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Toulon v Leicester - Live
Full Time: Toulon 21 - 15 Leicester Tigers
80 WILKINSON DROP-GOAL! 21-15! It had to be him. Wilkinson adds the final say for Toulon with a right-footed drop seeing the French into the Heineken Cup semi-finals. What a game. Thanks for following.
79 A penalty at scrum-time helps their cause so they now have 50 metres to go. And what about this!? Allen has found a gap on the outside and then kicks over the top, with a lovely bounce in the 22 holding up for the chasers. But Martin saves the day for Toulon who manage to clear their lines.
76 He doesn't get the chance as Bastareaud now does a Tait and drops one on the 22. Can the Tigers go all the way to the other end of the field and snatch a memorable Heineken Cup victory? It's now or never.
74 What a mistake from Tait, who has played so well today. He has just dropped a high ball in front of the setting sun. Wilkinson might just go for a drop-goal here when play resumes at the Felix Mayol.
73 Fantastic kick from Ben Youngs as he finds space in one of Toulon's corners, measuring a grubber into touch five out. Toulon go quickly though and then win a relieving penalty at the resulting breakdown.
70 Apologies about that last message - Salvi remains on the field after being bandaged up. Play is on halfway with Toulon in possession after a huge hit from Wilkinson forced a turnover in possession.
68 Two blood bins to mention here as Palisson and Salvi go following a nasty head clash. Painful stuff. Here comes the man in the spotlight then as Martin Castrogiovanni comes on for Leicester Tigers.
66 FLOOD PENALTY! 18-15! A ruck offence from Toulon wipes that one out though and Leicester respond!
65 WILKINSON PENALTY! 18-12! Quite magnificent once again. Wilkinson is on song.
64 Unfortunately for the English the line-out does not function so back they are sent, to their own 22. Eventually play ends up on Leicester's ten-metre before a Toulon penalty comes for not rolling away.
62 Leicester are given a lifeline as D Armitage puts one out on the full so it's a Tigers throw 35 out.
60 WILKINSON PENALTY! 15-12! What a kick yet again from the former England international. Top class.
59 COLE YELLOW! Nightmare news for Leicester as Cole goes to the bin for a deliberate slap down.
58 FLOOD PENALTY! 12-12! Would you believe it. Toulon go off their feet after T Youngs puts in a massive tackle on Kennedy. We are level again then as we approach the final 20 minutes at Stade Felix Mayol.
56 Music to the ears for the Tigers as Clancy blows his whistle in their favour. Flood can now kick the ball into Toulon territory as Bruno is replaced by Mickael Ivaldi. A good shift from the 38-year-old.
55 Ayerza has left the field injured and is replaced by Logovi'i Mulipola. The Puma has a shoulder issue.
54 Leicester are well and truly under the cosh! Down the left wing comes Bastareaud before Botha hits a fine line off Tillous-Borde from ten metres out. Is he over? Clancy says no due to a double movement.
52 Bastareaud could not have gone closer just now as he spots space down the blindside and dives for the line. But an excellent cover tackle from Thompstone forces the centre into touch inches from the line.
51 Toulon are going for the kill here as they break down the right wing through Botha, Tillous-Borde and then Masoe seeing the number eight brought down five metres out. Leicester survive though and clear.
49 Toulon are looking good here as Wilkinson kicks to touch from a penalty before they get front-foot ball 35 metres out. Another score here may well be the beginning of the end as the noise increases.
47 WILKINSON PENALTY! 12-9! What a kick from long range once again.
46 Leicester are being met well by Toulon in defence as now it's T Youngs hit hard, which leads to him holding on in contact. So up steps Wilkinson once again to try and make it four from four attempts.
44 WILKINSON PENALTY! 9-9! We are level folks.
43 Leicester have come out of the blocks with all guns blazing as Youngs and Salvi get over the advantage line before Wilkinson hits the scrum-half hard. S Armitage can kick ahead here but is brought down by Slater. That should be a yellow card surely...no, but the penalty is within range here for Wilkinson.
41 Welcome back to this one with the Tigers ahead by three. Will they hold on or can Toulon fight back?
39 Half Time: Toulon 6 Leicester 9
39 What about this for timing. Toulon offend at the breakdown in kickable range and wouldn't you know it, that comes just as Flood returns from the sin-bin. Immediate impact? No, he's missed as Croft exits.
38 Some good and bad for Leicester. They have just smashed the Toulon scrum on the home ten-metre line, leading to a penalty coming. However, that news is tempered by flank Croft holding his lower back.
35 WILKINSON PENALTY! 6-9! Toulon are finding their swagger and a good passage on the Tigers 22 leads to a hand entering the ruck. Chance for Wilkinson to cut the lead back to just three points...it's good.
32 Horrible error from Wilkinson though directly from the restart as he fumbles the attempted catch. That could have seen Salvi capitalise but luckily for Toulon, Armitage was able to mop up in the in-goal.
30 WILKINSON PENALTY! 3-9! No mistake so it's a six-point ball game with half-an-hour played.
28 FLOOD YELLOW! Toulon are not over attacking though and they will be up against fourteen men as Flood goes to the bin for deliberately slapping down a ball on his own 22. Chance for Wilkinson and Toulon.
27 Tait has just saved the day for Leicester as he backtracked to collect Bastareaud's kick ahead into the 22. The England international then set off, stepping superbly through four tackles up to halfway.
25 Wilkinson has just found his groove, making an excellent touch from his 22. However, Botha is soon penalised for something at the breakdown so it's an easy chance for Flood to move his pack upfield.
23 Youngs grubbers into the Toulon corner so it's a pressure throw for Bruno and it's pinched. Leicester ball then and they go wide to the left where wing Thompstone is caught and penalised for holding on.
20 And now Wilkinson puts his restart out on the full. Flood is well ahead in that personal battle then.
19 FLOOD PENALTY! 0-9! Excellent kick once again from the Tiger. What about this then.
18 A third penalty at scrum-time for Leicester from four in the game thus far. Incredible as Flood calls for the kicking tee, looking to make it nine points for his side from long range. Stay right there...
15 FLOOD PENALTY! 0-6! S Armitage is penalised for not entering a ruck from the back so it could mean Leicester will go six points to the good if Flood can convert from a much simpler position. Success.
14 Another plus point for the Leicester scrum, this time just outside their own 22, so now pivot Flood will look to kick for touch. Richard Cockerill will no doubt be purring over how things are going.
11 FLOOD PENALTY! 0-3! Fantastic kick from distance so Leicester lead.
10 Well well. Leicester win the scrum penalty as Ayerza gets the better of Hayman. This is a chance for Flood from distance (about 50 metres on the angle). Can he make this one count for his team-mates?
9 Jocelino Suta is on for Bakkies Botha due to blood. Toulon lose another line-out though and here come Leicester again camped on the home ten-metre - the Tigers will generally be encouraged by this start.
8 First blood to Toulon at scrum time as they march the Tigers back. Sheridan, Bruno and Hayman will love that one before Delon Armitage kicks well into the away 22, leading to Flood kicking to touch.
6 Leicester have the territory early on and are putting pressure on the Toulon line-out 20 metres out. And it almost pays off as Mathew Tait's high kick almost sees Tuilagi go over...but play is brought back for a knock-on as Tait had attempted to collect.
2 A couple of mistakes as Toulon offend immediately after their own kick-off before Leicester fumble from the resulting line-out. Too much class on show here today for errors to thwart today though.
Here we go for this hotly-anticipated clash. The pitch is great condition and the weather is ideal for rugby. Bring it on.
Team News: Leicester have named an unchanged team for a third successive week, with fly-half Toby Flood named as captain after leading the team to Premiership wins away to Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints in the last fortnight.
Team News: There are just two changes to the Toulon starting line-up that beat Stade Francais last week with ex-All Black Rudi Wulf replacing David Smith on the right wing while former French international hooker Sebastien Bruno takes over from Jean-Charles Orioli. That means the hosts have an all-international starting XV.
Welcome: Hello and welcome to Stade Felix Mayol in Toulon on the French south coast for our coverage of the last remaining Heineken Cup quarter-final. Today's winner will travel to Twickenham to face Saracens in the semi-finals. Who will it be? We'll find out soon enough!
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