Sun 6 Jan 2019 | 07:51

Laidlaw helps Clermont end La Rochelle's seven-win streak

Laidlaw helps Clermont end La Rochelle's seven-win streak
Sun 6 Jan 2019 | 07:51
Laidlaw helps Clermont end La Rochelle's seven-win streak
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TOP 14 REPORT: Scottish scrumhalf Greg Laidlaw claimed 18 points as French Top 14 leaders Clermont ended La Rochelle’s run of seven straight wins with a five-try, 44-19 victory on Sunday.

Laidlaw scored one of his team’s tries and booted two conversions and three penalties – all in the first half – as Clermont stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to three months.

Clermont were rarely threatened on Sunday racing into a 13-0 lead after 23 minutes thanks to two penalties from Laidlaw who also converted his own try.

Former All Blacks back-rower and La Rochelle skipper Victor Vito and replacement wing Geoffrey Doumayrou kept their team in touch either side of a Peceli Yato try on the stroke of half-time.

Clermont made the most of La Rochelle’s indiscipline, being awarded a penalty try in the 57th minute for a 30-12 advantage.

In all, the visitors gave up 19 penalties and had three players sent to the sin bin.

George Moala and Tim Nanai-Williams added second-half tries for Clermont as the leaders grabbed a bonus point.

Agence France-Presse

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