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Top 14: Clermont got hot against Racing

Ⓒ AFP – THIERRY ZOCCOLAN – | Nick Abendanon scored a try for Clermont against Racing on September 23, 2017 in Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont took a short victory (23-21) against the Parisians, the second consecutive Saturday, opening on the fifth day of Top 14.

A week after the correction Brive (62-6), the defending champion finally launched his season in this remake of the last semi-final, after a championship start missed (two defeats including a slap received in La Rochelle 51 -20).

But if the Jaunards temporarily relocate to the top of the table with 13 points, two less than the Racing, they have snatched this success in the face of the Francilians, deprived of Dan Carter.

After a first test in Clermont (6th) signed by Fijian prodigy Alivereti Raka after a pass millimeter at the foot of Camille Lopez, Racing took the lead on a test by Teddy Thomas (12th), shifted by a blind pass Virimi Vakatawa, then a penalty from Teddy Iribaren (16th, 7-11).

Clermont however managed to react before the break thanks to a test by Nick Abendanon (37th, 14-11) after a breakthrough Raka, and capitalize the return of the locker room on the faults of Racing and a sovereignty found in melee thanks to Camille’s foot Lopez (42nd, 47th, 52nd, 23-11).

But Racing frightened the ASM to the end with a penalty from Iribaren (55th) and then a penalty try (63rd, 23-21) while the teams played fourteen against fourteen following the yellow cards received by Fritz Lee (54th) and Juan Imhoff (56th) on the Racing side.

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