Clermont’s Abendanon: ‘We believe’

Date published: April 19 2015

Clermont star Nick Abendanon outlined the confidence within the squad after making the Champions Cup Final.

Abendanon and Clermont defeated Saracens 13-9 in St Etienne on Saturday.

"It is another final for Clermont and we honestly believe this is our year. We have worked so hard to get here that, hopefully, it will be our year," Abendanon told the EPCR website.

"It has been a hell of a ride in the Champions Cup this season. We have beaten Munster home and away, Northampton Saints and now Saracens here in St Etienne.

"The win over Saints was a game in which everything worked for us and we knew it was going to be a lot more difficult in the semi-final. Saracens squeezed us and were a very difficult side to play against.

"We went into half-time three points down and we had hardly touched the ball. But we knew that if we played in the right areas we would eventually get a shot at them and it was a lovely bit of skill by Brock James that led to the try.

"I was sitting next to Jonathan Davies on the bus coming to the stadium and I have never experienced anything like it before. The fans were fantastic and I just turned to Jonathan and said this is why we came to France.

"The noise in the stadium was deafening and you simply don't experience anything like that kind of atmosphere in English rugby.

"Clermont and Toulon are bitter rivals and it would make for a fantastic spectacle if we met them in the final. But you can never write off Leinster.

"I'm just going to put up my feet and watch the game with eager anticipation. Then it is roll on the final in two weeks time."