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Jonny Wilkinson boots Toulon into European Cup final

Reigning champions will play Saracens next month

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 April, 2014, 10:28am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 December, 2014, 9:14pm

Jonny Wilkinson kicked 21 points to lift Toulon to a 24-16 Heineken Cup semi-final win over Munster on Sunday, keeping alive their hopes of becoming the third side to successfully defend the title.

The French giants, who won their maiden championship with victory over Clermont Auvergne last season, will meet Saracens in the final after the English side thrashed Clermont 46-6 on Saturday.

England World-Cup winning fly-half Wilkinson, who was in doubt for the match with a hamstring injury, kicked six penalties and a drop goal in Marseille to keep Toulon on course for a European and domestic double.

Ireland’s Munster, twice winners of Europe’s elite club competition, scored the only try through winger Simon Zebo, but paid the price for being on the wrong side of a high first-half penalty count, giving Toulon the chance of joining Leicester and Leinster as the only sides to retain the trophy.

“That was a hell of a game,” Wilkinson told Sky Sports.

“You’re just in danger everywhere on the field because you give away a penalty, you turn the ball over... five points was just not enough, at the end eight was almost not enough, it’s just relentless.

“Today was a game where we had to come ready and be switched on and it takes your energy.”