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Clermont claim they were duped by Saracens

By Jack Davies
Saracens’ Allianz Park.

Clermont Auvergne have hit out at the “absurd” situation surrounding their postponed European Champions Cup clash with Saracens at Allianz Park.


Last season’s two finalists were due to meet in London on Sunday but the match was called off due to snow.

The fixture kicked off at 17:30 local time today (Monday), although Clermont allege that 14:00 had earlier been settled upon for the rescheduled kick-off, describing the saga as an “episode of amateurism”.

Monday’s clash had also originally been billed as “behind closed doors”, before Saracens announced that fans would once again be welcome at the stadium.

“Our sports staff and players are deeply affected by the lack of interest in their supporters throughout this weekend and will try to find an additional source of motivation in the upcoming game,” read a statement from Clermont.

Saracens beat Clermont 28-17 in the final and hold a one-point advantage over the Top 14 side in Pool 2 after two fixtures.


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Turlough 5 hours ago
Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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