Sunday, 19 May 2013

RC Toulon wins Heineken Cup!

Toulon won Heineken Cup for the first time ever. They beat French rivals Clermont Auvergne 16:15. Both teams are full of superstars, and managed to come with the starting XVs which entirely consisted of players who had starts in the national teams under their belts. Fans who expected an entertaining game couldn't complain. Although it was only 3:3 at the half-time, the battle was tough and tense. 

Clermont dominated the first part of the match, and managed to go in front 15:6 at one point. Although after-match statistics confirmed that dominance (possession 68%, territory 75%) it was Toulon's day. The key figure who led the team to the victory was Jonny Wilkinson. Not only did he score 11 points and charge down a drop-goal attempt 2 minutes before the end of the game, but he also didn't miss a kick in the entire knock-out stages. No wonder that he has been named European Player of the Year! The prestigious award which he fully deserves. 

In my opinion it was the best of four all French finals so far. Incredible defensive effort was crucial for the result (66 tackles made by Clermont, 176 by Toulon). It's quite possible that same teams will meet again in the French Top 14 final.

Congratulations to RC Toulon and good luck in claiming double crown.