/ Top 14 Orange 2012-13

/ News

Top 14 Semi-Finals
Toulon and Castres set up final showdown
ESPN Staff
May 25, 2013
Castres' players celebrate their win over Clermont Auvergne in the Top 14 semi-finals. Clermont Auvergne v Castres, Top 14, Stade Beaujoire, Nantes, France, May 25, 2013
Castres' players were able to celebrate a famous win over Clermont Auvergne to reach the Top 14 final © Getty Images

Toulon will go head-to-head with Castres for the Top 14 crown at the Stade de France in Paris next Saturday after winning their respective semi-finals.

Castres recorded a shock 25-9 win over regular season league leaders Clermont Auvergne at the Stade Beaujoire in Nantes on Saturday. Scrum-half Rory Kockott kicked 20 points for Castres who controlled the match from the start. By half-time they led 12-3 against a Clermont team who made a number of changes to the side that lost the Heineken Cup final to Toulon a week ago.

Fly-half Mike Delaney replaced Brook James and he kicked Clermont's only points in the first half. Kockott and Delaney then exchanged two penalties apiece at the start of the second half, but Castres remained in control and centre Romain Cabannes went over for the only try of the match in the 64th minute and with Kockott's conversion, Clermont were unable to summon the energy or poise to spark any sort of comeback.

Castres' reward is a date with the newly-crowned European champions Toulon who booked their place in the final with a 24-9 victory over defending champions Toulouse at the same venue on Friday night.

Fresh from steering Toulon to Heineken Cup glory last weekend, former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson kicked 14 points to propel his side into the title-decider where they will play either Clermont Auvergne or Castres who meet in the second semi-final on Saturday.

South African Danie Rossouw put Toulon on course for victory with a try after just two minutes with Toulouse striking back soon after with a penalty from Kiwi playmaker Luke McAlister. Wilkinson gave his side a little more breathing room with his first penalty but McAlister would reduce the arrears before the break with his second successful kick.

Toulouse took the lead in the early stages of the second half with McAlister again on target from the tee but Toulon raised their game to dominate the contest and claim the win. Wilkinson's second penalty saw the lead change hands once again before a trademark drop goal edged them nearer a return to the final having been beaten by Toulouse in last season's finale.

His third penalty all but ended Toulouse's hopes of third Top 14 crown in-a-row before fullback Delon Armitage crossed to put the result beyond doubt. Wilkinson had the final say with a conversion to book his side's passage to the Stade de France in Paris that will host the final on June 1.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Rugby

    Sevens dates confirmed for Rio 2016

    Rugby Sevens will make its Olympic debut on August, 6, 2016, after the Rio 2016 Organising Committee released the daily competition schedule to mark 500 days to go.

  • Rugby

    Reds making play for Brad Thorn - report

    Brad Thorn might be returning to Super Rugby in 2016, with a report that Queensland Reds are looking to create a "player-coaching role" for him

  • Rugby

    SANZAR delays appeal into Steyn's not guilty verdict

    SANZAR has lodged an appeal against the outcome of its own judicial hearing of a dangerous tackle charge against Sharks centre Francois Steyn

  • Darts

    Near-perfect Van Gerwen storms on in Dublin

    Michael van Gerwen once again missed double 12 for a perfect nine-dart leg but powered on to maintain his spot at the top of the Premier League table

  • Tennis

    Del Potro struggles continue as Wozniacki breezes through

    Juan Martin del Potro's latest comeback from an injury is off to a slow start

  • Rugby

    Unsavoury sledging did not end with Potgieter

    Fallout continues from the NSW-Brumbies derby, with one Tahs forward - not Potgieter - surprised by other unsavoury comments during the game, Greg Growden reports

  • Rugby

    Super Rugby preview, team news, line-ups: Round 7

    Greg Growden previews Super Rugby round 7. We've also got key stats, team news and all the line-ups to inform your ESPN Footytips Super Rugby picks

  • Formula 1

    Storm clouds gather in Malaysia

    Will Mercedes dominate again? Can anybody catch up with the help of a rainstorm? And will the Red Bull/Renault relationship tear itself apart? All those questions and more will be answered at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix

  • Formula 1

    Alonso: More questions than answers

    Maurice Hamilton pieces together what we know from the Fernando Alonso crash and explains why the latest answers raise more questions

  • Rugby

    Attacking revolution won't be repeated at World Cup

    John Mitchell lapped up the action on 'Sensational Saturday' - but warns not to expect a repeat come Rugby World Cup time later this year

  • News
  • Features
  • Inside Boxing

    'I've sparred with Klitschko and Fury - now I want Joshua'

    Unbeaten heavyweight Dillian Whyte, 28, (14-0, 11 KOs) tells ESPN where his rivalry with Anthony Joshua stems from and outlines the plan for his career this year after returning from a doping ban in November

  • UFC

    Top 10 best UFC fighters of all time

    Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner

  • Ask Steven

    Home front

    Who was the first Briton to win the British Grand Prix?

  • Ask Steven

    Pointless drivers

    Where does Anthony Davidson's record of 24 Grands Prix without a point rank him?

  • Ask Steven

    Home favourites

    How many F1 drivers have had one win, but done it at their home Grand Prix?

Sponsored Links

Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income