08. June 2012 · Comments Off on Wilkinson Inspires Toulon to the Top 14 Finals · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: ,

A Jonny Wilkinson inspired RC Toulonnais reached the finals of the Top 14 by beating ASM Clermont Auvergne 15-12 and will face record winners of the league Toulouse in the finals. The former kicking great for the England national rugby team kicked five penalties as the side from Toulouse reached the finals for the first time since 1992 and it was reflected in the wild celebrations that followed.

Such was the euphoria of the fans of the club that the charismatic and flamboyant owner of the club Mourad Boudjellal ran onto the pitch as soon as the final whistle blew to join in the celebrations of the player in spite of his touchline ban of 130 days not coming to an end.

It was an extremely open and tight match, with the hopes of each club swinging from time to time and Clermont fans witnessed French international Morgan Parra, the scorer of all their points agonizingly coming close to secure the win for the side as his penalty dropped inches off the mark.

But for the 33 year old Jonny Wilkinson, who had not been having the best of seasons in terms of his kicking, it was déjà vu once again as he revived memories of the 2003 Rugby World Cup when his extra time drop goal secured the title for the country for the first and only time. Speaking to the media after the match, Wilkinson jested stating that it would be fun going back to the Stade de France as he had not been there for some time.

The former Newcastle Falcons man Jonny Wilkinson retired from international rugby after the World Cup in New Zealand last year but he still has around two or three more years left in him and it would be a grand farewell if he managed a Top 14 win as well.

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