Clermont must be 'squeaky clean'

Tue, 14 May 2013 12:23
Large leebyrneclermonttry

Clermont Auvergne must be "squeaky clean" if they are to avoid the damage the boot of Toulon's ace marksman Jonny Wilkinson can do in the European Cup Final on Saturday.

Clermont Auvergne must be "squeaky clean" if they are to avoid the damage the boot of Toulon's ace marksman Jonny Wilkinson can do in the European Cup Final on Saturday.

The all-French final sees the leading two clubs from the Top 14 go head-to-head with Wales and British and Irish Lions fullback Lee Byrne signaling out Wilkinson as the Toulon dangerman.

"We can't give away penalties in our half because it is almost guaranteed to be three points," said Clermont's Byrne. "We will have to be squeaky clean.

"However, Toulon are full of international players so it is going to be difficult. We've played them twice this season, we beat them the first time game at home and drew the second one away," he added.

Byrne is expecting a passionate encounter this weekend as both teams go flat out in search of European glory.

"You hear stories that the French title is more important but everybody wants the European Cup just as much.

"It's massive, especially after losing last year in the semis. We sat down as a group and it surprised me how much the French boys want to win Europe. We want to be the best team in Europe not just in France," he explained.

On the individual front Byrne is aiming to become only the ninth Welshman to win the European Cup.

"It's not many Welshman who have managed that," said Byrne. "It would be nice to get into that prestigious club but we'll have to wait and see.

"It is difficult for a Welsh region to win in Europe. The main thing is having strong squads and in Wales maybe the depth is not there," he said.
 

There are currently no matches being played
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
MORE LOGS
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
RELATED ARTICLES