Rougerie at the double for Clermont

Date published: September 6 2014

Aurélien Rougerie scored two tries as Clermont bounced back in style with a thumping 32-6 win over Racing-Métro.

Aurélien Rougerie scored two tries as Clermont bounced back in style with a thumping 32-6 win over Racing-Métro.

Having lost two of their last three games at the Marcel Michelin, after more than four years unbeaten, Clermont came into the game under real pressure.

But Rougerie, back out on the wing, and captain in the absence of Damien Chouly, scored a try in each half as they cruised past a Racing side that never looked like causing an upset.

It was actually Racing who opened the scoring with a monster drop goal from Johan Goosen, the South African splitting the uprights from the best part of 60 metres.

But that was as good as it got for the visitors, with Clermont hitting back with two Morgan Parra penalties.

Goosen levelled the scores with a penalty of his own, but just before the half-hour Clermont scored their first try. Rougerie was the man on the end of it, after a great break from Nick Abendanon. Parra's conversion made it 13-6.

They added a second try five minutes before the break when Davit Zirakashvili used his power to crash over, and it got even worse for Racing on the stroke of half-time when Clermont turned the ball over inside their own 22.

Wesley Fofana decided to counter attack, and after quick hands from Thomas Domingo and Napolioni Nalaga, Alexandre Lapandry collected the ball on halfway, and had far too much pace for Dan Lydiate to run in a long-range try. Parra converted and Clermont led 25-6 at half-time.

Racing had already lost Goosen to concussion, as well as prop Davit Khinchagishvili, and it got worse in the second half when Casey Laulala was forced off with an arm injury Julien Brugnaut also had to leave his teammates.

That came after Rougerie's second try, with the winger arriving in support after Parra's break, before shaking off Antonie Claassen's tackle to sprint home.

There was little reason for optimism for Racing, who were second best in every sector of the game, but Teddy Thomas looked dangerous with the ball, and came close to scoring a try for the visitors showing great feet to get away from Rougerie, with three covering defenders eventually required to force him into touch.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Tries: Rougerie 2, Zirakashvili, Lapandry
Conversions: Parra 3
Penalty: Parra

For Racing-Métro:
Penalty: Goosen
Drop Goal: Goosen

Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Aurelien Rougerie (c), 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Raphael Chaume, 18 Loic Jacquet, 19 Viktor Kolelishvili, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Brock James, 22 Zac Guildford, 23 Daniel Kotze.

Racing: 15 Benjamin Lapeyre, 14 Adrien Planté, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Teddy Thomas, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Fabrice Metz, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski (c), 1 Davit Khinchagishvili.
Replacements: 16 Jeremie Maurouard, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Thibault Dubarry, 19 Camille Gerondeau, 20 Maxime Machenaud, 21 Benjamin Dambielle, 22 Alexandre Dumoulin, 23 Walter Desmaison.

Referee: Christophe Berdos