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Northampton 34-21 Clermont Auvergne: Five tries from Saints secures win over French side in Champions Cup

Northampton secured back-to-back wins in all competitions for the first time since September as they inflicted a first Champions Cup defeat of the season on Clermont Auvergne. Saints – already out of Europe following four straight reversals – ran in five tries courtesy of Teimana Harrison, Nafi Tuitavake, Ben Foden, Ken Pisi and Cobus Reinach in a 34-21 victory at a buzzing Franklin’s Gardens. The loss for Clermont, last season’s runners-up, also means they must wait until next weekend to secure qualification for the knockout stages. It had been plain…

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Clermont condemn Saracens to record loss in rearranged game

European Rugby Champions Cup Saracens (7) 14 Tries: Penalty (auto 7pts), Kruis Cons: Farrell Clermont Auvergne (24) 46 Tries: Raka (3), Van der Merwe, Fofana, Toeava Cons: Parra (5) Pens: Parra (2) Defending champions Saracens were handed a record home European defeat by the team they beat in last season’s final, Clermont Auvergne, in their rearranged game on Monday. Winger Alivereti Raka scored a hat-trick to give the visitors a 21-0 lead on a bitterly cold night in London. The champions got on the board through a penalty try shortly…

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'Absurd' and an 'episode of amateurism' – Clermont furious at handling of Saracens game

Clermont Auvergne have described the events around the postponement and rescheduling of their match against Saracens as “absurd”. The European Champions Cup match – a repeat of the 2017 final – will now take place in front of fans at Allianz Park at 17:30 GMT on Monday. In a statement Clermont described events of the last 24 hours as an “episode of amateurism”. The game has been moved following snow on Sunday. Clermont said that they had not been kept fully informed by the authorities during the postponement. “Our sports…

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Saracens v Clermont Auvergne postponed due to adverse weather conditions

Saracen’s home Allianz Park Sunday, December 10, 2017 Saracens’ Champions Cup clash with Clermont Auvergne has been postponed due to “adverse weather conditions” around Allianz Park. The clash, pitting the top two sides in Pool 2 against each other, was due to be a repeat of last year’s final, in which Saracens triumphed 28-17 at Murrayfield in May to retain their European crown. A Saracens statement said: “Saracens can confirm that their round three European Rugby Champions Cup fixture versus ASM Clermont Auvergne has been called-off due to the adverse…

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