Wilko to inspire Toulon?

By Jordan Fiddes - Twitter: @SkyJordanFiddes.   Last Updated: 17/05/13 4:39pm

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Wilkinson: Will he taste Heineken Cup glory?

Wilkinson: Will he taste Heineken Cup glory?

Clermont Auvergne and Toulon will be aiming to become only the third French winners of the Heineken Cup in their first appearance in the final.

Clermont come into the game at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin as 8/15 favourites having started the tournament at 10/1, however the smart money is on a Jonny Wilkinson inspired upset for Toulon.

They currently stand at 6/4 to win the game - they were 8/1 pre-tournament - but the half-time result is much more appealing at 11/8.

In four of their six wins in the Heineken Cup this year, Toulon have led at half-time, thanks much to the precision kicking of fly-half Wilkinson.

Deciding against a Lions call-up this year, Wilkinson has kicked 246 points in all of his Heineken Cup appearances, including 167 for his current employers.

Being the underdogs means that Toulon will be opting to take the points when and wherever they can and with the ex-England superstar on form, they'll be converting their field position into points at every opportunity.

In the semi-final against Saracens two weeks ago, Wilkinson kicked all of Toulon's 24 points with seven penalty goals and one drop goal.

Toulon have led at the interval in 17 of their 26 games in the French League this year, including an impressive first 40 last week against Agen when they were 31-7 up.

Clermont have conceded 170 penalty goals in the Heineken Cup - Toulon have just 41 against them - which will give the Toulon fly-half plenty of chances to take three points.

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