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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Leicester Tigers snowed under by a rampant Clermont Auvergne

The snow of Stade Marcel Michelin did little to dampen the occasion as Pool Three of the Heineken Cup produced a high scoring match that had hosts Clermont running out victors 40-30 over the Leicester Tigers.

Clermont dominated the match before Leicester saved face with a late flurry of tries from Toby Flood, Anthony Allen, and Jeremy Staunton.

"Credit to Clermont for that first 50 or 60 minutes, they played fantastically well," Flood said afterwards. "But for us it is a big look at ourselves. Clermont came out of the blocks and we turned over the ball and conceded points."

"We let it go during that first hour and we are really disappointed they got that far ahead of us," he added.

The two sides meet again on Saturday, this time at Welford Road, but with the control shown by the French side, they’d probably be favourites for the match.

"It is a very important game next weekend. Our pride has been dented, and it is important we bounce back," said Flood.

Leicester were determined to take something away from the game as they searched frantically for two losing bonus points. They almost got them right at the death with one final counter-attack, in what was an exciting finish to the entertaining match.

Clermont, who led 35-9 with little over 20 minutes left, kept them out though, denying the visitors the consolation points.

"We kept battling and in the end we are disappointed not to come away with anything,” Flood added.

A great win for Clermont, who will take plenty of confidence from the way they scored points at will in the first half. Leicester, who conceded the most points they ever have in Europe, will need to win this weekend to stay afloat in Pool Three.

Time: 03:09
Note: If you'd like the longer highlights with French commentary, you can view them here



  • Good to see Tuqiri getting a run...pity about his result though.

    Well done by Clermont though. Well played!

    By Anonymous Phil, at December 16, 2009 11:23 am  

  • Great game with an epic finish !

    By Blogger Antoine, at December 16, 2009 11:31 am  

  • hehe the first and the third try of leicester are opened to criticism..good match anyway

    By Blogger sylvain, at December 16, 2009 11:33 am  

  • been waiting for this ever since i saw the scoreline, well done RD :)

    weird scrabble at the end

    By Blogger sebastian, at December 16, 2009 11:42 am  

  • I watched it over and over again:

    Nalaga's first try isn't a try. The ball never touches de ground :p

    But if I where a ref, I would award it too

    By Anonymous jente, at December 16, 2009 12:00 pm  

  • amazing !! great game ( one of the best this year)

    By Anonymous dezzy, at December 16, 2009 12:30 pm  

  • Nalaga is very amazing! the third try of leicester isn't good. Clermont was too strong for the tigers

    By Anonymous brock, at December 16, 2009 12:32 pm  

  • Tuilagi and Nalaga's legs are sick. How big are those tree trunks

    By Anonymous jeffrey, at December 16, 2009 12:34 pm  

  • Yay great game !!
    -Great to see Malzieux coming back at his best. (Hoping he'll be playing 11 for France with Heymans 14 soon)
    -Great to see the Sherif Cudmore very agressive but only in a positive way.
    He was almost funny as to always raise his hands to show the ref he wasn't throwing punches around... knowing his resume on that topic ;P

    Big forward pass for the third try, I think there's a difference between a "flat pass" and a ball that goes a meter forward...

    finally very consistent ref...

    By Blogger jay, at December 16, 2009 12:52 pm  

  • If you look closely, you'll see that Nalaga never grounded the ball in his first try :)

    great match

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 16, 2009 12:52 pm  

  • foward pass on Leicester third try

    Clermont's poor finish could have cost a lot more

    If Clermont can play like they did in the first half, they can go all the way

    By Blogger kevdetoulouse, at December 16, 2009 12:52 pm  

  • Such a great, real rugby match! Leicester woke up too late though. The second game at Welford road will be so exciting! Allez Clermont, montre nous ton talent, sortez vos tripes les mecs!!!

    Nalaga's first try is totally valid, the ball touch the ground, jente. But Leicester last try is just a joke : the last pass is 1 meter forward!!!
    Great job by Tuqiri in the second, very nice.

    It's a pity that Ospreys, Clermont and Leicester are in the same group. I love this three teams and they play very high level... Unfortunately I think just one of the three will be in the quarterfinals.
    I hope it will be Clermont.

    By Anonymous numéro 8, at December 16, 2009 12:54 pm  

  • Shocking first 70 from Leicester. And Clermont deservedly punished them.

    Good to see the Tigers spirit at the end though. Looking forward to the rematch!

    By Anonymous Maximus, at December 16, 2009 1:06 pm  

  • great match!! Clermont and the Ospreys are two teams which practise offensive game

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 16, 2009 1:07 pm  

  • Some very un-Leicester like moments there, what on earth's happened to them this season (and all the English clubs for that matter)? Absolutely shocking defence in the first two french tries and then trying to run the ball out of the 22 with no support. Chucking the ball all over the place!

    I'm all for taking risks and attacking from your own half but not if you do it all by yourself...

    By Anonymous Ted, at December 16, 2009 1:14 pm  

  • 2 of the english tries arent

    By Blogger Oli, at December 16, 2009 1:24 pm  

  • décalage entre le son et l'image, du coupe les deux compères ont l'air assez lent à réagir a chaque fois!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 16, 2009 2:34 pm  

  • nice pic with the post, 2 wings who could play prop :P

    glad to see em on the wing though, great strenght and speed!!

    By Anonymous Cheis, at December 16, 2009 2:59 pm  

  • Great game from Clermont and the Tigers.
    Clermont players were really impressive in their pressing.

    The return in welford road will be a crunch!

    By Anonymous FLOOZ, at December 16, 2009 3:01 pm  

  • Is there a mistake in the writing above...im suspecting there is...

    I didnt see the match but read the above (the clip is loading..)

    'Clermont running out victors 40-30'


    'Clermont, who led 39-5 with little over 20 minutes left'

    i think there is something wrong in one of those....not sure which...

    By Anonymous :), at December 16, 2009 4:43 pm  

  • ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    where it says clermont led 39-5 is wrong,they actually led 35-9

    By Anonymous Ireland for WC 2011, at December 16, 2009 5:45 pm  

  • Anyone else want to see Nalaga go against Tuilangi??? still no direct impacts :(

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 16, 2009 6:10 pm  

  • Scary to think tuquri was one of the smaller wingers on the pitch

    By Blogger jig, at December 16, 2009 6:54 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 16, 2009 7:47 pm  

  • No, I think that for once, though, the English commentary was as excited as the French is...hard to do, since the French commentators are always so fun to listen to. But at the end there, the fellas at Sky were losing their minds. "EVERYBODY DIVE ON IT!!"

    Jesus, how many passes did Leicester throw BEHIND their players? Ridiculous...but so was Clermont "parking the car and going to get a beer" during the last 20 minutes.

    Wasn't Leicester the same side that for the first few weeks of the GP had conceded the fewest amount of tries? ...and here, they had the most points scored on them ever during a HC match.

    By Anonymous Cowboy Dan, at December 16, 2009 8:54 pm  

  • cudmore is a god

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 16, 2009 11:04 pm  

  • Any chance of getting the Ospreys V Viadana highlights? I wanna see what Tommy Bowe got cited for!

    By Anonymous Conor, at December 17, 2009 12:17 am  

  • Does he say "Monsieur Whiskey Dick" at 8:05??!

    By Anonymous alackalack, at December 17, 2009 1:11 am  

  • Nalaga let himself down with that last retard like attempt to kick the ball out (or whatever he was trying to do) lol.

    Awsome player though, powerful runner.

    By Anonymous jamie, at December 17, 2009 1:14 am  

  • awesome!

    By Anonymous samitarugby, at December 17, 2009 1:43 am  

  • Just love the French commentary, no British reserve.

    By Anonymous Phil, at December 17, 2009 7:58 am  

  • I've fixed up that score typo now. Sorry about that, but well spotted by you guys.

    By Blogger RD, at December 18, 2009 12:02 am  

  • No probs RD, i missed the match so i was reading the info you posted.


    By Anonymous :), at December 18, 2009 6:33 am  

  • great commentary

    By Anonymous rosh, at January 15, 2010 1:48 pm  

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