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  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Cardiff Blues
    • RC Toulon
    • 80' Toulon throwing everything now at Blues. Blues defence holding firm as we go into extra time. Blues fofce turnover, rees kicks for touch and Blues have won it. 28-21 and a first European trophy for Wales. Superb effort from the Blues who looked second best for the first half. Great game and well done the Blues.
    • 79' May misses conversion and Toulon have one last chance to try and level the game.
    • 78' May brought down 10m short of Blues line. Ball is recycled and Sourice finally put over in the corner. Blues defence had to crack eventually. 28-21 to Blues.
    • 74' Van Niekerk breaks clear deep into Blues defence but Halfpenny makes tackle. Toulon win penalty and continue to attack. Skeate almost free in the corner but superb Blues defence keeps toulon out.
    • 73' Kefu put into space on left wing. Blues defence keeps him out and then wins penalty for Toulon not releasing. Good tackle by Tito on May.
    • 72' Lovely hands Kefu and Umaga and Blues forced into last ditch tackle on Lovobalavu.
    • 69' Umaga on for what will be his last game in Toulon colours.
    • 69' Blair adds conversion and Toulon lead 26-16.
    • 69' Free kick Blues and Rush takes quick tap. Laulala held up just short but Davies follows up and crashes over for Blues third try. Great effort from the Blues lock who has been impressive all afternoon. Blues lead 26-16.
    • 68' Toulon win restart and immediately launch attack up to Blues 22. But Davies turns ball over and Blues able to clear danger downfield. Lobbe decides to try and counter from deep in his 22 but Blues defence is good and they force a French knock on.
    • 66' Laulala makes good ground, Roberts continues move and Rush puts Halfpenny over in the corner for their second try. Well played by the Welsh side as they open a 21-16 lead.
    • 64' May and Williams exhange passes but Blues defence is good and they win penalty for Toulon not releasing. Blues take quick penalty and carry play back into Toulon half.
    • 63' Blues again try to play from deep and knock ball on. Another attacking scrum to Toulon on Blues 22.
    • 61' Toulon penalised for slowing down Blues ball and chance for Blair to level the scores once more. Nice kick from the Kiwi full-back makes it 16-16. All to play for!
    • 60' Spilled ball by Toulon allows Blues to launch attack into their 22. Roberts tries to break through, Davies makes in roads but Toulon intercept ball and May breaks out of defence.
    • 57' Toulon's Mignoni on for Henjak at scrum-half, Andrews on for Filise in Blues front row.
    • 56' Free kick Toulon in Blues 22 and they opt for another scrum. Pressure on Blues scrum and this time they concede penalty. May takes over kicking duties and slots a beauty from out wide to give Toulon lead again at 16-13.
    • 52' Forward pass by Blues in their own 22 and great attacking position for Toulon. May tries to crash through and ball then knocked forward by Williams.
    • 51' Blair adds conversion to level the scores at 13-13.
    • 50' Free kick Blues. Rush takes quick tap and feeds Roberts. Molitika goes close, Filise held up just short before Roberts bursts over for try under the posts. Toulon lead now just 13-11.
    • 49' Blues look to have been boosted by Wilkinson's departure as they launch a series of attacks deep into Toulon half. But again possession is lost only for May to juggle ball and get caught over his own line before touching down. 5m scrum for Blues and great attacking opportunity.
    • 47' Kefu on for Wilkinson and May goes to fly-half. Worrying for Wilkinson ahead of England's tour to Australia and New Zealand next month.
    • 47' Wilkinson just off target this time and the England fly-half goes down after taking the kick. Looks in a lot of discomfort as he receives treatment - looks like his back.
    • 46' Lobbe takes quick tap after Blues concede penalty after decent attacking move sees May almost through. Wilkinson nearly bursts clear as Blues defence is stretched by relentless Toulon attacks. Blues infringe again and Wilkinson this time asked to go for goal.
    • 44' Toulon spread ball and Williams almost bursts free of tackle of Laulala, who just about manages to hang on to his shorts - just!
    • 43' Blues start the half well with Laulala involved twice before Sweeney kicks ball for corner which Sinzelle allows to bounce off him into touch. Attacking lineout for Blues but their throw is ruled not straight.
    • 41' Sweeney gets the second half started. Can the Blues get themselves into this game and win a first European trophy for Welsh rugby?
    • 40' Toulon penalised for holding back Williams and chance for Halfpenny to cut their lead. It's 10m inside his own half and kick fades just wide as referee blows for half-time. Toulon deserve their 13-6 lead after enjoying most of the possession and territory but Blues by no means out of this game.
    • 39' Some big collisions as Rush is knocked backwards by Wilkinson and van Niekerk.
    • 38' Wilkinson adds conversion and Toulon lead 13-6.
    • 37' Lovely break from deep by Toulon but Halfpenny tackle on Sinzelle prevents try. Toulon recycle the ball and after several phases Williams steps two Blues tacklers and touches down under the posts. Real class from the Kiwi league convert and you can see why the All Blacks want him! Toulon lead 11-6.
    • 35' Toulon hooker Fiztgerlad off with cut to his head, Bruno on.
    • 34' Good sequence of play by the Blues - their first in Toulon's half - but it comes to an end following a wild pass by Sweeney.
    • 32' Blues pinch loose ball and try to spread it wide but Halfpenny handed hospital pass and flatenned by Sinzelle. Toulon win penalty for not releasing and chance for Wilkinson to level scores from wide out on the touchline. Sensational strike by Wilkinson makes it 6-6.
    • 28' Toulon try one offload too many and Roberts claims Williams pop pass and tries to break into Toulon half.
    • 27' Williams gather Wilkinson chip and sets up attack in Blues half. Wilkinson involved again as Toulon carry play towards Blues 22. England fly-half showing a good range of skills.
    • 24' Nice pasage of attacking play by Toulon but it again comes to an end when they spill ball forward in Blues 22.
    • 22' Chance for Blair to reclaim lead for Blues and he makes no mistake. Blues lead 6-3.
    • 21' Nice burst by Laulala moves play into Toulon half before Blues win penalty for May not rolling away in tackle.
    • 20' Van Niekerk worked into space on the right wing but pass ruled forward and ref calls them back for scrum on halfway.
    • 16' High ball from Wilkinson knocked on by Blair, Toulon secure ball and attack into Blues 22 before the defending side pinch ball and kick downfield. Wilkinson takes quick throw and sends superb pass to Lobbe, who breaks into Blues 22 but fails to find van Niekerk with his pass. Chance missed by Toulon.
    • 14' Solid scrum by Blues and they move ball to Czekaj on left wing. Toulon cover is good but Blues recycle ball and continue attack into Toulon half before conceding penalty for taking player out at breakdown.
    • 12' Poor kick downfield from Wilkinson goes over dead ball area and Blues handed attacking scrum deep in Toulon half.
    • 11' Blues go striaght to deck at breakdown and chance for Wilkinson to level the scores. No problems for the World Cup winner as he levels the score at 6-6.
    • 8' Williams again making his presence felt with a huge hit on Molitika followed by a powerful burst into the Blues midfield.
    • 6' Halfpenny handed the ball because it's a long-range effort but his siege gun boot comfortably nails the kick to give Blues 3-0 lead.
    • 5' Attacking lineout for Blues but they too lose their own throw and Toulon able to kick downfield. Williams penalised for playing ball in offside position and chance for Halfpenny to give Blues the lead.
    • 3' Blues pinch Toulon lineout and Blair relieves the pressure with kick up field.
    • 1' Great start for the French side as Lobbe claims the kick off and almost puts Williams in for the opening try. Early problems for the Blues but they win scrum and Sweeney finds touch - but only in his 22.
    • 1' Wilkinson gets the game underway in front of a fantastic crowd in Marseille.
    • - A huge match for both sides as they look to secure their only silverware of the season. Toulon lost the Top 14 semi-final to Clermont last weekend and will be looking to go one better today, while the Blues need a title after a disappointing campaign in the Celtic League.
    • - Good afternoon and welcome to Eurosport's online coverage of the European Challenge Cup final between Toulon and Cardiff Blues from the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
  • Summary

    Cardiff Blues versus RC Toulon
    Roberts 50’, Halfpenny 65’, Davies 69’ Tries Williams 37’, Sourice 77’
    Blair 51’, 70’ Conversions Wilkinson 38’
    Halfpenny 6’, Blair 22’, 61’ Penalties Wilkinson 11’, 32’, May 55’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Cardiff Blues

    Manager: Dai Young

    On the Field

    • Jenkins Substitution Out (41′)
    • Thomas Substitution Out (48′)
    • Filise Substitution Out (57′)
    • Davies Try
    • Jones Substitution Out (51′)
    • Molitika Substitution Out (60′)
    • Williams
    • Rush
    • Rees
    • Sweeney
    • Czekaj
    • Roberts Try
    • Laulala
    • Halfpenny Try
    • Blair

    Subs

    • Williams Substitution In (48′)
    • Hewitt
    • Tito Substitution In (51′)
    • Yapp Substitution In (41′)
    • Flanagan
    • Allison
    • Warburton Substitution In (60′)
    • Andrews Substitution In (57′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • RC Toulon

    Manager: Philippe Saint-André

    On the Field

    • Taumoepeau Substitution Out (57′)
    • Fitzgerald Substitution Out (57′)
    • Kubriashvili Substitution Out (41′)
    • Lozada Substitution Out (52′)
    • Skeate
    • van Niekerk
    • Fernandez Lobbe
    • Auelua Substitution Out (67′)
    • Henjak Substitution Out (57′)
    • Wilkinson Substitution Out (47′)
    • Sinzelle Substitution Out (70′)
    • Williams Try
    • May
    • Lovobalavu
    • Marienval

    Subs

    • Umaga Substitution In (70′)
    • Mignoni Substitution In (57′)
    • Bruno Substitution In (57′)
    • Emmanuelli Substitution In (57′)
    • Suta Substitution In (52′)
    • Kefu Substitution In (47′)
    • Sourice Substitution In (67′) Try
    • Ryan Substitution In (41′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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