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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Brock James snatches dramatic win in Clermont vs Stade Francais classic

Brock James slotted a dramatic last minute drop goal to snatch a 28-25 Top 14 win over Stade Francais at the Stade Marcel Michelin on Friday night. The home side, Clermont Auvergne, had to come from behind and overcome a 12-point deficit.

Clermont have shown again that they are incredibly difficult to beat at home, despite Stade Francais coming heartbreakingly close this time. They have won their last 47 matches at fortress Marcel Michelin, which includes games played in the Heineken Cup.

It looked as though this may have been a night for the Parisians however, as they scored some great tries and built up a nice lead, mainly due to the influence of Fijian wing sensation Waisea Vuidravuwalu, who scored two tries and contributed to another, finished by Paul Warwick.

A Thomas Domingo try pulled things back a bit, and Morgan Parra - who finished with 17 points - worked away at the lead with the boot, as did flyhalf replacement James, who slotted a dropgoal.

James, who was on for David Skrela, then stole the show with his well taken second dropgoal, extending Clermont's incredible home winning record, which goes all the way back to 2009.

Dejected Stade Francais captain Pascal Pape summed things up after the game: "We lost it right at the end. But Brock James is Brock James, and he killed us in the second half."

Posted at 6:55 pm | 9 comments

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Pretzel September 29, 2012 8:44 pm

Wow, few things to note on this one:

Wow, a video featuring Clermont AND Jamie Cudmore playing that isn't about Cudmore getting in a fight.

That Fijian winger Vuidravuwalu is definitely something! Brilliant player to watch and looks incredibly dangerous.

I don't think that disallowed try was an incorrect call, the way I see it is if that Clermont player was convinced he grounded the ball straight away then he wouldn't have wriggled so hard to try and ground it again. Also another brilliant demonstration of defence by Vuidravuwalu.

Lastly, looks like an on edge kind of game, good on Brock to secure it for Clermont!

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Reality September 29, 2012 8:50 pm

Yeah, I'm happy for Brock. He messed up big-time against Leinster and Munster in the Heineken Cup in the exact same situation, so at least now it seems he's gotten over that and is able to deliver when needed.

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Ando September 30, 2012 2:50 am

The Wallabies need Brock James...

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BarryT September 30, 2012 10:37 am

Fofana is so sick! he was caught out for one of the Vuidravuwalu tries but his attacking is just too good, gonna be a french star for sure!

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Gonz September 30, 2012 1:49 pm

Nice diving try by a prop on the wing!

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Patrick September 30, 2012 3:20 pm

How epic must it be to play for Clermont with that as your home crowd

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walkz October 01, 2012 1:49 am

good try from the Vuidravuwalu

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Stefan October 02, 2012 1:57 pm

What. A. Game.

Love rugby.

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