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  • European Rugby Champions Cup
  • Final
  • 18th May 2013
  • KO 17:00
  • Ground: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Att: 51,142

Clermont v Toulon - Live

Last updated: 18th May 2013  

80 They don't take a shot when it was on! Clermont instead go wide and it's unfortunately Sivivatu's pass that goes forward and into touch. Toulon are the champions, Wilkinson is mobbed, incredible Heineken Cup rugby. Clermont were nine clear but could not close it out. Agony for them, ecstasy for Toulon.

79 It comes back for Skrela...charged down! Clermont still have it though, 25 metres out. Unbelievable.

78 Well well, will the karma gods come back to haunt Armitage? He has just sliced a clearance that does not make it out of his 22. So, a chance for Ti'i Paulo to throw in and Skrela to have a possible shot.

77 Clermont are back within striking range here but now it's a Cudmore knock-on that foils them! Wow.

75 And it gets worse for Clermont as they are penalised at the scrum so Wilkinson can clear with ease.

74 They don't have the ball though as Toulon pack down in their own 22 and won't be rushing this scrum.

73 So much tension here as Cotter now sends on David Skrela, hoping for him to knock over a drop-goal.

72 Twenty, fifteen, ten metres now. But the pass on the short side from Byrne goes to ground and Toulon can clear now. It's a Clermont line-out on halfway as Parra goes for Ludovic Radosavljevic. Big call.

70 Here come Steffon Armitage for the closing ten minutes as Clermont attack 30 metres from the try-line.

69 So that's ten points for Toulon in under five minutes. Are Clermont set to crumble in this final?

Conversion66 WILKINSON CONVERSION! 15-16! Was there any doubt? Toulon lead.

TRY64 D ARMITAGE TRY! 15-14! Just like that, a steal from Lobbe sees the full-back have a clean run for the line from 35 metres. He waves at the chasing James which is poor. Now, will Wilkinson kick the extras?

63 It's all Toulon on the Clermont ten-metre but what can you say about this defence? Rougerie again is superb as he smashes Giteau and soon after Les Jaunards are back in possession. Test passed then..?

62 Gethin Jenkins is on for Sheridan.

Penalty61 WILKINSON PENALTY! 15-9! Now they do and have Clermont under pressure, with Michalak's chip being grabbed by James. However, Clermont seal off the ball at ruck time so it's a shot Wilkinson takes.

58 That is not what Clermont were after though as Sivivatu chips the ball out on the full in the Toulon 22. Toulon can eat up the territory here but don't have possession as Kayser takes it up on halfway.

55 Nine points then is the deficit for Toulon and they need all their attacking magic if they are to come back from this. Danie Rossouw looks on now not being able to do anything to change this final result.

52 Here come Freddie Michalak, Jean-Charles Orioli and Joe van Niekerk as Toulon look to freshen things.

Conversion49 PARRA CONVERSION! 15-6! Simple enough from the scrum-half.

TRY48 JAMES TRY! 13-6! World class from Rougerie. His second assist as he collects his fly-half's chip over the top before finding James then on his shoulder, who finished well close to the uprights. Excellent.

Penalty46 WILKINSON PENALTY! 8-6! Cudmore is penalised for not entering a ruck from the tail so the lead is cut.

43 Sivivatu turned over the ball for that try before Rougerie fed the Fijian. Conversion missed though.

TRY42 NALAGA TRY! 8-3! What a score from the wing. He danced down the left sideline then dived over. Superb!

41 Welcome back to the 2013 Heineken Cup Final. Are we heading towards extra time or a kicking shootout?

Half TimeHalf-Time Half-time: Clermont 3 Toulon 3

39 Toulon are out of the woods then and despite Clermont having the better of this game, the score is still three apiece in Dublin. Not long now until the break when Cotter and Laporte have their say.

35 What about this from James. He chips down the right wing and has the pace to get past Masoe to the ball. Now, did he ground it before the dead-ball line? The footage says it's on the line. No try.

35 What about this from James. He chips down the right wing and has the pace to get past Masoe to the ball. Now, did he ground it before the dead-ball line? The footage says it's on the line. No try.

33 The hits are flying in here with Sheridan smashing Sivivatu as Clermont go through the phases 40 out.

31 This looks ominous from Clermont as Rougerie and Sivivatu pop up and do some damage. It comes to the right where Davit Zirakashvili takes contact. But Domingo is penalised for not releasing on the deck.

29 And no joy in the scrum too as Rolland penalises them for driving up. James pumps it into the 22.

27 Toulon are stuck on the Clermont ten-metre though and eventually knock-on in contact. No joy there.

25 Rougerie has now been penalised for not releasing when held in the tackle so that puts an end to the Clermont attack. 3-3 it remains as Bruno throws in on the halfway line before a driving maul is set.

23 Forget chess, the game has now sprung to life as Sivivatu slices through before lock Jamie Cudmore supports well, carrying them to the 22. But the ball going right sees ASM penalised for holding on.

21 So no tries as of yet in the 2013 Heineken Cup Final as it adopts, as expected, a chess-like feel.

19 That is the class of Fofana as he ghosts through a hole in the midfield, taking his side to within 20 metres. However, the recycled ball is chipped poorly over the top by Parra which is marked by Byrne.

17 Thomas Domingo seems to be struggling with a shoulder injury after attempting to tackle Carl Hayman.

16 Toulon are showing they will run the ball when they can here today, which is somewhat unexpected.

14 WILKINSON PENALTY! 3-3! Hines is pinged by referee Alain Rolland for not rolling away. Easy points.

13 Wilkinson has just missed touch from a penalty so Lee Byrne returns the ball back to halfway. Here come Toulon again then, using Nick Kennedy in midfield before Mathieu Bastareaud bumps off Rougerie.

11 And here come Les Jaunards, working their way up to the Toulon 22 before Sivivatu leaves the ball behind. That means Clermont quickly find themselves back in their own half before James kicks well.

8 This is better from Toulon though as they go wide to the right through Wilkinson before Rudi Wulf takes it up on the 22. However, the ball came loose in contact so it's a defensive Clermont scrum.

6 Another penalty goes against Toulon at the breakdown, this time in the Clermont 22 so the team in white and yellow will now clear their lines. However, Rougerie then loses the ball in the tackle.

4 PARRA PENALTY! 3-0! Toulon fail to release the tackler so it's a shot for Morgan Parra. It's good!

Kick off Brock James gets the action going with a kick down the middle. Toulon then work a couple of phases before Matt Giteau returns the ball downfield. And that passage ends with Rougerie put into touch.

Team news Toulon name an unchanged XV from the one that beat Saracens in the semi-finals while Clermont have captain Aurelien Rougerie and hard-working flanker Gerhard Vosloo back in their starting line-up.

Welcome Hello and welcome from the Heineken Cup Final in Dublin. Just two teams remain from the 24 that were involved in the Pool stages and you would have to say that Clermont and Toulon are worthy finalists.

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