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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 5
- 15th Dec 2012
- KO 15:40
- Ground: The Greenyards
- Att: 48,964
Leinster v Clermont - Live
Full-time Leinster 21-28 Clermont
80 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.
80 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.
77 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.
75 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.
73 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.
69 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.
66 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.
64 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.
62 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?
61 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.
58 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.
54 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.
52 PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA! 9-22. Parra is on fire, landing the subsequent penalty to stretch the lead to 13 points.
51 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.
49 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.
47 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.
45 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.
42 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.
40 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.
40 Leinster with it all to do as Sexton gets us underway.
Half-time Leinster 6-16 Clermont
39 Clermont again looking to maybe put the nail in this one before half-time, but they are pinged for going off their feet and Leinster clear, looking to salvage some points before the break. Forward pass from Parra and that will be half-time. Leinster with a lot of work to do and Clermont look impressive.
37 TRY, CLERMONT, FOFANA! 6-16. Fofana glides infield and Clermont are on the charge, Sivivatu then Byrne and then Nalaga's power bringing the visitors close to the line. Fofana again with the ball in hand and he scores! Big moment.
33 Dominant scrum from Clermont who are on the ascendancy in this one, suffocating Leinster in defence. Penalty and James clears into Leinster's half.
30 PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA! 6-9. Nalaga brings it back and Clermont have all the momentum now, penalty advantage but they want more. Forwards burrowing down on the right but the penalty comes. Parra has the angle against him but lands the penalty.
26 Nathan Hines penalised for interfering with Leinster's maul from the restart. Nacewa breaks down the left and Leinster build momentum, a wide pass from Sexton finding Jennings. Clermont turn the ball over and James kick is a good one, Madigan collecting and clearing but only infield.
24 PENALTY, LEINSTER, SEXTON! 6-6. Lineout falls to Mike Ross and Leinster press forward, Wayne Barnes playing a series of advantages and Leinster make one of them count, taking the penalty in front of the posts. Sexton converts.
21 Powerful run from Julien Bardy but he is held up in the tackle, scrum to Leinster. Madigan on the switch but Leinster win the penalty. The ground is chopped up from the scrum so Sexton kicks to the corner.
19 PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA! 3-6. Heaslip penalised for going in at the side from the restart, giving Parra a simple kick. No problem.
17 PENALTY, LEINSTER, SEXTON! 3-3. Sexton finds the corner from a penalty kick to touch. Cronin on for the injured Strauss and the lineout is good, Leinster attacking in the Clermont 22. James penalised for offside right in front of the posts, with Sexton converting.
12 Another high kick from James puts Madigan under pressure but Leinster have the scrum. Early engage from Clermont and Leinster break away, Madigan with a sharp kick finding a big touch.
11 Madigan breaks down the right for Leinster, working their way forward but a kick from Sexton deflects backwards and the champions start again. Goodman stays infield somehow but Sexton's kick goes straight out into touch.
9 Loose lineout ball and Reddan under huge pressure is turned over, but Clermont are pinged for holding on and then subsequently marched ten metres for backchat.
7 PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA! 0-3. Flat pass gets Chouly over the gain line for Clermont and they have the penalty. Parra converting from 37 metres out.
5 Clermont attack inside the Leinster half, Parra's kick over the top marked by Nacewa. Madigan clears to the 10 metre line.
2 Good scrum from Clermont and Rougerie burrows forward, ball lost and Clermont start again from deep. Sivivatu combines with Byrne but Leinster again dominate the breakdown. Sexton breaks but his offload goes forward. Fine start.
1 High ball from James is knocked on by Ian Madigan, handing Clermont a scrum in the Leinster half.
Kick-off Brock James gets us started. Here we go!
Weather Rain as expected in Dublin under the lights of the Aviva Stadium, suggesting a replica of last weekend's battle in France.
Team News Brock James has been passed fit this morning meaning that he gets the nod at fly-half, with Julien Bardy at openside flanker and Raphael Chaume getting the nod at loosehead.
Team News Leinster recall Heinke Van Der Merwe and Richardt Strauss to the front row, with a shift in the back row seeing Sean O'Brien move to the blindside and Shane Jennings coming in at seven.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for this sensational Heineken Cup clash between Leinster and Clermont Auvergne.
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