Fofana calm ahead of rematch

Date published: December 14 2016

Clermont centre Wesley Fofana believes erasing errors will go a long way to helping them bounce back against Ulster at Stade Marcel Michelin.

Sunday’s clash comes a week after the French side lost 39-32 in a thriller in Belfast that saw Clermont’s pool lead reduced to three points.

And Fofana, speaking to EPC Rugby ahead of another mouth-watering fixture between the pair, knows the first area his team must improve.

“We must not make a knee-jerk reaction, we must work all together while remaining calm. These are errors that will erase quite easily with the group we have,” said the in-form France international centre.

“We are quite pragmatic in attack and must continue this way, by erasing defensive errors. We really want to attack and move the opposing teams, and it works well.”

He added on last week’s loss: “It was little frustrating, there was room to do a little better. But we will not sulk after picking up these two points that we have brought back to the Stade Marcel Michelin.

“I feel very good at the moment, but I do not really want to talk about my individual performances. It’s more the fact of being on top form for the team that interests me particularly.”

As mentioned, Clermont’s lead in Pool 5 is down to three points as Ulster and Bordeaux-Bègles snap at their heels, something Fofana is fully aware of.

“After last weekend’s matches, Ulster put themselves in a good position and we saw that Bordeaux also revived their chances by winning in England. It’s going to be tight to the end and it’s up to us to do whatever it takes,” he said.