25 May 02
Johnson's men made it a record 11 tournament wins in a row before losing their final pool match against Llanelli at Stradey Park. They made amends for that 24-12 reverse by beating the Scarlets 13-12 in a never-to-be-forgotten semi-final at the City Ground, Nottingham.
Munster, who suffered Heineken Cup final heartbreak for the second time in three years, got to the showpiece occasion the hard way with successive knockout victories on French soil against Stade Francais and Castres Olympique. Their quarter-final triumph in Paris was only the third away success in the tournament at the quarter-final stage.
It was a wide-angled 58 metre penalty goal from Tim Stimson that sent the Tigers into their third final, and the full back converted one of his side's two tries in the final and also kicked a penalty.
A tournament record 74,600 crowd saw tries from Geordan Murphy and Austin Healey steer LEICESTER TIGERS to back-to-back wins. Munster were the bridesmaids yet again, but their time would come in Cardiff.