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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 4
- 11th Jan 2014
- KO 13:35
- Ground: The Stoop
- Att: 14,216
Harlequins v Clermont - Live
FULL-TIME: HARLEQUINS 13-16 CLERMONT
80 But Easter is held up in the tackle, the maul is formed, and the whistle blown. Clermont scrape through with a character-building win. Quins so near but so far, and face a tough trip to the Scarlets to save their Heineken Cup dreams. A pulsating game here at The Stoop, thanks for joining us.
80 Taken against the head! Quins now battering the away line with the clock red! This is astonishing!
80 Dave Ward - outstanding in the loose - has thrown in not-straight. Twenty seconds left, Clermont scrum. So disappointing for the hosts, glum faces all round at The Stoop.
79 Quins desperately looking for a decisive score, they have possession 25 metres out, and a penalty advantage to boot. Evans to the corner - a draw no good for their pool standings. Five metre lineout, the crowd are roaring their boys on. Can Quins respond?
78 PENALTY, CLERMONT, JAMES! 13-16 No problems for the fly-half, Clermont take the lead. We have less than three minutes to go here.
77 And it's a Clermont penalty! Straight in front of the posts, 25 metres out! Quins trying to force things inside their own half, but get isolated and penalised. Evans missed a near-identical kick moments earlier, can James convert?
75 James' touchine conversion is wide of the mark, and things are all square with five minutes to play. Who will grab the winning score?
74 TRY, CLERMONT, SIVIVATU! 13-13 Inches away, picking and driving for the line...and it's spread wide to Sivivatu who levels the scores! What a finish on the cards now, the scores are level!
72 Clermont win a penalty and James punts down into the 22. Huge moments, these, as the away pack maul it forward.
70 But Evans has missed - how crucial could that prove to be? Clermont remain within a score of Quins going into the final ten minutes.
69 Quins penalty - obstruction again - and Evans kicks up to within 25 metres of the Clermont line. More possession and chances squandered for the visitors.
67 Quins attack is stifled as Brown's offload goes into touch, and Clermont take the lineout quickly. Parra probes the box kick down into the home 22. Benson Stanley replaces skipper Rougerie
65 The visitors putting phases together on the home 22, but penalised for obstruction as Lee blocks James.
63 Buttin with a glorious break right from the drop-out, but his pass to Sivivatu is just too early for the winger to scoot home. Quins steal and Hopper slices into touch on the 22.
62 Drifts wide. Quins 22m drop out.
61 Penalty Clermont at the breakdown - it's a long way out, right on the edge of James' range from around fifty metres. He's going for goal, though.
59 Possession changing hands here, Clermont now with a scrum on their own 22.
56 Clermont now building phases in home territory, but Rougerie can't gather James' kick ahead. Scrum Quins 30 metres out.
54 Smart probing crossfield kick sends Quins chasing back into their own 22. They'll have a lineout 15 out from their line.
52 Aerial ping-pong between full-backs Brown and Buttin results in a Quins lineout midway inside their own half.
50 Clermont break is stifled by a big hit and a knock on, and Quins can now bring it forward into the visitors' half. They concede a penalty at the breakdown, though, and worryingly for Quins, Care is down.
48 James misses the conversion, but we're back to a five point game. Lindsay-Hague on for Walker, who hasn't shaken off that earlier injury. And Evans has put the kick-off straight out on the full. Scrum Clermont on halfway, game well and truly on.
46 TRY, CLERMONT, NALAGA! 13-8 Parra chips ahead for Clermont, Brown wrong-footed by the bouncing ball, and Nalaga pounces to hack through and score. The Frenchmen come roaring back.
44 Walker is down receiving treatment to his right arm and shoulder, but he's back up and Quins look to clear from their own 22.
42 Care spills Easter's offload as Quins look to begin the second forty in attack, and the visitors have a scrum on halfway.
41 And we're back underway. Can Quins keep it up?
Teams back out here at The Stoop, Nick Evans will get the second half going shortly.
HALF-TIME: HARLEQUINS 13-3 CLERMONT
40 Last play of the half, Quins scrum in their own half. Easter carries and Care puts it out to end a superb first half for the hosts. They lead the mighty Clermont 13-3 at the break.
39 Crucial steal from Ward to get Quins clear, and as Nalaga tries to counter-attack, the ball is lost forward yet again. Care boxes to touch.
38 Penalty Clermont, just inside home territory as Quins come into the maul from the side. James goes for the corner with the kick of the day - it flies right over the corner flag. Lineout five metres out, huge chance for the visitors.
37 Quins pinch the Frenchmen's lineout, but are penalised at the breakdown inside the Clermont 22. Substitute Vosloo winning the penalty,there. James punts up to halfway.
35 Big error from Mike Brown, who kicks out on the full and hands Clermont a lineout on the home 22. Can they hit back? Nope, as skipper Rougerie knocks on. Quins clear with Evans.
33 PENALTY, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! 13-3 Quins keep the scoreboard ticking over. After a few early scares, they look very, very good.
32 Evans with a scything 50 metre break through midfield, but is caught from behind and spills the ball with team-mates screaming for the pass. They have the penalty, though, and Evans can add another three points.
31 PENALTY, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! 10-3 The Kiwi extends his side's lead to seven points, great kick.
30 Penalty Quins, Lee going in at the side. Evans going for three, 45 metres out, straight in front.
29 They've lost posession again, though, and Brock James drills downfield. Care replies, and the visitors have the ball on halfway.
27 They win the penalty, Evans' kick to the corner is kept in, but it rolls into touch in goal. Boutin clears from effectively his own dead ball line. Big chance for Quins!
26 The crowd well and truly energised by that Hopper try. Quins bundle Clermont into touch on the near side, and they can now bring the ball forward through midfield.
24 CONVERSION, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! 7-3 Evans adds the extras from out wide, as the crowd appreciate that moment of genius from Danny Care. Worth appreciating Robshaw's smart chip ahead too.
23 TRY, HARLEQUINS, HOPPER! 5-3 Oh my! This is a fantastic try from Quins! James misses touch from the penalty, Quins regain possession and Danny Care, heading for the touchline, throws a wonderful inside ball to send Matt Hopper over. His feet were in the air over the touchline - quite magnificent from the scrum-half. First try to the hosts!
21 Imprecision from the hosts in attack, with Evans' pass fumbled by Hopper. Scrum Clermont, we're halfway through the first half at The Stoop.
20 Evans probes the corner, but Clermont clear well, and Quins have another lineout in midfield.
18 Robshaw looks to carry out of his 22, and is very lucky to win a penalty as Clermont fail to release after the tackle. The skipper was dangerously isolated there, but Quins now have a lineout up by halfway.
17 Clermont regain possession in the home 22 thanks to a misfiring Quins lineout, but with another gap opening in midfield, Lee knocks on. James pulling the strings and unlucky to see two potential assists knocked-on!
16 Big run from Lee sets up a glorious attacking platform. James with the cross-kick, and Nalaga just has to gather to stroll over, but spills his catch. Big let-off for Quins.
14 Great steal from Quins as Clermont look to attack, but Wallace's offload is forward under a thumping Cudmore hit. Scrum Clermont just inside their own half.
12 Quins clear, though, and are now attacking in midfield.
8 Another Clermont penalty, and they're into Quins territory.
5 Penalty Clermont, and James punts up towards halfway.
4 The visitors try to run ball out of their own 22, with a fine offload from Fofana, but Nalaga's toes graze the touchline and Quins have a lineout 25 metres out. Thrown not straight, though, and we'll have the game's first scrum.
3 PENALTY, CLERMONT, JAMES! 0-3 Straightforward three points from the fly-half, and Clermont are off and running.
2 Fast start from the Frenchmen; big run up the touchline from Nalaga and James has a penalty chance from the home 22, straight in front. Statement of intent from Clermont.
1 Brock James gets us underway
The teams are out here, we're just moments away from kick-off. This one should be a cracker!
We've got just under half an hour to go to kick-off here at The Stoop.
Clermont name a fearsome backline as the likes of Sitiveni Sivivatu, Aurelien Rougerie, Wesley Fofana and Napolioni Nalaga start outside Morgan Parra and Brock James. The in-form Fritz Lee is number eight alongside Alexandre Lapandry and Julien Bardy while Nathan Hines and Jamie Cudmore are the lock duo.
Nick Kennedy will make his starting debut and partners George Robson in the second-row for Quins. Ugo Monye and Danny Care return to the starting line-up, while Luke Wallace is named at blindside flank.
Hello and welcome from what will be a packed Twickenham Stoop for what should be a superb match of Heineken Cup rugby. Harlequins play host to Clermont as these two battle it out for top spot in the Pool. The French side are currently four points clear of Quins due to the English team's slow start.
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