HC: Saracens 39, Clermont 6

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The European Cup draws towards the Final with two French giants battling against the cream of the Irish and English leagues in the semi-finals.

Reigning European Cup champions, Toulon, are aiming for a fourth European final in five seasons.
 
And although they are on the opposite side of the semifinal draw from French compatriots Clermont, successes for both of these teams could see a repeat of last years Final.
 
Last year’s Final saw Toulon just pip Clermont by a solitary point.
 
There have been six European Cup semifinals between English and French clubs since the tournament started in 1995 with the countries currently level at three wins apiece.
 
We take a look at all of the matches:
 
Saturday, April 27
 
Saracens v Clermont
(Twickenham Stadium – Kick-off: 15.40; 14.30 GMT; 16.40 French time)
 
 
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 David Strettle, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Billy Vunipola , 7 Jacques Burger, 6 Kelly Brown, 5 Mouritz Botha, 4 Steve Borthwick (captain), 3 James Johnston, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 Alistair Hargreaves, 20 Jackson Wray, 21 Richard Wiggleworth, 22 Tim Streather, 23 Chris Wyles.
 
Clermont: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Naipolioni Nalaga, 10 Brock James, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Damien Chouly, 6 Julien Bonnaire (captain), 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo
Replacements: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Clément Ric, 19 Julien Piere, 20 Gerhard Vosloo, 21 Thierry Lacrampe, 22 Mike Delany, 23 Noa Nakaitaci.
 
Referee: Nigel Owens 
Assistant Referees: Alain Rolland, Leighton Hodges 
TMO: Gareth Simmonds 

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22 comments for “HC: Saracens 39, Clermont 6

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    April 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    The Twickenham clash is almost ready to start …….

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    April 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Brilliant play and handling from Saracens with Brits at the start of it all…..Aston score the first try…brilliant

    Saracens lead 7-0

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    April 26, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Parra gets a change for three points as they get a kickable penalty…..

    OVER!!!!

    Saracens lead 7-3

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    April 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Clermont slap ball out in goal and TMO call if it was deliberate …….

    Yellow card for Clermont and penalty for deliberately knocking the ball out in the in goal area

    Give for Saracens….

    Saracens lead 14-3

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    A dangerous spell from Clermont as they went through the phases on Saracens line sees them awarded a penalty. Parra kicks to touch

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Clermont looked to have scored through Stanley, but with a hint of crossing in the build up the decision is refereed to the TMO

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    NO TRY!

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Clermont back to their full compliment of 15 as Brock James comes back onto the field

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Saracens penalised again in their own half. Nigel Owens running out of patience as he calls over captain Steve Borthwick for a word

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    TRY? Owen Farrell looks to have scored after great interplay from Goode and Ashton. Decision referred to the match TMO

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    It’s a try! Owen Farrell the scorer!! Great response from Mark McCall’s men after a being under pressure

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Saracens score a three pointer and lead 24-6

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Saracens lead 24-6 at half time at Twickenham

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Second half about to start at Twickenham

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Brilliant defence from Saracens. Clermont go phase after phase and go nowhere. Goode finds a great touch from the turnover

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    April 26, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Jacques Burger has already made 22 tackles

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    April 26, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Saracens with penalty and extend the leas to 27-6

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    April 26, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    TRY! Chris Ashton with his second of the day and Saracens fourth as they edge ever closer to a Cardiff final

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    April 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Saracens 32 Clermont 6

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    April 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Great standing ovation for Man of the Match Jacques Burger who is replaced by Jackson Wray. One the years that performance Jacques!!

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    April 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    What a try to cap it off. Poetry in motion from the men in red and black as Wyles finishes off a brilliant move

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    April 26, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Saracens lead now 39-6

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