Planet Rugby

Clermont canter past 14-man Scarlets

13th October 2012 17:32

Share:

Sitiveni Sivivatu diving over for Clermont

Scored: Sitiveni Sivivatu

The sending off of Scarlets left wing Morgan Stoddart sparked a one-sided second-half in France as Clermont cruised to a 49-16 win on Saturday.

The Scarlets got off to a flying start at the Stade Marcel Michelin as Jonathan Davies scored a try after just three minutes, finishing off a great move that was started by George North and went through the hands of Scott Williams and Rhys Priestland.

Morgan Parra soon got the home side on the scoreboard with two penalties though, the second of which came after Stoddart caught the ball in an offside position and was harshly despatched to the sin bin.

Far from struggling while they were down to 14 men though, the visitors actually extended their lead by six points during that 10 minute period as Priestland kicked a penalty and then took the opportunity to slot over a drop goal from in front of the posts.

It all started to unravel for the Welshmen in the final ten minutes of the first half though. First, Parra broke away after a cleverly worked line-out before finding Sitiveni Sivivatu on his shoulder and the New Zealand international coasted over to score.

And then, with the scores level at 13-13, Stoddart was given a red card after not rolling away from a tackle and lying on the wrong side of the ball to earn his second yellow card of the afternoon.

Clermont were looking like scoring their second try of the game at the time after a great jinking run from Sivivatu but they had to settle for another Parra penalty, which gave them a 16-13 lead at the break.

The prospect of playing an entire half a man short away from home against one of the best sides in Europe is a daunting one and it is no surprise that the Scarlets struggled to live with their opponents in the second half.

The Clermont pack got the ball rolling with a penalty try in the opening couple of minutes and, although Priestland did respond with a penalty, tries from Lee Byrne and Damien Chouly wrapped the bonus point up well before the hour mark.

Byrne had Sivivatu to thank for his try after the big winger provided a deft pass for the Welshman to sprint down the right-hand touchline and Chouly crashed over in the same corner after incessant pressure from the hosts.

Julien Bonnaire took the try count to five in the final 10 minutes, with the French international back row forward finishing off an overlap in the right-hand corner where Stoddart would have been defending. And flying Fijian winger Napolioni Nalaga intercepted a tired pass from Priestland in the last minute to make it six, with Brock James adding the conversion to take the total to one short of 50 and cap a resounding win for the French side.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Tries: Sivivatu, Penalty try, Byrne, Chouly, Bonnaire, Nalaga
Con: Parra 4, James
Pen: Parra 3

For Scarlets:
Try: Davies
Con: Priestland
Pen: Priestland 2
Drop: Priestland

Sent-off: Morgan Stoddart (two yellow cards)

ASM Clermont Auvergne: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Naipolioni Nalaga, 10 Brock James, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Gerhard Vosloo, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 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 Elvis Vermeulen, 21 Loic Jacquet, 21 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 22 David Skrela, 23 Benson Stanley.

Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Morgan Stoddart, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 8 Rob McCusker (capt), 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Johan Snyman, 4 George Earle, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Phil John.
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Shaun Hopkins, 18 Deacon Manu, 19 Sione Timani, 20 Kieran Murphy, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Aled Thomas, 23 Gareth Maule.

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Paul Haycock (Ireland), Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Television match official: Dermot Moloney (Ireland)
Timekeeper: Bruno Bessot (France)
Assessor: Claudio Giacomel (Italy)
Citing commissioner: John Cole (Ireland)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Top 14
Friday , August 29
Clermont Auvergne vs MontpellierClermont Auvergne vs Montpellier Preview
Saturday , August 30
La Rochelle vs Toulouse14:45
Castres vs BayonneCastres vs Bayonne Preview
Lyon vs Brive18:30
Grenoble vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Oyonnax vs Stade Francais18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulon20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , August 29
Pumas vs SharksPumas vs Sharks Preview
Saturday , August 30
Griquas vs Cheetahs15:00
Blue Bulls vs Western ProvinceBlue Bulls vs Western Province Preview
Eastern Province Kings vs Lions19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Saturday , August 30
Counties Manukau vs Hawkes BayCounties Manukau vs Hawkes Bay Preview
Southland vs Otago17:35
North Harbour vs WaikatoNorth Harbour vs Waikato Preview
Sunday , August 31
Taranaki vs Bay Of Plenty14:35
Auckland vs TasmanAuckland vs Tasman Preview
Wednesday, September 3
Manawatu vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Thursday , September 4
Otago vs Canterbury19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Friday , August 29
Wellington 21 - 27 ManawatuWellington vs Manawatu Report
Thursday , August 28
Canterbury 48 - 3 NorthlandCanterbury vs Northland Report
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato 17 - 46 TaranakiWaikato vs Taranaki Report
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu 7 - 35 AucklandManawatu vs Auckland Report
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 56 TasmanBay Of Plenty vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
New Zealand 51 - 20 AustraliaNew Zealand vs Australia Report
Argentina 31 - 33 South AfricaArgentina vs South Africa Report
More Rugby Championship results
Top 14
Brive 6 - 21 Clermont AuvergneBrive vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax
Stade Francais 23 - 20 Lyon
Toulon 60 - 19 La Rochelle
Montpellier 20 - 17 GrenobleMontpellier vs Grenoble Report
Bordeaux-Begles 30 - 21 Racing Metro Paris
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Blue Bulls 30 - 25 Eastern Province KingsBlue Bulls vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Western Province 27 - 14 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
Sharks 19 - 16 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Northland 35 - 5 WellingtonNorthland vs Wellington Report
Counties Manukau 29 - 25 OtagoCounties Manukau vs Otago Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Friday , August 22
Toulouse 35 - 6 CastresToulouse vs Castres Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Pumas 33 - 15 GriquasPumas vs Griquas Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Waikato 27 - 58 CanterburyWaikato vs Canterbury Report
Hawkes Bay 29 - 26 TaranakiHawkes Bay vs Taranaki Report
Thursday , August 21
North Harbour 21 - 25 Southland
Sunday , August 17
Tasman 35 - 15 Hawkes BayTasman vs Hawkes Bay Report
Northland 23 - 28 Manawatu
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00