Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Le Finale

I have to be honest with you.  I didn't actually watch the Biarritz v Toulouse Heineken Cup final. 

Well, it's ready and raring to go on my Sky+ planner, but I haven't found the time to watch it just yet . 

That's one of the perils of staying at my parents for the weekend - it's a Sky Sports free zone.

However, I did watch the determined Cardiff Blues battle Toulon at Marseille's sun-drenched Stade Velodrome to claim the Amlin Challenge Cup.

It was the Blues' first silverware in Europe and was a well deserved win.  But, it could have been very different if Sonny Bill Williams had crossed for Toulon from the kick off.  That would have started the game on a different foot, and let Toulon get out of sight.

Of course, despite Cardiff's win, most of the headlines went to Jonny Wilkinson, the England and Toulon fly-half, who collapsed in a very worrying heap after kicking a penalty.

Will he be fit for England's summer tour of Australia?

Who knows?

All that aside, it's back to the domestic game this week.

Bristol play Exeter in the Championship playoff final tomorrow, Leicester and Saracens face-off in the Guinness Premiership final at Twickenham, and Leinster and the Ospreys do battle in the Magners League Grand Final, both on Saturday.

And then you can have a little breather before the summer tours start...


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