Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Parra stars for Clermont

Clermont Auvergne secured an impressive win over Leinster in Dublin
Clermont Auvergne secured an impressive win over Leinster in Dublin

Clermont Auvergne landed a crushing blow to Leinster's hopes of defending the Heineken Cup by coming away from the Aviva Stadium with a fine 28-21 victory.

Morgan Parra masterminded back-to-back wins for Clermont over the champions, slotting eight of his nine kicks at goal for a 23-point haul.

Leinster are now eight points adrift of their opponents, who lead the way in Pool Five.

A crowd of 48,964 - an Irish record for a European pool match - watched Wesley Fofana cross for a try five minutes before the break to help Clermont push 16-6 clear.

Man of the match Parra managed to convert Fofana's try, adding to three earlier penalties, with Jonathan Sexton booting a brace of penalties for the Irish province.

As Leinster continued to leak penalties, Parra kept Clermont on course to end a run of five straight defeats in Ireland since 2007.

The margin was widened to 25-9 before Leinster recovered to score two tries in the closing quarter-hour through Shane Jennings and Fergus McFadden, the latter's effort coming in a daring last-minute raid that garnered a losing bonus point for the hosts.

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