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Saracens head to the Millennium Stadium to face Toulon for their first Heineken Cup this Saturday tea-time
Saracens will be aiming to lift the Heineken Cup for the first time in their history on Saturday when they take on French outfit Toulon in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The Men in Black have never reached the final of the European Cup, having previously fallen short in two semi-finals.
Success for Mark McCall’s side against the Top 14 league club would see them complete the first part of a potentially glorious double as they also reached the Premiership final following a 31-17 victory over Harlequins last weekend.
Tries from Kelly Brown, Brad Barritt and Chris Ashton helped Saracens come from behind to dispatch Quins at Allianz Park, setting up a final showdown with Northampton Saints, who edged past Leicester Tigers 21-20 at Franklin’s Gardens.
Scorer of the decisive third try, Ashton will be available for selection after avoiding an RFU sanction for ‘heckling’ Quins fly-half Nick Evans as he attempted to convert a Mike Brown try on Saturday.
The England winger shouted “push it” whilst closing down Evans’ kick, escaping punishment whilst receiving a letter warning him about his responsibilities.
There is less encouraging news regarding skipper Steve Borthwick, though.
The 34-year-old former England captain is set to retire at the end of the season but he could be denied the chance to lift the Heineken Cup and Premiership title after suffering a ‘significant pectoral injury’ in the defeat of Harlequins.
Borthwick, who made his professional debut against Saracens for first club Bath, could have already played the final match of his 16-year career, with McCall rating the 6ft 6in lock as ‘50-50’ for Saturday’s final.
McCall says he will not risk his captain unless he can play ‘functionally’ in Cardiff and has admitted if he does not make the Heineken Cup final, he will not be available for the Premiership final at Twickenham either.
Alistair Hargreaves and Mouritz Botha are expected to start if Borthwick misses out.
Another man who will be hoping to bring the curtain down on a glittering career with a trophy is Toulon’s former England fly-half, Jonny Wilkinson.
The 34-year-old World Cup winner announced on Tuesday he would also retire at the end of the current campaign and Saturday’s showdown in Cardiff will be the penultimate game of the 2003 World Cup-winner’s career, with the Top 14 league final against Castres Olympique on May 31 his final match.
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