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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Clermont Auvergne beat Perpignan in high scoring try-fest

Clermont hosted Pepignan for one of the more bizarre, and entertaining, games of the weekend in the French Top 14 last Saturday. A total of eleven tries were scored as Clermont took the 53-31 victory in front of their home fans.

The hosts' win meant a third successive defeat for Perpignan this season, despite the Catalans having managed to score four tries on the road.

Clermont scored seven, with Julien Bonnaire crossing twice, while Morgan Parra, Noa Nakaitaci, Loic Jacquet, Elvis Mermeulen, and Benson Stanley all scored good tries. 

Things got worse for Perpignan after the game as they now have to deal with significant injury losses. Veteran prop Nicolas Mas will be out for three to four weeks with a torn hamstring, while the man that replaced him, Kisi Pulu, went on to break his arm.

Pulu is ruled out until December, so they are now searching for a 'medical joker' to fill the void.

Flanker Jean-Pierre Perez ruptured his knee ligaments, so his season looks to be over after he underwent surgery earlier this week.

There were plenty of great tries scored, so while the quality of this video isn't great, it's worth seeing, especially for the pinpoint cross-kicks. Enjoy.

Posted at 10:06 am | 11 comments

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79jk97 September 06, 2012 7:57 pm

Morgan Para what a idiot for hitting that guy, you see it all the time yet he feels the need to lash out and ruin a great try. Foolish.

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rugby08 September 09, 2012 7:29 am

It looks like Mafi the 12 slams his arm into his back, but we'll never know if that was on purpose or not.

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Canadian content September 06, 2012 10:07 pm

Agree Parra was a goof for hitting that guy and he got treated like one too getting dumped on his back and eating a few.

But what a game for #9 kicks creating tries, beautiful. That crossfield by the Perpignan 9 took big balls, but I love that kinda rugby. Parra, goof that he is, made a sublime kick to create a try and the perpignan guy a second chip over the top, gutsy rugby.

Btw, the chiefs former prop should seemed to find it harder to break through the clermont defence from close in didn't he?

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moddeur September 07, 2012 7:18 am

I'm not normally the first man to defend a scrum-half (I do like them, but they're often annoying and get in trouble a lot), but here it looks like the Perpignan defender slams his arm or fist or elbow or whatever into Parra's head - not necessarily voluntarily, more like a desperate attempt to stop the try being scored, but as a result I can understand why Parra isn't too happy.

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Reality September 07, 2012 6:06 pm

I thought Parra was a bit stupid to attack Mafi, but I actually enjoyed seeing him get destroyed, despite starting it and being helped by two other Clermont players.

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lambchop1234 September 06, 2012 10:37 pm

Great game and some cracking tries. That's is why I love the Top 14! Always produces quality tries!

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DaRabman September 07, 2012 12:10 am

What the hell was that excuse for a scrum at 5:23? I know they quite like their league down in Perpignan, but have they given up on the big boy's code completely?

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Javier Xavier September 07, 2012 3:33 am

They moved to uncontested scrums due to the injuries mentioned in the write-up.

Great footy. Great tries.

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Frenchie September 07, 2012 7:27 am

What the write up does not mention is that Perpignan played with only 14 players on the field for more than 60 minutes. Following Nicolas Mas and Kisi Pulu injury (15'), and due to a new Top 14 rule (called the ''carence''), they had to withdraw a player from the field and go on with simulated scrums

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kenavo September 07, 2012 4:27 pm

Benson stanley try is missing. Perpignan is a good team they have been unlucky but i am sure they'll make the playoff.

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