Bakkies Botha says securing a second successive Heineken Cup crown is 'something special' but he insists RC Toulon still have a point to prove on home soil this Saturday.
Toulon battled past English league leaders Saracens at the Millennium Stadium last weekend as they joined Leicester Tigers and Leinster Rugby in becoming only the third team to retain their European title.
It was another magical moment in the stellar career of the Springbok second row after he also tasted World Cup, Tri Nations and Super Rugby glory but he now has his sights set on another piece of history in Paris in two days' time.
No side has won the Heineken Cup and French Championship in the same season since Toulouse ruled the roost in 1996 and, having come within a whisker of that feat this time last term, Botha is desperate to do the double this time around.
"Being European Champions is something special and what this club has been aiming for and building towards for many years," said Botha, who was part of the Toulon side that downed ASM Clermont Auvergne in Dublin 12 months ago but were then beaten by Saturday's opponents Castres Olympique in last year's domestic showpiece.
"But the Bouclier de Brennus (Top 14 title) means everything to the club as well and we have a point to prove after last year.
"We will enjoy this win but it's back to business again and we go hard at the Top 14 final. We lost last year in the final to Castes so we don't want to suffer the same fate. All the focus is on that game now.
"Castres have a very strong pack but we showed in the Heineken Cup Final that we also love the physical side of the game. We absorbed Saracens' rush defence and turned the momentum back on them."
Botha was just one of a whole host of big-name foreign stars in Toulon's Heineken Cup winning squad but he believes the spirit and togetherness his team displayed in Cardiff has dismissed once and for all the notion that the Stade Felix Mayol is little more than a rich man's holiday home on the Cote D'Azur.
"People said we're just a bunch of foreigners on holiday in the south of France, earning big money and counting down towards retiring," added Botha. "But we have proved over the past two years just how much playing for Toulon means to us and how much it means to make this club into one of the best in the world."
Saracens, RC Toulon and Leinster Rugby are guaranteed top seeding when the pool draw for the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup takes place at the Stade de la Maladière in Neuchatel, Switzerland on Tuesday (10th June).