When Cardiff Blues meet Leicester Tigers in Pool 5 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup, it will bring back memories of an historic 2009 European Cup semi-final between the two clubs at the Millennium Stadium.

Cardiff Blues 26 Leicester Tigers 26 (aet; Leicester won 7-6 on penalties)

Leicester Tigers reached the European Cup final for the fifth time via the first penalty shootout in the competition’s history, with No.8 Jordan Crane securing a 7-6 win for the visitors after Cardiff Blues flanker Martyn Williams had missed his kick.

Leicester had stormed into a 26-12 lead with tries from wing Scott Hamilton and full-back Geordan Murphy, only for Cardiff to stage a superb fightback in the last six minutes via scores from centre Jamie Roberts and wing Tom James, forcing extra-time, which proved scoreless.

Cardiff could not have wished for a worse start, as they lost captain Paul Tito through injury after only nine minutes, but they took the lead with a Ben Blair penalty.

However, after scrum-half Julien Dupuy had fluffed three kickable penalties, Leicester took the lead when fly-half Toby Flood put Hamilton over for a try close enough to the posts for Dupuy to improve.

The Frenchman increased the Tigers’ lead to 10-3 with a penalty, before Cardiff regained the advantage with three penalties of their own, one from full-back Blair and two long-range efforts from wing Leigh Halfpenny.

However, another Dupuy penalty gave Leicester a 13-12 interval lead and they surged further clear on the restart when Flood created a try for Murphy, which was converted by Dupuy, who also added two penalties.

An injury to Flood disrupted Leicester’s flow, though, and Cardiff capitalised on 74 minutes when fly-half Nicky Robinson put Roberts clear and he scored wide out.

Blair landed a superb conversion and repeated the trick when Roberts powered through the Leicester defence from the restart and released James to sprint home.

Leicester wing Johne Murphy and replacement Aaron Mauger were unsuccessful with drop-goal attempts in extra time, so it was on to a first penalty shoot-out, with five kickers taking penalties from in front of the posts on the 22.

Blair, Dupuy, Robinson, Sam Vesty, Halfpenny, Geordan Murphy and Ceri Sweeney all succeeded, before Johne Murphy’s miss opened the door for Cardiff.

However, James hooked his kick, leaving Hamilton, Tom Shanklin, Mauger, Richie Rees and Craig Newby to keep the shoot-out alive.

Williams was next up, but he skewed his attempt wide, allowing Crane to seal Leicester’s passage to the final.