Clermont Auvergne demolish Bath Rugby 52-26

Morgan Parra kicked five conversions
Morgan Parra kicked five conversions

Clermont Auvergne 52-26 Bath Rugby, Stade Marcel-Michelin

Clermont Auvergne ran an eight try riot as they trounced Bath Rugby 52-26 in their Heineken Champions Cup clash at Stade Marcel-Michelin on Sunday.

Clermont Auvergne now have 16 points from four games and are positioned second in Pool 3 behind Ulster while Bath Rugby's struggle in the tournament continued as they went on to lose their fourth consecutive win.

Clermont got off to a terrific start as they claimed the bonus point in the opening quarter with tries from John Ulugia (4'), Damian Penaud (8'), Alivereti Raka (15') and George Moala (20') while Morgan Parra kicked three conversions to make it 26-0.

The second quarter saw Bath making a move with Jack Waller's try in the 25th minute while Ruaridh McConnochie also crossed over but their efforts were cancelled with Clermont scoring two more tries through Raka and Moala's second as the teams completed the first half with a 40-14 scoreline.

Clermont were quick to get off the block in the second half with Camille Lopez also finding his name in the scoring sheet. As Tom Dunn and Josh Bayliss helped Bath claim a bonus point with tries in 51st and 72nd minutes respectively, Jake McIntyre's try in the closing stage ensured the French side completed a 26-point win.


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