Saracens v Clermont Auvergne Live

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Saturday 18th October 14:15 GMT


One of the opening fixtures in Pool 1 of the European Rugby Champions Cup, pits the losing finalists against each other, when Saracens of the Aviva Premiership welcome Clermont of the French Top 14 tournament to Allianz Park. Both sides are flying high in their respective domestic competitions, with Saracens positioned second in the Premiership, trailing only the reigning champions, the Northampton Saints. In the French Top 14, Clermont head the table after nine rounds of fixtures.  

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The success of French sides is traditionally based on their strength of their play at home, and there are few sides with a home record that is as impressive as that of Clermont Auvergne, who have been beaten on home soil just twice in nearly 80 matches. However, they are bucking the trend of poor away form this season, having won three of their four games on the road.

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The two clubs met last season in the semi-final at Twickenham, when Saracens produced probably the most impressive display of the competition, in dismantling the French outfit by 46-6, before going on to lose the final in Cardiff to Toulon, who were the holders, having defeated Clermont in the previous season's final in Dublin. Amazingly, the French side will be cheered on by only 33 supporters at the Allianz Park, as that is all the tickets they sold from their allocation. The match is however sold out, with eager Sarries fans anxious for a repeat of last season's semi-final display and result.

Tags: European Rugby Champions Cup, Saracens, Clermont Auvergne
Posted: 18th October 2014

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