Oct 26, 2014 at 3.15pm UK
ClermontClermont Auvergne
35-3
Sale Sharks
Abendanon (16'), Nalaga (56', 75'), Rougerie (78')
FT

Result: Clermont Auvergne outclass sorry Sale Sharks

Clermont-Auvergne's Napolioni Nalaga celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against Llanelli Scarlets during their Heineken Cup match on December 7, 2013
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Clermont Auvergne secure a comfortable 35-3 win over the Sale Sharks in Pool One of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Clermont Auvergne kept their hopes of qualifying for the next round of the European Rugby Champions Cup alive with a 35-3 win over the injury-ravaged Sale Sharks this afternoon.

Both sides had suffered losing starts to their European campaign, meaning today's encounter was something of a must-win clash following the strong starts Munster and Saracens have made in Pool One.

It was Clermont, who reached the final four last season, that started the brighter, with Nick Abendanon opening the try scoring in the 16th minute after an incisive break down the right, ably converted by the impressive Camille Lopez.

Danny Cipriani replied almost instantly with a penalty as Sale tried to stay within touching distance of their hosts, but the boot of Lopez proved decisive as two penalties from the French fly-half put Clermont 13-3 ahead at the interval.

Lopez extended the lead with another penalty five minutes after the restart, before Napolioni Nalaga charged over for a try on 56 minutes, which Lopez surprisingly pushed wide.

Nalaga grabbed his second try on 75 minutes when he finished off a flowing Clermont break, with Lopez stroking the conversion home.

With the home side dominating, the bonus point win was wrapped up when Clermont favourite Aurelien Rougerie touched down two minutes from time.

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