Clermont ease into last eight
Clermont Auvergne 59
Published 24/01/2010 | 05:00
Clermont Auvergne booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup with an emphatic 59-20 win over hapless Viadana in Italy.
The French side, who registered a convincing 27-7 win against Ospreys last week, knew that a bonus-point win would see them through to the last eight and they were 7-0 ahead within two minutes thanks to a converted try from Morgan Parra.
The vicitors then ran riot through the flimsy Italian defence and had picked up the four tries needed for a bonus point by half-time, with Napoleoni Nalaga and Aurelien Rougerie (twice) touching down.
Vern Cotter's team then moved into a 52-6 lead thanks to tries from Julien Malzieu, Elvis Vermeulen, Nalaga and a penalty try, while Brock James kicked six conversions in a row.
Julio Garcia's converted try was some consolation and replacement Gareth Krause also went over for the Italian side to make the score 52-20.
But Clermont soon hit back thanks to a late try from No 8 Julien Bonnaire.
Scorers -- Viadana: Garcia, Krause 1 try each; Hola 2 cons, Law 1 pen, Johansson drop-goal. Clermont: Rougerie, Nalaga 2 tries each, Parra, Vermeulen, J Malzieu, pen try, Bonnaire 1 try each; James 5 cons, Floch 2 cons.
Viadana: Law (Pace 76); Robertson, Cox, Johansson, Pratichetti; Hola, Canavosio (Brancoli 63); Sciamanna (Cagna 67), Ferraro, Garcia; Del Fava, Hohneck Geldenhuys 52); Persico (Krause 69), Benatti, Erasmus (Sole 70).
Clermont Auvergne: Floch; Nalaga, Rougerie (Russell 70), Canale, J Malzieu; James (Lavea 66), Parra (Senio 65), Domingo (Scelzo 52), Ledesma, Zirakashvili (Faure 69); Pierre, Privat; Cudmore (Vermeulen 7), Lapandry (Audebert 51), Bonnaire.
Ref: Andrew Small (England).