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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Midweek Madness - Brock James: Great moustache, terrible kick

Clermont lost 16-11 to Ulster in Belfast on Saturday as the hosts scored all their points through flyhalf Ian Humphreys. Clermont struggled with their kicking as Morgan Parra and Brock James both missed a few. This was the worst of those efforts from James.

As it's Movember you will have noticed a lot of players, colleagues, and strangers growing rather interesting moustaches. French coach Mark Lievremont was a month off as he sported his during the RWC, but he set the tone for what has been quite an amusing few weeks.

Australian flyhalf Brock James has made a good effort with his, and it actually suits him which is more than can be said for a few others we've spotted. After this game it wasn't James' facial fair that was being discussed though, it was this howler of a kick.

During the world cup in New Zealand brilliant Scottish goalkicker Chris Paterson had a shocker against Romania as he just about scored a 'goal' in footballing terms, but had it stopped before it even crossed the tryline.

James' attempt was a bit further out but just as amusing. It's hard to know what caused it, but it certainly didn't help Clermont's cause any as the game was tight right up until the end, with Humphreys scoring an excellent winning try after a fantastic midfield break from Adam D'arcy.

After the game Clermont lock Nathan Hines said that their kickers weren't to blame for the loss. "You can't rely on you place kickers," he said. Perhaps he's intimidated by the tache.

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