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Thu Apr 24 05:43:36 SAST 2014

Five-try Clermont pile on Perpignan misery

Sapa-AFP | 22 October, 2011 08:510 Comments
Jerome Porical of Perpigan kicks the ball ufield during the Heineken Cup quarter final match between Perpignan and Toulon at the Olympic Stadium on April 9, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain
Image by: David Rogers / Getty Images

Clermont clinched their seventh win in eight matches to go top of the French Top 14 on Friday with a bonus-point 39-3 rout of Perpignan who have now suffered three successive defeats.

Jerome Porical had kicked the Catalans into a 3-0 lead in the seventh minute, but it was all downhill from there for Perpignan.

  In their last two matches, Perpignan have conceded 70 points and shipped nine tries with just three points — courtesy of Porical’s penalty on Friday — to show for their efforts.

  Clermont ran in five tries through full-back Jean-Marcellin Buttin, Scottish lock Nathan Hines, Fiji winger Kini Murimurivalu, flanker Alexandre Lapandry and the team’s other Fijian flier Noa Nakaitaci.

  Perpignan president Paul Goze admitted his club was suffering.

  “It’s a huge disappointment. Personally speaking, it’s the toughest period I have ever spent as president, for the players also.

  “But it’s at times like these that we have to stand together. We have played eight games but there are another 18 to play. The situation is difficult, but it’s not desperate.” 

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