Heineken Cup Final 2014: Predictions for RC Toulon vs. Saracens

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2014

FILE PHOTO - EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image Numbers 185357509 (L) and 145653489) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Fly Halfs Owen Farrell of Saracens (L) and Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon. 
Toulon and Saracens meet in the Heineken Cup Final on May 24,2014 at the Millennium Stadium,Cardiff,Wales.
***LEFT IMAGE***  LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Owen Farrell of Saracens lines up a kick at goal during the Heineken Cup pool three match between Saracens and Toulouse at Wembley Stadium on October 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** TOULOUSE, FRANCE - JUNE 03: Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon in action during the French Top 14 Semi Final match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and RC Toulon at the Stade de Toulouse on June 3, 2012 in Toulouse, France. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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The final ever Heineken Cup final takes place this weekend as reigning champions Toulon take on Saracens.

Saracens have been one of the form teams of 2014 in world rugby, dominating the Aviva Premiership.

Toulon are hoping to send Jonny Wilkingson off in style. The legendary ex-England international will play the penultimate game of his long and distinguished career and will hope that his club become the first French side to win this competition back-to-back. 

Here, we review what could happen in this epic match and make some bold predictions for you to consider:


Wilkinson Wins It At The Death

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - APRIL 27:  Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon passes the ball during the Heineken Cup semi final match between Toulon and Munster at the Stade Velodrome on April 27, 2014 in Marseille, France.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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If Toulon are to beat this very tough Saracens team they will have to win it in dramatic circumstances.

They will only be able to marginally edge out the favourites from London if they are to retain their crown.

A win for Toulon will also see France become the all-time winners of the trophy, with the competition due to be scrapped at the end of this season.

England and Ireland, along with the French, have six individual wins each of the current biggest prize in club rugby, per BBC Sport.

Wilkinson's most famous moment came in an England shirt in 2003 when his last gasp drop goal saw the nation over the line to become World Champions and defeat Australia.

It was a classic moment from an iconic player that will never be forgotten.

Can Wilkinson have one last day in the sun and upset the favourites Saracens with another piece of magic from his boot?

Wilkinson scored 11 points of Toulon's 16 in last year's final to crown the club as champions, per Eddie Butler of The Guardian, and there is little doubting he can do it again.

Wilkinson is a player that makes dreams come true and causes nightmares for his opponents. Sarries are expected to lift the crown but Toulon's famous No. 10 could break their hearts with a famous piece of his kind of theatre.


Time For Farrell To Shine

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - MAY 20:  Owen Farrell kicks the ball upfield during the Saracens training session on May 20, 2014 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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A poetic Jonny Wilkinson ending is how this final should pan out but Saracens have their own dream maker in Owen Farrell.

Farrell is no longer a boy or simply Andy Farrell's son, but at 22 years old he has developed into a fine player whose greatest days are still to come.

And Saracens have so much faith in the England international that they are flying him to Cardiff for kicking practice at the Millennium Stadium.

And then immediately flying him back to London so he can travel with the team.

BARNET, ENGLAND - MAY 03:  Owen Farrell of Saracens in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Worcester Warriors at Allianz Park on May 3, 2014 in Barnet, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Mick Cleary of the Telegraph reports that Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said about the decision:

We like players to be in their own beds on the night before a game and we want to keep things as normal as possible. Obviously, we are aware of the magnitude of this match and we are chuffed to be involved after the huge regret of last season when we lost in two semi-finals.

And a good night in his own bed could see Farrell steal the limelight away from Wilkinson in his last European match and take the title for Saracens.

The English club are clearly motivated by last year's failures and have come back better than ever this season. They have made 2013-14 their own and it will not even cross their minds that Wilkinson will rain on their parade. 

Farrell has always had immense pressure on his young shoulders but with the incentive of winning the last ever Heineken Cup and topping the 600 points total for Saracens, of which he is just one point shy, per ESPN, he can steal Jonny's thunder and show the rugby world that this era will belong to him. 

This match is a battle of youth and experience, and Farrell might prove that Wilkinson is no longer the player he once was.