Clermont Auvergne 28-17 Racing Metro, Heineken Cup, January 14
Clermont too good for Racing
ESPNscrum Staff
January 14, 2011
Date/Time: Jan 14, 2011, 21:00 local, 20:00 GMT
Venue: Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont Auvergne 28 - 17 Racing Metro
Half-time: 7 - 10
Tries: Canale, Domingo, Rougerie, White
Cons: James 3, Parra
Tries: Jane, le Roux
Cons: Hernandez 2
Pens: Hernandez
Clermont Auvergne's Sione Lauaki stretches the Racing defence, Clermont Auvergne v Racing Metro, Heineken Cup, Stade Marcel Michelin, Montferrand, France, January 14, 2011
Clermont Auvergne's Sione Lauaki stretches the Racing Metro defence
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Clermont Auvergne kept their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup alive with a 28-17 bonus point victory over Racing Metro at the Stade Marcel Michelin on Friday night.

Les Jaunards moved level on points with Pool 2 leaders Leinster and extended their impressive home record after battling back from a first half deficit. The visitors had raced into an early 10-0 lead as Argentina international Juan Martin Hernandez kicked a penalty and converted Bernard Le Roux's try.

But a try from Gonzalo Canale, converted by Brock James, got Clermont back within three points and further scores followed after the break for prop Thomas Domingo and replacement Jason White. James converted both those scores to put the hosts 21-10 ahead.

Julien Jane pulled a try back for Racing but captain Aurelien Rougerie grabbed the vital fourth try to seal Clermont's win, and the extra point, with nine minutes remaining.

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