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Clermont v Leinster - Live

Last updated: 9th December 2012  

Full TimeFull time CLERMONT 15-12 LEINSTER

80 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.

78 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.

75 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.

72 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.

69 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.

67 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.

65 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.

62 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.

60 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.

58 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.

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

Penalty54 PENALTY, LEINSTER, SEXTON. 15-12. Great kick from the Ireland fly-half.

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

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

49 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.

47 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.

45 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.

43 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.

Second 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!

Half TimeHalf Time CLERMONT 15 - 9 LEINSTER

Drop Goal40 DROP GOAL, CLERMONT, JAMES. 15-9. Clinical from the hosts, taking the points and making their opportunities count. That's half time...ominously Clermont were also leading by six points in that fateful semi-final last season.

38 Leinster are targeting Nalaga with aerial bombs but twice he is up to the task. Brock James returns the favour and Sexton knocks on. Scrum to Clermont on the edge of the Leinster 22.

Penalty36 PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA. 12-9. Referee Nigel Owens has a long chat with both captains - as soon as either side gets into the opposition 22 the penalty for not rolling away is soon in coming.

Penalty34 PENALTY, LEINSTER, SEXTON. 9-9. Clermont can't get their hands on the ball and the crowd don't like it. It isn't pretty from Leinster, but it's effective.

32 It's all Leinster at the moment. Nothing flash, just chiping away a yard at a time, looking for the penalty. There it is! Clermont not rolling away. Sexton should slot this with his eyes closed.

30 Leinster keep bashing away. They're going nowhere this time so Sexton kicks into the corner. Nalaga gets back to clear up and Byrne finds touch near halfway.

Penalty28 PENALTY, LEINSTER, SEXTON. 9-6. Nothing in it as we approach the half-hour mark.

26 Leinster look to keep it tight as they bash it up towards the Clermont 22. Progress is slow, but they are moving forward. There is the penalty! Clermont killing it. Easy one for Sexton.

Penalty24 PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA. 9-3. Three from three for Parra.

22 Leinster try add some width but Goodman's grubber goes straight out. Clermont attack off the line-out, Sivivatu and Rougerie combine to allow Byrne to burst clear. Their are numbers out wide but they are not needed as the hosts have a penalty.

Penalty19 PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA. 6-3. Straight down the middle from the French international.

18 Cullen gathers the line-out but Clermont counter attack from Boss's box kick. Nalaga punches a hole and Leinster are off their feet...penalty!

16 Clermont starting to find some rhythm now. Nalaga makes a great offload to keep the attack alive. It comes the other way and Rougerie chips it into the corner.

14 Sexton MISSES from 40m out. We're still all square.

12 Turnover! The Leinster counter attack and make good ground. The visitors are looking very comfortable. Penalty! Sexton lines it up.

9 There is a real battle brewing between Healy and Zirakashvili in the scrums. It stays up at the third time of asking and Clermont look to attack just outside the Leinster 22.

Penalty7 PENALTY, LEINSTER, SEXTON. 3-3. Bright start with ball in hand from Leinster

6 Leinster have a penalty after a clever switch move opens the Clermont defence up. Sexton is stopped just short and Nalaga is off his feet to stop the Leinster try. Should be easy for Sexton...

Penalty4 PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA. 3-0. First blood to the hosts after Cian Healy goes down under pressure from Davit Zirakashvili.

2 A solid start for Clermont, who keep ball in hand after Madigan returns the kick off. Clermont will feed the first scrum just inside the Leinster 22, right in front of the posts.

Kick off The teams are on the field. Here we go! Brock James kicks us off.

Team news Jonathan Sexton will make his 100th appearance for Leinster. Centre Gordon D'Arcy will become the most capped Leinster player in Heineken Cup history (88) alongside tournament debutant Andrew Goodman. Leo Cullen leads an all-Ireland pack.

Team news Clermont coach Vern Cotter has decided to make 12 changes from the team that started last weekend in Toulouse. All the big guns are back including skipper Aurélien Rougerie, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Naipolioni Nalaga, Morgan Parra and Brock James.

Welcome Bonjour! And welcome to Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin in Clermont for our coverage of the biggest game of the Heineken Cup season so far. Can Leinster break Clermont's 50-game home unbeaten streak? I'll find out soon enough. Kick-off is at 15.00 GMT

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