Clermont crushes Ulster and qualifies for the semi-finals of the European Challenge

“We’re in the semis, we’re in the semis,” chanted the Marcel-Michelin stadium to accompany Joris Jurand’s final try, in the corner, shortly before the siren. The last French survivor in the Challenge Cup, Clermont easily passed the Ulster obstacle in the quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon (53-14). Christophe Urios’ players will meet the Sharks in the semi-finals on the weekend of May 3 to 5.

Before savoring, however, ASM had to fight for a half. Third row Nick Timoney opened the scoring for the Ulstermen, in force one meter from the line (7-0, 13th). But the duo Pita Gus Sowakula – Peceli Yato then started their festival. Authors of a double each, the two forwards put the Irish defense to torture.

A pass to the rope from the Auvergne number 8 sent Yato behind the line to pick up again (7-7, 20th) and, after two penalties from Anthony Belleau, Sowakula went for his personal try (20-7, 37th) in the relay by Théo Darricarère, stopped just before the goal. Timoney got Ulster back together before the break, with a double (20-14, 40th).

Returning from the locker room, a movement from the Clermont three-quarters concluded by Alex Newsome immediately recreated the gap (27-14, 44th) before Sowakula, Rob Simmons then Yato drove home the point against the overwhelmed Irish.


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