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Clermont survive a scare
Late penalties extend unbeaten record
Clermont extended their unbeaten run on home soil to 45 fixtures after they held of Racing Metro's fightback to win 13-12 at Marcel Michelin.
Racing had been leading 12-7 up with 24 minutes left but could not hold on for what would have been a monumental Top 14 success.
Instead, Morgan Parra kicked two penalties to move the star-studded home side up to fourth in the table behind Toulon, Biarritz and Toulouse.
Clermont had come out of the blocks with real intent as Naipolioni Nalaga powered over in the left-hand corner after just three minutes, with France scrum-half Parra converting nicely.
But the Parisians hit back, with impressive visiting full-back Benjamin Dambielle punishing the hosts with the first of his three penalties.
Another penalty from Dambielle on 29 minutes meant it was 7-6 going into the break - with Racing sensing a possible first victory on Clermont soil.
And with flanker Julien Bardy sent to the sin-bin three minutes into the second-half, fly-half Dambielle capitalised with his third penalty
Fabrice Estebanez then added a long-range drop on 56 minutes to crank up the pressure on the hosts.
But Clermont responded brilliantly as Racing coughed up two Parra penalties which saw the home side prevail.
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Top 14 Table
|Friday 5th September|
|18:45||Montpellier vs Castres|
|Saturday 6th September|
|12:45||Brive vs Toulouse|
|15:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Racing Metro Paris|
|16:30||Stade Francais vs Bayonne|
|16:30||Grenoble vs La Rochelle|
|16:30||Lyon vs Oyonnax|
|18:45||Toulon vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|Saturday 13th September|
|16:00||Toulouse vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:00||Oyonnax vs Grenoble|
|16:00||Bayonne vs Brive|
|16:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier|
|16:00||Toulon vs Stade Francais|
|16:00||Racing Metro Paris vs Lyon|
|16:00||La Rochelle vs Castres|
|Saturday 20th September|
|15:00||Brive vs Toulon|
|15:00||Grenoble vs Bayonne|
|15:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Lyon|
|15:00||Montpellier vs Stade Francais|
|15:00||Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse|
|15:00||La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|15:00||Castres vs Oyonnax|
|Saturday 27th September|
|16:00||Bayonne vs Toulouse|
|16:00||Brive vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|16:00||Oyonnax vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:00||Lyon vs Castres|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com