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Friday 23rd December 18:00 GMT


Top 14 table leaders Clermont Auvergne return to the domestic challenge of retaining the top spot in the table, when they face the aristocrats of Stade Francais at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin on Friday Evening in Round 14 of the competition. Over the past fortnight, Clermont have faced back to back fixtures against Ulster in the Champions Cup, as they seek to claim a first ever title in the premier European club competition, after losing two recent finals, both to their great rivals Toulon.

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In their last Top 14 fixture, Clermont slipped to a shock defeat, going down by 35-40 at struggling PAU, just a third loss in the Top 14 this season for the leaders. Ahead of Stade's visit, Clermont have played six matches on home soil in the Top 14 Orange, and won all of them. Stade Francais are currently enjoying their best run of the season in the Top 14, having won the last two matches that they played before going into the European break. Both games were played at home, against high flying Montpellier and lowly Brive. While Clermont have a 100% winning record at home, Stade have a 100% losing record in the Top 14 on the road. Played six and lost six. It is this dreadful away form that sees them down in ninth position with 29 points.

Posted: 13th June 2015


The final of the French Top 14 Orange tournament takes place at the Stade de France Stadium in Paris on Saturday evening in front of a capacity crowd, with one of the new powerhouses of the French domestic game, Clermont Auvergne, taking on one of the traditional top clubs, Stade Francais. The regular season, saw Clermont finish in second position, with Stade trailing in back in fourth place, although they were only five points behind Saturday's opponents. The Parisian will go into the match as underdogs, despite claiming their place in the climax to the season, with a victory in Bordeaux against the reigning Champions, Toulon.

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While Clermont Auvergne themselves, struggled to overcome a tenacious challenge from Toulouse by a mere 18-14. Les Jaunards will be appearing in their first championship final since 2010, while for Stade Francais they have been waiting for eight years to appear in the season's climax. Co-incidentally, they beat Clermont 26-20 in that final. The final promises to be a tight affair, and it may just come down to who kicks their penalties that decides who claims the title and ends their Championship drought. If that is the case, then Stade may just have the edge, with Morne Steyn being in imperious form in recent weeks, including scoring 28 of his side's 38 points in the "barrage" against Racing Metro before kicking another 18 points last week against Toulon.

Posted: 8th November 2014


What should be one of the clashes of the season on Saturday at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin between Clermont Auvergne and Stade Francais, has come a week too late, to see the two clubs go head to head with full strength teams. The start of the Autumn international series, means that the sides currently sitting in second and third place respectively in the Top 14 table, will be without a swathe of first choice players.

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Nevertheless, this is an important fixture for both clubs, who are neck and neck in the table, having won seven of their ten fixtures, and sitting just two points behind the reigning champions Toulon. Clermont Auvergne who were defeated in Round 3 at home by Montpellier 20-21, have remained unbeaten at home since, and have scored more points in front of their own fans than any other Top 14 side, apart from Begles-Bordeaux. Stade have one of the most impressive away records in this season's tournament, although that is relative to the inability of French sides to produce the same form away from home, as they do in their own Stadiums. The Parisians have managed two wins from their five fixtures on the road.

Posted: 14th April 2012


On Saturday, the 14th of April, Clermont Auvergne and Stade Francais will play in Clermont-Ferrand at 14:15 local time and 12:15 GMT in the French Top 14 competition. Clermont is the second ranked team in the Top 14 Orange competition, and they have been responsible for sixteen wins out of the twenty two games that they have played. They have lost four games and had two draws for 74 points total. As for Stade Francais, they are in seventh place right now with ten wins out of twenty two games, two draws and ten losses for 53 points total.

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Posted: 23rd December 2016

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