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    Penalty goals: Flood (2),
    Conversions: Flood (2),
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Clermont Auvergne

  • Penalty goals: James (2),
    Drop goals: James (3),
  • European Rugby Champions Cup
  • Pool 3
  • 19th Dec 2009
  • KO 18:00
  • Ground: Welford Road
  • Att: 21,286

Leicester Tigers v Clermont

Last updated: 19th December 2009  

Full Time80 Never mind the bonus point, here come Clermont looking for a win! But Leicester are standing firm and James makes the decision to kick it dead. That's that. Honours to Clermont over the two rounds - is that going to hurt the Tigers? Don't forget that is the Ospreys who top this group. Join us tomorrow for more Heineken Cup action.

Penalty77 Moody is adjudged to have strayed offside at the restart! Clermont get a chance to put themselves back in bonus point territory. James steps up ... and slots it! He might have just saved his side's season.

Conversion76 Flood with a conversion to deny Clermont the bonus point. He's on the touchline ... and he's nailed it!

TRY75 Wow! Out of nothing, an absolutely nothing kick from Flood, Hamilton has scored! The bounce of the high ball foxes all of Clermont and Hamilton streaks clear to score in the corner! TRY

72 Clermont get themselves into Leicester's half and all eyes turn to James and his impromptu hoof. The Tigers attempt to repel the raiders. They've done well - they get a put-in as a breakdown disintegrates.

69 Leicester need to up the stakes here, Clermont are back in it. Another attack from Leicester backfires as the carrier fails to release - again.

Drop Goal65 Good take and Clermont use their big forwards to put the Tigers in reverse. He's James, dropping back into the pocket - he's going for his third drop-goal! He's got his third drop-goal! One point in it.

63 Good scrum from the French this time, with Bonnaire charging up the narrow side. Now the ball is sent downfield, but only as far as Tuilagi. He's brought down ... and penalised for holding on. Clermont plant a line-out in Leicester's half. They are infrequent visitors to these parts.

61 Another chance for Leicester as Ledesma's line-out throw is pinged. Good scrum and Flood releases Hipkiss! Great run. Clermont track back and kill the ball illegally on their line. Leicester call for a scrum!

59 Great scrum from Leicester and Flood makes another half-break. Allen takes it on, but his pinged for not releasing. Still no score this half.

58 Shocker from Floch. His clearance from a mark rolls dead on the full. Scrum to Leicester in the French 22.

55 Clermont work the ball across the field. This is looking slick. It comes back for a drop-goal from Floch! It's charged down! Who? Moody, of course! Clermont chase back and clear.

52 Clermont with some handy possession here as Tuilagi's attempted clearance goes dead on the full.

51 Leicester back on the attack with Hipkiss standing strong in the tackle. But a lumbering forward gets in the way of a Youngs pass and Flood knocks on. It's all Leicester but we've yet to see a score in this half.

48 Good take at the line-out and the maul comes on. Now Ayerza attacks the fringe. He's held up. It's out to Flood - he makes a break! Almost through! But he's on his own and penalised for holding on.

46 Good position for a Leicester scrum here - they are just outside Clermont's 22. Crane picks up and goes. It's recycled and taken up again. Clermont are pinged for not rolling away and Flood plants a line-out in the corner.

43 Huge scrum from Leicester on Clermont ball! It wins the penalty. That's brilliant. Flood congratulates his forwards before lining up the sticks. But his kick drifts wide. That's not good.

42 Now the Tigers look to build the phases, and they are making good territorial gain ... until Hipkiss spills the pill.

41 SECOND-HALF: Flood restarts the game. Malzieu gathers and takes it into contact. How it's booted downfield and Hamilton runs it back. The New Zealander knows no other way!

Half Time40 And that's the half. Leicester lead 13-9 but there's not much in it. See you in ten.

Penalty39 It looks good ... but the assistant referees aren't sure! James is furious. It goes to the TMO. Yes, it's over!

38 Danger here for the locals. Clermont work a maul up to Leicester's line. Deacon is pinged for not rolling away. James opts for a shy at goal...

37 Here come the Tigers again - they've left their kicking boots at home and are running absolutely everything from everywhere. Very un-Leicester!

34 Leicester have their tails up, but Clermont's defence is up to the task: Crane is pinged for holding on. James lines up the monster shot at goal ... it's short.

Conversion30 Flood adds the extras.

TRY29 Youngs breaks from a line-out on the half-way line! He's got speed! He's got one man to beat and feeds Allen! The centre simple has to go to ground! TRY!

27 Here come Leicester, great line from Allen! He feeds Tuilagi - he's in space! But the big man fumbles it! Ugh!

Drop Goal25 Clermont back on the attack and James goes for another drop-goal - it's good! It's all happening! Honours even.

Penalty23 Another penalty attempt, this time for Clermont from around 55 yards out. Floch fancies it! It's a huge kick, but it's wide.

Penalty21 The Tigers get a chance to get their noses in front once again as Clermont concede a penalty at the re-start. Flood lines up the sticks ... and nails it.

Drop Goal19 Clermont come again, with Malzieu thumping his way through Flood's challenge. The ball comes back to James - drop goal! It's good. Clermont are off the mark.

17 Cudmore hacks on a loose line-out ball and it's a foot race between the big lock and Tuqiri for the touchdown. But the ball beats them both, rolling harmlessly dead.

16 Leicester look up for this. They now turn their attentions to defence and Clermont are found wanting.

Penalty13 An attacking line-out for Leicester on Clermont's 22. It's taken well and Flood is causes the French all sorts of problems - he's standing right on the gain-line. He feeds Crane into the line. Now Tuqiri has a crack. Clermont are forced to kill the ball in defence and Flood calls for his tee. It's an easy shot and the England star makes no mistake. Leicester have the lead!

10 Look at this! Dan Cole is on for the Italian and Leicester smash the French in the very next scrum! That will help him settle!

7 Good start from Leicester could be undone here - Castrogiovanni has left the field with what looks like a hip problem. Big blow.

6 Here's the first scrum. Clermont put-in and a decent shove from the locals. Clermont fumble the pill and Hipkiss is on it! He feeds Tuilagi and the move continues! The ball is sent wide to the right, but they run out of space.

4 Here come the Tigers. They look keen to run it and are making inroads.

2 Great take from Clermont and they form the maul and drive into Leicester's 22. Moody is pinged for coming in at the side and James has a chance to open the scoring and calls for his tea. He's far out on the left ... he has missed it.

1 Here we go! Clermont get the game underway. Hamilton gathers and clears.

Welcome to the match of the day! We are at Welford Road for the visit of Clermont. The Tigers were tamed in rugby in France last weekend and are desperate to make amends. Can they defend their proud home record? Let's find out! We're just moments away from the action...

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