Bonus-point win for Clermont

Date published: October 26 2014

Clermont bounced back from last week’s loss at Saracens by beating Sale Sharks 35-3 at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin on Sunday.

Clermont hit back from last week’s Champions Cup loss at Saracens by defeating Sale Sharks 35-3 at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin on Sunday.

It wasn’t easy but they got the job done in the end, giving their hopes of topping the pool a boost.

Sale meanwhile head back to domestic matters with two losses following a home loss to Munster.

Clermont opened the scoring in the fourteenth minute when full-back Nick Abendanon’s pace and strong fend saw him go over on the right wing. Camille Lopez added the extra two points before the hosts lost centre Jonathan Davies to injury in a worry for Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

While being 0-7 down, Sale were by no means struggling as David Seymour was outstanding for his side at the breakdown, limiting the momentum Clermont could build. Their first points however would come from Fritz Lee obstructing soon after Abendanon’s try. Cipriani obliged off the tee.

Still the work of Seymour was a real nuisance to Clermont but it was apparent the hosts were the more likely to cross, with Aur