Clermont seek closure in Dublin

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:11
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Clermont will be determined to avoid another Dublin disaster when they take on defending champions Leinster in a crunch clash this weekend.

Clermont will be determined to avoid another Dublin disaster when they go head-to-head with defending champions Leinster in a crunch Round Four Pool Five clash at a packed Aviva Stadium this weekend.

The French giants go into the contest five points clear of the champions following their edgy 15-12 win at Stade Marcel Michelin - their 51st straight home win - that brought a halt to Leinster's 17-match unbeaten competition run.

However, the memories are still painful for Clermont of their 24-8 collapse at the same stage of the 2010/11 tournament against the same opponents at the same venue in front of a crowd of 44,873.

International scrumhalf Morgan Parra, who kicked a perfect four from four penalty goal attempts in Round Three and has amassed 215 points in 41 European appearances, is confident the lessons learnt two years ago will prevent any repeat.

"We've already had the chance to play this double header and after conceding a defensive bonus point at home we went to Dublin with good intentions before exploding," he said.

"We don't want to relive that experience. We'll need to show that we've made some progress."

For their part, the 2009, 2011 and 2012 champions are looking to pick up a victory that would keep them in the hunt for quarterfinal qualification.

Leinster manager Guy Easterby said a win for his side was "vital" but added: "I don't think the result on Saturday is going to determine who is top of the group or who goes through from the group.

"We just see it as a game we have to go out and win. It's not all about topping the group. There are opportunities further down the line. Plus the fact that there are two more games, it's not like the pool finishes on Saturday evening.

"We've got a couple of tough fixtures left, as have Clermont, and our group is particularly competitive.

"With the three games we've got left, we've got two at home and one away and we'll just be looking to do our best in all of those."

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
EUROPEAN CUP
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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3