Clermont Auvergne trumped Racing 92 yesterday to reach the Top 14 final.
The beaten finalists in the European Cup will be hoping to go one better in the domestic competition. They will meet Toulon in the decieder, who reeled in 14-man La Rochelle in Friday night’s semi-final.
Clermont blew away their Parisian opponents yesterday, winning on a scoreline of 37-31. However, Racing scored a flurry of late tries, including a consolation try at the death converted by Kiwi back-row Chris Masoe.
Clermont romped to victory despite Flip van der Merwe getting sent off after 41 minutes for a dangerous tackle.
Camille Lopez was accurate from the kicking tee, as four tries laid the platform for what was a deserved victory.
Clermont’s win sparked huge celebrations amongst the crowd, who proceeded to invade the pitch.
Clermont finished second in the Top 14 table, winning a bye to the semi-final. unlike table-toppers La Rochelle, they were able to capitalise on their seeding to win through to the final.
The decider will take place next Sunday in Stade de France.
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