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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Clermont too powerful for the Ospreys

Clermont too powerful for the Ospreys

Clermont Auvergne convincingly beat the Ospreys 27-7 in a crucial Pool 3 Heineken Cup clash at Stade Marcel Michelin on the weekend. By doing so, theyve edged closer towards topping the pool next weekend.

Brock James scored 17 points to add to tries from wingers Julien Malzieu and Napolioni Nalaga in the second half, denying the Ospreys the possibility of at least picking up a vital losing bonus point.

The Welsh region started well, with a converted try for Tommy Bowe, but they missed out on a few chances and Clermonts power showed as they ran away with the match, coming into their own in the second half.

Flyhalf James hit the posts on a few occasions, but he took all other chances presented to him, making the visitors pay for their missed opportunities.

Full credit goes to Clermont as we were beaten by the better side. In fact, they were amazing especially Brock James, said Ospreys head coach Sean Holley.

You have to admire them but we came here with a lot of hope and ambition and we saw that in the early exchanges. But the penalty count was 14-2 against us and they came in the scrum. That clearly had an effect in the end.

It is an extremely disappointing dressing room and were disappointed for the fans but Clermont were worthy winners, he added.

Clermont head coach Vern Cotter said: The Ospreys came at us early on and found some gaps in our defence. But we tightened up and took control. It was a hard battle on a heavy pitch so its a good win. We are in good shape to qualify from such a tough group.

Clermont will take on Viadana in their last pool clash this weekend, with a maximum points haul there being enough to take them through to the last eight. The Ospreys will host Leicester in Swansea.

Time: 05:00
Note: Thanks to WRN

Posted by Rugbydump at 5:30 am | View Comments (37)

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Jeff January 19, 2010 7:10 am

Bugger. Come on Ospreys!

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 7:15 am

Tommy come home!

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Continental Divide January 19, 2010 9:17 am

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, French crowds at sporting events bitch and moan more than any other group on the planet; you'd think that any time the Ospreys made ground, it was through illegal means.

It would've made a Welsh victory pretty sweet - to shut up the whiners - but Clermont were way too strong, especially in the last 20 minutes. They showed really good composure to clench the game and take away any chance of the Ospreys winning.

At least Tommy Bowe showed he's still on great form; that bodes well for the Irish. :)

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 9:42 am

Should be interesting to see how French rugby pans out in the next few years with the forthcoming salary cap.

Clermont currently spend 19 million euros a year, of which 50% is spent on the team. That's more than triple what the Ospreys are currently spending and they're constantly bemoaned in the UK for spending too much.

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Flooz January 19, 2010 10:01 am

Continental divide, sour grapes make u say stupid things about french fans...

whatever, i prefer to see french rugby involved in his true values (strongness, open game and passion) than in his few bad sides (violence, indiscipline, eye-gougings) always focused by certain british newspapers

Ospreys and Clermont were great in this match. Hope they 'll be both qualified

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 10:25 am

@ Continental Divide

You're absolutely right man, but it's not only at sporting events that the french bitch and moan, it's about absolutely everything!!
But one thing is really much more shoking considering that : why the hell are we still the most touristic country on earth?! Do all these tourists (americans, english, japanese, germans, dutch...) find pleasant to visit a country of moaners?? Fools... I'm french but if i wasn't i wouldn't visit France!

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vern cotter, great coach, come back and coach the Hurricanes!

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Oli January 19, 2010 10:44 am

Whatever Continental Divide, your team (basically the welsh XV as well) got schooled big time and the only one whining here is you.

Typical british behavior that one, condescending snobs in victory, ungracious crybabies in defeat.

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 11:00 am


Fully agreed!
Fairplay only when winning!

Great game though!
As far as I understand there could be 2 qualified in this group, thanks to the best 2nd rule?

What happens if Clermont and Ospreys both wins (with or without the bonus, but both the same?)

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 11:22 am

When I watch this rugby I feel like I'm not even watching rugby. The ways of play are so different to the far superior SH. The weather at all matches in the NH appear to be depressing and cold. When I watch the Super 14 I enjoy life, when I watch this crap I sigh and turn off the tv.

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km January 19, 2010 11:56 am


Don't be so cruel, their lives are shit yes but there's not much they can do about it?
I wonder what the suicide rate is in their shitty grey cities, must be enormous I'm sure

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Andy January 19, 2010 11:56 am

well thanks for that positive comment anonymous. I'm glad you turn the tv off. Rugby is a winter sport by the way. If you're too soft to play in the cold then you should take up cricket.

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 12:09 pm

Hey Andy, you do know that wet, cold fields are softer than HARD, dry summer fields? so how does that make me soft? This is awful rugby, not because of a lack of tries but because of the way they play. Games can be very good with not one try being scored but this crap is low intensity rubbish.

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Oli January 19, 2010 12:24 pm

Now that's some old school anonymous fucktard.

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Jamestheconvict January 19, 2010 12:38 pm

Typical southern hemisphere stupidity as usual on Rugbydump. Putting their little inbred feet in it everytime they wind up their little wooden laptops to make a comment.

It's no wonder that their countries have made no significant contribution to the world.

Male suicides per 100,000 people per year:

South Africa 26
New Zealand 22
Australia 17
United Kingdom 11

I guess the causes could possibly be:

Broken down pickup truck?
Lack of money?
Living in a hut?

Add your own, we'll get to the bottom of this eventually.

So sad.

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 12:41 pm

lol that comment needs to be in some kind of hall of fame. Funny how the SH dimwits say something without even checking out the facts. They

The stats are true too, Google them.

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 1:17 pm

Can't compare rugby in NH and SH. It's actually seen as a winter sport in SH but not in the NH. The top 14 is on from early August to the end of May so basicelly during all the year. If you've readen Roos Skeate (Toulon player)chronicle, he said that top 14 is a marathon and super 14 a sprint. Furthermore Clermont is located in the very center of France where the weather is bloody awful and I could bet that the temperature was around or below 0 during the game. I played in NZ and I ve been soaked during games but the temperature was always fine (in Auckland at least!) A soft is good for the shocks but poor for the ball handling and sidesteps or comparable!

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 1:34 pm

Why did Jones got yellow carded?

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GrowUp January 19, 2010 1:40 pm

RD is a pretty good contribution to the world from the SH, no?

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FEDOR January 19, 2010 1:40 pm

If you didn't watch the game plz hold your opinions to yourselves - it was great, intense game, no way worse than SH games.

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Scotsdale January 19, 2010 1:45 pm

^ agreed.

If you're a true fan you enjoy good rugby nomatter where it's played. Simple as.

Sure you can prefer one to the other, but no need to rip into this.

On the other hand, being so ignorant as to make comments about wooden huts etc is pretty pathetic.

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 1:51 pm

GrowUp said...
RD is a pretty good contribution to the world from the SH, no?

Is it? Most of the videos are uploaded/captured from British/French TV and the site is hosted in the UK.

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 1:52 pm

If you look through all of the posts, the stupidity always begins with a post from someone 'down south'.

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 2:57 pm

^^ Right. stupid kids

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 3:15 pm

Having played in the southern hemisphere and the northern too, I can only draw this one difference, rugby is like the football down south so people play from a very young age,in the north its football first then rugby, so most kids will play football first then maybe rugby, but the early skill set is obtained from football, and it shows in the passing and handling between south and north, but I have to say when it comes down to it overall they are quite close, just the style of play differentiates the hemispheres because of popularity%

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mat January 19, 2010 3:27 pm

yep as mentioned before why did jones get carded.
the scrum half pick ball from ruck, sees jones, so puts it back and backs off. the ball is surely out, jones can come through and play the ball?

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Anonymous January 19, 2010 3:39 pm

clermont looks very strong!

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dezzy January 19, 2010 3:40 pm

brock james is the best 10 !! amazing player

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tom January 19, 2010 3:41 pm

i am ospreys fan but clermont was too strong

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luke January 19, 2010 3:43 pm

i really like clermont. Many players are very strong (rougerie, james, nalaga...)

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Andy January 19, 2010 4:29 pm

Bill Mclaren. Legend.

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Huh!! the 3rd January 19, 2010 5:30 pm

Flicking between this and the other game, so missed a lot, just waiting between Munster and Leinster games really. Is it true Ricky Januarie dropped a ball over the try line? (didn't watch highlights). It would've made the game much closer considering Clermont scored a breakaway through Nalanga.

Oh and on Tommy Bowe. Its nice to think the best player week in week out playing in Wales is Irish.

During the Lions series, there was a couple of idiot Irish fans claiming he is better than Habana. While that is untrue, he is a huge presence and a plus for any side in the world. I think he'd make a great American Football Fullback or Running Back. His size and power are incredible. Ireland have to learn how to use him better.

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3/4 centre January 19, 2010 7:15 pm

Anonymous who talks about salary cap,

It's true that Clermont has a 19millions-budget, but they absolutely don't spend half of it for the salaries.

To those who find NH rugby bad and annoying,
... keep the TV (or the RD video) off and enjoy your shining-soft rugby like I do when I watch the videos.

PS : David Attoub (Stade Franais prop) is suspended for a year and a half, and it's a shame compared to Burger's punishment.

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JeffNZ January 19, 2010 10:54 pm

How can you say the north and south are close? (We're talking about Tri-nations teams v 6 nations, NOT Fiji, Samoa etc.)

How many world cups have the north won? one. Now I don't mean to brag but South Africa has one more world cup title than the entire Northen hemisphere. Don't blame the SH for my comment, I'm a brit living in Auckland and its just the way I see it.

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Continental Divide January 20, 2010 12:31 am

"Continental divide, sour grapes make u say stupid things about french fans..."

"Whatever Continental Divide, your team (basically the welsh XV as well) got schooled big time and the only one whining here is you."

There's no sour grapes here, buddy. I'm not Welsh, nor particularly an Ospreys fan. In fact, there are more players on Clermont that I enjoy watching than on the Ospreys. They certainly played better rugby on the day, didn't they? I didn't complain about the game, the score, the ref, the players, etc. - I just said that the French crowds can complain like none other, and that it can be quite ridiculous. That's all. No need to jump to accusations.

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Continental Divide January 20, 2010 12:32 am

Oh, and I'm not British either.

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Keogh January 20, 2010 12:42 am

That David Attoub ban is absolutely ridiculous...I'll hold off until RD posts something about the incident (don't want to get too off-topic)...but 70 weeks based on a picture?

Jeff Blackett is an enormous (and completely inconsistent) tool.

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