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Clermont remain grounded - Kayser

07th April 2014 16:22


Benjamin Kayser Clermont HEC

Level-headed: Benjamin Kayser

Clermont hooker Benjamin Kayser insists his side will keep their feet on the ground with yet another shot at European success.

Clermont triumphed 22-16 over Leicester Tigers on Saturday, extending their winning run at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin to an astonishing 75 games, though the Premiership team made them work for their win.

Beaten finalists last year, Clermont are two games away from shedding their tag as Europe's nearly-men. But first, Vern Cotter's men must overcome Saracens at Twickenham in the semi-final; Kayser is not getting carried away.

"Saracens were strong in the group stage of the competition and we are playing away from home, so we know just how tough it is going to be," said Kayser, who was a Heineken Cup finalist with Leicester four years before Clermont lost out to Toulon in Dublin.

"The semi-final will be a very high-level game against a team with great power and mobility. Tactically we must get things right and pay attention to every single detail. Physically we have to match any team as well as having the right mind-set.

"We showed our maturity in that game against Leicester, especially in the last few minutes when we had to defend our line. We will use that maturity to concentrate on each game at a time, whatever competition it is.

"We have several fronts to fight on and our experience will be important, but we didn't mention the Top 14 in the dressing room after victory over Leicester. We wanted to celebrate winning a big match, a European quarter-final against a very strong team."

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