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Clermont look to carry form into Europe

30th November 2013 13:41


Julien Malzieu of Clermont Auvergne is tackled by the Perpignan defence

In red-hot form: Julien Malzieu

Clermont coach Vern Cotter is hoping his side can build on Friday's rare win in Perpignan ahead of two difficult Heineken Cup clashes.

The victory in Catalonia was only Clermont's second away win of the season, following on from their Top 14 opening day victory at rock-bottom Biarritz.

Having already lost to Racing-Metro in Paris, Cotter knows his team must get positive results from their clashes against Pool 4 leaders Scarlets over the next fortnight if they are to advance to the Heineken Cup knock-out phases.

"It's an interesting and important win," said Cotter.

"It's come at the right time because we have back-to-back matches against Scarlets from next weekend.

"It's important because we wanted to test ourselves away from home. This year in the European Cup we're need to win in Wales.

"Now we can prepare with more serenity.

"Everything is not perfect, we've got a lot of injuries but winning here doesn't happen often."

Perpignan manager Marc Delpoux felt it was a missed opportunity for his team.

"I'm disappointed because we had the game in our hands," he said.

"The match turned on some difficult events. We had five players go off injured during the match."

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