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  • Penalty goals: Farrell (4),
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  • Penalty goals: Wilkinson (7),
    Drop goals: Wilkinson,

Saracens v Toulon - Live

Last updated: 28th April 2013  

Full Time Saracens 12 Toulon 24

80 Toulon have done it. They make the final and it's going to be an all-French affair against Clermont in Dublin thanks to a superb showing today. Wilkinson is man-of-the-match and rightly so. A great shift.

79 Play is restarted after a break for medical attention. The game, however, is all over as a contest.

Penalty78 WILKINSON PENALTY! 12-24! Lions head coach Warren Gatland leaves the stadium with plenty to ponder as Wilkinson lines up another three points off the tee after Saracens offended. Get him a plane ticket.

Drop Goal75 WILKINSON DROP-GOAL! 12-21! He had to didn't he? Territory is with Toulon and Wilkinson decides enough is enough and drills over a drop under pressure from Farrell that all but decides this European semi.

72 No tries here as yet remember but Saracens need to change that, even more so as each minute ticks by.

71 So close for Toulon again as Giteau's cross-field kick to Lobbe almost sees Palisson regather. But in the end he can't hold on in the 22 as Masoe now goes to the bench for Joe van Niekerk. Not a bad swap.

69 They almost put the seal on their passage then as Giteau's high kick almost leads to Bastereaud going over. More changes for Saracens here as John Smit and Carlos Nieto come on for the closing stages.

67 Not much to report in the last few minutes as frustration begins to spread from coaching bench to the field, with Tomkins losing the ball before Hodgson knocks on. Toulon are 13 minutes from the final...

64 Toulon's replacement hooker Jean-Charles Orioli has topped that though with a shocking line-out throw on his own 22, which he is lucky to get away with as his forwards regroup to win a breakdown penalty.

59 Two mistakes from Sarries as first a forward pass from Tomkins when they had a chance wide left before Wyles then took out Lobbe without the ball from a resulting high kick. Frustrating for Brendan Venter.

Penalty56 WILKINSON PENALTY! 12-18! He is quite something. From 50 metres Wilkinson puts Toulon back up to a six-point lead despite being a man down. That shot came after Saracens were pinged in the tackle.

55 Now it has but only after Toulon win a scrum penalty which leads to the French clearing up to halfway. Bit of a worry for the visitors here right now though as Wilkinson gets some treatment on a shoulder.

53 Barritt is hobbling as Toulon wait to put in on their own five-metre. Charlie Hodgson would be the likely replacement to come on here with Farrell going to centre but that change isn't happening yet.

52 Big chance for Saracens has just been blown as Vunipola's line break should have been finished on the left wing. However, a poor pass from Farrell to the scoring Brown is called forward and rightly so.

51 Two changes made by Saracens here as Wigglesworth and Joubert go for Neil de Kock and George Kruis.

Penalty50 FARRELL PENALTY! 12-15! No mistake from the England fly-half.

Yellow Card49 ROSSOUW YELLOW! Well well. The South African goes to the sin-bin for his second high tackle of the game, again on Vunipola. Chance for Farrell then to narrow the gap to just three. He gets the tee.

48 Nothing silly from Toulon at the restart as they clear well, now having that nice cushion to lean on.

Penalty47 WILKINSON PENALTY! 9-15! Stevens is penalised at that scrum and you know the rest, Wilkinson strikes.

45 A few early mistakes in this second-half as Sebastien Tillous-Borde fumbles before Saracens do the same soon after. Net result, it's a Toulon scrum 35 out as Chris Wyles comes on for wing Strettle.

43 Saracens win a penalty though and promptly push the ball into the Toulon 22. However, line-out lost.

41 Welcome back to the action with Toulon in possession early on with full-back Armitage taking contact.

Half Time Saracens 9 Toulon 12

40 They almost didn't as Giteau failed to roll away on halfway, allowing Farrell a shot from halfway. However, he missed to his left and that is the last act of a good first-half at Twickenham. 9-12.

38 Great work from Wilkinson and Lobbe to get Toulon out of their own 22 but play is about to restart with a French scrum on their own 22. Toulon will look to see out the half here, going in in front.

Penalty35 FARRELL PENALTY! 9-12! They get a penalty now though as a strong hit by Wigglesworth on Bastareaud allows Brown and Farrell to pounce and force the centre to hold on. Farrell from 50..superb strike.

33 Ashton was clearly taken out in the air then but nothing from Rolland as Saracens manage to get the ball 60 metres out. They go left to Strettle who puts boot to ball but Armitage is back to dot down.

30 Big chance for Saracens here as first Goode goes right, handing off Giteau before Joubert crashes it up five out. However, the English are penalised for holding on and that's superb from Delon Armitage.

28 Wilkinson is under pressure as he looks to clear but then dances his way out before more runners try to bust their way out. Surely they need to put boot to ball here...well, they have lost it forward.

26 A lot of whistling today so far from Rolland and Saracens need to learn from that if they're to win.

Penalty25 WILKINSON PENALTY! 6-12! Rossouw is showing his bulk here by helping his side win an immediate penalty in response. His hit on Wray led to Stevens going off his feet which led to Wilkinson doing the rest.

Penalty23 FARRELL PENALTY! 6-9! Saracens respond after Toulon make a deliberate knock-on. Tough on Palisson.

20 It's just not happening for Saracens here as Alistair Hargreaves knocks-on from Wigglesworth's pass on the Toulon ten-metre. Bernard Laporte and Toulon will be much the happier after this opening quarter.

Penalty17 WILKINSON PENALTY! 3-9! Farrell was penalised for taking out the kicker so it's now a six-point lead.

16 WILKINSON PENALTY! 3-6! I spoke too soon. From that scrum Toulon win a penalty which will warm the bellies of Andrew Sheridan and co. Wilkinson steps up from close to the touchline..again, no mistake.

Penalty14 WILKINSON PENALTY! 3-6! I spoke too soon. From that scrum Toulon win a penalty which will warm the bellies of Andrew Sheridan and co. Wilkinson steps up from close to the touchline..again, no mistake.

11 First period of sustained pressure from Toulon there as their big runners made ground against the usually steely Saracens defence. Wilkinson eventually fumbles in contact though so Sarries survive.

9 And they get possession back on halfway as Barritt's pass off quick ball from the line-out is judged to have gone forward by Rolland. You can sense a few nerves out there at the home of English rugby.

8 Vunipola is off for blood so Rhys Gill comes on as Sebastien Bruno throws on his own 22. Toulon clear.

7 Good from Saracens in response though as despite giving away a penalty in the Toulon 22, they put a lot of pressure on Rudi Wulf courtesy of Alex Goode's nice grubber. Saracens have the early momentum.

Penalty5 WILKINSON PENALTY! 3-3! He wasn't going to miss was he? From the touchline, Wilkinson levels things.

4 But that lead might not last long though as Rolland blows for Stevens going into a ruck from the side.

Penalty3 FARRELL PENALTY! 3-0! First blood to Saracens after Rossouw takes Mako Vunipola high. Great strike.

1 And his opposite number Wilkinson eventually clears despite good pressure from Richard Wigglesworth.

Kick-off Here we go then with Alain Rolland in the middle today. Owen Farrell gets the game going to his right.

Change One change to the Toulon bench to mention. Frederic Michalak is ruled out so in comes Nicolas Durand.

Team news Saracens have made one change to their side that beat Ulster in their quarter-final as Will Fraser's injury sees Jackson Wray start at 6 with Kelly Brown moving to 7. Toulon meanwhile leave out Steffon Armitage, choosing Danie Rossouw on the blindside while Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe moves over to 7.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Twickenham for this Heineken Cup semi-final between Saracens and Toulon. An epic clash awaits but who will join Clermont in the final at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on May 18? Is it going to be Owen Farrell and the 'Fez Heads' or Jonny Wilkinson and the French giants? Team news coming up.

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