Clermont Auvergne 28 - 3 Racing 92

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Stade Marcel Michelin

Date: 19/01/2014 KO: 15:00 Att: 18,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesLee (5) Vosloo (23, 61) Debaty (66)ConversionsDelany (5, 23, 61, 66)



PenaltiesMachenaud (34)

FT (ht: 14-3)

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  • Racing trying to get something out of this game but they won't come near to a win, as Clermont's home streak stretches to 71 consecutive wins. Ball knocked on by Racing and Clermont will have one final scrum to boot the ball into touch. Their attention now turns to Leicester Tigers, who will visit here in the quarter-finals following today's results. Racing turn the ball over and run through some phases before the ball goes into touch, and that will be that.

  • Nalaga with a chance to add a fifth try but the winger can't quite bring in the ball. Racing with the scrum and then trying to play wide deep in their 22. Magnaval's clearance only finds Buttin as Clermont come again, Vosloo offloading. Long pass from Sivivatu to Rougerie but the ball goes into touch.

  • Racing clear their lines as Stanley comes on. Harried blitz defence from Clermont but Imhoff gets away to make some ground, before Racing knock on.

  • Charge by Nalaga who goes for power and nearly gets in the corner, but well stopped by Racing. Clermont just a few metres out looking for a fifth try. Poor knock on by Pierre hands Racing a reprieve.

  • Clermont have what they wanted and you can sense the relief as they start to throw the ball around. Kick over the top lands right in the corner from Parra to pin Racing back deep.

  • TRY, CLERMONT, DEBATY! 28-3: Parra nearly snipes his way over up the middle before Clermont win a penalty for not releasing five metres out. Paulo goes quick, then Debaty... he's over! That's the bonus point for Clermont and the home quarter final they wanted! Huge moment as the crowd erupts.

  • It's the familiar sight of a Clermont rolling maul once again, with Lee of course at the base. Fofana spins out of the tackle and Clermont are purring now, sniffing that fourth try.

  • Clermont scrum, with Parra now at scrum-half, wins yet another penalty. Chaume on for Domingo as Delany kicks into the Racing half.

  • TRY, CLERMONT, VOSLOO! 21-3: Finally Clermont do score! Driving maul deep in the Racing 22 and after good work from Lee, Vosloo drives low and over the line. They need one more.

  • Driving maul from Clermont now, Lee up to the five metre line. But again, when it matters the ball is lost as Machenaud clears. Clermont lineout in the Racing 22.

  • At last a simple scrum but Sivivatu can't take the pass behind him, up too flat, and the ball spills into touch. Racing with the lineout.

  • YELLOW CARD, RACING, DUCALCON! And there it is - what choice does the referee have? Ducalcon joins Szarzewski in the bin, Racing down to 13.

  • Little to report as the clock ticks away and Clermont stay stuck five metres out with Racing repeatedly infringing. The visitors are close to another yellow card.

  • Yet another penalty as the pressure is ramped up on Racing. Le Roux returns from the bin.

  • Clermont attempted a cross-field kick to Byrne in acres of space, but the referee wasn't ready. Back for a Clermont scrum right under the posts.

  • YELLOW CARD, RACING, SZARZEWSKI! Scrum penalty to Clermont. Tapped and the hosts are back up to ten metres out from Racing's line. Forwards driving through, five short now as Pierre carries. Right under the sticks, can they make it count? Pile of bodies right on the line and Clermont have a penalty, the referee going to his pocket and Szarzewski goes to the bin.

  • Clermont playing with that extra touch of hunger following the disallowed score, Rougerie taking a run down the left. Sharp hands from Nalaga and Fofana, Delany ducking a tackle. Domingo carries but the ball goes loose and is knocked on in the Racing 22.

  • Fofana looks to be over for Clermont's third try, but the play is called back because Lee took out Dambielle in the build-up to Fofana's break. Racing penalty, Dambielle clears.

  • Racing again infringe at the breakdown for Clermont to boot the ball back in the 22. Still playing with a man advantage remember.


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