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Wilko the hero for Toulon
Defending champions Toulouse next up at the Stade de France
A late Jonny Wilkinson penalty earned Toulon a surprise 15-12 victory over Clermont in Sunday's Top 14 semi-final at a very wet Stadium de Toulouse.
Toulon will face defending champions Toulouse - victors of Saturday's semi-final against Castres - in the final at the Stade de France next Saturday.
In a dramatic end to the game, Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra missed a last-minute penalty, sending Toulon into their first final in 20 years.
Another try-less French semi-final saw all the points scored by the respective place-kickers. Despite having the lion's share of possession, Clermont fell short for the second time this season after losing out to Leinster in the Heineken Cup in April.
Clermont had started the game as the overwhelming favourites, but were their own worst enemies as a plethora of missed opportunities by les Jaunards handed Toulon sweet revenge for the controversial defeat to Vern Cotter's men at the same stage two years ago.
The game was not without it's own controversy however as a first-half penalty from Parra appeared to sail directly over the left upright. Parra insisted it had drifted inside but the match officials turned a deaf ear to his pleas without consulting the TMO.
In a tense battle marked by ferocious hits, Parra and Wilkinson traded early penalties to leave the scores locked at 6-6 on the half-hour mark as both teams struggled with the slippery surface following morning showers in the south-west of France.
Toulon came closest to crossing the whitewash but scrum-half Sebastien Tillous Borde had the ball dislodged from his grip by Aurélien Rougerie in the act of diving over the try-line.
Wilkinson's third penalty gave Toulon a 9-6 lead at half-time after which the weather conditions deteriorated as heavy rain made expansive rugby very difficult.
The veteran Englishman slotted a fourth penalty on the hour mark to give Toulon a six-point lead but Parra replied with an excellent long-range penalty to keep Clermont within striking distance.
RCT's English sharpshooter would put his team back in front in the 76th minute however as he maintained his perfect record from the kicking tee.
Parra had a chance to force the match into extra time with the final kick of the game but his effort from 45m out fell agonisingly short, sparking wild celebrations from the Toulon players as the full-time hooter sounded.
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|Friday 22nd August|
|18:45||Toulouse vs Castres|
|Saturday 23rd August|
|12:45||Brive vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:30||Bayonne vs Oyonnax|
|16:30||Bordeaux-Begles vs Racing Metro Paris|
|16:30||Montpellier vs Grenoble|
|16:30||Toulon vs La Rochelle|
|18:45||Stade Francais vs Lyon|
|Friday 29th August|
|18:45||Clermont Auvergne vs Montpellier|
|Saturday 30th August|
|12:45||La Rochelle vs Toulouse|
|16:30||Castres vs Bay Of Plenty|
|16:30||Grenoble vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|16:30||Oyonnax vs Stade Francais|
|16:30||Lyon vs Brive|
|18:45||Racing Metro Paris vs Toulon|
|Friday 5th September|
|18:45||Montpellier vs Castres|
|Saturday 6th September|
|12:45||Brive vs Toulouse|
|15:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Racing Metro Paris|
|16:30||Stade Francais vs Bayonne|
|16:30||Grenoble vs La Rochelle|
|16:30||Lyon vs Oyonnax|
|18:45||Toulon vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|Saturday 13th September|
|16:00||Toulouse vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:00||Bayonne vs Brive|
|16:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier|
|16:00||Oyonnax vs Grenoble|
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