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Northampton Saints vs ASM Clermont Auvergne

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

Saints 6-20 Clermont

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 20-41 Clermont

Attendance

11,712

Referee

Nigel Owens

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
20

Summary

Full Time

Clermont Auvergne
ASM Clermont Auvergne
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Clermont Auvergne
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And that's it - a tough start for Saints in the European Challenge Cup but a spirited end to the game gives the men in Black, Green and Gold a touch of hope at they head to Dragons next weekend. 

And that's it - a tough start for Saints in the European Challenge Cup but a spirited end to the game gives the men in Black, Green and Gold a touch of hope at they head to Dragons next weekend. 

Grayson...

... adds the extras to end the game. 

TRYYYYYY RIBBANS!!

It's hard work but they get there and it's Ribbans who's over the line!!

79

Collins gets back to cover a clearing kick from Clermont and he races forwards. Francis is set free with an offload and Saints work their way back up into the Clermont 22.

79

Scrappy at the restart and the first knock on is deemed to have come from Haywood's hands. Scrum Clermont.

Grayson...

... adds the simple extras too!

TRYYYYY TC!!

With no one in behind, Collins races in to score from 60 metres!!

76

The pressure from Clermont eventually pays off at Gibson knocks on. The away side play on but knock on themselves and Collins is there to clear it up...

76

Saints make it out of their 22 but are having to work hard for all their yards now.

74

But Clermont knock on close to the line and Saints play on. Mitchell dummies from the base of a ruck and nearly breaks through but instead sends the ball to Haywood. The ball comes wide to Burrell again before it's back wide to Collins and Ludlam. Collins chips over the top before Clermont knock on again and Saints play once more. 

74

Clermont take the lineout but it's scrappy off the back of it. Francis works hard over the ball but the away side keep it. They're up to Saints' five metre now...

71

Saints turn over form the lineout though and Burrell is close. He looks to find Collins but his offload goes loose and Clermont scoop it up. They then earn a penalty as Francis is penalised for not releasing. Lopez sends the ball into touch for a lineout just outside Saints' 22. 

69

Clermont maul from the lineout and earn the penalty there. They clear but it doesn't find touch and Saints play on. Collins nearly makes it into the 22 before the ball comes back the other way. The final pass doesn't quite make it to Kellaway though and Clermont have the lineout. 

68

Knock on from Clermont and Saints play on. Kellaway makes it some yards forwards but knocks on. Clermont come wide and knock on themselves. Saints play on and Collins chips through to touch. Lineout Clermont back in their own 22. 

68

Harrison works hard to get the ball away and it comes quickly wide to Burrell. The centre races up the right before it comes left to Collins. Burrell has another go but Clermont turn over. The offload that comes finds Haywood though and Francis clears. Lineout Clermont back in their own half. 

66

Forward pass from Clermont off the lineout and Saints will have the scrum. 

65

Advantage coming for Clermont from the scrum and we come back for it. Lopez - who replaces Fernandez - sends it to touch for a lineout just outside Saints' 22. 

64

Gibson knocks on as he tries to get up for the restart. Scrum Clermont.

Laidlaw...

... converts the score.

Try Clermont.

Nanai-Williams breaks down the left wing and sets Yato clear for a run in to the posts.

63

Better from Saints at the scrum and Clermont are forces to use the ball. They're coming forwards quickly though...

62

Kellaway does well under the high ball as Clermont return the restart and Saints press forwards but Clermont turnover and will have the scrum. 

Van Wyk and Grayson enter play as we set for the restart, with Waller and Biggar making way. 

Laidlaw...

... converts the score too. 

Try Clermont.

Iturria is over for the away side after Zirakashvili sets the back row free. 

59

Saints play on but in a frenetic period of play, Clermont come away with the ball. 

58

Harrison feeds Mitchell off the base of the scrum and the scrum-half finds Kellaway out wide. Saints continue to work hard but are turned over. The away side knock on though and Saints play on again. 

Hartley and Haskell make way Haywood and Gibson as we set the scrum.

56

Again Mitchell takes it quickly and Saints work hard to get back up to the 22 again. But they knock on and Clermont's backs come racing down the pitch. They make it back into Saints' half but knock on themselves. Scrum Saints. 

55

Free kick Saints at the scrum and Mitchell uses it quickly. Saints get within inches but we come back for the advantage of the free kick at the scrum. 

55

Scrappy at the lineout and though Clermont keep the ball, they knock on just after. Scrum Saints just outside Clermont's 22. 

54

Saints earn the turnover at the restart but are then turned over themselves. Clermont look to chip through but Saints charge the kick down. Lineout Clermont in their own half. 

Painter, Barrow and Reinach make way as we restart with Franks, Moon - who comes on for his European debut -  and Mitchell taking their place.

Laidlaw...

... sends the conversion through. 

Try Clermont.

The maul gets over the line and its another score for the away side. 

51

Clermont get up for the lineout and maul forwards...

50

Saints work hard and eventually get the turn over. Waller and Haskell team up to get the ball back up to halfway but are penalised for holding on. Fernandez sends it to the corner. 

49

Biggar slows things with a large hit at Clermont look to attack off the lineout again. The away side keep coming through.

48

Barrow gets up for the lineout and the ball comes wide but Tuala just can't quite get there before it finds touch. Lineout Clermont.

46

Clermont look to maul from the lineout but Saints hold them well. The away side come wide before bringing things back into the midfield. Toeava finds Betham on the wing but his pass inside to Laidlaw is knocked forwards. Saints play on. Ludlam works his way free but his offload to Waller can't be taken by the prop as he's taken down. Clermont clear and Saints have the lineout just outside their 22. 

Ulugia replaces Kayser as we set for the lineout.

46

Collins drinks through a few defenders before he's noticed and Saints work hard for a few more yards before Biggar clears. Lineout Clermont back in their own half. 

45

Clermont try to come wide but Burrell slows things with another huge hit. The away side whip things wide again and make it back up to halfway. Penaud breaks but he knocks on as he makes it into Saints' 22 and the home side play on. 

43

Harrison gets the ball away quickly and it comes wide to Kellaway. He races up the wing and into Clermont's half before offloading to Tuala. The fullback is taken without the ball but we play on for the lineout to Clermont. 

42

A gap opens up out wide for Clermont but the final pass goes forwards. Scrum Saints. 

41

Ludlam and Haskell team up to slow things before Burrell puts in a a large hit of his own. Clermont still have the ball though and come wide before working their way into Saints' 22.

41

Saints barrel up off the lineout before Biggar looks to clear. His kick is caught by a Clermont hand though and they press forwards again. 

40

Clermont collect their own restart and push themselves up to Saints' 22. But there they knock on into touch and Saints will have the lineout. 

40

We're back on - Fernandez gets us restarted here at the Gardens.

Overthrow at the lineout though and Clermont send the ball into the stands for half time. 

39

Clermont play on with the restart before Laidlaw boxes. Collins is there and he finds Kellaway who comes forwards. Saints are back in Clermont's half now and have the advantage coming. We come back for it and Biggar launches it into the corner. Lineout Saints in Clermont's 22. 

38

Laidlaw...

... sends the conversion off the posts though.

Try Clermont.

The chip goes through for Betham and the wing gets his second of the game.

37

Clermont coming forwards with an advantage coming. They work their way up to the five metre before the ball comes wide...

36

Saints penalised at the restart and they send the it to touch. Lineout Clermont on Saints' 22. 

Laidlaw...

... converts the score too.

Try Clermont.

Yato - who's just entered play - stretches over the line after the away side build up the phases. 

33

Clermont earn advantage at the scrum and play on. They're close...

Timani leaves the field with Yato entering play.

32

Saints work hard at the scrum but we'll re-set again.

30

Free kick Clermont at the scrum as Saints go early. The choose to scrum again.

30

Scrappy at the scrum and we re-set.

29

Saints slow Clermont at the lineout and defend well after. Betham eventually makes it into the 22 but it's good pressure from Saints. The home side just knock the ball on though and Clermont will have the scrum just inside the home 22. 

Van Der Merwe replaces Vahaamahina as he leaves for a HIA.

28

Saints keep hold of the ball at the lineout and Biggar clears well. Lineout Clermont outside Saints' 22.

27

Harrison gets the ball away quickly and Saints whip the ball wide. Haskell breaks through the middle before Ribbans and Hartley have a go. The ball comes back the other way but Clermont get there first. Fernandez chips through and Saints have the lineout but back in their own 22. 

26

Haskell gets up for the restart and Saints come forwards before Biggar chips it through. The teams partake in a bit of aerial tennis before Toeava charges at the midfield. Clermont make it into Saints half but are penalised for a forward pass. Scrum Saints. 

Biggar...

... sends the kick through!

24

Saints build the phases on Clermont's line, getting close. They seem to knock on but bad sportsmanship from the Clermont side sees Owens award Saints a penalty. Biggar lines it up for the posts. 

24

A bit of a mess at the lineout at the maul comes down. Penalty Saints and Biggar sends it to the corner.

22

Scrappy from Clermont at the restart but Owens deems the ball to have gone backwards. They bring the ball back to clear but Ludlam pressures and forces the error from Toeava. Clermont still have the ball but Laidlaw's clearance goes nowhere and Saints have the lineout.

22

Laidlaw...

... sends the touchline conversion wide though.

Try Clermont.

Betham comes racing towards the line from out wide and he reaches for the score.

21

Advantage coming for Clermont but the ball is going wide quickly...

20

Penalty Clermont at the scrum again. The opt for another.

17

Scrappy at the scrum but Saints manage to keep the ball. Biggar chips forwards for Kellaway but Toeava gets there first. He races down the wing and makes it nearly to the line before Ludlam takes him down. Saints do well though and Tuala gets the intercept just a phase later but he's deemed to have knocked on and Clermont have the scrum inside Saints' 22. 

17

Saints pressure at the lineout and force the knock on from Clermont. Scrum Saints.

16

Penalty Clermont at the scrum. Fernandez sends it into touch for a lineout within Saints' half. 

15

Scrappy at the restart and Saints are deemed to have knocked on there. Scrum Clermont. 

Laidlaw...

... sends the kick through to level things immediately.

13

Clermont go short with the restart and earn a penalty there at Saints are deemed offside. Laidlaw points for the posts.

Biggar...

... makes no mistake with the simple kick from in front of the posts. 

12

Saints have the advantage coming and eventually we come back for it. Biggar points to the posts with the penalty. 

12

Ribbans gets up for the lineout and Saints play on. 

11

Penalty Clermont at the scrum. And Toeava sends it to touch for a lineout just outside the Clermont 22.

10

Harrison gets the ball away quickly before Hartley takes it on. The crossfield comes over to Kellaway but Owens deems him to have knocked on over the line. Scrum Clermont on their five metre.

9

They stop just short though and Reinach pulls the ball out. But Saints earn a penalty there as he's touched by a player who's offside. Penalty Saints and they opt for the scrum. 

8

Ribbans is up for the lineout and Saints maul forwards. 

7

Saints maul from the lineout before Reinach clears. Toeava is there and Clermont come forwards again around halfway. Waller is over the ball though and Saints earn the penalty tis time. Biggar sends it deep into touch. Lineout Saints in Clermont's 22. 

6

Clermont play on from the lineout but Saints pressure well and Kellaway - who now stands at wing - forces Toeava into touch outwide. Lineout Saints.

Mallinder leaves the field after trying to play on after that large hit, Burrell takes his place.

5

Scrappy at the lineout but Saints keep the ball. Clermont get over it at the next phase though and earn the penalty. Toeava sends it to touch.

4

Clermont disrupt the lineout and have the ball. Laidlaw clears and Saints will have the lineout again.

3

Laidlaw sends the ball skyward eventually. Mallinder is there but he's hit with a monster hit and things slow. Saints earn the penalty there though and Biggar sends it into touch. 

1

Saints come off the scrum quickly and it's not long before Mallinder is galloping down the right. He finds Tuala but his offload inside finds Clermont hands. Saints pressure but the away side whip it to the other wing. They can't seem to make it out of their own 22 but still have possession. 

1

Clermont take the kick-off well and work their way up to the halfway line but lose the ball forwards just before they get there. Scrum Saints then. 

HERE WE GO!

Saints' European Challenge Cup campaign is underway!!

Opposition LineupClermont Auvergne

15
Isaia Toeava
14
Tim Nanai-Williams
13
Damian Penaud
12
Rémi Lamerat
11
Peter Betham
10
Patricio Fernandez
9
Greig Laidlaw
1
Etienne Falgoux
2
Benjamin Kayser
3
Rabah Slimani
4
Sitaleki Timani
5
Sebastien Vahaamahina
6
Arthur Iturria
7
Judicael Cancoriet
8
Fritz Lee

SubsClermont Auvergne

16
John Ulugia
17
Beka Kakabadze
18
Davit Zirakashvili
19
Flip van der Merwe
20
Peceli Yato
21
Morgan Parra
22
Camille Lopez
23
Apisai Naqalevu
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Clermont Auvergne
ASM Clermont AuvergneCLE990043319823557267043
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Northampton Saints
Northampton SaintsNOR740332018813247266022
Form Guide

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Last match

Lost to Exeter Chiefs 12-42

Past meeting

Lost 38-61
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Northampton Saints
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Clermont Auvergne
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