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Chiefs chopped down as Clermont charge on

AFTER an encouraging debut at the RDS, Exeter Chiefs suffered a sobering home defeat as Clermont clocked up six tries for the second week running for a 46-12 triumph.

VERN COTTER'S side look to be in rude health going into their Pool 5 clashes with Leinster in December as they ran in tries through Julien Bonnaire, Sitiveni Sivivatu and a brace apiece from Wesley Fofana and Napolioni Nalaga.

Meanwhile, all of Toulon's points came from Englishmen as they won 22-14 at Cardiff Blues.


Steffon Armitage touched down and Jonny Wilkinson booted 17 points as the French seized control of Pool 6, but Armitage's brother Delon was lucky to escape censure after a high no-arms tackle on Gavin Evans that saw the Blues centre taken to hospital.

In the other game in that pool, Montpellier ran in three second-half tries to claim a 33-18 win over Sale Sharks.

With Munster getting back to winning ways in Pool 1, Saracens made light of playing their 'home' game in Brussels when seeing off Racing Metro.

Vincent Clerc was villain and hero as Toulouse got their second Pool 2 victory with a 33-21 away success over Treviso. The France wing was sin-binned in the 45th minute but returned to notch his 33rd Heineken Cup try.

In the same pool, there was a breathless finish at Welford Road as three tries in the final 10 minutes gave Leicester a 34-22 bonus-point win over the Ospreys.

Zebre's wait for a first win in any competition goes on after a loss to Biarritz.

Both games in Pool 4 were sorted out on Friday night, with Ulster winning at Glasgow and Castres edging out Northampton.