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Heineken Cup: Wilkinson and Farrell star in dream duel

| 27.04.2013

Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens face their biggest test of the season with the No.10 dual between returning hero Jonny Wilkinson and current national star Owen Farrell one of many storylines that has made their clash with Top 14 high-rollers Toulon one of the box office events of the year.

Wilkinson made Twickenham his own in his unparalleled career on these shores with the irrepressible kicker failing to taste victory only six times in 42 matches at HQ.

Farrell has already shown on the biggest stages, in the biggest moments that he refuses to buckle under pressure and the race between which of these cross-generation heart throbs will blink first is likely to decide the outcome of a match between two teams that are painstakingly difficult to split.

However, despite the pair being the unmistakable poster-boys of the tie, there are no shortage of attractive battles elsewhere on the pitch. With the home side in pole position domestically they were able to give the day off against Gloucester to the likes of internationals Chris Ashton, Kelly Brown, Mako Vunipola, Schalk Brits and Brad Barritt, revealing the strength of squad that is a striking hallmark of their French rivals.

Both of the team’s pasts in this competition contrast with the bright futures ahead, with Toulon making their debut this year and Saracens failing to reach the final having come closest back in 2008 when losing out to Munster at this stage.

Despite there being rich veins of talent running throughout both teams it seems destined that the fly-halves will have the final say and with both coaches having maximum faith in their stars they could be content as the match wears on to let their boots dictate.

A price of 5/6 that the game contains less than 37.5 points looks the safest option with the Saracens solid defence potentially the perfect antidote  for Toulon’s star-studded attack.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



Sam Foster