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  1. Heineken Cup - Wilkinson kicks winning points in Toulon triumph

    Heineken Cup - Wilkinson kicks winning points in Toulon triumph

    Jonny Wilkinson kicked 11 points as he led Toulon to a nail-biting 16-15 victory over Clermont in the Heineken Cup final. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Clermont
    • Toulon
    • - What a turn around from Toulon as they came back from nine points down to win by one!
    • FT The whistle goes and TOULON ARE THE 2013 HEINEKEN CUP CHAMPIONS!
    • 81' The clock ticks over to 80 minutes with Clermont still in possession - Sivivatu on the right wing ... he tries to find Fofana on the outside but the pass is rushed and the ball flies into touch.
    • 80' Less than a minute reminaing! Nalaga pushes through the line before being hauled down. Chouly receives the ball on the right wing but he has no momentum whatsoever!
    • 78' Skrela goes for the drop goal but his kick is charged down by Wilkinson and Bastareaud, Toulon escape but Clermont dive on the ball to regain possession. Two minutes remaining!
    • 75' Clermont get so close but they knock on and it will be a scrum. Clermont infringe at the scrum and Wilkinson clears the danger. Five minutes remaining!
    • 74' David Skrela is on now - Clermont are clearly looking for the late drop goal to seal this.
    • 73' Clermont look to break again and are only 10 metres out when Lee Byrne's pass goes to ground. Toulon can clear.
    • 71' Steffon Armitage on as the clock ticks past the 70 minute mark. Just under 10 minutes remaining and Clermont trailing by just the one point.
    • 70' Play has settled back into the middle of the park, in an imitation of much of the first half. With tiring legs and gaps already opening up in this half though they are sure to be more opportunities in the final 10 minutes.
    • 66' Conversion! Wilkinson has little problem in converting the try and Toulon have come back from a nine point deficit to lead by one, 14 minutes remaining on the clock.
    • 64' Try! It was only a matter of time, with all the pressure they were creating, and sure enough Toulon are right back in this match. Lobbe steals the ball before finding Armitage, who will win himself no fans with a wave at the chasing Brock James as he runs over the line free of a tackler.
    • 63' Toulon are all over Clermont now with a sustained period of pressure. Not content with setting up both of his side's tries Rougerie is also keeping them in the lead as he hauls down Mat Giteau
    • 62' Gethin Jenkins comes on for Sheridan as Toulon continue their bid to bring on fresh legs.
    • 59' Penalty! Another successful kick from the metronomic Wilkinson. Toulon now are just six points adrift with 20 minutes remaining - one try would change it all.
    • 58' Toulon turn the ball over and Michalak chips upfield. Clermont are penalised trying to defend their line, failing to release, and Wilkinson will have a chance to kick Toulon back within one try range of their opponents.
    • 56' Clermont, looking very relaxed now, come at Toulon again. They are keeping Toulon pinned back in their own half and allowing them very little possession.
    • 52' Freddie Michalak, Jean-Charles Orioli and Joe van Niekerk are all brought on for Toulon as they look to shore up their defence.
    • 49' Conversion! Parra is not going to miss from right in front of the posts and this time Clermont do maximise their score. They lead by nine points.
    • 48' Try! Rougerie is really putting in a captain's performance in this second half as he collects a chip from James, sees off Wilkinson, and hands back off to James, who races away to dive over the line and grab Clermont's second try just to the left of the posts.
    • 46' Penalty! Wilkinson pegs Clermont back again! Toulon go for the simpliest of drives from the attacking line-out and it pays off for them. Clermont are penalised when Cudmore fails to enter the ruck from the tail and Wilkinson has, by his standards, a fairly straightforward kick from out wide on the left to reel Clermont back in.
    • 43' Clermont will have to be satisfied with just the five points as the conversion kick is missed by Parra. They have the lead though just two minutes into the second half.
    • 42' Try! Sivivatu turns the ball over when Wilkinson is brought down in the middle of the park and the ball is recycled out to Nalaga via Rougerie. Nalaga, on the left wing still has so much to do on the right wing but he forces his way through one tackle before diving over the second and touching down. It's checked by the TMO but that is definitely a try. Clermont have the lead!
    • 41' Toulon get the clash back underway... 40 minutes to decide the Heineken Cup winners of 2012/13
    • HT Sure enough the half-time whistle goes and it is all-square heading down the tunnel. Clermont have enjoyed the better of the chances but Toulon for the most part have been clinical in their defence.
    • 40' Back in the middle of the park once again, with Toulon enjoying a little more possession but still not getting anywhere the tryline. This is going to half-time with just the one penalty apeice.
    • 37' No try is the decision. The ball was clearly touching the line when James touched it down and Toulon escape without conceding points.
    • 36' Armitage tries to find Rudi Wulf but they loose the ball. Clermont punt upfield through Brock James, who then sets off on the chase. He gets there first and touches the ball down but can did he get in down in time? The decision goes to the TMO?
    • 34' Parra fails to find Rougerie, the ball going loose, as Clermont come again at Toulon. Domingo, tries to get away from Botha, Sivivatu, Parra, Cudmore tries to find Kayser but a boot from Toulon and the ball is punted downfield. They were playing advantage though, after a shoulder from Armitage, and Clermont will have another attacking position.
    • 31' Toulon eventually get the penalty when Clermont knock on in contact on the 10m line. That's a massive let-off for Toulon, Armitage still receiving treatment on the far touchline.
    • 29' Clermont have an attacking line-out on the 22 after another penalty goes their way - James on to Rougerie, out to Sivivatu, Parra to Kayser, Sivivatu, Parra .... Armitage is down for Toulon, they are a man down
    • 28' There's a bit of a scuffle between Sheridan and Zirakashvili and Clermont have the penalty - quickly taken by Parra, who combines with Brock James fantastically well.
    • 26' After that moment of excitment, this is a real battle with most of the rugby being played out in the middle third again. Toulon are enjoying more of the possession but they aren't making too much progress towards the try-line.
    • 22' Sivivatu breaks throught the Toulon line, before the ball gets recycled out to Byrne. The Welshman also makes a break through and for the first time in the match it looks as though something more than three points might be on offer. But the players get called back for the penalty when Bastareaud brings Byrne down and Wilkinson has the chance to clear.
    • 20' As you might expect, Clermont look to have more raw power, but Toulon are more incisive with ball in hand. It's going to be a war.
    • 19' It's just a little attritional at the moment - neither side at their flowing best but there's plenty to admire nonetheless.
    • 18' Clermont lineout inside enemy territory - what can they make of this? They claim the throw and work it outside for Fofana who makes a mini break, but it's good defending from the wall of red-clad Toulon men.
    • 16' Another penalty for Clermont, again for holding on the floor. Alain Rolland very hot on this in the early stages.
    • 15' Toulon run a penalty inside their own half and look to get expansive... a little grubber just eludes Wulf and skips out of play.
    • 14' No mistake from Jonny Wilkinson, straight down the middle and Toulon are on the board. 3-3.
    • 13' Penalty Toulon in front of the posts, just outside the 22. This should be an easy three points for Wilkinson.
    • 11' Clermont penalised for holding on the floor - Wilkinson kicks for touch from just inside his own half but misses it and Lee Byrne gathers, booting it deep downfield.
    • 10' Bit of a kicking battle as James and Palisson exchange whacks downfield. In the end, James clatters a huge kick over the Toulon winger's head and it bounces out for a lineout.
    • 8' Having kicked into opposition territory, Clermont continue to press on. They've got a fearsome pack.
    • 7' That's a penalty to Clermont following a Toulon infringement at a scrum. Hard to see exactly what happened there but the ref seems certain enough.
    • 6' Wilkinson offloads to Wulf who injects some pace, but gets isolated as he is tackled and knocks it on.
    • 5' It's pretty cagey stuff from both sides at the moment but Toulon are starting to work through the phases...
    • 4' Great kick from Parra, straight and true, and Clermont strike first! 3-0.
    • 3' Penalty! Morgan Parra will have a chance to kick the opening points for Clermont from just inside halfway.
    • 2' Wilkinson takes a high ball and gets a mid-air smash from Bonnaire. He's soon back on his feet.
    • 1' Game on! Clermont, in white with yellow trim, kick off from left to right. Toulon all in red.
    • 17:00 The teams come out to a huge ovation - Landsdowne Road is a small piece of southern France this afternoon...
    • 16:55 Wilkinson's pre-match comments: "There is no doubt that where I stand now this is all I have got to play for. That gives you a fair idea of the importance of it to me. I am playing in a one-game-at-a-time situation. To actually get a shot at something like this at this stage in your career is amazing. It was my first semi-final a few weeks back. This is my first final." No pressure, then.
    • 16:50 Last night in Dublin, Leinster provided some home success with a comfortable 34-13 Challenge Cup final win over Stade Francais. Doubt this one will be as one-sided.
    • 16:45 Two star-studded teams, but of course the focus from an English point of view is on Toulon captain Jonny Wilkinson, who looks to add the Heineken Cup to his list of personal honours. Also starting for Toulon, England internationals Delon Armitage and Andrew Sheridan.
    • 16:40 TEAMS: TOULON: Delon Armitage; Rudi Wulf, Mathieu Bastareaud, Matt Giteau, Alexis Palisson; Jonny Wilkinson (capt), Sebastien Tillous-Borde; Andrew Sheridan, Sebastien Bruno, Carl Hayman, Bakkies Botha, Nick Kennedy, Danie Rossouw, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Chris Masoe... Replacements: Jean Charles Orioli, Gethin Jenkins, Davit Kubriashvili, Joe Van Niekerk, Steffon Armitage, Maxime Mermoz, Frederic Michalak, Jocelino Suta.
    • 16:35 TEAMS: CLERMONT: Lee Byrne; Sitiveni Sivivatu, Aurelien Rougerie (capt), Wesley Fofana, Napolioni Nalaga; Brock James, Morgan Parra; Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Davit Zirakashvili, Jamie Cudmore, Nathan Hines, Julien Bonnaire, Gerhard Vosloo, Damien Chouly.... Replacements: Ti'I Paulo, Vincent Debaty, Clement Ric, Julien Pierre, Julien Bardy, Ludovic Radosavljevic, David Skrela, Regan King.
    • 16:30 Wlcome to LIVE coverage of the Heineken Cup final between Toulon and Clermont in Dublin.
  • Summary

    Clermont versus Toulon
    Nalaga 42’, James 48’ Tries Armitage 64’
    Parra 49’ Conversions Wilkinson 66’
    Parra 4’ Penalties Wilkinson 15’, 46’, 61’

Live Team Line-Up

  • Clermont

    Manager: Alex King

    On the Field

    • Domingo Substitution Out (67′)
    • Kayser Substitution Out (67′)
    • Zirakashvili Substitution Out (74′)
    • Cudmore
    • Hines
    • Bonnaire
    • Vosloo Substitution Out (69′)
    • Chouly
    • Parra Substitution Out (72′)
    • James Try Substitution Out (74′)
    • Nalaga Try
    • Fofana
    • Rougerie Substitution Out (69′)
    • Sivivatu
    • Byrne


    • Skrela Substitution In (74′)
    • Debaty Substitution In (67′)
    • Pierre
    • King Substitution In (69′)
    • Paulo Substitution In (67′)
    • Radosavljevic Substitution In (72′)
    • Ric Substitution In (74′)
    • Bardy Substitution In (69′)





  • Toulon

    Manager: Bernard Laporte

    On the Field

    • Sheridan Substitution Out (61′)
    • Bruno Substitution Out (51′)
    • Hayman Substitution Out (77′)
    • Botha Substitution Out (69′)
    • Kennedy
    • Rossouw Substitution Out (51′)
    • Fernández Lobbe
    • Masoe Substitution Out (69′)
    • Tillous-Borde Substitution Out (51′)
    • Wilkinson
    • Palisson
    • Giteau
    • Bastareaud
    • Wulf
    • Armitage Try


    • Michalak Substitution In (51′)
    • Jenkins Substitution In (61′)
    • van Niekerk Substitution In (51′)
    • Mermoz
    • Armitage Substitution In (69′)
    • Suta Substitution In (69′)
    • Kubriashvili Substitution In (77′)
    • Orioli Substitution In (51′)





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  1. Fantastic Jonny I knew you would do it!!!!

    From Barbara, on Sat 18 May 19:39
  2. Woohoo........Jonny does it again!! Hope he reconsiders­ and heads out to AUS.

    From Virgil, on Sat 18 May 18:56
  3. don't know about you, but i'm stuck on minute­ 43 with score at 3-3

    From T & D, on Sat 18 May 18:33
  4. Armitage out of order good try though

    From Shafted from every angle, on Sat 18 May 18:29
  5. Toulon the man city of rugby

    From Shafted from every angle, on Sat 18 May 18:19
  6. Rolland not the centre of attention for a change­ I'm sure he loves the sound of his own voice.

    From Shafted from every angle, on Sat 18 May 18:04
  7. ref .................

    From terry, on Sat 18 May 17:26
  8. #3 hes got to be the worst rdf in the game today­ ....teams are insignificent with him on the pitch

    From terry, on Sat 18 May 17:25
  9. hes a sub so will get a look in at some stage

    From terry, on Sat 18 May 17:22
  10. Is Toulon nuts not play Steffon Armitage?

    From Eileen, on Sat 18 May 16:37
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