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Europe wounds agonising for Hines

20th April 2014 12:10

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Trials: Nathan Hines

Clermont lock Nathan Hines admits that last season's loss in the Heineken Cup final to Toulon remains a sore point.

Viewed by most as the better team in last year's final, Clermont somehow lost in a defeat that landed a knockout mental blow on their season.

The following week les Jaunards crashed out of the Top 14 semi-finals to future champions Castres, with Hines stating that the pain of the loss in Dublin the week before was too difficult to recover from in such a short space of time.

"We thought we would be in with a chance in the last couple of years and we fell short, agonisingly short," Hines told the Telegraph.

"We were disappointed with the way we played in that final, especially in the last 20 minutes. It was a serious blow.

"The evidence was shown the week after against Castres. Mentally we weren't there.

"It was too hard to get over and we dropped our bundle against Castres. I think if we'd won the final the week before I think we would have breezed past Castres."

Now Clermont are back in the final four in Europe, travelling to Twickenham to face Saracens next Saturday.

Hines will go toe-to-toe with Steve Borthwick, the Saracens stalwart who will retire at the end of the season and for whom Hines has plenty of respect.

"It's a sad day when any player retires and I'm trying to prolong it for as long as I can," stated Hines.

"He's a great player and a great leader. He is their go-to guy.

"They are streets ahead in the Premiership and they will be trying to do the best they can for him."

  • Top 14 Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
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Top 14
Saturday , November 1
Lyon vs Toulouse14:45
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
La Rochelle vs Montpellier18:30
Brive vs Castres18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Oyonnax18:30
Bayonne vs Clermont Auvergne20:45
Sunday , November 2
Toulon vs Grenoble13:00
Saturday , November 8
Castres vs Toulon18:00
Racing Metro Paris vs Bayonne18:00
Montpellier vs Brive18:00
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Sunday , October 12
Toulouse 21 - 10 ToulonToulouse vs Toulon Report
Saturday , October 11
Bordeaux-Begles 59 - 7 CastresBordeaux-Begles vs Castres Report
Montpellier 25 - 9 Oyonnax
Clermont Auvergne 30 - 10 La Rochelle
Stade Francais 23 - 19 Racing Metro ParisStade Francais vs Racing Metro Paris Report
Lyon 24 - 19 Bayonne
Friday , October 10
Grenoble 26 - 25 BriveGrenoble vs Brive Report
Saturday , October 4
Bordeaux-Begles 51 - 21 Clermont Auvergne
Bayonne 10 - 15 Montpellier
Castres 51 - 10 Grenoble
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Overall 2014
Top 14 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Clermont Auvergne931
2Toulon928
3Bordeaux-Begles927
4Montpellier926
5Stade Francais926