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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Semi Final
- 27th Apr 2014
- KO 15:30
- Ground: Stade Velodrome
- Att: 37,043
Toulon v Munster - Live
80 Full-time: Toulon 24-16 Munster
79 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON. 24-16. Cruel on Munster as replacement Donncha O'Callaghan is penalised for not rolling away. It's Wilkinson for the win. Done.
77 And now Coughlan gives everything in contact as he wins a scrum for his side, holding up Konstantine Mikautadze in the tackle. Munster have to find 60 metres here with three minutes left in Marseille.
75 Over-throw and Toulon soon look to Wilkinson for a vital three points via the drop-goal...charge down from Coughlan. Superb work from the number eight.
74 Earls returns to the field as Munster have a throw just five metres from their own line. How a match can swing in a few seconds in this epic semi-final.
71 Incredible call from Munster as they snub an easy three points and instead punt to touch with nine minutes remaining. It backfires and Toulon escape.
70 It's all Munster now though as they work the phases and finally make it up to the Toulon 22. Zebo looks threatening before the replacements add extra grunt.
67 First Wilkinson, now Giteau sparks cheers from the Toulon supporters as he drills one into the Munster 22. Superb strike that pins the Irish way downfield.
65 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON. 21-16. Never in doubt.
63 YELLOW CARD, MUNSTER, EARLS. Huge swing in momentum again as Earls cuts down Smith after Toulon's pace man hacked into the Munster 22. Wilkinson steps up.
62 Munster are certainly on top right now as O'Connell barks the orders in the Toulon half. A fumble from Murray halts their most recent attack but they've definitely made the French think in these last ten.
58 Munster go close to taking the lead in Marseille as Keatley's long-range penalty attempt drifts wide of the upright. Now, how will Toulon respond to this?
55 CONVERSION, MUNSTER, KEATLEY. 18-16. Excellent kick.
54 TRY, MUNSTER, ZEBO. 18-14. Massive call from Barnes as he doesn't check with the TMO after Zebo dives over in the left corner from Murray's offload. It looked debatable as to whether Zebo grounded that.
52 Could there be a change in fortunes for Munster here as Xavier Chiocci is penalised at the scrum, which leads to Keatley booming one into the Toulon 22? Attacking line-out coming up. Munster smell blood.
50 And they clear with ease after Toulon offend. Here is a change from the French side as Habana is off for David Smith. Quality for quality as expected.
48 So close again as this time Wilkinson's pass to lock Rossouw isn't held with the line at his mercy. It's a Munster scrummage five metres from their own line.
47 Munster are under the cosh here as they now throw the ball around in their own 22 - surely it's too early for the Hail Mary stuff. Toulon might punish the Irish now as they drive on just 20 metres out.
44 Munster have survived two close calls inside two minutes as first Habana was tap tackled on halfway by James Downey and then Steffon Armitage thought he'd scored but replays showed Zebo had the eight's foot in touch. What a defensive effort wide out.
41 Welcome back to Marseille where Toulon are sitting nine points clear of Munster. A massive 40 minutes await as Munster get their kick-off return right.
40 Half-time: Toulon 18-9 Munster
39 PENALTY, TOULON, ARMITAGE. 18-9. Excellent breakdown work from Toulon and it looked like Bastareaud was involved in winning a penalty. It's about 60 metres out on the angle and Delon Armitage nails it. Wow.
36 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON. 15-9. Again an error at the restart sees Munster cough up points. Wilkinson doesn't miss from bang in front as his tally grows.
34 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY. 12-9. Back and forth then here as Munster strike again, this time as prop Carl Hayman is pinged by referee Barnes. It is anyone's.
32 DROP-GOAL, TOULON, WILKINSON. 12-6. Well that did not last long as Wilkinson sits back, strikes the ball and over it sails to move Toulon six clear.
31 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY. 9-6. From that offence, Keatley is on-target so the lead is cut to three.
30 YELLOW CARD, TOULON, LOBBE. Juan Fernandez Lobbe is sent to the sin-bin for an accidental boot to the face of Murray while going for the ball. No intent.
28 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON. 9-3. Normal service is resumed after Simon Zebo is penalised for offside and from 50 metres out on the angle, it sails over.
25 Now a driving maul is collapsed by Munster fifteen metres from their own line so up steps Wilkinson, looking to make it a six-point game. He's missed!
22 The pitch is bathed in sunshine as Tillous-Borde waits to put in on halfway after what has been a tight but absorbing first quarter of this European semi. He won't get to as again Kilcoyne is pinged.
19 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON. 6-3. A high tackle from Conor Murray on Sebastien Tillous-Borde gifts three points to Wilkinson so it is Toulon in front again.
16 They won't be happy however with Kilcoyne's bind as he goes down, again before the ball comes in. That allows Wilkinson to easily clear to his ten-metre.
14 Keatley has started well as he now grubbers over halfway which leads to a Munster line-out outside Toulon's 22. Munster will be very happy thus far.
11 Great work in contact from Munster now as O'Connell and Downey fight hard to hold up Danie Rossouw. Net result, it's a Munster scrum on their own ten metre.
9 PENALTY, MUNSTER, KEATLEY. 3-3. Varley now wins a breakdown penalty for his side so here is Keatley for a levelling kick. That will settle any nerves.
6 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON. 3-0. Expansive rugby from Toulon as Mathieu Bastareaud's carry leads to Stander offending on the floor. Up steps Wilkinson with a shot from distance near touch...excellent.
3 Smith's blushes are spared as Dave Kilcoyne is penalised by referee Wayne Barnes for a scrum offence. Wilkinson clears his lines soon after.
1 The pitch is perfect, the weather ideal, as Munster fly-half Ian Keatley gets us going, with an early knock-on from Juan Smith handing the Irish a scrum five out. Wow, an incredible gift for the visitors.
Munster, missing Peter O'Mahony due to injury, name Sean Dougall and CJ Stander on their flanks, with Damien Varley captaining the side from hooker. Dave Foley is lock alongside the immense Paul O'Connell.
Toulon are boosted by Jonny Wilkinson being declared fit to start the game at fly-half while Craig Burden and Bryan Habana are also good to play from the off.
Welcome Hello and welcome from Marseille for this massive Heineken Cup semi-final between Toulon and Munster. Can the Irish pull off a shock win or will it be another final for this big-spending Toulon outfit?
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