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Clermont Auvergne                          Brive
Saturday 12th March 17:30 GMT


Clermont have been at or near the summit of the Top 14 Orange table for the whole of the season, and go into Saturday's match against Brive at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, sitting in second position, just a single point behind Racing 92. Since suffering something of a surprise home defeat, and in truth any tie that Clermont Auvergne fail to win on home soil, it is a surprise, in Round 14 to Montpellier by 15-19, Clermont have embarked on a three match winning run, equalling their best of the season. They also won their first three matches of the campaign, as they opened with a five match unbeaten run.

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Brive drew a thrilling match at home with Toulouse last weekend, 21-21. While on the surface that was a decent enough result, it leaves them in eighth position, seven points adrift of Montpellier who occupy the final play-off position, and who have what looks a relatively easy trip to bottom of the table Oyonnax on Sunday. By the end of Round 18 this weekend, Brive could easily find themselves 12 points away from qualifying for the post-season play-offs, and effectively out of contention. When Brive hosted Clermont in Round 10, they picked up a consolation losing bonus point, as they went down by 21-26.

Posted: 10th January 2015


Clermont climbed back to the top of the French Top 14 Orange tournament last week, thanks to their home victory against Toulouse, and away defeats for previous leaders Stade Francais, and reigning champions Toulon. On Saturday, with Brive the visitors to the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, they will expect to remain top of the pile, although the positions may remain unchanged in relative terms with all three of the top clubs playing at home. With the top two clubs at the end of the regular season, going straight into the play-off semi-finals, where they will also enjoy home advantage, the battle for those vital positions looks set to go right down to the end of the season. Although Brive look to have a fairly comfortable mid-table position, they are currently in ninth place, they are anything very comfortable. They have only a three point buffer between themselves and Bayonne who are in 13th position, but who are at home to Lyons on Saturday.

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Although Brive's last away match ended in a thumping defeat to Bordeaux, they ran Stade close in the previous road trip, and they will do well to take a bonus point away from Clermont Auvergne. With their away from remaining somewhat scratchy, Clermont will be keen to take a full five points from fixtures such as Saturday's as they seek to keep their noses in front of their rivals.

Posted: 12th May 2012


Saturday, May 12th, Clermont Auvergne and Brive play in Clermont-Ferrand in the Top 14 Orange Rugby competition. This match will take place at 16:15 local time and 14:15 GMT. Clermont Auvergne is the second team on the table right now. They have eighteen wins and two draws so far this season, and have only lost five games total. They have eighty two points as well, which gives them a one point trailing on the top team in the table, which is Toulouse. Toulouse has won eighteen games and had one draw for a total of eighty three.

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We find Brive at the thirteenth place in the table, with just seven games won. They have also had one draw this season and right now have 42 points. The closest team that they have to them to be able to move up is Bayonne in twelfth place with 47 points.

Tags: Top 14 Orange, Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, Clermont Auvergne, Brive, Top 14 Orange Rugby
Posted: 12th March 2016

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