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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 4
- 20th Oct 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Stade Marcel Michelin
- Att: 18,000
Clermont v Harlequins - Live
80 Clermont Auvergne 23 Harlequins 16
80 DROP GOAL, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! 23-16. Quins have one last throw of the dice at a scrum deep inside their 22. Joe Trayfoot makes a brilliant break and is brought to ground just inside Clermont's half by Sivivatu! Quins take the ball through three more phases and Evans drops into the pocket and lands a snap-shot from about 25 metres out! That's the final act of the half, as the full-time whistle goes shortly afterwards and Quins have burgled a bonus point! Clermont will be unhappy despite being on the winning side as they were also chasing a bonus point for scoring four tries. It's not often that one sees a game's winners looking dejected, and the losers ecstatic, but that's exactlty what happened here today.
79 Quins tap and go inside their 22 but lose the initiative when Sinkler knocks on close to the halfway line.
77 After taking the ball through more than 20 phases, Robshaw is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground in front of Clermont's try-line. The hosts play quickly and Sivivatu sets off down the right-hand touchline!
74 Quins take the ball through the phases with their forwards. They show great continuity which is frustrating the hosts.
71 Nathan Hines is pinned for taking Easter out off the ball. Evans puts the ball into touch on the halfway line.
70 Quins are now throwing everything at Clermont in a bid to cut that lead! They lose momentum when Kyle Sinkler goes off his feet at a ruck at Delaney puts the penalty kick into touch inside the visitors' 22.
67 King takes the ball into contact but is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground. Evans puts the ball out midway between the halfway line and Clermont's 22.
64 Quins attack deep inside Clermont's 22 but lose the initiative when Easter's offload to Hopper is knokced on.
62 Evans gets a chance to narrow the gap, after Clermont's forwards infringe at a ruck, but he pushes his effort wide of the uprights.
61 Clermont waste the opportunity when Danny Care manages to knock the ball from Mike Delaney's grasp. Quins recycle the ball and Care clears his line with a kick into touch close to the halfway mark.
59 Clermont are hammering away at Quins' try-line but they are met by a wall of defenders! Referee George Clancy eventually penalises the visitors for straying offside at a ruck. Clermont opt to take a scrum in a bid to get that elusive fourth try.
56 Sivivatu finds the ball in space and is soon inside Quins' 22. He is brought to ground by a great covering tackle from Brown, however and Quins get out of jail!
53 Joe Marler is penalised for illegal scrummaging. James puts the ball into touch just inside Quins' 22.
51 Quins take the ball through numerous phases and are soon inside Clermont's 22. All that good work is undone, however, when Easter knocks on a pass from Robshaw.
49 Lapandry is pinned for side-entry at a ruck inside Quins' half. Evans kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres inside Clermont's half.
47 Clermont are awarded a penalty, inside their 22, when Will Collier is pinned for illegal scrummaging. James puts the ball into touch on the halfway line.
45 PENALTY, CLERMONT, JAMES! 23-13. James gives side a 10point lead after Quins' forwards are pinned for a ruck infringement.
44 Evans clears his line with a big kick upfield. His kick is gathered by Byrne who spins the ball wide to Sivivatu, who sets of on an attack.
41 Nick Evans gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by Julien Bonnaire who goes to ground inside his 22. The ball comes out to James who clears his line with a kick into touch 15 metres outside his 22.
40 Clermont Auvergne 20 Harlequins 13
40 CONVERSION, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! 20-13. Evans lands the spot-kick form up against the touchline to reduce Clermont's lead to seven points! That's also the final act of the half as the players head into the sheds for the interval. Clermont have been dominant and are one try away from securing a bonus point. Harlequins will be far more positive after that late try though and will look to build on that after half-time.
40 TRY, HARLEQUINS, WILLIAMS! 20-11. Quins are on the attack deep inside Clermont's 22. They take the ball through several phases with their forwards until it comes out to their backs, where Brown offoloads to Tom Williams, who scores in the left-hand corner!
38 King runs onto a long pass from Sivivatu but is brought to ground by a great hit from Tom Williams. Evans kicks for touch and puts the ball out inside Clermont's 22.
35 Quins are trying desperately to make their numerical advantage count. They're running from all areas but Clermont's defence is holding firm. Mike Brown is eventually penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground and James puts the ball into touch midway between the halfway line and the visitors' 22.
32 Clermont's backs are pinned for being offside. Evans opts to kick for touch and puts the ball out on Clermont's five-metre line.
30 Quins attack off a scrum inside Clermont's 22 but King gathers an intercept before offloading to Aurelien Rougerie. He passes to Fofana who knocks on at the critical moment and Quins gain a reprieve!
28 YELLOW CARD, CLERMONT, BYRNE! Lee Byrne receives his marching orders after going offside on defence as Quins attack close to the hosts' try-line.
27 CONVERSION, CLERMONT, JAMES! 20-6. James succeeds with his first two-pointer to extend the home side's lead.
26 TRY, CLERMONT, 18-6. Sivivatu takes on the Quins defence and beats two defenders before passing to Byrne who offloads to Lacrampe, who scores the hosts' third try!
25 PENALTY, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! 13-6. Nick Evans reduces the deficit to seven points after Clermont's forward are pinned for being offside.
23 Quins are on the attack inside Clermont's 22 and Easter goes on a run. He gains some momentum but is carried backwards in the tackle by Julien Bonnaire.
21 TRY, CLERMONT, FOFANA! 13-3. Clermont attack just outside Quins' 22 with Sivivatu and James prominent! Fofana runs onto a pass from James gets over the whitewash!
18 Damien Chouly breaks off the back of a scrum and gets his pass away to Fofana who offloads to Sivivatu. The former All Black is soon inside Harlequins' 22 then throws an inside pass to King who goes to ground. Sivivatu knocks on when he tries to get a pass away at the ensuing ruck.
15 Thierry Lacrampe is pinned when he plays the ball from an offside position at a ruck. Danny Care plays quickly and offloads to Nick Easter, who goes on the charge with a strong carry into Clermont's half.
13 Ben Botica opens Quins' account after Alexandre Lapandry is pinned for not releasing a tackled player on the ground.
10 Chris Robshaw is pinned for being offside at a ruck 20 metres inside Clermont's 22. James kicks for touch and puts the ball out midway between the halfway mark and the visitors' 22.
8 TRY, CLERMONT, BYRNE! 8-0. King throws a long pass to Nathan Hines, inside Quins' 22, and he offloads to Lee Byrne who scores in the left-hand corner!
7 James launches a cross-field kick which Sitivini Sivivatu gathers, just outside Quins' 22! He breaks in field and passes to Regan King who fails to hold on.
5 Wesley Fofana looks for support after going to ground. None of his team-mates are close by and Ben Botica makes full use of the opportunity as he steals the ball on the ground.
3 PENALTY, CLERMONT, JAMES! 3-0. James opens the scoring, from the kicking tee, after several Harlequins forwards are penalised for straying offside at a ruck.
1 Brock James gets us underway! His kick is a deep one which Tom Williams gathers inside his 22, where he immediately sets up a ruck.
There is just one change to the Harlequins back-line as Paul Sackey is named on the right wing, with Tom Williams switching to the left wing. Blindside flanker Maurie Fa'asavalu picked up a hamstring injury last week which requires surgery; this will rule the Samoan out until the end of January. Tom Guest is brought into the back row with Luke Wallace and captain Chris Robshaw, as Nick Easter returns to the second-row.
Clermont skipper Aurelien Rougerie starts on the wing as Napoleoni Nalaga drops to the bench allowing Regan King to come into the starting XV at outside centre. Thierry Lacrampe starts at scrum-half in place of the suspended Morgan Parra. In the pack, Alexandre Lapandry takes over from Julien Bardy at flank and there are two new props as Davit Zirakashvili and Vincent Debaty start.
Good day and welcome to Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin for our coverage of this Pool Four Heineken Cup match between the home side Clermont Auvergne and Harlequins. We'll return shortly with team news.
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