Five star showing from Clermont

06th Apr 2013, 18:27

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Clermont's second: Rougerie

Clermont's second: Rougerie

Clermont booked their place in the Heineken Cup semis after dominating Montpellier 36-14 at Parc des Sports Michelin on Saturday.

Clermont booked their place in the Heineken Cup semis after beating Montpellier 36-14 in a five-try win at Marcel Michelin on Saturday.

They will face either Harlequins or Munster, who face each other at Twickenham Stoop on Sunday.

Montpellier controlled the opening quarter of the match thanks to the intensity of their pack and the boot of scrum-half Benoit Paillaugue, who kicked the visitors into a 9-3 lead.

Clermont hit back as Wesley Fofana touched down in left-hand corner following Morgan Parra's chip over the top, before an excellent break from Sitiveni Sivivatu provided Aurélien Rougerie with the simplest of finishes to put Clermont into a 15-9 lead at half-time.

Clermont were utterly dominant however in the second half, Fofana turning provider as Sivivatu added a special solo score to put daylight between the two sides.

Tries from Lee Byrne and Napolini Nalaga added lashes of gloss to the scoreboard before Timoci Nagusa snatched back a consolation for Montpellier, who were left to view the experience as a learning curve having come so unstuck in the second half.

Clermont however will be bullishly confident going into their semi-final - which ironically will be held in Montpellier - having underlined their status as tournament favourites.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Tries: Fofana, Rougerie, Sivivatu, Byrne, Nalaga
Con: Parra 2, Skrela 2
Pen: Parra

For Montpellier:
Try: Nagusa
Pen: Paillaugue 3

Clermont: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Ludovic Radoslavjevic , 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Julien Bonnaire, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Gerhard Vosloo, 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Daniel Kotze, 19 Julien Pierre, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 David Skrela, 22 Regan King, 23 Jean-Marcel Buttin.

Montpellier: 15 Lucas Amorosino, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Yohann Artru, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Alexandre Bias, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Thibaut Privat, 4 Mamuka Gorgodze, 3 Maximiliano Bustos, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Yvan Watremez.
Replacements: 16 Rassie van Vuuren, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Barry Fa'amausili, 19 Mickael Demarco, 20 Johnnie Beattie, 21 Eric Escande, 22 Paul Bosch, 23 Pierre Bérard.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: JP Doyle (England); Stuart Terheege (England)