3 CARL HAYMAN: Scrummaged manfully under pressure. 7.

4 BAKKIES BOTHA: Gritty shift from the Springbok World Cup winner. 7.

5 DANIE ROSSOUW: Outshone Saracens counterparts Borthwick and Hargreaves. 8.

6 JUAN SMITH: Romped in for the match-winning try thanks to a smart support line. 8.

7 JUAN MARTIN FERNANDEZ LOBBE: Cut a fine line off the ball to produce the scoring pass for Smith's try. 7.

8 STEFFON ARMITAGE: Dominated Saracens' much-vaunted wolf pack at the breakdown. 8.


17 ALEXANDRE MENINI (for Chiocci, 47): Anchored the scrum in the second-half. 7.

18 MARTIN CASTROGIOVANNI (for Hayman, 57): Shored up Toulon's set-piece. 7.

19 ALI WILLIAMS (for Botha, 52): The former All Blacks lock sustained the level. 7.

21 MAXIME MERMOZ (for Wilkinson, 77): Closed out the victory. 6.

22 MICHAEL CLAASSENS (for Tillous-Borde, 70): Tidy came from the former Bath man. 7.

23 JOCELINO SUTA (for Rossouw, 52): Ensured Toulon lost no edge of power or grunt. 7.

UNUSED: Jean -Charles Orioli, Virgile Bruni


15 ALEX GOODE: Unable to shape proceedings, outmanned as the last defensive line. 6.

14 CHRIS ASHTON: Precious little opportunity to produce his strike-running best. 6.

13 MARCELO BOSCH: Far too quiet in Saracens' midfield. 5.

12 BRAD BARRITT: Defensive fulcrum failed to command his usual control. 6.

11 DAVID STRETTLE: Should have sought more of the ball. 5.

10 OWEN FARRELL: Outclassed by Wilkinson in the Heineken Cup for the second year running. 6.

9 RICHARD WIGGLESWORTH: Failed to drive any rhythm. 5.

1 MAKO VUNIPOLA: Dominated at the scrum. 6.

2 SCHALK BRITS: Toulon shut down his famed midfield free-running. 6.

3 MATT STEVENS: On top in the tight, but nowhere else. 6.

4 STEVE BORTHWICK: Never fully fit and struggled as a result. 6.

5 ALISTAIR HARGREAVES: Outgunned by Toulon's tight five. 6.

6 KELLY BROWN: Undercooked in the loose by his high standards. 6.

7 JACQUES BURGER: Saracens' tackling machine short-circuited at the crucial moment. 6.

8 BILLY VUNIPOLA: A distinct lack of his trademark bulldozing runs. 6.


16 JAMIE GEORGE (for Brits, 70): Unable to affect proceedings. 6.

17 RICHARD BARRINGTON (for M Vunipola, 65): Too little time to make an impact. 6.

18 JAMES JOHNSTON (for Stevens, 52): Had a real battle in the tight. 6.

19 MOURTIZ BOTHA (for Hargreaves, 65): Fought manfully but to no effect. 6.

20 JACKSON WRAY (for Burger, 65): Could not compete with Toulon's expert back-row. 6.

21 NEIL DE KOCK (for Wigglesworth, 52): Battled hard to drive the tempo. 7.

22 CHARLIE HODGSON (for Farrell, 65): Game passed him by in the final quarter. 6.

23 CHRIS WYLES (for Strettle, 70): Hardly saw a touch of the ball. 6.

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