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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 19th September|
|19:45||Brive vs Toulon|
|Saturday 20th September|
|15:00||Castres vs Oyonnax|
|15:00||Grenoble vs Bayonne|
|15:00||La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|15:00||Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse|
|15:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Lyon|
|19:45||Montpellier vs Stade Francais|
|Saturday 27th September|
|16:00||Bayonne vs Toulouse|
|16:00||Brive vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|16:00||Toulon vs Montpellier|
|16:00||Stade Francais vs La Rochelle|
|16:00||Oyonnax vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:00||Lyon vs Castres|
|16:00||Grenoble vs Racing Metro Paris|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Toulouse vs Stade Francais|
|15:00||Bayonne vs Montpellier|
|15:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Clermont Auvergne|
|15:00||Castres vs Grenoble|
|15:00||La Rochelle vs Lyon|
|15:00||Oyonnax vs Toulon|
|15:00||Racing Metro Paris vs Brive|
|Saturday 11th October|
|16:00||Clermont Auvergne vs La Rochelle|
|16:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Castres|
|16:00||Toulouse vs Toulon|
|16:00||Grenoble vs Brive|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 Montpellier|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Toulon 24 - 28 Stade Francais|
|Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont Auvergne|
|Bayonne 23 - 6 Brive|
|Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble|
|Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 Lyon|
|Friday 12th September|
|La Rochelle 41 - 16 Castres|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Toulon 18 - 13 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Stade Francais 34 - 29 Bayonne|
|Grenoble 30 - 12 La Rochelle|
|Lyon 26 - 23 Oyonnax|
|Clermont Auvergne 32 - 6 Racing Metro Paris|
|Brive 26 - 19 Toulouse|
|Friday 5th September|
|Montpellier 43 - 10 Castres|
|Saturday 30th August|
|Racing Metro Paris 17 - 10 Toulon|
|Grenoble 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Oyonnax 33 - 6 Stade Francais|
|Lyon 24 - 6 Brive|
|Castres 30 - 6 Bayonne|
|La Rochelle 37 - 25 Toulouse|
|Friday 29th August|
|Clermont Auvergne 20 - 21 Montpellier|
|Saturday 23rd August|
|Stade Francais 23 - 20 Lyon|
|Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax|
|Bordeaux-Begles 30 - 21 Racing Metro Paris|
|Toulon 60 - 19 La Rochelle|
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