Match Centre: Clermont Auvergne 12-21 Toulouse

Romain Ntamack kicked five penalties in the second half
Romain Ntamack kicked five penalties in the second half
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Clermont Auvergne 12-21 Toulouse, Stade Marcel-Michelin

Romain Ntamack kicked five second half penalties as Toulouse came from behind to beat Clermont 21-12 in the quarter-final of the Heineken Champions Cup at Stade Marcel-Michelin.

Toulouse will now face Bordeaux-Bègles in the semi-finals of the competition to be played in the first week of May at Stade Ernest Wallon.

Clermont had to deal with the early loss of Camille Lopez to injury and he was replaced by Tim Nanai-Williams in the fifth minute. With rainy conditions in place, both the teams were struggling to get a grip as Ntamack's kick went wide at the end of the opening quarter leaving both the teams scoreless.

Three minutes later the France fly-half again kicked wide as he was struggling to find his range but Morgan Parra, who took over the kicking responsibility in the absence of Lopez slotted a three-pointer in the 25th minute to take Clermont to a three-point lead.

The home side doubled their tally around the half-hour mark with Parra slotting his second of the game before Toulouse managed to hit back. As Clermont was penalised for going off feet while turning over possession, Toulouse was handed a penalty chance and this time Ntamack got it right in the 32nd minute making it 6-3. The Toulouse star ensured the teams were levelled at the end of the opening half with another penalty kick.

Clermont were the quickest to get off the block in the second half with a Parra penalty kick but Toulouse won a scrum penalty in the 50th minute as Ntamack helped them level the scores once again at 9-9. As Parra and Ntamack traded penalties one more time to make the scoreline 12-12.

However, Toulouse seized the final quarter of the game with powerful scrum and capitalising on the indiscipline from Clermont allowing Ntamack to kick three more penalties that took them to a nine-point lead. Parra had a chance to close the gap in the 78th minute but his penalty went wide as Toulouse sealed a thrilling 21-12 win to make it to the top four in this season's Champions Cup.


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