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Heineken Cup Preview - London Wasps v ASM Clermont Auvergne

14 December 2007

Heineken Cup Round 4

 

Pool 5

 

London Wasps v ASM Clermont Auvergne - Saturday 15th December 5.30pm

 

Current Form

  • Saturday's match brings together again the current Challenge Cup winners and current Heineken Cup holders.
  • Clermont Auvergne have made a good start to their 2007/08 French Top 14 campaign. They stand 3rd in the league after 4 rounds having beaten Montpellier at home, Albi and Bourgoin away and losing at Stade Francais.
  • They are now 2nd in Pool 5 in the Heineken Cup having beaten Llanelli Scarlets and London Wasps at home and lost in Munster.
  • London Wasps dropped to 3rd in Pool 5 as a result of their 37-27 defeat at Clermont Auvergne last Saturday after opening round wins against Munster at the Ricoh Arena Coventry and Llanelli Scarlets at Stradey Park.

 

Current Information

 

  • The 21506 at the Ricoh Arena for the Munster game was the biggest crowd attracted to any of the matches after 3 rounds.
  • Captain Aurelien Rougerie became the first player from Clermont Auvergne to score 3 tries in a Heineken Cup match against Llanelli.
  • After 3 rounds, Rougerie is joint leading try scorer in the competition with Kameli Ratuvou of Saracens, both on 4.
  • Brock Jones scored 22 points for Clermont Auvergne against London Wasps last Saturday beating the club's previous best in the Heineken Cup, 21 points by Gerald Merceron against Castres in 2001/02.
  • South African world cup winning skipper John Smit has joined Clermont Auvergne this season but did not play last Saturday.
  • Lawrence Dallaglio and Simon Shaw on Saturday became the 47th and 48th players to reach 50 appearances in the Heineken Cup.
  • The only other London Wasps player to reach this milestone is Alex King, who came on as a replacement for Clermont Auvergne last Saturday.
  • With 39 points in 3 rounds, Danny Cipriani is the leading points scorer for London Wasps in the present campaign.Riki Flutey, Fraser Waters,George Skivington and James Haskell have all scored 2 tries.
  • London Wasps have not had the best start to the 2007/08 Guinness Premiership. They presently sit in 9th place with 2 wins from 7 matches played.

 

 

European History

 

  • Clermont Auvergne won the European Challenge Cup last year beating Bath Rugby 22-16 at Twickenham.
  • Clermont Auvergne are the only team to have played in 3 European Challenge Cup Finals, as Montferrand in 1999 and 2004 and Clermont Auvergne in 2007.
  • Along with Sale and Harlequins, Clermont Auvergne have won the European Challenge Cup on a record 2 occasions.
  • Clermont Auvergne finished 3rd in the French Top 14 last season and lost to Stade Francais in the Championship Final
  • Clermont Auvergne have played in the Heineken Cup 4 times previously.
  • They won their first 7 matches at home but have only won 3 of their last 7 games on home soil.
  • Clermont Auvergne have only won 3 away games in the Heineken Cup from 15 played and have lost the last 4 on the road. Their only victory in England was at Northampton in 2001/02.
  • Their best performances in the Heineken Cup were in reaching the quarter-finals in 2000 and 2002 losing away at Toulouse and Castres respectively.
  • They have played English opposition in all 5 years beating Harlequins, Northampton and now London Wasps at home and losing to Bristol and Leicester at home
  • Flanker Alexandre Audebert has played in most Heineken Cup matches for Clermont Auvergne, 22. Gerald Merceron has scored the most points for the club with 163 in the competition and Aurelien Rougerie scored most tries with 11.
  • No Clermont Auvergne player has been sent off in the Heineken Cup.
 

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