Wilkinson boots Toulon to third in Top 14

Jonny Wilkinson may have retired from playing for England but little has changed in France as he helped Toulon climb to third in the French Top 14 with four penalties in his club’s 34-12 win over Agen.

Twenty four hours after he announced he was quitting the international scene Wilkinson starred for Toulon with a 12 point haul despite missing three conversions.

The 2003 World Cup winner bagged his penalties for Bernard Laporte’s side in the 10th, 21st, 23rd and 55th minutes and the fly-half received a standing ovation when he was replaced with 18 minutes left.

After the game Laporte, talking about Wilkinson’s decision to concentrate on club rugby, remarked: “It was his decision, there was no pressure (from Toulon), but it’s all the better for the club.

“He’s 32, he took the wisest decision. If he had decided to continue he had more to lsoe than to gain. I wasn’t surprised by his choice.”

Laporte added: “It’s not insignificant to end an international career like his. I’m sure he is emotional and must still be thinking about it.”

Toulon’s tries came courtesy of Gabriele Lovobalavu in the third minute, Jone Tawake (38), Leo Senatore (46) and Konstantine Mikautadze two minutes from time.

Toulon moved on to 35 points, five behind second–placed Clermont with table toppers Toulouse on 43.

Agen are fifth with 32 points.

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