Clermont rip the Ospreys apart

Clermont opened up the Osprey’s defence in the Heineken Cup for a 27-7 victory at Ospreys Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand on Saturday.

The Ospreys had gone to France in a strong position in their group but now need to beat Leicester Tigers at the Liberty Stadium next weekend after they failed to pick up a losing bonus point against Clermont.


Clermont outclassed previous Pool Three leaders Ospreys in France to put them second behind new leaders Leicester, who trounced Italian side Viadana 47-8.


Clermont need to beat Viadana next weekend with an offensive bonus point to give them a chance of topping the table.


Clermont went behind early on – shortly after having a try disallowed -as Irish Grand Slam winning winger Tommy Bowe finished off a delightful backline move for his sixth try of the campaign keeping him top of the tryscorers list.


However, from then on it was all Clermont and but for the nornally reliable Australian fly-half Brock James missing several kicks at goal -no less than three hit the posts – they would have been out of sight by the time Wales prop Adam Jones was yellow carded with 10 minutes remaining.


The French side had scored a try prior to that as Aurelien Rougerie collected the ball from a James up and under and passed to Julien Malzieu who raced into the corner to touch down.


The Ospreys tried to reduce the deficit but instead conceded a second try shortly before the final whistle as Napolioni Nalaga profited from a misunderstanding between two of the Welsh side’s players and cantered in to score the try which James converted.

Final Score ASM Clermont Auvergne 27 (12)  Ospreys 7 (7) 


ASM Clermont Auvergne
Tries – Rougerie, Nalaga
Pen – James 4
Con – James
Drop – James 4

Tries – Bowe
Pen –
Con – Biggar
Drop –

Referee: Dave Pearson (England)


ASM Clermont Auvergne: A Floch, N Nalaga, A Rougerie [capt], S Bai, J Malzieu, B James, M Parra, T Domingo, M Ledesma, D Zirakashvili, J Cudmore, T Privat, J Bonnaire, A Lapandry, E Vermeulen

Replacements: W Wepener, V Debaty, M Scelzo, J Pierre, A Audebert, K Senio, B Russell, G Canale

Ospreys: L Byrne, T Bowe, S Parker, A Bishop, N Walker, D Biggar, R Januarie, P James, R Hibbard, D Jones, A Jones, J Thomas, J Collins, M Holah, R Jones [capt]

Replacements: H Bennett, R Bevington, C Griffiths, I Gough, F Tiatia, J Nutbrown, J Hook, S Williams

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