Toulon´s history making 16-15 Heineken Cup triumph this afternoon saw French international outside centre Mathieu Bastareaud win the official man of the match award and Jonny Wilkinson get lots of time in the British press for kicking goals but it was one moment of genius from Pumas captain Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe that sees the South-Eastern French club winning the all-French Heineken Cup Final.
The moment came well into the second half and at a time when Clermont Auvergne looked assured of victory. The imppressive Wesley Fofana ran the ball into contact at gave his side good go forward ball only for the Pumas captain to win a turnover and pass the ball over the head of Clermont´s Brock James to send Delon Armitage over in the left corner. With former All Blacks winger Sitiveni Sivivatu out of position Armitage had a free run in to score untouched. Sivivatu had been looking to get the ball from the tackle area after Fofana had gone to ground but with Fernández Lobbe getting there first Toulon was allowed to take the lead after Clermont Auvergne had earlier looked like clearly being the better team.
With two matches remaining this season there is little time for celebration as Toulon will face Castres next Saturday in Nantes in the second Top 14 Semi Final. The winner will face either Clermont Auvergne or Toulouse in the Top 14 Final the following weekend. In other words Fernández Lobbe has the chance to finish the season and begin preperation for the Rugby Championship as a double champion.
The Telegraph said on several occasions the wonderful Toulon flanker Juan Martin Fernández Lobbe made one massive tackle and then rose to make another immediately.
ESPN Scrum said Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud may have got the nod as the official Man of the Match but arguably no-one contributed more to their victory than flanker Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. The Pumas international was at his ferocious best in the loose and at the breakdown where he notably secured the ball ahead of Delon Armitage's momentum-swinging try.
Planet Rugby Said he produced the moment of the match. The turnover won by Juan Fernandez Lobbe to set up Armitage's score changed the course of the game.
Juan Fernandez-Lobbe, himself said "This is something special, I can not believe that we are European Champions".