His try came just after their opponents had taken the lead for thefirst time when Philippe Bidabe had touched down but Biarritz were let downall match by French international scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili'splacekicking as he landed just two penalties from five attempts.
By contrast, his Toulouse counterpart Yann Delaigue had a superbday kicking 14 of their points including the last second drop goal towrap up the victory.
Maka said it was a much deserved victory. "I wasn't on for that long, 30 minutes I think, but it isdefinitely the best performance from me in this tournament," said the28-year-old, who was on the bench until replacing Christian Labit in the second-half.
Toulouse captain Fabien Pelous praised Delaigue for his masterful performance. "He ran things today and made it possible for us to reach thefinal," said Pelous, who could add the European Cup to the Six Nations Grand Slamhe led France to last month.
"It was tight but I always knew it would be and it is onlysomething like Yann's play that set us apart," he added.
Biarritz coach Patrice Lagisquet was understandabnly disappointedas he tried to take them to their first ever European Cup final. "It is frustrating to have got to this stage and bebeaten," he said.
"However we made too many errors and that you cannot do atthis level," added Lagisquet, who was known as the Bayonne Express during his
Yachvili's miserable day with the boot continued in thesecond-half - Toulouse led 9-3 at half-time - as he missed an eminently kickablepenalty six minutes into the period. However he finally slotted his second penalty three minutes laterand it seemed to spark life into his backs as it was from virtually theirnext foray into Toulouse territory that Bidabe was sent over by Nicolas Brusquein the far corner after a flowing move.
Yachvili missed the resulting conversion while at the same momentMaka replaced Labit which added much-needed impetus to the attack and hewas deservedly on hand to touch down having broken through two Biarritzdefenders after a move that had been started by Delaigue's neat sidestep.
Delaigue added the conversion to give Toulouse a 16-11 lead iwth15 minutes remaining. Delaigue gave the champions the lead in the 13th minute with aneatly taken penalty but Biarritz missed a chance to level the match five minuteslater as Yachvili's penalty attempt drifted wide of the post.
He made no mistake, however, when presented with anotheropportunity two minutes later to tie the match at 3-3 but Delaigue then restoredToulouse's lead a few minutes later.
Yachvili failed again to restore parity after 30 minutes as hedragged his penalty wide of the posts and Delaigue hammered home their differingfortunes by landing a third penalty on the stroke of half-time to giveToulouse a 9-3 lead.
AFP - 2004.