Saturday 24 February 2018

Wilkinson on fire for Toulon

JONNY WILKINSON kicked Toulon into the French Top 14 final where they will meet Toulouse. The former England fly-half scored all of his side's points in a surprise 15-12 win over Clermont Auvergne at the Stade Municipale.

Wilkinson defied the difficult conditions to land the winning 77th-minute penalty and they survived when Morgan Parra had a chance to take the clash to extra-time, but the France scrum-half's effort fell agonisingly short of the target.

Toulouse booked their passage to next week's Stade de France finale with a 24-15 win over Castres on Saturday.


CAMILLA SPEIRS clinched the Dubarry Boyne Team Trophy for Ireland with victory in the George Mernagh CIC 3-Star at Tattersalls International Horse Trials at Fairyhouse in Meath yesterday.

Kildare-born Speirs and her brilliant little Portersize Just a Jiff headed a home-side whitewash as Aoife Clarke (Master Crusoe) finished second, Geoff Curran (Jump Jet) third and Mark Kyle (Coolio) fourth, while Kiwi legend Mark Todd (Major Milestone) was fifth.

The Irish show-jumping team of Peter Smyth (Hermione), Marion Hughes (Heritage Fortuna), Andrew Bourns (Roundthorn Madios) and Edward Doyle (Samgemjee) finished joint-second with Spain in the 4-Star Nations Cup at Lisbon, Portugal on Friday night.


Derek Tohill won the Touring Car A Final in the Hungarian round of the European Rallycross Championship near Budapest.

Colm Murphy and Don Montgomery led from start to finish to score a rare Dunlop National Championship victory for a Group N Production car in the Woodlands House Hotel Circuit of Munster Rally.


JAMES ANDERSON has spoken of his "disappointment" at being rested for England's third Test against the West Indies.

Anderson's exclusion had been expected after England had hinted at a desire to rotate their seamers amid a busy summer schedule.

But the 29-year-old said: "It would be extremely disappointing for me to miss out. It would be different if I felt fatigued or was struggling with an injury. But I believe I am fit to play -- and while I am fit to play, I want to play in every England game I can."

Irish Independent

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