Thursday 8 December 2016

Clermont outgun rivals in shoot-out

Clermont Auvergne 49 Bordeaux-Begles 33

Published 23/10/2016 | 02:30

Clermont's French flanker Camille Girondeau runs with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby match against Bordeaux Begles. Photo: Thierry Zoccolan/Getty Images
Clermont's French flanker Camille Girondeau runs with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby match against Bordeaux Begles. Photo: Thierry Zoccolan/Getty Images
Clermont's French scrum-half Morgan Parra kicks a penalty kick during the match. Photo: Thierry Zoccolan/Getty Images

Clermont defeated French rivals Bordeaux in a hugely entertaining Champions Cup clash at Stade Marcel Michelin.

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Bordeaux made a strong start as Jean-Marcel Buttin and Jayden Spence crossed for tries, with Ian Madigan kicking the extra points on each occasion. However, the boot of Morgan Parra limited the damage for the Top 14 leaders as he was successful with three penalties.

Clermont then flexed their muscles with Noa Nakaitaci scoring before half-time, and Parra again adding the extras, to give the hosts the lead before Alexander Lapandry and Wesley Fofana ran in tries and Sebastien Vahaamahina bagged the bonus point.

But Bordeaux claimed a bonus of their own as Buttin posted his second try of the match before setting up Met Talebula, while Gauthier Doubrere scored a late consolation.

Clermont remain top of Pool 5 with 10 points after round two.

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