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Toulon
Toulon
18
Tries
none
Penalties
Delon Armitage (73), Jonny Wilkinson (53,31,22,7)
Drops
Jonny Wilkinson (34)
Cons
none

10
Castres
Castres

Tries
Max Evans (10)
Penalties
Rory Kockott (28)
Drops
none
Cons
Rory Kockott (11)


80'
Full Time
TOULON 18-10 CASTRES

80'
Castres only going backwards as we tick towards 80 minutes. No time is left as the hooter sounds. Across from Kirkpatrick, a high kick well taken. THrowing the ball around waiting for an error and there it is! Toulon win the Top 14 and do an amazing double, the best club in Europe and now in France. What a perfectly fitting farewell for Jonny Wilkinson.

78'
Free kick to Toulon as Kockott leaves the field. Kicked high by Wilkinson and Toulon go off their feet at the ruck. Penalty Castres, thumped by Dulin to outside the 22.

77'
Whole series of reset scrums, not making the task for Castres any easier.

75'
Time running out on Castres now, as a key lineout in the Toulon half doesn't go straight. Desperate stuff.

73'
Penalty
PENALTY, TOULON, D.ARMITAGE! 18-10: Has Armitage just kicked Toulon to the Bouclier de Brennus?! What a strike! On the angle, by halfway. Toulon are just about safe.

71'
Castres do well to get the ball quickly away from the scrum. Stuck in their own half and trying to play a little too much - as a result Toulon get the penalty. S.Armitage at his best there. His brother Delon will go for the posts.

69'
Better from Toulon, D.Armitage with a good break into space, jinking pass Lamerat. But there's a small knock-on to undo their good work. Castres scrum on the edge of their 22.

67'
As has been the case, Toulon can't make the most of their opportunity. Only a five point lead as Dulin calls the mark and fires the ball to safety.

65'
Penalty to Toulon - and that could be a killer blow. A mess at the breakdown but Grosso holds on for too long at the bottom of the ruck. Into touch they go.

63'
Crossing in midfield from Castres - that's a midfield scrum for Toulon. Toulon forced back as Habana scrambles but D.Armitage does well to clear the danger. Ball goes into touch off a Castres player.

61'
Scrum problems for Castres continue as Toulon win a free kick. Quickly taken, Dulin currently full of life at the back for the champions as they chase the lead. Williams in space for Toulon before he loses the ball and Castres win the penalty.

59'
Bakkies replaced by Suta ahead of this key lineout. Overthrow from Orioli but S.Armitage is there to hack clear. It's a brief respite - Castres on the attack. Ball lost in the ruck so Castres have the scrum.

57'
Dulin held back only by his shirt, phenomenal tackle to keep him at bay. Toulon pinned back into their 22.

55'
While Wilkinson remains accurate, Kockott's strike drifts wide to the left. That's his second miss - Castres truly can't afford him to miss any more.

53'
Penalty
PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 15-10: Such a tough angle for Wilkinson out on the right touchline but he puts it through. Toulon with a small advantage now.

51'
Scrum penalty Toulon, order restored. Wilkinson pushes it into the corner. Taken by Williams, great platform for Toulon here. Penalty, pulling down the maul. Chance for Wilkinson.

49'
Advantage for Toulon as Castres stop S.Armitage illegally at the ruck. Kicked to touch by Wilkinson. Orioli though can't get the ball to fly straight - what a blow that is. Habana kicks out on the full.

47'
Turnover ball for Castres but that ball is stripped away at the ruck. Mitchell kicks low and it bounces once into touch.

46'
Tales forcing the pass as Castres and create one-on-ones out wide, but that one flies into touch. Toulon lineout.

44'
Grosso bundled into touch trying to take on the Toulon defence. Castres not being intimidated at all by Toulon but they currently trail.

42'
Dulin running back to halfway, but it's an early battle for territory as both teams opt cautiously for the boot. Advantage Castres, going out wide, Grosso's kick marked by Wilkinson. He finds touch over halfway.

40'
Tales is out to start the second half. Early lineout for Castres after Wilkinson clears to touch.

40'
Half Time
TOULON 12-10 CASTRES

40'
Half Time
TOULON 12-10 CASTRES

40'
Kockott's effort falls short and wide to the left, so Toulon hold the narrow lead at the break. It's been scrappy, with Castres grabbing the only, but it could go either way. Will Wilkinson get the perfect ending? Second half coming up.

40'
A surprise as Castres this time win the scrum penalty, with Kockott lining up a kick from well within his own half. This would require a monster effort.

39'
Good burst from Armitage into the Castres half. Poor pass from Williams yields a knock-on, still time for the scrum before half-time.

37'
Castres have an advantage as Dulin kicks ahead. Nothing coming from that, so Kockott will line up a long-range shot at the posts. It just fades to the left, slipping as he made contact.

35'
DROP GOAL, TOULON, WILKINSON! 12-10: It wouldn't be right for Wilkinson not to slot a drop goal, would it? Back in the pocket and he puts Toulon into the lead.

33'
Kick over the top from Wilkinson after Toulon win the turnover and Grosso runs it into touch, avoiding the chasing Mitchell. Pressure on Castres now. But, they get held up in the tackle. Scrum to Castres.

31'
Penalty
PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 9-10: Squeezed inside the right-hand post by Wilkinson to cut the gap to one again.

30'
Lamerat can't gather a dangerous inside pass and Toulon have a scrum. Orioli comes on for Burden, who looks a little perplexed. Good shove again from the European champions and Wilkinson will go for goal.

28'
Penalty
PENALTY, CASTRES, KOCKOTT! 6-10: Lobbe pinged at the ruck and Kockott adds three points, extending the lead again to four. Curled over.

26'
Nothing given, we play on with a lineout on the far side to Toulon. Giteau gets the ball away to safety from Wilkinson's pass. Finely poised so far.

24'
Burden makes a stunning 40-metre break up the middle and Toulon are firing now. Up into the 22 but Mach turns the ball over and Kockott kicks upfield. Toulon scrambling back and is Grosso taken out illegally there? The TMO is having a look.

22'
Penalty
PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 6-7: Monster scrum from Toulon has Castres in all sorts of trouble. Wilkinson lands his second penalty. He makes no mistake.

21'
Tales can't bring in Kockott's pass, handing Toulon the scrum. Kirkpatrick on for Tales in an early change.

19'
Nice break from Mitchell when he looked in trouble in his 22. Bastareaud bundles a tackler out of his path but the pass is then forward. Stop-start early on in Paris.

17'
Castres scrum after a misthrown lineout. Forward pass from Caballero, handing Toulon an attacking scrum.

15'
Wilkinson wins a mid-air contest to hand Toulon possession. Plenty of kicking from both teams looking for that bit of territory. Jinking run from Evans to halfway, but the kick from Tales is out on the full.

14'
Mistake from Castres as Kockott misses touch. Toulon responds and the champions have a lineout in their own half. Game settling down again after that moment of magic from Evans.

12'
Try
TRY, CASTRES, EVANS! 3-7: Long pause in play as we get to the bottom of the possible try and then the aftermath. Kockott isn't adjudged to have knocked the ball on the try is awarded! Excellent from Evans to follow up and the champions are ahead.

11'
All of Toulon's powerful runners getting in on the act, Castres starved of possession so far. Toulon getting a little too congested and after scrambling back Giteau kicks. Evans canters into space and his kick over the top is bouncing everywhere... D.Armitage can't control the bounce and Castres touch down! Is it a try? We're checking with the TMO.

10'
Claassens penalised for not rolling away, despite his protest, and Toulon have a penalty just inside their own half. Wilkinson into touch outside the 22.

8'
Penalty
PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 3-0: Wilkinson opens his account, Caballero penalised for coming through the ruck there on Tillous-Borde. No mistake.

7'
Toulon trying to get those big bodies onto the ball at speed, up to the 22 once more. Over that line now, building the phases. Carries from both Armitages, then wide into space. Five metres out, Smith on the charge. Will they score? Penalty.

5'
Obstruction wins Toulon a penalty and Wilkinson boots it into touch. Toulon deep in the Castres half.

4'
Tales under huge pressure but Lobbe illegally tries to steal the ball. Castres penalty, a chance to clear their lines.

2'
Opening charge by Bastareaud as Toulon win the lineout. Short ball to Chiocci, Toulon looking sharp early on. Just outside the 22, but a harried kick flies into touch from Wilkinson.

0'
Kick Off
Wilkinson starts the 2014 Top 14 Final! Ball is swiftly cleared to touch by Dulin.

0'
Weather
Perfect conditions as both sets of fans make their voices heard. We're all set to get underway.

0'
Both teams lined up on the field and meeting LNR boss Paul Goze - the tension is mounting in Paris! Kickoff imminent.

0'
There is just one chnage to the Castres XV that beat Montpellier in the semi-finals as looesehead prop Saimone Taumoepeau starts ahead of Yannick Forestier, who drops to the bench.

0'
Toulon have made just one change to the starting XV that beat Saracens in the Heineken Cup Final last week as Ali Williams comes into the second row ahead of Danie Rossouw, who drops to the bench. There is still no place in the matchday 23 for Fred Michalak.

0'
Welcome
The climax of the Top 14 season comes to us from the Stade de France on the outskirts of Paris where Castres are aiming to repeat their giant-slaying act of a year ago. Kick-off is approaching, don't go away!


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