Heineken Cup - Pool One
Clermont set for must-win Montauban clash
January 15, 2009
Clermont Auvergne fly-half Brock James will be looking to mastermind victory over Montauban © Getty Images
Clermont Auvergne will host Montauban at the Stade Marcel-Michelin on Friday, knowing that a slip-up will see their hopes of progressing from Heinken Cup Pool One disappear.
With Pool One leaders Munster currently five points clear of Clermont, the French giants will know that they must win both of their remaining games to stand any chance of progressing.
The home side have named a formidable starting line-up for the game, with Aurelien Rougerie leading the side from the wing ouside centres Gonzalo Canale and Seremaia Bai. Brock James and Pierre Mignoni start at half-back.
Lock Mathias Rolland leads the visitors, who have Romanian scrum-half Petre Mitu partnering fly-half Regis Lespinas. Scotland international Scott Murray starts on the bench as his side go after an upset against their fellow Top 14 competitors.
ASM Clermont Auvergne: B Baby; A Rougerie [capt], G Canale, S Bai, J Malzieu; B James, P Mignoni; L Emmanuelli, M Ledesma, M Scelzo, J Pierre, L Jacquet, J Bonnaire, A Audebert, E Vermeulen
Replacements: M Lozupone, T Domingo, T Privat, E Etien, J Senio, P Garcia, W Fofana
Montauban: J Laharrague; A Figueiredo, S Paku, R Jahouer, J Cassin; R Lespinas, P Mitu; L DelBoulbes, G Shvelidze, B Sa, M Rolland [capt], R Frost, M Clarkin, A Boutaty, F Soldan
Replacements: G Parriel, N Adams, S Murray, K Ghezal, J Dalla Riva, F Fortassin, F Culinat
Referee: Carlo Damasco (Italy)
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