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  • Penalty, Wyles, Ashton (2), Farrell, Streather,
    Penalty goals: Goode, Bosch,
    Conversions: Goode (5),
46 - 6

Clermont Auvergne


  • Penalty goals: Parra (2),
  • European Rugby Champions Cup
  • Semi Final
  • 26th Apr 2014
  • KO 15:40
  • Ground: Twickenham
  • Att: 27,000

Saracens v Clermont - Live

Last updated: 26th April 2014  

Full Time80 FULL-TIME: SARACENS 46-6 CLERMONT

Conversion80 CONVERSION, SARACENS, GOODE! 46-6 Fitting that Goode strokes home the touchline conversion, and Owens blows for full-time. The humiliation is over for Clermont, but Saracens have well and truly stepped up to the mark today. They were helped by luck, they were boosted by refereeing errors, but they have thoroughly deserved victory. An astounding game here at Twickenham, where the mighty Clermont Auvergne have been put to the sword. Thanks for joining us.

TRY79 TRY, SARACENS, STREATHER! 44-6 The demolition is complete. Turnover ball, two phases, try-time. Easy as that for Sarries, as it has been for much of this game.

78 An eerie silence around Twickenham as Clermont try to attack from their own 22.

Conversion75 CONVERSION, SARACENS, GOODE! 39-6

TRY74 TRY, SARACENS, WYLES! 37-6 This is an embarrassment. Wyles strolls over after more great work from Chris Ashton. An absolute humbling.

73 Saracens take possession and will cruise their way through the last ten minutes.

71 Clermont have been awful, but Sarries' defence has been something else.

69 Entering the final twelve minutes or so, and Clermont win another scrum penalty. James boots down into the 22 and the Frenchmen look to score and restore some much-needed pride.

66 Goode wide with the conversion.

TRY65 TRY, SARACENS, ASHTON! 32-6 The icing has been liberally slapped onto that cake now. Chris Ashton hacks through down the right-hand-side, keeps his cool, and grounds to bag another Heineken Cup try.

60 Burger again making the turnover and winning the penalty. Sarries now look to put the icing on the cake.

58 Sloppy from the Frenchmen, they spill the ball yet again. Dejected looks all-round from the Clermont fans here.

57 Clermont win a penalty and boot to the corner. They have to score here, you feel.

56 Scrum penalty Sarries on halfway...Bosch going for goal. He's got a mighty boot, the Argentine, let's see how he goes.

Penalty55 PENALTY, SARACENS, BOSCH! 27-6 Sarries stretch their lead with Bosch's lovely, lazy kicking style coming up trumps.

51 The tackle stats are flying thick and fast - Jacques Burger sitting on an incredible 21 tackles so far.

50 Saracens once more looking so fluent and so dangerous in attack, Billy Vunipola bullocks his way through the Clermont midfield, spins it wide and De Kock just loses possession ten metres out.

48 More controversy as Clermont are denied what appeared a clear penalty and Goode drills down into the 22 yet again. The French side attack from deep.

46 The hits flying in as Sarries have the ball back inside their own half.

44 Clermont survive with a penalty, and boot sixty metres down to the Sarries' 10m line. Big kick from James.

43 Great start to the half for Sarries. Clermont so flat. Lovely grubber to the corner from Bosch and Sivivatu gets bundled into touch on his own line.

42 We're back underway as Sarries kick-off, and win the lineout midway inside Clermont territory.

40 Teams back out for the second forty after an astonishing first half. Can Clermont pick themselves up? Or will Sarries keep up the pace?

Half Time40 HALF-TIME: SARACENS 24-6 CLERMONT

Half Time40 There's the half-time whistle. The Premiership leaders are storming towards the Heineken Cup final at this rate. Controversy has reigned, but let that not detract from a super defensive display and a clinical offence from Saracens.

Penalty38 PENALTY, SARACENS, GOODE! 24-6 Three more points for this clinical Sarries side, and all of a sudden, they lead the mighty Clermont but 18 points with two minutes to go to half-time. Incredible stuff, crazy game.

35 Clermont going absolutely nowhere against this Sarries defence, and the Englishmen are racing into the 22 again with great gusto.

Conversion33 CONVERSION, SARACENS, GOODE! 21-6 What now have Clermont got in the locker to get back into this one?

TRY32 TRY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 19-6 Sarries are riding their luck in a massive, massive way, but my word, what a first half for the Premiership leaders! Off Farrell's knee, he regathered and dotted down for an astonishing third try to Saracens.

32 Well...Farrell thinks he's scored here! The ball went forward, was it a kick or a knock-on?!

30 Scrum penalty gets Clermont out of jail in their own 22.

Penalty30 PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA! 14-6 For their recent ascendancy, Clermont have not broken Sarries' resistance. They trail by eight and spill from the kick-off, handing Saracens a great attacking position.

28 Another couple of breakdown penalties for Clermont in the Sarries 22. Borthwick is warned by Owens to watch his side's discipline. Clermont going for three points.

26 Brock James back on for Clermont who are in possession on halfway.

24 No try! That also looked harsh from Owens, but Saracens can clear.

24 Stanley has finally broken Sarries' resistance, but we're checking for obstruction in midfield. It looked like an infringement, we'll see what the TMO replays show.

23 In fact, no they're not, Parra clips it into the corner. Big chance to score while still down to 14.

23 Sarries cling on...Clermont win a penalty right on the line. They're going to tap!

21 Scrum penalty gets Clermont downfield and now it's their turn to attack with Lee Byrne making good yardage.

19 Sarries sweep forward in attack once again, Brits just bumps into the offside Botha, though, and Clermont have the scrum in their own 22. The French giants are on the ropes here.

17 Clermont going nowhere with ball in hand, so Parra rolls a beautiful box kick into the corner.

Conversion15 CONVERSION, SARACENS, GOODE! 14-3

TRY14 TRY, SARACENS, PENALTY TRY! 12-3 Unbelievably, Owens has awarded a penalty try! Sarries ride their luck, but suddenly they are 14-3 up with Goode's simple conversion!

Yellow Card13 Clermont absolutely suicidal in their own in-goal area! Parra caught on his line, Byrne charged down in the dead ball area, and James slaps the ball out of play. The TMO confirms it's a penalty, and Sarries with a chance to hit straight back. James is gone for ten.

Penalty12 PENALTY, CLERMONT, PARRA! 7-3 Clermont with a penalty chance for Parra from 40 metres, and over she goes. Good defence from Sarries, though, and in particular Brits flying up on the Clermont first-receivers.

Conversion10 CONVERSION, SARACENS, GOODE! 7-0 Alex Goode makes no mistake with his first kick off the tee, slots home from the touchline.

TRY9 TRY, SARACENS, ASHTON! 5-0 Sarries have the lead! The first time either side has put some phases together, as Brits pulled the strings down the short-side to release Barritt. The centre's offload is excellent, and Ashton speeds home untouched. What a start for the English outfit.

5 Lots of early errors from both teams as passes are spilled. Clermont spurn decent field position with Fritz Lee's knock-on, and a super kick downfield from Farrell puts them right back into their own 22.

2 Decent start from Sarries, big Billy Vunipola making good yards from the kick-off. They have the game's first scrum on the Clermont 10m line.

Here we go! Nigel Owens blows his whistle and Brock James has semi-final number one underway.

The teams emerge to a fantastic reception here in the Twickenham sun. Kick-off moments away, this one will be massive!

News just in, and it's not good for the English side. Owen Farrell is struggling with a knock - he starts, but he will not be able to kick a goal. Alex Goode takes over the duties from the tee.

News just in, and it's not good for the English side. Owen Farrell is struggling with a knock - he starts, but he will not be able to kick a goal. Alex Goode takes over the duties from the tee.

For Les Jaunards, the return of Sitiveni Sivivatu to the starting lineup is a massive boost - he starts on the right wing with Lee Byrne at full-back. Skipper Aurelien Rougerie misses out, hard-hitting Kiwi Benson Stanley fills the void at outside centre. Julien Bonnaire captains the side from 6, as Damien Chouly and Fritz Lee shake off knocks that threatened to rule them out of today's game to start in the back-row.

Saracens start Argentine midfielder Marcelo Bosch in the outside centre position, partnering Brad Barritt . Neil De Kock gets the nod at scrum-half, while a bruising back-row comprises Billy Vunipola, Jacques Burger and Kelly Brown.

Hello, and welcome to live coverage from today's seismic Heineken Cup semi-final clash at Twickenham between Premiership leaders Saracens and the mighty French giants, Clermont. Kick-off is a little over half an hour away here, team news on its way shortly. Don't go away!

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