africanpure

Clermont hold off Harlequins to reach Challenge Cup final

Clermont Auvergne held off a Harlequins fightback to triumph 32-27 and set up an all-French final against La Rochelle in the European Challenge Cup.

The Top 14 side led 32-8 after 55 minutes of the game at Stade Marcel-Michelin, Morgan Parra kicking his fourth penalty to put his side in complete control.

The scrum-half had also been on target with both conversion attempts following first-half tries from Fritz Lee and Damian Penaud, the pair touching down in an impressive four-minute spell for Clermont.

Yet Quins, who saw Mike Brown ride a tackle to reach the line just before the interval, rallied impressively to make for a nervy finish.

Chris Robshaw forced his way over and after adding the extras, Marcus Smith used his boot to good effect again with a grubber that bounced kindly for James Lang to finish.

Alex Dombrandt closed the gap further as Quins capitalised on a line-out opportunity to touch down again, yet the Premiership club ran out of time to complete their recovery mission. 

After surviving a late scare, Clermont can now look forward to taking on La Rochelle – who defeated Sale Sharks in the first semi-final – for the trophy at St James’ Park on May 10.

KEO.co.za News wire is powered by opta

Related Posts

James O’Connor rejoins Reds to revive Wallabies World Cup dream
Dyantyi out of Springboks’ Rugby Championship opener
Extra time, Super Over and boundaries – England’s dramatic World Cup wins