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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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|Friday 22nd August|
|18:45||Toulouse vs Castres|
|Saturday 23rd August|
|12:45||Brive vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:30||Bayonne vs Oyonnax|
|16:30||Bordeaux-Begles vs Racing Metro Paris|
|16:30||Montpellier vs Grenoble|
|16:30||Toulon vs La Rochelle|
|18:45||Stade Francais vs Lyon|
|Friday 29th August|
|18:45||Clermont Auvergne vs Montpellier|
|Saturday 30th August|
|12:45||La Rochelle vs Toulouse|
|16:30||Castres vs Bay Of Plenty|
|16:30||Grenoble vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|16:30||Oyonnax vs Stade Francais|
|16:30||Lyon vs Brive|
|18:45||Racing Metro Paris vs Toulon|
|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||Bayonne vs Brive|
|16:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier|
|16:00||Oyonnax vs Grenoble|
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