Clermont get back to winning ways
October 19, 2008
Napolini Vonowale-Nalaga notched two tries for Clermont at the Stade de Sapiac
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Clermont Auvergne got their Heineken Cup campaign back on track with a 24-19 victory over Montauban.
The visitors picked up their first points of this season's Heineken Cup with a narrow victory in the all-French Pool One battle.
Napolini Vonowale-Nalaga opened the scoring with a try for Clermont after only three minutes, Brock James converting. Petre Mitu and James then exchanged penalties before Mitu closed the gap to one point with another two kicks.
Alexandre Audebert crossed for the visitors' second try in the 25th minute, with James again adding the extras, but Mitu kept Montauban in touch with his fourth penalty. The home side then took the lead for the first time 17 minutes into the second half when Mitu converted Antoine Battut's try to make it 19-17.
Anthony Floch missed a penalty that would have put Clermont back in front, but they sealed victory five minutes from time thanks to Vonowale-Nalaga's second try and James' third conversion.
Montauban: Dalla Riva, Audrin, Viard, Jaouher, Delasau, Lespinas, Mitu, Shvelidze, Mach, Adams, Ghezal, Frost, Caballero, Battut, Clarkin.
Replacements: Fortassin for Viard (66), Audy for Mitu (77), Del Boulbes for Shvelidze (58), Parriel for Mach (76), Sa for Adams (47), Murray for Frost (47), Boutaty for Caballero (52).
Clermont Auvergne: Baby, Vonowale-Nalaga, Canale, Bai, Malzieu, James, Mignoni, Davison, Cabello, Roux, Pierre, Samson, Bonnaire, Audebert, Vermeulen.
Replacements: Floch for Baby (35), Domingo for Davison (31), Jacquet for Samson (54), Etien for Vermeulen (70). Not Used: Lozupone, Senio, Mignardi.
Man of the Match: Napolioni Vonowale Nalaga (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
Ref: Chris White (RFU).