Jonny Wilkinson steered Toulon through to their first tournament semi-final in only their second season in European club rugby's elite tournament - and is relishing a return to his old stamping ground as an England player.
Toulon will take on Saracens in a Sunday semi-final showdown at Twickenham Stadium on 28 April after Wilkinson contributed all their points in a 21-15 win and then declared: "It's good to be through to the semi-finals and I have had a little bit of experience of Twickenham - but not for a while.
"The atmosphere was a little bit bigger than normal, but what you saw in Toulon today is what we deal with every week. It's one of the reasons that makes it so difficult to start thinking about stopping playing.
"It was a phenomenally difficult game and it is no wonder Leicester Tigers are always at the top of the Premiership and reaching quarters, semis and finals of the Heineken Cup.
"They are a team that it is always difficult to get the upper hand on. At times we thought we were getting the upper hand and then they hit back like in the 77th minute - they have got a hell of a team.
"We knew we were against the wind a bit in the first half and the key when we were 9-0 down was not to panic. It was about building our game and not to jump to panic stations.
"After a couple of penalties things didn't feel so bad at 9-6 and we held our nerve quite well. But then so did they.
"At the end I was just thinking about getting three more points to ensure they had to score a try. That's why I went for the drop goal - we needed a little bit of breathing space.
Wilkinson out-kicked opposite number Toby Flood with the Tigers' No 10 adding: "What hurts most is that we are out of the competition. Being in the lead for 40 or 50 minutes of the match is a credit to the team and it was an 80 minute contest with no let up in the physicality.
"The game was played between 22 and 22 and came down to the goal kicking. It was a really tight game and the guys are battered in the dressing room.
"We have got a big run in to the end of the season and hopefully all the players will recover in time for that. Losing Tom Croft was a big loss, as was Maros Ayerza. The two yellow cards didn't help us either.
"At 60 minutes we were in the game and at 80 minutes we still had a chance before the drop goal went over. Now we've got to use the hurt to get better."
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