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Season 2011-12

For the first time in the tournament's history a Scottish club won a pool as Edinburgh Rugby emerged with flying colours. With Greig Laidlaw kicking them to some stunning successes, they clinched Pool 2 with doubles over Racing Metro 92 and London Irish and clinched their first home quarter-final.

That brought Toulouse to the Scottish capital and they, too, were dispatched. The19-14 win, in front of a record crowd for a quarter-final fixture in UK of 37,881, earned them a semi-final slot for the first time.

Two-time champions, Munster, marched through their pool unbeaten for the first time to set-up a home quarter-final against Irish rivals Ulster, while the reigning champions Leinster remained unbeaten in their pool with five wins and a draw in Montpellier to move menacingly into the knockout phase. Saracens, Toulouse and ASM Clermont Auvergne joined them in the quarter-finals also as pool winners.

The boot of Ruan Pienaar was the decisive factor in Ulster's quarter-final triumph at Thomond Park, while Rob Kearney ran in two of Leinster's four tries in a comfortable 34-3 win over Cardiff Blues in front of a 50,340 crowd at the Aviva Stadium. Brock James was Clermont's match winner at Vicarage Road where the French side ran out emphatic 22-3 victors over Saracens to set-up another last-four clash with Leinster.

While the champions had to travel to France for their semi-final, Ulster made the short journey to Dublin to face Edinburgh and end a 13-year-long wait for a second final appearance, with Pienaar kicking 17 points in a 22-19 win.

Meanwhile, in Bordeaux, Leinster came from behind to beat Clermont 19-15, although the result would have been different had France centre Wesley Fofana not lost the ball over the line in the final move of the match.

And so Twickenham Stadium had the honour of hosting the first all-Ireland final in the Heineken Cup. A record crowd for a final of 81,774 turned out to witness a runaway victory for LEINSTER RUGBY as they became only the second club to win back-to-back titles. Leo Cullen's men posted the highest number of points in a Heineken Cup final, 42, and the most tries, five, as they triumphed 42-14, Cullen becoming the first player to lead a team to three titles.

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