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Wednesday May 31, 2017

Flip van der Merwe sees red for clothes line tackle on Teddy Thomas

Clermont Auvergne made it through to the final of the Top 14 last weekend after an impressive 37-31 victory over defending champions Racing 92 in Marseille.

They scored four tries – including two from Camille Lopez – to Racing’s three during the match, but what was perhaps more impressive, was that Clermont spent the majority of the second half a man down after second-row Flip van der Merwe was sent off.

The Springbok saw red after a reckless high tackle on Racing wing Teddy Thomas. Van der Merwe swung his arm, catching Thomas at chin level, making it a clear sending off offence.

Referee Mathieu Raynal had no other choice but to brandish the red card at a time when Clermont led 19-6.

The sizeable lead Clermont had when van der Merwe was dismissed probably helped Olivier Azam’s side not only hang on to but extend their advantage. Lopez’s second and a final try from Fritz Lee, as well as a further eight points from the boot of Morgan Parra, sealed the win.

Van Der Merwe is suspended pending a disciplinary hearing, which will take place on 7 June, when he will join Pierre Aguillon in front of the LNR (La Ligue Nationale de Rugby).

credit: boucherie ovalie

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