Clermont to utilise Saracens pain

Date published: October 13 2014

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Damien Chouly admits Clermont’s nightmarish experience at Twickenham against Saracens can help them tactically this weekend.

Damien Chouly admits Clermont’s nightmarish experience at Twickenham against Saracens can help them tactically this weekend.

The English side battered their French counterparts for a huge 46-6 win in London as Clermont conceded six tries.

Understandably the manner of that defeat has left a scar on Les Jaunards, with Chouly adding that his side simply didn’t turn up.

However without the pressure of a knockout fixture when they face Saracens this weekend, Chouly is backing his side to start well.

“It is going to be very hard against Saracens and Munster in our pool. They were in the semi-finals like us last year,” said Chouly.

“We haven’t focused on Europe until now and we hope Jonno Gibbes can bring his vision and experience into our preparations following his success at Leinster. Historically, the European Cup has been our priority and we did well for a few years.

“We don’t have a preference between the Top 14 and Europe, but we do want to keep doing well in Europe, although we want to forget about our last game against Saracens in the semi-finals last season.

“Maybe we can use that defeat tactically as we prepare to go to Allianz Park. Clearly we didn’t play at our best at Twickenham last season. We weren’t good in defence and lacked cohesion – we totally missed that game!

“But that was a ‘must win’ game and it will be a bit different this time. We want to start as best we can.”

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