SARACENS VS CLERMONT

Nobody could attack in the first couple of minutes but deadlock was broken when a long floated pass to Strettle who made ground then passed in to Ashton who slipped past Wesley Fofana and scored. Hodgson’s kick twisted and turned but then curled away. But the Frenchmen replied straight away through the All Black, Zac Guildford diving out in the corner. The conversion went straight down the middle. Clermont scored a 3 pointer 10 minutes later and it looked like there was to be no more scoring in the first half but clever play from Saracens scrum half Richard Wigglesworth put Strettle away in the corner. A TMO review had to be used but eventually the try was given.
HALF TIME SARACENS 10 – 10 CLERMONT
Lopez hit a drop goal from the 10 metre line and from the restart Guildford caught the box kick put in by Lopez and outpaced Billy Vunipola and scored. The scores were levelled again when Strettle scored yet again out wide. TMO referral was used again but there was no doubt about it his time. 20-20 was the score for only 2 minutes as Ashton was very lucky to not be yellow carded but 59 metres was not hard for Radosavljevic to convert. More luck was to come for Ashton as he went to hoof the ball but missed it but the referee saw it differently and gave Sarries a penalty that Hodgson tapped over. Scores levelled again. Lopez had another chance that curled away. Cuddmore was denied when he ran over because of obstruction on De Kock. A high ball was taken messily by Zac Guildford and Ashton was there to steal and score to put Saracens in a 30-23 lead. Clermont had one last attack and when they were 5 metres out a crucial tackle by Neil De Kock forced the knock on and they game was gone.
FULL TIME SARACENS 30 – 23 CLERMONT

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