• Clermont send Northampton packing

    Clermont booked their place in the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup with a 37-5 thrashing of Northampton at Stadé Marcel-Michelin on Saturday.

    Two tries from Noa Nakaitaci, and further tries from Wesley Fofana and Nick Abendanon completed the rout as Clermont eliminated the reigning Premiership champions with relative ease.

    The tie was essentially put to bed in the first 40 minutes as Clermont opened up a 27-0 lead, while Northampton's sole response came via Alex Waller.

    Clermont – Noa Nakaitaci (2), Wesley Fofana, Nick Abendanon. Conversions: Brock James (4). Penalties: James (3).
    Northampton – Try: Alex Waller.

    Clermont – 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Naipolioni Nalaga, 10 Brock James, 9 Ludovic Radoslavjevic, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Damien Chouly (c), 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Vincent Debaty.
    Subs: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Clément Ric, 19 Julien Pierre, 20 Julien Bardy, 21 Thierry Lacrampe, 22 Mike Delany, 23 Aurélien Rougerie.

    Northampton – 15 James Wilson, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 George Pisi, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jamie Elliott, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Sam Dickinson, 7 Calum Clark, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Samu Manoa, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Alex Corbisiero.
    Subs: 16 Mikey Haywood, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Christian Day, 20 Jonathan Fisher, 21 Kahn Fotuali'i, 22 Tom Stephenson, 23 Ah See Tuala.

    Photo: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP Photo