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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 5
- 13th Oct 2012
- KO 15:40
- Ground: Stade Marcel Michelin
- Att: 17,000
Scarlets coach Simon Easterby reacts to heavy defeat by Clermont Auvergne
Simon Easterby was left to rue Morgan Stoddart's red card after Scarlets were crushed 49-16 by Clermont Auvergne.
The Wales wing was dismissed after picking up two first-half yellows at Stade Marcel Michelin and Clermont took full advantage.
Easterby, whose side led 7-0 after four minutes thanks to Jon Davies' converted try, said: "We came with a good game plan and it was going well for 30 minutes, but the sending off changed everything.
"The red card is harsh to say the least. Certain things were going our way, we were sticking to our plan but they scored a soft try with virtually their first attack of the half.
"I didn't see the first sin-bin, the second if Morgan didn't roll away should it have been a penalty try?
"But we didn't get the defence right on Morgan's wing and they scored three tries."
The Scarlets welcome reigning champions Leinster, who they beat 45-20 earlier this year, in the next round of matches and having been drawn in what has been billed a 'group of death', Easterby admits that game is make or break.
He added: "We will take a lot from this game, we took a bit of a beating which will be tough to take. The players in there to a man are bitterly disappointed, but this group is still very much alive and we are very much alive in it.
"But next week is a must-win game. If you lose your first in Europe, you have to win your second."Meanwhile, Clermont travel to Exeter Chiefs, who were narrowly beaten by Leinster in round one, full of confidence after surviving the early scare and running away with the encounter.
Head coach Vern Cotter said: "To come away with a bonus-point was pleasing after the way the game started. They had us in a lot of difficulty, we probably didn't get certain things right and had to claw our way back into it.
"But to get five points is a great start but we know how tough it will be in Exeter next week."
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|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Friday 17th October|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Castres|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||Sale vs Munster|
|15:15||Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne|
|19:45||Leicester vs Ulster|
|15:15||Glasgow vs Bath|
|17:15||Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton|
|Sunday 19th October|
|17:15||Leinster vs Wasps|
|15:15||Toulon vs Scarlets|
|13:00||Toulouse vs Montpellier|
|13:00||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|Friday 24th October|
|19:45||Munster vs Saracens|
|Saturday 25th October|
|13:00||Ulster vs Toulon|
|19:45||Scarlets vs Leicester|
|15:15||Bath vs Toulouse|
|17:15||Montpellier vs Glasgow|
|17:15||Northampton vs Ospreys|
|Sunday 26th October|
|15:15||Clermont Auvergne vs Sale|
|14:00||Castres vs Leinster|
|17:15||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|17:15||Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92|
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