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Saturday 5th September 12:35 GMT


While it is difficult to read too much into the early rounds of the Top 14 Orange season, with sides decimated by international demands, in particular the top clubs, who tend to pack their squads with international players from around the globe, there is no doubt that Clermont Auvergne have laid down an impressive marker for the coming campaign.

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While two other teams, apart from Clermont, have managed to win their opening two matches, neither Toulouse nor Racing have managed a solitary bonus point, while Clermont have secured try-scoring bonus points in both wins to date. On Saturday, Clermont travel to the Stade Charles Mathon Stadium to face last seasons surprise package, Oyonnax, who themselves have won one and lost one match in the first two rounds.

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Having conceded just 12 points in total so far, and not had their line crossed by either La Rochelle or Grenoble, Clermont will be expected to maintain their 100% winning start, although they may find that Oyonnax provide them with their stiffest test so far. Oyonnax bounced back from an opening week thumping at Montpellier, where they were beaten by 19-35, to beat Bordeaux at home in week 2 by 37-19, securing a try-scoring bonus point. A result that lifted them into seventh position on the early season table.

Posted: 27th September 2014


Saturday at the Stade Charles-Mathon promises a fascinating contest between home club Oyonnax and their visitors Clermont Auvergne. Oyonnax who defied the odds, and the expectations of most pundits, and survived in the Top 14, all be it by the skin of their teeth, are one of seven sides who have won two and lost four of their first six games of the Top 14 Orange. They occupy eighth place on the table, virtue of having accumulated more bonus points than the other sides with similar records.

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The team from the Alps are certainly a different prospect in front of their own supporters. They have played only twice so far this season at home in the competition, where they have recorded their two victories. In fact Toulouse and Grenoble have been humbled on Oyonnax's own soil, by well over 30 points.

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Saturday will however, prove a much sterner test, when they have to face the table topping Clermont. The visitors have won more games this season, five, than any other club in the tournament, and have conceded the fewest points, just 80 in their first six fixtures. Strangely for a French side, Clermont are unbeaten away from home this season, their only reverse coming at home against Montpellier.

Tags: Top 14 Orange, Clermont Auvergne, Stade Charles Mathon Stadium, Oyonnax
Posted: 5th September 2015

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