Clemont crush Aironi in Heineken Cup

Clermont Auvergne crushed Aironi 0-82 in their 13 try Pool Four Heineken Cup routat Stadio Luigi Zaffanella on Saturday afternoon.

The French side really turned on the style against the Italian new boys and
returned home with a much-needed bonus point to keep them in the hunt in Pool
4 to set up a winner takes all clash with Ulster in France next weekend.

Wings Sitiveni Sivivatu and Julien Malzieu both scored try hat-tricks, with
full back Lee Byrne crossing for a brace of tries and Alexandre Lapandry, Brock
James, Elvis Vermeulen all scored against the Italians.

Aironi, who are in only their second season of European rugby and haven’t won
a game in the Pool this season, suffered their heaviest defeat in the tournament
at the hands of the Top 14 outfit.

Clermont raced to a 47-0 lead at half-time and simply overwhelmed their Italian
hosts with their pace and power in a devastating display of what the French
side are capable on their day.

Final Score Aironi 0 (0) Clermont Auvergne 82 (47)



Tries: Sivivatu 3, Byrne 2, Lapandry 2, Malzieu 3, James, Vermeulen
Conversions: Parra 4, James 7

Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)


Aironi Rugby: A Masi; G Toniolatti , R Quartaroli, A Benettin, S Sinoti; N Olivier, T Tebaldi; S Perugini, T D’Apice , L Romano, Q Geldenhuys, M Bortolami [capt], N Cattina, M Bergamasco, J Sole

Replacements: R Santamaria, A de Marchi, F Staibano, S Favaro, F Ferrarini, T Keats, M Pratichetti, G Pavan

ASM Clermont Auvergne: L Byrne; S Sivivatu, R King, G Canale, J Malzieu; B James, M Parra; V Debaty, T Paulo, D Kotze, J Cudmore, L Jacquet, A Lapandry, J Bardy, E Vermeulen [capt]

Replacements: B Kayser, L Faure, C Ric, N Hines, J Bonnaire, K Senio, A Rougerie, W Fofana

With thanks to ERCRugby.

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