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An Tarbh
07-11-07, 12:30 PM
<div align="center">http://www.therugbyforum.com/uploads/Clermont%20Auvergne.png Clermont v Llanelli http://www.therugbyforum.com/uploads/Llanelli.png</div>

Well with Wasps and Munster clashing the previous day it&#39;s easy to see why this is considered one of the pools of death in this year&#39;s competition as the runners-up in the Top 14 take on the semi-finalists from last years competition at the Stade Marcel Michelin.

Sundays game will see the return of Stephen Jones to Clermont after a successful season there 2 years ago. Clermont have gathered together a formidable squad for this season with the likes of Juan Smit, Marius Joubert, Alex King all coming on board.

Given the relative weak starts that the other 2 sides have made to their season the winner of this encounter could go a long way to putting one foot in the quarter finals even at this early stage.

Cymrurugbyfan
07-11-07, 06:18 PM
Llanelli by four!
If our forwards can match them.
If Peel and Jones don&#39;t crack like the egg O&#39;Gara is.
If Regan King is marked and we have a back-up plan (Unlike against Bristol).
If none of our players get injured early on.
If Stoddart can handly numerous high balls.

ALL HAIL THE &#39;IF&#39;!

loratadine
08-11-07, 10:29 AM
scarlets by 2

ikvat
08-11-07, 01:19 PM
It&#39;s a good opportunity to play Clermont now, because in few weeks, that team will become unbeatable.

stormmaster1
08-11-07, 01:38 PM
Clermont by 5.

Cymrurugbyfan
08-11-07, 09:00 PM
Scarlets team to face Clermont

15 Morgan Stoddart
14 Dafydd James
13 Regan King
12 Gavin Evans
11 Matthew Watkins
10 Stephen Jones
9 Dwayne Peel (capt);
1 Iestyn Thomas
2 Matthew Rees
3 Deacon Manu
4 Vernon Cooper
5 Scot MacLeod
6 James Bater
7 Gavin Thomas
8 Alix Popham

Subs: 16 James Hayter, 17 Bruce Douglas, 18 Adam Eustace, 19 Dafydd Jones, 20 Gavin Cattle, 21 Rhys Priestland, 22 Garan Evans

Simon Easterby has been ruled out after bruising an arm while Mark Jones has also been omitted due to a slight knee injury.

Peel takes over captaincy from Easterby while Matthew Watkins replaces Jones on the wing.

From: www.scarlets.co.uk

gjohn85
11-11-07, 06:09 PM
Clermont where outstanding today. I noticed that the Scarlets ran far too often throughout the game. Their handling & turnovers cost them the game. Credit to the them for a little comeback, but Clermont finished in style.

totoy
11-11-07, 06:38 PM
how i can have or buy the clermont t-shirt ?? someone?

Cymrurugbyfan
11-11-07, 07:02 PM
Our set-piece was demolished and we made too many basic errors. Stoddart and King were both brilliant!

An Tarbh
11-11-07, 08:58 PM
how i can have or buy the clermont t-shirt ?? someone?
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I&#39;d imagine the club website would be as good a place as any to start.



Our set-piece was demolished and we made too many basic errors. Stoddart and King were both brilliant!
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I don&#39;t think they&#39;ll be the last team to have their set-piece demolished by Clermont either, seriously impressive performance from them and certainly putting down a marker for the pool, should certainly put the wind up Munster that&#39;s for sure.

Warriors#1
11-11-07, 09:18 PM
was surprised by the score margin! but very well played clermont. it should be an interesting group!

SecondRow04
11-11-07, 09:20 PM
great performance!!! Clermont to wint he pool!

Cymrurugbyfan
11-11-07, 09:58 PM
I don&#39;t think they&#39;ll be the last team to have their set-piece demolished by Clermont either

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Naw, we&#39;ll squeeze Munster like last year ( B) ) and totally wreck the Wasps at the breakdown! I totally bet on that! :cheers:

Gavin
11-11-07, 10:04 PM
It was a fantastic match to watch. Brilliant tries scored from everywhere. Clemont definately can make the next round. Must say I love their shirts.

ikvat
12-11-07, 04:11 AM
One of the most interesting match to watch since a while.
Both teams have been brilliant and the score margin in perhaps too important considering the splendid game Llanelli produce.
The "Jaunards" scrum is monstrous and what a bench.


For shirts, you can give a look here http://asmboutique.com/index.php

Homme -> Men

Nico01
12-11-07, 08:27 AM
Nice job from Clermont, if Biarritz can elevate his level, France can have 4 clubs in quarter final.

Incredible Schalk
12-11-07, 08:58 AM
As ever the home advantage in the HC really told in this match. Clermont clearly played very well but i wouldnt bet against the tables turning back in Wales.

stormmaster1
12-11-07, 11:26 AM
As ever the home advantage in the HC really told in this match. Clermont clearly played very well but i wouldnt bet against the tables turning back in Wales. [/b]



true of most home wins this week. Munster, Leicester, and Llanelli will all fancy their chances in the return legs.

Martin1813
12-11-07, 11:53 AM
Clermont was very good but Llanelli was not to bad, except in scrums.

King was brilliant. Their game was really pleasant ton watch but Montferrand was a bit better and Scarletts were strangely ou of game in the bigining of second half.

An Tarbh
12-11-07, 12:10 PM
<div class='quotemain'> As ever the home advantage in the HC really told in this match. Clermont clearly played very well but i wouldnt bet against the tables turning back in Wales. [/b]



true of most home wins this week. Munster, Leicester, and Llanelli will all fancy their chances in the return legs.
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but none of Wasps, Leinster or Clermont will travel with the fear of the lesser sides in this competition either.

Sir Speedy
12-11-07, 04:54 PM
Are you calling sides like Munster, Llanelli and Leicester "lesser"? Or have I misinterpreted what you said? Losing away from home against brilliant teams isn&#39;t a bad thing, and I&#39;d bet on all three of those "lesser" teams to win at their home ground.

feicarsinn
12-11-07, 09:10 PM
yes all of those teams are terrible stupid lesser teams clogging up what should be a great competition

An Tarbh
13-11-07, 10:40 AM
Are you calling sides like Munster, Llanelli and Leicester "lesser"? Or have I misinterpreted what you said? Losing away from home against brilliant teams isn&#39;t a bad thing, and I&#39;d bet on all three of those "lesser" teams to win at their home ground.
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Simple misinterpretation, I said the lesser teams, of which there are plenty in this competition, but I&#39;d still fancy at least one of Wasps, Clermont or Leinster to pick up the win in the return match.

shtove
13-11-07, 02:04 PM
Eeeek! That was worrying from Clermont.

Munster will front up, but we&#39;ve got to tighten the midfield defence.

Cymrurugbyfan
13-11-07, 05:16 PM
Simple misinterpretation

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Ok, my bad <_<

An Tarbh
13-11-07, 05:59 PM
I suppose I should clarify what I mean by a lesser team, the most obvious example that comes to mind is Ulster, I think they won 16/18 games at Ravenhill in the HEC turning over numerous quality sides yet incapable of getting any decent sort of win on the road and being able to make that step to the next level of this competition.

Cymrurugbyfan
13-11-07, 09:23 PM
Well, I know what you mean now. Ravenhill is no longer a fortress, in fact, sides enjoy playing there now :S