Wilkinson targets happy ending

Toulon (4/7 Heineken Cup outright) fly-half Jonny Wilkinson is hoping to end the European campaign on a high with victory over Saracens in the Heineken Cup final on Saturday.

The clash at the Millennium Stadium will be the penultimate game in the former England international’s career after the veteran confirmed he will retire at the end of the season.

Wilkinson has arguably been the greatest fly-half for a decade now, with the 34-year-old racking up a number of accolades over the years with the most notable achievement coming back in 2003 when he scored the winning drop-goal against Australia to lift the World Cup.

The Toulon star is now hoping to end his career in Europe in the best way possible by defeating Saracens and lifting the Heineken Cup trophy in Cardiff.

“It simply comes down to the here and now, and for the here and now to be a Heineken Cup final is incredible,” he said.

“But the thought of leaving the final without a happy ending to this journey is a painful one, so we’ve got to do everything we can to try to make sure it doesn’t end like that.”

Toulon are widely tipped to come out victorious against Saracens on Saturday, but the latter, who are priced at 5/4 to lift the trophy, are also aiming to give captain Steve Borthwick a dream send-off as the lock is also retiring at the end of the season.

Defeat for the skipper or Wilkinson would not spell the last chance for silverware though as the duo are both set to be included in their respective domestic final games following the Heineken Cup.

Toulon are 1/3 to take the French Top 14 tournament outright over Castres, whilst Saracens are big favourites at 4/7 to come out on top in the Aviva Premiership final against Northampton Saints on May 31.



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