Clermont Auvergne 15 - 12 Leinster

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at

Date: 09/12/2012 KO: 15:00

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


PenaltiesParra (3, 18, 22, 34)Drop GoalsJames (39)



PenaltiesSexton (6, 27, 32, 53)

FT (ht: 15-9)

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    Full time
  • Clermont keep it tight for ten phases before sending Nalaga clear out wide. Penalty to Clermont as the ball is killed, but they don't need it. That's it! Clermont win and remain unbeaten on home soil. Leinster take a crucial losing bonus point. Thanks for joining us, cheers.

  • Time is running out for Leinster as they look for a gap on the halfway line. Julien Bonnaire is named Man of the Match as Clermont have a scrum on their 10m line.

  • We've got a bit of a stalemate here. Clermont are looking for the sucker punch to finish it off. Sexton sets up a line-out 30 out from a penalty but Strauss makes a hash of another throw and Rougerie charges away.

  • A bit of magic from Clermont. Rougerie breaks the line and puts Sivivatu away. He offloads to Byrne but the Welshman is bundled into touch.

  • Whoa! Biffo between Chaume and Healy. The penalty goes to Clermont for offside. The ref gives the captains a lecture about both teams being offside. This one is going down to the wire.

  • Madigan is crushed by Rougerie and Cudmore and Leinster are lucky to keep the ball. Sexton kicks for touch - line-out Clermont 8m from their own line.

  • Parra and the ref have an argument after the scrum-half tries to take a penalty in centre field quickly from the wrong mark. James misses touch but some kick tennis eventually James sets up a Leinster line-out deep in the Leinster 22.

  • Oooooh! Fofana sells a dummy and then steps inside and breaks clear but his offload to Lapandry finds the grass with the tryline begging. Massive let off for Leinster.

  • Strauss is pinged for a crooked throw. Two throws, two mistakes. Ti'i Paulo finds his jumper at the front and James sends play back to half way.

  • Sexton sets up an attacking line-out after Byrne is penalised. But Strauss over throws it and Clermont can attack. Nacewa fields Parra's kick and sends it back with interest.

  • Clermont attacking the gain line with Fofana and Sivivatu. The hosts look like they're trying to open it up a bit.

  • PENALTY, LEINSTER, SEXTON. 15-12. Great kick from the Ireland fly-half.

  • The addition of Strauss has transformed the Leinster scrum. They win a penalty and Sexton lines it up from 35 metres on the angle.

  • Chouly breaks off the back, Heaslip doesn't release. James clears from the penalty.

  • Sexton takes the penalty quickly and chips into the corner, trying to catch the Clermont defence napping! But Rougerie gets back a dots down. An opportunity wasted? Strauss is on for Cronin. 5m scrum to Clermont.

  • Sexton kicks down Sivivatu's wing again. He catches it but his pass to Parra is forward! Leinster get it out the scrum quickly and win a penalty for offside.

  • Ouuufff!! A huge scrum from Clermont shoves the blue-clad pack back a 5m. It's reset and this time Clermont wheel it round to give James time and space to kick.

  • Cullen steals the line-out! Leinster persist with kicking on the Clermont wings and this time Sivivatu makes the mistake, allowing Leinster to set up camp in the French half.

  • Here we go for round two! Sexton kicks down Nalaga's throat but the big Fijian spills it! Leinster send it wide from the scrum. Sexton kicks on Byrne, but the Welsh international has no problems in dealing with it. Sexton tries it again but kicks out on the full!

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