Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wesley Fofana finishes off great Clermont team try vs Exeter

Clermont produced some dazzling rugby as they thumped Exeter Chiefs 46-3 at the weekend, qualifying for the Heineken Cup quarter finals in the process. One of the tries of the game, a real team effort, was finished excellently by centre Wesley Fofana.

The home team scored four tries in the last 20 minutes to blast away their Devon based challengers, knocking them out of the competition. Exeter will aim to give Leinster a hard time this weekend at Sandy Park, but Captain Tommy Hayes says this standard of play is something new.

"The level of rugby we were exposed to was up another notch from what we have experienced in the Premiership over the last couple of years, and that is not to knock anything in the Premiership.

"It is the same as when we got up into the top flight from the Championship. We knew we had to kick on, in terms of what we do as forwards and backs, how we work together, our kicking game, and in every element of the game," he explained.

"We have come up against a team who are probably favourites to win the competition, and they have just exposed us to a higher level right across the board."

Four teams have already qualified for the quarter finals, with Clermont, Harlequins, and Toulon the only sides to have won five from five matches. Ulster have also qualified, as they topped Pool 4.

Clermont flyhalf David Skrela is now on a tournament total of 494 points, just six points away from receiving a prestigious ERC Elite Award. He came on and scored a converted try.

Fofana's try however was one of the best of the season, as he got on the end of a sweeping move that finished with a neat inside flick from centre partner Regan King.

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LJ January 17, 2013 7:09 pm

Make us dream Yellow fellows!

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07015678 January 17, 2013 8:26 pm

Wish we could have big Nathan Hines back in the Scotland jersey. Still a class act.

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Ando January 17, 2013 9:23 pm

Now THAT is rugby! The try had it all...

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GMAC January 17, 2013 9:34 pm

It looks like Vern Cotter has moulded Clermont into the 'Crusaders' of the North. That try looked just like like a 'Saders special- relentless control of the ball and attacking across the width of the field until the pressure becomes too much to defend. I'd love to see Clermont tour down and face a few S14 teams.

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kadova January 17, 2013 9:48 pm

@GMAC: That would be great, but when on earth would they find time for that ? The domestic season lasts 11 months here....

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cheyanqui January 17, 2013 10:25 pm

Nathan Hines a class act? Perhaps if you are comparing him to Jamie Cudmore

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07015678 January 18, 2013 12:26 am

Scottish International? British Lion? Leinster HC winner? Mangers league winner? Now he's ripping it up for Clermont. Class-act-fact...... see what I did there, did ye, did ye?... Hehe...

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Canadian content January 18, 2013 1:31 am

Brilliant try, so many nice touches, offloads, touch passes, 2v1, skip pass, chip kick, fend, ruck, steps, switch, backhand flips....

A coaching tape for sure

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Canadian content January 18, 2013 1:32 am

And please don't turn this lovely try into a Nathan Hines debate.

Class or not, he's one of the better ozzies to wear the flower.

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brian McPolton January 18, 2013 3:17 pm

Great try, that's why I love Rugby, it's not a single player but the whole team to make the difference!

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browner January 18, 2013 9:27 pm

Pretzel's strangely quiet, but then there was no 'hard stuff' for him to chest thump about......HYN Pretzel

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Max January 20, 2013 2:48 pm



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