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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- 24th May 2014
- KO 17:00
- Ground: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
- Att: 67,578
Toulon v Saracens - Live
80 FULL-TIME: TOULON 23-6 SARACENS
80 And there it is! The ball is thumped high into the Millenium Stadium stands and Toulon have retained their European crown! Jonny Wilkinson says his farewells on British soil with a smile and bows out a champion. Thanks for joining us!
79 Sarries on the ball as the clock ticks red...they've just been outclassed here in Cardiff by a Toulon team that are too strong, too clinical, too powerful.
76 Habana almost latching onto a loose ball and speeding through the middle, but he spills it and collapses in a heap - fortunately, with the Top 14 final looming, he's back up swiftly.
73 Sarries doing their utmost to finish on a high, but they're going nowhere as Bastareaud tries an outrageous drop-goal attempt.
69 Toulon just squeezing the life out of Sarries deep in the English side's 22.
66 Steffon Armitage yet again rises from the base of the ruck as Rolland's arm rises in favour of Toulon. Utterly dominant at the breakdown.
65 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 23-6 That may well be the final nail in Sarries' coffin. They've just been outclassed.
63 Foolish penalty from Farrell as he leaves a shoulder in on Habana. The Bok milks the hit, but the penalty is correct. Good refereeing. Wilkinson for three more.
61 CONVERSION, TOULON, WILKINSON! 20-6 Fitting that wonderful try is wonderfully converted from the touchline by Wilkinson. Less than 20 minutes to go.
61 TRY, TOULON, JUAN SMITH! 18-6 Awesome, simply awesome from the holders. A glorious breakout may well have handed Toulon the Heineken Cup once more. Bastareaud bullocking up the touchline, outside to Smith, inside to Fernandez Lobbe, back to Smith who crashes over. Lovely handling.
57 Great line taken from Farrell up the middle after Billy Vunipola made the initial bust. Ashton tracked him inside, but lost the ball forward. Close, but no early tackle from Tillous-Borde.
54 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 13-6 No problem for the veteran as he knocks over yet another three points.
53 Steffon Armitage wins a super breakdown penalty after Billy Vunipola made a strong bust off the back of that scrum. Wilkinson looks to push Toulon back out to seven points ahead.
51 Wilkinson spills under pressure as Toulon look to attack, but the French side looking good with the ball.
49 Bakkies Botha comes rumbling deep into Toulon territory, but he's into touch. Wigglesworth loses his footing but find a good touch.
47 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 10-6 No problem for Farrell. Chiocci is unsurprisingly replaced by Menini.
45 Scrum penalty for Sarries right in front of the posts, it's Chiocci again who falls foul of Alain Rolland's whistle. Farrell with a simple chance to cut the gap.
43 Sarries on the ball and rumbling their way up to the Toulon 22, seeking a response early in the second half.
40 We're back underway.
40 Teams making their way back out here in Cardiff. Toulon have 40 minutes left to ensure they retain their Heineken Cup trophy.
40 HALF-TIME: TOULON 10-3 SARACENS
40 And we have reached half-time in a pulsating Heineken Cup Final so far. It's a moment of Matt Giteau genius that has made the difference so far.
38 DROP-GOAL, TOULON, WILKINSON! 10-3 After winning a penalty, Toulon rumble into the Sarries 22, and Wilkinson - who else? - sits back in the pocket and slots three more points.
36 Fernandez Lobbe is back on, and Toulon pinch the ball and exit well. Sarries will attack again from halfway.
34 Toulon straight away under heavy pressure as Ashton chips and chases his way down the touchline. Sarries will have the lineout inside the French side's 22.
32 CONVERSION, TOULON, WILKINSON! 7-3 Touchline conversion from Wilkinson, and Toulon have momentum.
31 TRY, TOULON, GITEAU! 5-3 What a try from the Aussie! Wilkinson switches play smartly, before Giteau chips a lovely ball over the top. Goode is out of position, it's gathered by Mitchell, and he offloads to send his countryman over for the game's first try.
29 Goodness me, so many TMO referrals in this game. This time we check for a charge from Burden at the breakdown, but Rolland is happy to play on.
28 Rather harsh penalty against Strettle for making early contact with Mitchell off that Wigglesworth kick, confirmed by TMO replays. Toulon take advantage and clear.
26 Delon Armitage bundled into touch on his own 22 after a fine box kick from Wigglesworth.
23 Oh, and Farrell has pulled his penalty attempt wide. It remains 0-3
21 Oh dear. Straight from that 22 drop-out, Fernandez Lobbe has pulled down Hargreaves in the air. It's a yellow card for the Pumas skipper.
21 A few thumping hits from Burden in midfield as the intensity ramps up several notches here. Sarries mounting a breathless period of attack, but nothing doing as Farrell flights a drop-goal wide.
19 A bit of confusion in the Toulon ranks there as the Armitage brothers both allow a kick to bounce between them and out. They exit well, though.
17 Oh, my! Wigglesworth charged down on his own five-metre line by Burden, but the bouncing ball evades Tillous-Borde. Too close for Sarries.
16 Lovely, chasing grubber from Tillous-Borde deep into the Sarries 22.
14 It's short and slightly wide from the Argentine, and Toulon clear.
13 Penalty #four goes against Toulon as Armitage Jnr is penalised for hands in the ruck. Bosch lining up three points from long range.
10 Once again, Chiocci penalised at scrum-time and Farrell boots down to the Toulon 22.
7 Toulon using their pack to drive up towards the Sarries line, but super work at the breakdown from Barritt ensures the English side win the penalty.
5 Big error from Wigglesworth who box kicks out on the full. Lineout Toulon right on the Sarries 22.
4 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 0-3 Sarries have the lead in the Heineken Cup Final.
2 First penalty to the Sarries as Stevens gets one up on Chiocci at scrum-time. Farrell for the opening points.
0 Owen Farrell has the biggest game of the year underway, and immediately there's a great chase from Ashton and a spill from Fernandez Lobbe.
0 Truly electric atmosphere here in Cardiff as the teams take the field. Kick-off moments away!
0 Meanwhile, Saracens have made two changes to the starting XV that beat Harlequins in last weekend's Premiership semi-final. At scrum-half, Richard Wigglesworth takes over from Neil de Kock, who drops to the bench. In the second row, Alistair Hargreaves starts ahead of Mouritz Botha with Steve Borthwick fit to lead the team after an injury scare.
0 Toulon have made just one change to the starting line-up that beat Racing Metro in last week's Top 14 semi-final as veteran Springbok Danie Rossouw takes over from Jocelino Suta in the second row.
0 Well folks, this is the big one! It's Saracens' wolfpack versus Toulon's galacticos for club rugby's greatest prize. On paper, man-to-man, the holders should coast it. But the whole of Sarries is worth a great deal more than the sum of their parts; they've proved themselves worthy adversaries time and again this season. Kick-off is a little over half an hour away, settle down and strap yourselves in!
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