Home team Away Team

Leinster

  • Jennings, McFadden,
    Penalty goals: Sexton (3),
    Conversions: Sexton,
21 - 28

Clermont Auvergne

  • Fofana,
    Penalty goals: Parra (7),
    Conversions: Parra,
  • European Rugby Champions Cup
  • Pool 5
  • 15th Dec 2012
  • KO 15:40
  • Ground: The Greenyards
  • Att: 48,964

Heineken Cup: Clermont defeat puts champions Leinster on brink of elimination

Last updated: 15th December 2012  

Leinster s lock Leo Cullen

Leinster skipper Leo Cullen attempts to rally his troops

Clermont s French winger Aurelien Rougerie

Aurelien Rougerie: Clermont winger on the charge

Related links

Teams

Also see

Clermont claimed their fourth straight win in Heineken Cup Pool 5 with a hugely impressive 28-21 win over defending champions Leinster in Dublin.

Clermont are heading for a home quarter-final and look worthy favourites to lift the tropy for the first time after a dominant display that gave them back-to-back victories over Leinster.

The Irish side have won the competition three times in the last four years but look set to miss out on a quarter-final barring an unlikely series of results in the final two rounds.

Clermont dominated proceedings particularly in the second half, their power and precision at the breakdown proving too much for the injury-ravaged hosts.

Morgan Parra and Jonathan Sexton knocked over a couple of penalties apiece during a fairly even opening quarter, but Leinster were forced into desperate defence of their own line on the half hour and were grateful to concede just a penalty and a further three points to Parra.

But on 34 minutes Clermont did get the breakthrough, Sitiveni Sivivatu surging down the left touchline and offloading to give Wesley Fofana the chance to show his strength with a powerful finish in the corner. Parra knocked over the conversion and Clermont led 16-6 at the half.

A collapsed Leinster scrum meant that was quickly 19-6 although Sexton was able to cut the deficit again after Clermont were caught in possession inside their own 22.

Sean O'Brien was yellow carded for taking Sivivatu out off the ball with an ugly blow round the back of the head and Parra stretched the lead again, although he hit a post shortly afterwards after a five-metre scrum collapsed.

Midway through the half Leinster were wilting and after Brock James was held up over the line by Leo Cullen, the subsequent scrum collapsed and Parra made Leinster pay.

But the champions did rouse themselves for a stirring finish and the losing bonus point they earned may just prove crucial in scraping into the last eight.

Shane Jennings was driven over from a lineout on 65 minutes and although Parra's eighth successful kick from nine attempts settled French nerves, a suberb break and offoad from Sexton in the final play of the game put Fergus McFadden over for the bonus point.

It was a consolation that may prove more than that, but there were no Leinster celebrations at the end.

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet
Forthcoming Leinster Fixtures
TimeFixture
Leinster
Friday 19th December
Guinness PRO12
19:35Leinster vs Connacht
Friday 26th December
17:00Munster vs Leinster
Saturday 3rd January
14:40Leinster vs Ulster
Saturday 10th January
14:40Cardiff Blues vs Leinster
Wednesday 14th January
TBCLeinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons
Saturday 17th January
European Rugby Champions Cup
TBCLeinster vs Castres
Saturday 24th January
TBCWasps vs Leinster
Saturday 21st February
Guinness PRO12
TBCLeinster vs Zebre
Saturday 28th February
TBCOspreys vs Leinster
Saturday 7th March
TBCScarlets vs Leinster
Saturday 28th March
TBCLeinster vs Glasgow
Today's Results
Result
Leinster
Saturday 13th December
European Rugby Champions Cup
Leinster 14 - 13 Harlequins
British and Irish Cup
Leinster 59 - 26 Plymouth Albion
Sunday 7th December
European Rugby Champions Cup
Harlequins 24 - 18 Leinster
Saturday 6th December
British and Irish Cup
Jersey 21 - 22 Leinster
Saturday 29th November
Guinness PRO12
Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys
British and Irish Cup
Leinster 67 - 12 Carmarthen Quins
Sunday 23rd November
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster
Friday 31st October
Leinster 33 - 8 Edinburgh

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com