Great Britain, Aston Villa, Jonny Wilkinson and Martin Laird all celebrate good weeks

Last Updated: 08/04/13 1:15pm

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Jonny Wilkinson: kicked all 21 points as Toulon advanced in the Heineken Cup at the expense of the Leicester Tigers

Jonny Wilkinson: kicked all 21 points as Toulon advanced in the Heineken Cup at the expense of the Leicester Tigers

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It's been another action-packed week of sport around the globe, Great Britain's Davis Cup team defied the odds to come back against Russia, Villa boosted their Premier League survival prospects while Jonny Wilkinson rolled back the years in the Heineken Cup.

QPR now need little short of a miracle in their battle against the drop, illness has forced Heather Watson to take a break from tennis, while the Salford City Reds picked up no points from two Super League games.

Here's what made our list of the best and worst in sporting achievements this week - have your say using the feedback form below.

Good Week

Premier League - Aston Villa

It has largely been a season of struggle for new manager Paul Lambert at Villa Park, however, the team are now grinding out results when it matters the most at the business end of the campaign.

The Midlands club were looking doomed to the drop not so long ago, but Saturday's crucial 3-1 success over relegation rivals Stoke City means they are now two points clear of third-from-bottom Wigan Athletic.

A draw looked on the cards at the Britannia Stadium after Michael Kightly cancelled out Gabriel Agbonlahor's opener before late goals from Matt Lowton and Christian Benteke secured a priceless three points for the visitors.

Tennis - Great Britain

Things looked bleak for Great Britain in Davis Cup action after slipping 2-0 down to Russia after the opening day.

A British side had not battled back from two down in 83 years but Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray kept the tie alive with victory in the doubles on Saturday.

James Ward then levelled the match with a five-set win over Dmitry Tursunov before Dan Evans crushed Evgeny Donskoy 6-4 6-4 6-1.

The improbable turnaround has set up a chance to for Great Britain to return to the World Group later this year.

Golf - Martin Laird

Scotland's Martin Laid capped a fine week by winning the Texas Open in San Antonio, his third success on the PGA tour, and securing the final place at the Masters in Augusta.

The 30-year-old Glasgow-born player birdied four of the first six holes of his final round while he also finished strongly by picking up shots on the final three holes.

Laird, who began the final day's play five shots behind overnight leader Billy Horschel, had already missed four cuts this year but shot a course record 63 to finish two clear of Rory McIlroy.

Heineken Cup - Jonny Wilkinson

England's 2003 World Cup-winning hero Jonny Wilkinson proved the veteran has plenty to offer as he won his kicking duel with Toby Flood as Toulon booked their place in the Heineken Cup semi-finals on Sunday.

The 33-year-old kicked six penalties and a drop goal as the Top 14 side clinched victory with a 21-15 success over the in-form Aviva Premiership club.

Wilkinson had been contemplating hanging up his boots come the end of the season, but the former England international has decided to play on for one more year.

Bad Week

Premier League - QPR

The Londoners are now staring relegation in the face after missing a golden opportunity to give their survival hopes a much-needed shot in the arm with victory over Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

Harry Redknapp's side overcame the first-half dismissal of Bobby Zamora to keep the visitors at bay and they even forged in front late on through Loic Remy, a goal that looked like giving the home side all three points.

Just when it looked like the Rs would beat a relegation rival, up stepped Shaun Maloney to drill home a last-gasp free-kick and earn the Latics a share of the spoils. QPR sit seven points behind fourth-from-bottom Sunderland with six games left in the season.

Rugby league - Salford City Reds

Salford had a week to forget after failing to pick up any points against the Bradford Bulls or the Widnes Vikings. The City Reds gave as good as they got earlier in the week against the Bulls before being hammered over the weekend.

Widnes were last season's whipping boys, but Denis Betts' men are made of sterner stuff this time around. Salford were quietly confident of returning to Manchester with the points, however, they were outscored by 10 tries to four.

Both Rhys Hanbury and Cameron Phelps helped themselves to hat-tricks as Alan Hunte's men stayed 13th in the Super League table, two points clear of rock bottom Castleford Tigers.

Tennis - Heather Watson

Heather Watson is facing several weeks out of the game after being diagnosed with glandular fever.

The 20-year-old has been struggling training and playing matches and will now take a break from the game in order to rest and recover before returning to the women's tour.

Watson, who has surrendered her British No 1 spot to Laura Robson, will be hoping time out from playing tennis will enable her to return and come back stronger than ever.

Mixed week

Ryan Mania

It proved a tale of two days for Grand National-winning rider Ryan Mania. On Saturday he rode Auroras Encore to glory at Aintree only to suffer a horror fall at Hexham less than 24 hours later.

Mania, 23, was taken by air ambulance to hospital in Newcastle following the fall on his return to action after winning the National.

Mania is now set to spend a second night in hospital while he recovers from his neck and back injuries.

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