Match Preview

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After a sobering start to the European Champions Cup last weekend, Saints make the journey over the Channel to face the reigning Top 14 champions in Clermont.

 

Tickets for this game must be purchased directly through Clermont-Auvergne. 

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CLERMONT v SAINTS
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st, 2017
KO 4:15pm

Form Guide

Facing the current double champions, Saracens, who have not lost in the European Champions Cup for two and a half year, Saints opened their campaign with a difficult loss.

But this weekend they head across the Channel to face the current French title-holders, Clermont-Auvergne, in round two of the pool stages. Before this, though, Saints had not lost at home in three outing at the Gardens and currently sit third in the Aviva Premiership table as they look to head back into the league competition in a week's time.

This week's opposition and the current French title holders, Clermont, secured a narrow victory over fellow Pool 2 dwellers Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium. Despite leading 23-7, after sending Alivereti Raka and then Scott Spedding over early doors, the Welshmen came back and nearly denied Clermont the victory.

This weekend, though, Saints will make the trip to the Stade Marcel-Michelin hoping to bounce back from the week before as they did after the opening round of the Aviva Premiership back in September.

 

Head-to-Head

Previous meetings 

Played 3

Northampton wins 0

Clermont wins 3

Draws 0

Points for 37

Points against 108

Players to Watch

Courtney Lawes worked hard in defence for Saints last weekend, putting in an incredible 16 tackles in his 80 minutes of European Champions Cup rugby so far.

Lawes is also up there when it comes to carries for Saints, only beaten by Ahsee Tuala (12) who ranks among the top 12 players across the competition so far in that domain. Tuala also made more metres than any other Saint in round one, crossing some 50 more metres than Saints' next best runner Tom Collins.

For this week's opposition, Alivereti Raka leads the way across metres made, average gain and defenders beaten for Clermont, as well as securing the more turnover than any other in the side. 

In defence, Judicael Cancoriet tops the tackle stats for Clermont last weekend, putting in a massive 21 tackles against Ospreys while the Frenchmen's play-maker Morgan Parra completed 29 passes and scored 13 points in his 57 minutes of European Champions Cup rugby.

Key Stats

Saints sit top of the OPTA Rugby rankings on both goal kicking and scrum success, keeping their slate totally clean in that domain last weekend, while sitting just behind top tacklers Clermont Auvergne and Bath with 147 against Saracens.

Clermont also maintained a 100% record in goal kicking and scrum success, while also keeping their lineout throws on target throughout their game with Ospreys. The Frenchmen also made the most tackles across the tournament, but find themselves at the bottom of the OPTA Rugby rankings when it comes to carries, offloads, defenders beaten and passes.

Current Standings

Pool 1

Pos Team Pld Win Draw Loss F A TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Atlantique Stade Rochelais 1 1 0 0 34 27 4 3 1 0 5
2 Ulster 1 1 0 0 19 9 2 0 0 0 4
3 Harlequins 1 0 0 1 27 34 3 4 0 1 1
4 Wasps 1 0 0 1 9 19 0 2 0 0 0

Pool 2

Pos Team Pld Win Draw Loss F A TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Saracens 1 1 0 0 57 13 8 1 1 0 5
2 ASM Clermont Auvergne 1 1 0 0 26 21 2 3 0 0 4
3 Ospreys 1 0 0 1 21 26 3 2 0 1 1
4 Northampton Saints 1 0 0 1 13 57 1 8 0 0 0

Pool 3

Pos Team Pld Win Draw Loss F A TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Leinster 1 1 0 0 24 17 4 2 1 0 5
2 Exeter Chiefs 1 1 0 0 24 15 3 2 0 0 4
3 Montpellier Herault RC 1 0 0 1 17 24 2 4 0 1 1
4 Glasgow Warriors 1 0 0 1 15 24 2 3 0 0 0

Pool 4

Pos Team Pld Win Draw Loss F A TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Racing Metro 92 1 1 0 0 22 18 3 2 0 0 4
2 Castres Olympique 1 0 1 0 17 17 2 2 0 0 2
3 Munster 1 0 1 0 17 17 2 2 0 0 2
4 Leicester Tigers 1 0 0 1 18 22 2 3 0 1 1

Pool 5

Pos Team Pld Win Draw Loss F A TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Bath Rugby 1 1 0 0 23 0 2 0 0 0 4
2 RC Toulonnais 1 1 0 0 21 20 2 2 0 0 4
3 Scarlets 1 0 0 1 20 21 2 2 0 1 1
4 Benetton Rugby Treviso 1 0 0 1 0 23 0 2 0 0 0