Leinster 21 - 28 Clermont Auvergne

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at The Greenyards

Date: 15/12/2012 KO: 15:40 Att: 48,964

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesJennings (66) McFadden (80)ConversionsSexton (66)PenaltiesSexton (18, 26, 47)



TriesFofana (35)ConversionsParra (35)PenaltiesParra (8, 20, 32, 44, 52, 63, 70)

FT (ht: 6-16)

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  • Leinster 21-28 Clermont

  • All over then in Dublin, Leinster outmuscled and outthought by a brilliant Clermont performance who deserved their win. The bonus point keeps the champions slim hopes alive, but Clermont look like champions now. An excellent Heineken Cup clash.

  • TRY, LEINSTER, MCFADDEN! 21-28. Tap penalty from Leinster, going for the bonus point from deep. Inside ball from McFadden and Sexton is away! Back to McFadden who scores in the corner and gets them that bonus point.

  • Scrum to Clermont in their own half, Rougerie acting as a flanker to make up for the missing man. Morgan Parra is named Man of the Match. Long clearance but Leinster take the quick lineout. McFadden loses possession and Clermont are looking to kill off the champions now.

  • YELLOW CARD, CLERMONT, BARDY! Bardy sin-binned by Barnes after multilple team warnings. Leinster pressing for the bonus point upfield but the ball is lost forward.

  • Clermont on the attack inside the Leinster 22, fine break from Regan King - Parra drops back but his attempt for a further three points goes wide.

  • PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA! 16-28. Ball comes out at the ruck but Barnes penalises Cian Healy. Parra going for goal again and he's successful.

  • TRY, LEINSTER, JENNINGS! 16-15. Sexton nudges it into the corner - the ball goes to Turner and Leinster drive... Jennings is over! Response from the champions hunting that bonus point.

  • Leinster not going quietly, on the attack in the Clermont half. Penalty and Reddan goes quickly, O'Brien thundering up. Building the phases with the crowd on their feet. Barnes calls time off for a penalty and warns Rougerie.

  • PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA! 9-25. Mike Ross after conceding another scrum penalty is substituted for Michael Bent. Parra with another shot at goal and he nails this one - is that the game?

  • Rougerie blasts through a tackle and Clermont can sense another try. Wide to Sivivatu who dummies and comes up short, but Nalaga picks and goes. Time off, TMO reviewing whether the try was grounded... no try, scrum to Clermont.

  • Clermont scrum is reset by the referee - penalty to the visitors. Parra's shot at goal hits the post and Leinster have the drop out.

  • Another penalty to Clermont as Jennings is penalised for not releasing the tackler. Difficult angle so James kicks for the corner. Fofana blasting up once more, Clermont with options on the far side. Chaume looks to be held up... scrum five to the Frenchmen.

  • PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA! 9-22. Parra is on fire, landing the subsequent penalty to stretch the lead to 13 points.

  • YELLOW CARD, LEINSTER, O'BRIEN! Fofana breaks and as he passes to Sivivatu the former All Black is taken out early off the ball by Sean O'Brien, who is instantly sin-binned.

  • Healy makes an instant impact winning a penalty at the scrum. Sexton going for the posts from a long way out... doesn't get it.

  • Cian Healy on for Leinster as Fergus McFadden smartly uses the touchline to send Clermont's restart out on the full. Scrum to Leinster in midfield.

  • PENALTY, LEINSTER, SEXTON! 9-19. Zirakashvili makes a key error and Leinster win the ball, metres out from the Clermont line. Penalty and Sexton will trim the lead to ten, which he duly does.

  • PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA! 6-19. Mike Ross penalised at the scrum and Clermont have the first chance of the afternoon, Parra eyeing up the posts. Over it goes, just.

  • Devin Toner replaces Damien Browne as Chouly barges upfield and Clermont glide into the Leinster half spreading the ball wide. Knocked on and Leinster have the scrum.


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