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Sunday 5th June 18:45 GMT

 

Clermont Auvergne entertain La Rochelle in the the last round of the regular season in the French Top 14 Orange tournament on Sunday at the Stade Marcel Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand. Clermont are top of the table, and despite their 11-22 defeat at Toulouse last weekend, they already assured of finishing in the top two in the table, and advancing straight to the semi-finals of the competition. Victory on Sunday would assure Clermont on finishing at the very top of the pile, a position that they have occupied for much of the Campaign, and would give them top seeding, and in theory at least, an advantageous draw in the last four.

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The two clubs met on the opening weekend of the season, way back on August 22nd, when Clermont Auvergne laid down a marker for the coming season with a stunning 44-6 victory. La Rochelle travel to Clermont in ninth position, the same spot that they finished in last season. However, while they were just two points clear of the relegation zone in 2014/15, this time around they are a massive 31 points ahead of the drop, and thanks to the woeful form of Oyonnax and Agen, they have never been threatened with a relegation battle.

Posted: 11th October 2014

 

Clermont's defeat at Bordeaux last week may not have been a total shock, after all the table toppers were playing a side that was in the top six, and was noted for it's exciting and attacking brand of rugby under the guidance of Raphael Ibanez. However, what will have hurt the losers, was the margin of the defeat at the Chaban-Delmas, where a club that had conceded just three tries in seven fixtures in the current Top 14 campaign, had their line crossed six times, as they crumbled to a 51-21 defeat. The game was up by halftime, as the home side lead 24-9, having scored three tries, a total that they went on to double in the second period, when they dominated the forward contest and ran their exalted visitors ragged. It may just be, that the newly promoted La Rochelle, who visit the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin on Saturday will face the backlash of Clermont embarrassment at Bordeaux.

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Last week La Rochelle won the battle of the promoted clubs, defeating visitors Lyon by 29-10, and lifting themselves to ninth position in the table, although only two points clear of the relegation positions. However, they are travelling to one of the great fortresses of world rugby on Saturday, and their form at home is quite different to that which they produce on their travels, and anything but a comprehensive win by Clermont Auvergne would be a major surprise.


Tags: Top 14 Orange, Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont Auvergne, La Rochelle, Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Posted: 5th June 2016


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