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Clermont Auvergne

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Saracens

European Cup | Edinburgh
16:00 (GMT) | 13-05-2017
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Saracens wins another penalty and opts for touch. They kick it out after the line-out and that's the end of the game. Saracens wins the European cup back to back.
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Saracens wins another penalty and Farrel slots it. That might be the of it for Clermont
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Saracens line-out inside their own half they kick and apply pressure
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Clermont wins a penalty after the restart and Lopez misses the kick
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Farrell adds the extras
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Saracens with ball in hand 10m away from the try line. They edge closer and some space is found wide by Goode. Try time!!
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Clermont making good use of the boot. Britz fields and looks to counter. A mistake by Spedding sees Saracens win a scrum 5m away
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Wiggleswoth feeds and Billy Vunipola looks to attack the blind he is tackled into touch. What a try saving tackle. Clermon wins a penalty at the line-out and the pressure is relieved with a kick and they get a line-out close to their own 10
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Spedding clears into touch from the scrum. He finds touch close to the 10. Saracens look to maul before playing it wide. They get close to the try line but the ball is almost intercepted by Lopez but he loses it forward. The ref goes up to check if the ball is knocked down deliberately but he calls the scrum red ball
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Saracens with ball in hand and getting over the advantage line with every run. The ball is lost forward. Scrum for Clermont deep inside their own half
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Farrel puts it high and Spedding fields it bjut is taken into touch. Saracens line-out close to Clermont's 10
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After the restart Clermont wins a scrum inside Saracens 22. They win a penalty and opt for goal. Parra lines it up and it goes sailing over
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After the restart both teams look to attack. Saracens scrum inside Clermont's 22. They look to bash it up in the middle. Edging closer
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Lopez adds the extras
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Clermont puts some beautiful together and finds space wide Abendanon goes over for the try
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The men from France are defending like Trojans 5m away from their try line. Owens awards a penalty to Saracens and they opt for goal. Farrell slots it
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Saracens playing phases after phase edging closer to the try line. 5m away and they look to go wide.
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Both teams making good use of the boot. An error by Lopez sees Saracens get a line-out in good attacking position 22m away
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The second half gets on the way and Clermont looks as if they had found a new energy during the break

Half Time

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Thats the end of the 1st half
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Saracens look to attack but another penalty is won by Clermont at the breakdown
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Saracens penalty on the halfway line. They opt for touch and finds it inside Clermont's 22
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Free-kick won by Saracens who kicks it high. A bit of ping pong kicking from both sides. Ball knocked forward by a Clermont player after a kick by Lopez. Scrum for Saracens inside their own half
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Spedding fields and looks to counter. Clermont building a few phases but the ball is lost forward in contact. Scrum for the men from England
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Clermont with ball in hand. Building a few phases before kicking. The mark is taken and the kick is returned
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After the restart both teams nake use of the boot. Saracens look to attack the midfield and they find space. Penalty at the breakdown for Clermont relieves some of the pressure. They opt for touch
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Lopez adds the extras
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Scrum reset. Parra feeds the scrum. Clermont attacks the midfield and Lamerat goes over for their fisrt try
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Clermont looks to maul but is stopped. They win another penalty and opt for touch again. This time they find some momentum to drive over the line but the ball is held up. Scrum for the attacking team
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After the restart Saracens look to build on their momentum and attack. A few kicks being exchanged by both teams before Clermont wins a penalty and opyt for touch
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Farrell adds the extras
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After some beautiful running Kruis bashes over for his try
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Saracens look to maul but the men from France keep them out. Saracens looks to attack and finds a few holes in the Clermont defense
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After the reset kick Saracens wins another penalty and opt for touch.
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Farrell lines up a difficult kick 49m away. He strikes it well but not well enough. The kick is short
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Saracens scrum close to the half way line. They win a penalty at scrum time and opt for goal
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After the restart both teams make good use of the boot. Clermont line-out close to the half. They look to attack the midfield but the ball is lost forward
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Farrell fails to add the extras
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Saracens line-out as they look to attack. A beautifully timed kick by Goode sees Ashton go over for their first try
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Saracens look to go wide but the ball is passed into touch. Clermont line-out just over their own 22. They look to maul but the Saracens defense holds up. Parra clears
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Scrum reset.Wigglesworth feeds and Saracens look to build a few phases again
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Saracens scrum in good attacking position close to the 22
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Parra returns the kick and Saracens look to attack before they kick.
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Saracens kick and Clermont is in possession but the ball goes out into touch. Saracens line-out inside their own half they make use of the boot
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Saracens scrum close to the half way line. Billy Vunipola picks up at the back and looks to gain a few metres.
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Spedding finds touch close to their own 22. Clermont looks to attack but their momentum is stopped by a handling error
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Saracens playing phase after phase. Edging closer to the try line before Clermont wins a penalty on the ground
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Saracens loses the ball and Lopez clears to relieve some pressure. Line-out on the half for Saracens. Advantage for a high tackle. Owens awards a penalty Saracens opts for touch.
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Nigel Owens blows his whistle and Lopez gets this final on the way with a deep kick-off. Saracens secures the ball and looks to clear. Spedding knock the ball into touch. Line-out Saracens. They go wide and finds some space 6m away
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The players are doing their final preparation before running onto the field. The match official for this match will be Nigel Owens. Its a beautiful evening at Murray field for some running rugby.
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This will really be an epic final as both teams boast with a number of international players. Players to look out for in this match for Clermont will have to be Scott Spedding at full back, David Strettle at wing and Fritz Lee at number 8. While Saracens would look for strong performances from Owen Farrel, Alex Goode and Michael Rhodes
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This will be a close contested final as most finals are normally won by those small margins. Both teams have worked really hard throughout the season to be in the positions they are and will look to go all the way. The London side are bidding to become just the fourth club to win back-to-back European Cup titles, after Leicester, Leinster and Toulon. Victory would also see Saracens set a new outright record of 18 matches unbeaten in the Champions Cup, equalling the record they share with Irish side Leinster of 17, in both cases comprising 16 wins and a draw. Saracens, also the reigning English champions and eyeing a 'double Double', could field six members of the British and Irish Lions squad - the largest number supplied by any one club - for the combined side's upcoming tour of New Zealand.his will be Clermont's third European Cup Final, with the Top 14 side still looking for a first major continental title after twice losing to another French side in Toulon.
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Welcome to Edinburgh where Clermont will face off against Saracens in this epic European final
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Scott Spedding
  • 14 David Strettle
  • 12 Remi Lamerat
  • 11 Nick Abendanon
  • 10 Camille Lopez
  • 9 Morgan Parra
  • 8 Fritz Lee
  • 7 Peceli Yato
  • 6 Damien Chouly
  • 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina
  • 4 Arthur Iturria
  • 3 Davit Zirakashvili
  • 2 Benjamin Kayser
  • 1 Raphael Chaume
RESERVES
  • 23 Damien Penaud
  • 22 Pato Fernandez
  • 21 Ludovic Radoslavjevic
  • 20 Alexandre Lapandry
  • 19 Paul Jedrasiak
  • 18 Aaron Jarvis
  • 17 Etienne Falgoux
  • 16 John Ulugia
  • 13 Aurélien Rougerie
START LINE UP
  • 15 Alex Goode
  • 14 Chris Ashton
  • 13 Marcelo Bosch
  • 12 Duncan Taylor
  • 11 Chris Wyles
  • 10 Owen Farrell
  • 9 Richard Wigglesworth
  • 8 Billy Vunipola
  • 7 Jackson Wray
  • 6 Michael Rhodes
  • 5 George Kruis
  • 4 Maro Itoje
  • 3 Vincent Koch
  • 2 Jamie George
  • 1 Mako Vunipola
RESERVES
  • 23 Mike Ellery
  • 22 Alex Lozowski
  • 21 Ben Spencer
  • 20 Schalk Burger
  • 19 Jim Hamilton
  • 18 Petrus du Plessis
  • 17 Titi Lamositele
  • 16 Schalk Brits
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PREVIEW: Clermont Auvergne v Saracens

Fri, 12 May 2017 04:51

CHAMPIONS CUP FINAL: Saracens will aim to rewrite European Rugby Union's record books when the title-holders face Clermont in the Champions Cup Final at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The London side are bidding to become just the fourth club to win back-to-back European Cup titles, after Leicester, Leinster and Toulon.

Victory would also see Saracens set a new outright record of 18 matches unbeaten in the Champions Cup, equalling the record they share with Irish side Leinster of 17, in both cases comprising 16 wins and a draw.

Saracens, also the reigning English champions and eyeing a 'double Double', could field six members of the British and Irish Lions squad - the largest number supplied by any one club - for the combined side's upcoming tour of New Zealand.

That England sextet of Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Jamie George and Mako Vunipola are all set to feature against Clermont after Saracens rested most of their stars for last week's Premiership defeat to Wasps, having already booked their place in the title-deciding play-offs.

Saracens boss Mark McCall deployed just one of his Lions in the starting line-up against Wasps in Kruis, with Jamie George the only other to feature as he came off the bench.

England lock Itoje was the man-of-the-match in Saracens' Champions Cup Final win over Clermont's French rivals Racing 92 last season.

This will be Clermont's third European Cup Final, with the Top 14 side still looking for a first major continental title after twice losing to another French side in Toulon. 

"They've been close a few times but not quite done it," Itoje told Saracens' website. 

"They're a big, physical team with a strong set-piece and a deadly attack as well."

It will be up to Itoje and his fellow Saracens forwards to secure enough good quality ball so they can unleash backs of the calibre of England wing Chris Ashton, who needs just one more try to take sole possession of the tournament's record of 36 tries that he shares with former France star Vincent Clerc.

Saturday's match will be Ashton's last in European competition with Saracens before he joins Toulon at the end of the season, having remained off the scoresheet in their semifinal win away to Munster. 

Saracens will be without Scotland wing Sean Maitland (ankle)and prop Richard Barrington (hand) because of injury. They also have fitness doubts over tighthead prop Vincent Koch. 

Losing Koch would be a blow given that, in the absence of the already sidelined Juan Figallo, he will be expected to anchor the scrum against Clermont's powerhouse front row Thomas Domingo. 

But in any case, Clermont would do well to keep an eye on unheralded South African Michael Rhodes, a loose forward who has also starred at lock this season while Kruis was out injured.

Meanwhile, Clermont received a boost earlier this week when scrumhalf Morgan Parra and centre Remi Lamerat were passed fit by coach Franck Azema earlier this week.

Parra, 28, suffered a thigh strain and 27-year-old Lamerat a knee knock in the French club's bruising semifinal win over Irish side Leinster (27-22).

Clermont are battling against their reputation as the 'nearly men' of rugby, with their loyal 'Yellow Army' of fans desperate to celebrate in Edinburgh.

They've won just one of their 12 Top 14 finals (in 2010), as well as suffering those two European reverses against Toulon.

But David Strettle, Clermont's former Saracens wing, told AFP: "It doesn't affect me if Clermont have won or lost eleven, twelve finals.

"I am playing just the one game, in my head it is the same. The players just have to ignore the history.

"For the fans, it's different."

Prediction: Saracens could become the fourth club to win back-to-back European Cup titles, after Leicester Tigers, Leinster and RC Toulon. Holders Saracens have won one and lost one of their two previous finals, while Clermont have lost in their two final appearances; no club has played in three finals without winning at least one. This will be the third time that Murrayfield has hosted European club rugby's showpiece match. The two previous finals in the Scottish capital were each won by margins of fewer than seven points, with Toulouse beating Stade Francais Paris 18-12 after extra-time in 2005 while Leinster defeated Leicester 19-16 in 2009. This will be the seventh Anglo-French final and the third in the last four seasons; both of Saracens' finals have been against French opposition, but this will be the first time Clermont have faced a team from outside the Top 14 in the Final. Four of the last six European Cup finals have been decided by margins of more than seven points, just three of the 15 finals before that had been decided by such a margin. Saracens are unbeaten in their last 17 games in the Champions Cup (Won 16, Drew one), equalling Leinster's record which was set between 2010 and 2012 (also Won 16, Drew one). Saracens will claim their 100th victory in European competition if they retain the trophy. To date, they have won 56 games in the Champions Cup and 43 in the Challenge Cup. Saracens have yet to concede a first-half try this season. However, Clermont have scored more tries than any other side in the first 40 minutes of matches (16). Chris Ashton needs just one try to become the outright top try scorer in European Cup history. The Saracens wing is currently level with Vincent Clerc on 36 tries. The three top tacklers this season are all likely to feature in the final. No other player has made as many tackles as Sebastien Vahaamahina (90), Michael Rhodes (82) or Benjamin Kayser (80). Saracens are the favourites and rightly so. They have dominated the game in Europe and they will take this year's title by 10 points or more. 

Teams:

Clermont Auvergne: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 David Strettle, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Remi Lamerat, 11 Nick Abendanon, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Peceli Yato, 6 Damien Chouly, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Arthur Iturria, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Raphael Chaume.
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Etienne Falgoux, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Ludovic Radosavljevic , 22 Pato Fernandez, 23 Damian Penaud 

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Brad Barritt (captain), 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Jackson Wray, 6 Michael Rhodes, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Titi Lamositele, 18 Petrus du Plessis, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Duncan Taylor. 

Date: Saturday, May 13
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 17.00 (16.00 GMT; 18.00 France time)
Expected weather: Showers are expected on Saturday in Edinburgh with a high of 16 and a low of 10. There will also be gusts of up to 22 km/h
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

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Remi Lamerat (26min) and Nick Abendanon (52min)
TRIES
Chris Ashton (12min), George Kruis (21min), and Alex Goode (72min)
Morgan Parra (27min) and Morgan Parra (53min)
CONVERSIONS
Owen Farrell (22min) and Owen Farrell (73min)
Morgan Parra (59min)
PENALTIES
Owen Farrell (50min), Owen Farrell (57min), and Owen Farrell (78min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Edinburgh
REFEREE Nigel Owens (Wales)