Jonny Wilkinson's magic boot just failed to conjure up a last gasp victory for Toulon in the battle of the Heineken Cup semi-finalist in France at the weekend.
With the game between the Top 14 leaders and ASM Clermont Auvergne locked at 26-26, Wilkinson had a long range effort to try to win the game for Toulon at Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
Both teams scored two tries, with Clermont wing Seru Nakaitaci grabbing both for the visitors. Maxcime Mermoz and Alexis Palisson crossed for the home side.
Clermont, who face Munster in the Heineken Cup semi-finals in Montpellier, started the game with only one player from their starting XV from the Heineken Cup quarter-final win over Montpellier the previous weekend - Ludovic Radosavljevic.
Toulon, who will travel to Twickenham Stadium to meet the leading team in England, Saracens, in the second Heineken Cup semi-final at the end of the month, now lead the Top 14 by two points with three rounds of the regular season remaining.
Bernard Laporte opted to run with a dozen of his starting line-up from the Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Leicester Tigers and they managed to stay the course and pick up two more points.
French centre Maxime Mermoz was forced out of the contest in the first half, being replaced by Matt Giteau, but his injury will only keep him on the sidelines for a week. He will miss the game against Grenoble at the weekend but will be fit to face Saracens the following Sunday.
The atmospheric Stade Vélodome in Marseille looks set for a 40,000 plus attendance for the Heineken Cup semi-final clash on Sunday, 27 April between reigning champions, Toulon - gunning for a fourth European final in five years - and Munster Rugby, who have reached a record 11th tournament semi-final.