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Fofana hoping for Dublin repeat

16th May 2013 17:15


clermont centre Wesley Fofana C is tackled by two Leinster players

Happy memories of Dublin: Wesley Fofana

Clermont centre Wesley Fofana says his side's win over Leinster in Dublin earlier this season was a key moment in their unbeaten march towards the Heineken Cup Final.

Fofana scored Clermont's only try as they claimed a 28-21 win over reigning champions Leinster to ensure the French club would top Pool 5.

The French international is hoping for more of the same as the Top 14 table toppers go in search an unprecedented ninth straight European win and their first Heineken Cup title in Saturday's final against Toulon.

"We do not talk too much about it but it is true that these two wins against Leinster - and in particular the Dublin victory - were the real triggers of our European challenge this season," said Fofana.

"We gained enormous experience in that tie that has served us well since then but on Saturday we will simply be focusing on Toulon.

"And I am very eager to do battle against Toulon. This is a final and if we win that will be an exceptional achievement. Whatever happens, this will be one of the most important games of my career - these are rare moments and I want to make the most of the occasion.

"We are playing another French club but we are preparing for a European Cup final and we know more about Toulon than a foreign team because we've already played two games this season against the RCT. For me that is a positive.

"I think the score will be extremely tight, whenever we play Toulon the difference on the scoreboard is very little, and I'm sure there will be no difference of 30 points on Saturday night!

"The desire will be present on both sides - as you would expect is such a massive game - and we are well aware that Jonny Wilkinson will punish any of our mistakes."

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