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  • European Rugby Champions Cup
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  • 19th Dec 2009
  • KO 18:00
  • Ground: Welford Road
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O'Connor laments 'rub of the green'

But Leicester coach says his side are "in there fighting"

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O'Connor laments 'rub of the green'

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Leicester coach Matt O'Connor was happy with his side's 20-15 Heineken Cup victory against Clermont Auvergne despite not having what he called "the rub of the green".

The win against their Pool Three rivals keeps the Tigers' hopes alive in competition, although their French opponents did pick up what could prove an important losing bonus point.

O'Connor explained: "I am pleased with the win but not with the fact that they leave with a bonus point from a game we largely dominated.

"It can be frustrating when one team is trying to be positive and the other negative.

"We didn't get the rub of the green with certain decisions, but the win keeps us in there fighting.

"I'm convinced one of us will go through as a successful runner-up, but it will go down to the wire.

"When Scott Hamilton scored his try, it was a relief all round and now we look forward to the last two rounds."


Meanwhile, Clermont coach Vern Cotter admitted they were satisfied with the single point away from home at Welford Road.

He said: "We knew, above all, we had to come away with something from this game - and we have.

"This is a famous European venue, and it was every bit as good an atmosphere as we expected.

"I am proud of the way we hit back fast after falling eight points behind minutes from time and out of the losing bonus point zone."

Leicester need to win their two remaining games, possibly with bonus points, to have a chance of making the quarter-finals.

Man of the match Toby Flood said: "That late penalty they got was a harsh call just after we'd got ourselves eight points clear of them.

"But we have to be pleased with the win, and with avenging last weekend's hugely disappointing 40-30 defeat down there when we simply did not do ourselves justice.

"The pool is tight, and we have to make sure we the most from our two remaining games. It's still there for us."

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