Clermont leave Leinster’s Heineken Cup hanging

 Clermont secured back-to-back victories over current Heineken Cup champions Leinster when they beat the hosts 21-28 at the Aviva Stadium.


Clermont’s victory in Dublin follows on from last week’s 15-12 win at Stade Marcel Michelin which ended Leinster’s 17 match unbeaten run.


French club Clermont now have an eight point lead (18) in Pool 5 over the double champions Leinster who are on 10 points.


Leinster may have done just enough to keep their Heineken Cup hopes alive as Jonny Sexton broke down the wing in the final act of the game and set up Fergus McFadden for a try that earned them a losing bonus point.


More to follow.


Final Score Leinster 21 (6) Clermont Auvergne 28 (16)


Scorers


Leinster
Tries :Jennings, McFadden
Conversion : Sexton
Penalties: Sexton 3


Clermont
Tries: Fofana
Penalties: Parra 7
Conversions: Parra


Attendance : 48,964


Match Officials
Referee
: Wayne Barnes (Eng),
Assistant ref: JP Doyle (Eng),
Assistant ref: Paul Dix (Eng),
TMO: Geoff Warren (Eng),
Citing Commisioner: Mike Rafter (Eng)


Teams


Leinster Rugby: Ian Madigan; Fergus McFadden, Gordon D’Arcy, Andrew Goodman, Isa Nacewa; Jonathan Sexton, Eoin Reddan; Heinke Van der Merwe, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross, Leo Cullen (c), Damien Browne, Sean O’Brien, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip.


Replacements: Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Michael Bent, Devin Toner, Kevin McLaughlin, Isaac Boss, Andrew Conway, David Kearney.


ASM Clermont Auvergne: Lee Byrne; Sitiveni Sivivatu, Aurelien Rougerie (c), Wesley Fofana, Napolioni Nalaga; Brock James, Morgan Parra; Raphael Chaume, Benjamin Kayser, Davit Zirakashvili, Jamie Cudmore, Nathan Hines, Julien Bonnaire, Julien Bardy, Damien Chouly.


Replacements: Ti’I Paulo, Vincent Debaty, Daniel Kotze, Loic Jacquet, Alexandre Lapandry, Ludovic Radosavljevic, David Skrela, Regan King.

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