They beat Munster, who have now been pipped at the final post in two of the last three tournaments, 15-9 in what was variously lauded and described as a wonderous...stupendous...unbelievable occasion of a final.
The Times read: The Heineken Cup now has genuine and still-growing stature. It had 74,000 fans on Saturday...for pure noise and passion, it was the match of a Millennium Stadium FA Cup final.
However, while Dean Richards and the Tigers will already be plotting the hunt for that treble, Derek McGrath, Chief Executive of ERC Ltd, the tournament organisers, said the seventh season of the competition had set new standards.
We have taken great satisfaction from the fitting end to what was a great Heineken Cup year with such a tremendous final in Cardiff, he said. I would like to pay tribute to all of our partners who supported us for this year's tournament and thank all branches of the Media who have taken the Heineken Cup to their hearts.
And the same enthusiasm goes for the armchair viewers. BBC Grandstand had a peak of 2.1m - a 22.3% share of the market - for their flagship programme while FR2, despite no French team involved, pulled in 1.5m and a 20.4% share. For their part RTE had a roaring runaway hit...298,000 viewers claiming a 44.7% market share.
The Heineken Cup 2002/03 Dates.
Round 1: 12/13/14 October, 2002.
Round 2: 19/20/21 October.
Round 3: 7/08/09 December.
Round 4: 14/15/16 December.
Round 5: 10/11/12 January, 2003.
Round 6: 17/18/19 January.
Quarter-Finals: 11/12/13 April.
Semi-Finals: 26/27 April.
Heineken Cup 2003 Final:24 May, 2003