Sale Sharks v Clermont Auvergne Live

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Saturday 17th January 17:30 GMT

 

Despite some admirable, whole hearted performance in Pool 1 of this season’s European Rugby Champions Cup, Sale Sharks have just two losing bonus points to show for their endeavours after four rounds of matches. On Saturday, the Sharks will welcome the 2013 losing finalists, and last season’s semi-finalists, Clermont Auvergne to the AJ Bell Stadium, looking to end a run of three successive home defeats by French clubs. Their last home win against a club from across the English Channel, was back in 2009, when ironically they beat Saturday’s opponents Clermont by 26-17.

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The French side who host Saracens in the last round of qualifiers next weekend, have a one point advantage over the Sarries, and a four gap between themselves and twice European Champions from Ireland, Munster. Clermont Auvergne have bucked the trend in recent times of French sides travelling and performing poorly in European competition, with four victories from their previous six games in England. However, they were beaten at Allianz Park in an earlier qualifier by Saracens, and were smashed by 40 points at Twickenham in last season’s semi-final by the same opponents. 
 

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The clubs previously met in Round 2 at the Marcel-Michelin stadium, with Clermont completing a comfortable 35-3 victory, the week after suffering their only Pool lost to date, at Saracens.


Tags: European Rugby Champions Cup, Sale Sharks, AJ Bell Stadium, Clermont Auvergne
Posted: 17th January 2015


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