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Toulon maintain grip in Heineken Cup

Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson passes the ball during the semi-final win over Munster

Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson passes the ball during the semi-final win over Munster

TOULON 24 MUNSTER 16

Defending champions Toulon stand just 80 minutes away from retaining their Heineken Cup crown after they edged past Munster in Marseille.

Jonny Wilkinson kicked 21 points as the Top 14 side set up a May 24 final against Saracens at the Millennium Stadium - a repeat of last year’s semi-final which Toulon won 24-12 in London.

Munster threw the kitchen sink at the star-studded hosts, coming from 18-9 down at half-time to score the game’s only try through winger Simon Zebo.

However, Rob Penney’s men were left to rue some costly penalties in the closing stages of both halves as their record 11th Heineken Cup semi-final appearance ended in defeat.

Ian Keatley, who kicked 11 points, and number eight James Coughlan starred during a defiant second half display but the Irish province were foiled by French opposition at the semi-final stage for the second year running.

 

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