One of the biggest talking points of the weekend was the postponement of Saracens vs Clermont. A repeat of last year’s European Champions Cup final, this was widely anticipated and eventually took place this evening in Allianz Park.
While the Premiership outfit won by 11 points in last season’s showpiece, this was far from the case today.
The French club, who were clearly aggrieved by how the situation was handled this weekend, ran out convincing winners, in a result that sends shockwaves throughout the rest of Europe.
Sarries, who are seeking a third consecutive European title, lost on a scoreline of 14-46.
No team will ever keep Clermont waiting again. Pay for more gritters and you may just about keep your dignity…
— Chris Foy (@FoyChris) December 11, 2017
Well rather think Saracens should have invested in some salt. Made to look incompetent off the pitch and now even more incompetent on it.
— Jim Hartley 〓〓 (@jimalhartley) December 11, 2017
@Saracens don’t appear to have made it to Allianz park tonight!! Clarmont 41 up
— Mike O'Brien (@mobythebadger) December 11, 2017
— Jon Fowell (@jonfowell5) December 11, 2017
Clermont came to play. Must’ve been angered by yesterday’s shenanigans. Saracens didn’t stand a chance tonight.
— Maina™ (@MainaKamunya) December 11, 2017
This is one of the best performances I've seen in years. Incredible. Saracens not at the races, but Clermont have dominated every facet of the game. Pack was immense. Clermont showing they weren't happy with Saracens' carry on yesterday #SARvASM
— Adam Moursy (@adammoursy) December 11, 2017
The joy of back to back games is you get the chance to put it right. @Saracens can do that next week. This is a game best NOT forgotten but draw strength from #wearebetterthanthis #Sarrieslive #ChampionsCup
— Phil Harrison (@philipvharrison) December 11, 2017
Sarries would appear to have a mountain to climb ahead of the return fixture next week. After picking up maximum points from their first two games against Northampton Saints and Ospreys, the English giants are now up against it, and know they will likely need to win in Stade Marcel-Michelin next week.