Clermont clear the ball from the scrum to end the game.
Clermont clear the ball from the scrum to end the game.
Saints go for a maul off the lineout and make some ground but Clermont manage to hold them up and we'll have a Clermont scrum with the last play.
Saints maul from the lineout before Reinach whips it out to Collins. The forwards then take over the mantle again in phase play. But errors from Clermont earn Saints another penalty. Mallinder sends it into touch for a Saints lineout just metres from the line.
Clermont's drop finds touch and Saints have the lineout on the 22 which they take cleanly.
Francis sends a chip through for Collins to take but Spedding just gets there first. 22 drop Clermont.
Brilliant defence from Wood at the breakdown earns Saints a penalty and then another one at the next ruck as Saints take it quickly. Collins takes the second quickly too and Saints are now back up in Clermont's 22.
But the ball comes forwards off Saints hands in contact and we will set for another scrum just inside Saints' half.
Eventually we get the scrum away and Clermont look to push forwards again. Parra sends a high ball deep for Foden to take, which the winger does. Saints now pushing; Pisi and Francis making good carries.
Saints have the ball but the slippy conditions are making play messy and eventually they knock on. Scrum Clermont.
Free kick Clermont at the scrum as Saints are pinged for pushing early. Spedding sends the ball into touch and the away side have the lineout on halfway.
Clermont take the lineout well but Saint hold them up and earn the put in at the scrum on Clermont's 22.
Wood and Brookes re-enter play with Ford-Robinson making way.
Saints push forwards with their possession and make their way into Clermont's half. Reinach nearly finds a way through before Collins' pass to Pisi finds though instead of the Samoan's hands.
Stephenson also enters the fray for Tuitavake.
Scrum down to Clermont then and they push forwards up towards the halfway line but a forward pass sees Saints with the put in.
Waller leaves the field for van Wyk while Pisi replaces Burrell in the backs. Haywood also replaces Hartley.
... sends the conversion wide again though.
The home side secure their fourth of the game through Falgoux.
Gibson gets up to disrupt the lineout but Clermont still manage to collect the ball. The home side have worked their way into Saints' 22 now and are pushing hard.
Clermont get another huge shove on at the scrum and earn the penalty. They clear downfield for a lineout just within their own half.
Ford-Robinson returns to the field as we set the scrum, Wood makes way.
Saints are pushing once again within the 22 and get themselves within centimetres of the line. The ball comes wide and in the very wet conditions that are out there now, Lawes knocks on. Scrum Clermont.
Yellow card for Slimani after he shoulder charges Hartley levels things on the playing field and Saints send the resulting penalty into touch for a lineout within Clermont's 22.
Paterson, Gibson and Reinach enter the fray with Ratuniyarawa, Day and Groom leaving the field.
Penalty Clermont at the scrum and Brookes leaves the field for Saints for the sin bin. Clermont clear with the penalty.
Scrum down to Clermont as Saints knock on though.
Wood gets up and disrupts the lineout. Hartley is there to collect. Saints are just two metres from the line now...
Saints pushing hard again within Clermont's 22 before Francis sends another cracking grubber through to touch. Lineout Clermont but just metres from their own try line.
Burrell returns from his HIA as Stephenson makes way for him.
Mallinder sends the penalty into touch and we'll have a Saints lineout just metres from the line.
Clermont attempt a maul but go nowhere and are forced to kick but Wood is there with the charge down and Ratuniyarawa collects. Saints get close before they earn a penalty.
Wood gets up for the lineout and Foden cuts a cracking line off the back of it before Harrison charges up the pitch. Lawes breaks through and barrels into Clermont's 22 but the ball is lost into touch and we'll have a Clermont lineout five metres from their own line.
The scrum holds firm and Clermont are forced to kick the ball clear. Lineout Saints just back inside their own half.
Clermont get up for the lineout but Harrison puts in a huge hit and halts their progress. The number 8 knocks on though and we have a Clermont scrum inside their own 22.
Scrappy play but Saints manage to keep a hold of the ball. Francis sends a cracking kick to touch through and we have a lineout on Clermont's 22.
Saints switch Burrell for Stephenson in the centres as we restart.
... sends the conversion straight through too!
Saints get a huge shove on at the scrum and Day drops down over the line!!
Penalty Saints and Mallinder sends it into touch for a lineout just metres from the try line.
Saints have made their way back into Clermont's 22 and continue to push forwards. Burrell nearly breaks but Saints are still pushing with a penalty to come. Eventually we come back for it.
Big Courts gets up for the lineout and steals though and Saints are back on the attack again. Lawes making more yards for Saints in carries too!
Despite Saints being back to full strength in the front row, Clermont win the penalty and Cassang clears. Lineout Clermont just inside Saints' half.
Knock on Clermont at the break down and Saints have a scrum just outside the home 22.
Saints in possession from the restart and working hard to push their way back up towards Clermont's 22.
... can't convert though.
Cassang breaks on halfway and wins the foot race to the line despite Collins and Foden's best efforts.
Brookes stays out there while for Ford-Robinson, Hartley and Ratuniyarawa return to the field.
HERE WE GO AGAIN!!
Mallinder gets us back underway at the State Marcel Michelin. After a more than strange first half, lets see what's in store in the second 40...
... adds the simple extras to end the half.
Clermont make the most of their extra man and find a gap in Saints line off the back of the lineout. Cassang the man over the line.
Clermont had an overlap to exploit but choose not to before coming back the other way to where there was no wing. Tuitavake gets there but just puts a foot in touch. Lineout Clermont.
Scrum down then and Clermont looks to whip the ball quickly off the back of the uncontested scrum. They're close and pushing...
Brookes enters play at hooker...
Haywood leaves the field for a blood injury and Clermont choose to scrum but without a Saints hooker we have some confusion on the pitch over what to do.
Clermont make ground with a maul before whipping the ball wide. They are then awarded a penalty at the breakdown despite some handbags off the ball between Waller and Lapandry.
Eventually we get a scrum away and Clermont are awarded a penalty. Parra sends the ball into the corner for a Clermont lineout inside Saints' 22.
Parra returns from his HIA with Spedding leaving the field.
Free kick Clermont though at the scrum and they choose to reset.
Clermont get the ball away on the second set of the scrum but knock on after some strong rush defence from Saints. Scrum down again then.
Mikey Haywood enters play in the pause in the game with Ratuniyarawa leaving the field to make way for him.
Errors from the home team with the restart though and we see Saints with a lineout. Waller take the lineout though and Saints are penalised for a not straight throw. Scrum down to Clermont.
Yellow card for the skipper as his hand makes contact with Rabah Slimani's face.
Lineout Clermont then still within their own half and it's a messy one. Waller scoops up a loose ball and Saints are back in attack in the home side's 22 but we pause again as we go to the TMO to look at tackle made by Hartley.
The forwards take on the mantle and barrel themselves within centimetres before Foden goes himself. He's held just short of the line though and Clermont earn the penalty. Another close call for Saints!
Saints are back in Clermont's 22 and pushing HARD!
Another pause in play as Parra takes a knee to the head in a tackle. He leaves the field for a HIA and Spedding comes onto the field. Scrum Saints to restart.
Harrison puts in a HUGE tackle off the lineout and Clermont are forced to box the ball clear. Lineout Saints now still in Clermont's 22.
No try and a penalty for Clermont who clear up to the 22 for their lineout.
We go to the TMO as Lawes charges the ball and Hartley looks to have got it over the line...
Burrell makes some good ground before Mallinder chips through to touch. Clermont have the throw but just metres from their own line.
Free kick to Saints at the scrum and Groom takes it quickly. Saints making good progress towards the Clermont 22 now...
We restart the came with a scrum to Clermont.
A huge ovation for Lopez as he's stretchered from the pitch - best wishes to the Clermont 10!
Clermont steal the ball at the scrum but the game is paused while Lopez is seen to after an awkward tackle. Doesn't look good for the Clermont fly half as Charlie Cassang enters play for the home team.
Clermont secure the ball at the lineout but knock on just after and Saints have the scrum just outside the Clermont 22.
Scrum down then and Clermont are awarded a penalty. Lopez clears into the stands, lineout Clermont just outside their own 22.
Brilliant defensive work from Clermont sees Saints held up just short though and earns them the put in at the scrum. Great stuff from Saints though!
Clermont get up for the lineout though and are back pushing with possession. Lee barges up some metres but handling errors from Clermont push them back into their own half and force them to kick. Foden gets back to collect and ships it Mallinder who runs it back at them. Brilliant work from Saints finds them within metres of Clermont's line...
Penalty Saints at the scrum! Francis sends it into touch and we have a Saints lineout just inside Clermont's half.
Another solid scrum from Saints but Clermont come off the back of it flying. But a forward pass sees Saints with the put in at the scrum inside their own half.
Saints worked an overlap but Wood was enveloped in Clermont arms and couldn't get the pass away. The home side also manage to hold the ball in the air, scrum down again then.
Saints with a good period of attack here and they've pushed themselves well into Clermont's half.
Parra pings a kick through for his backs to chase but Groom gets there. He's taken in the air though and Saints have a penalty. Mallinder sends it into touch. Lineout Saints.
The scrum looked solid but Clermont earn a penalty at the break down just after and Lopez sends it into touch for a Clermont lineout just outside Saints' 22.
Lopez goes for a cross field kick from the restart and though Collins is the man who gets to it first, he loses the ball forwards and we set for another Clermont scrum just inside the home half.
... sends the conversion straight through from out wide.
The home side get huge shove on and send the scrum straight over the whitewash, Fritz Lee the man with the hand on the ball at the base.
A messy scrum ends in a free kick to the home side and they choose to scrum again.
Penalty Clermont at the scrum and they chose to scrum down once again.
We set and reset the scrum before the referee awards Clermont a free kick which they take quickly. They look to come wide with it and quick hands get them close to the line through Remi Lamerat but Harrison gets back to defend and holds the centre up over the line. Scrum Clermont metres from the line.
Saints collect the kick off well and are heading into Clermont's half with their possession but a knock on from the home side sees Saints with the put in at the scrum on halfway.
Camille Lopez gets us started here at the State Marcel Michelin!