May 08, 2017
Saracens vs Clermont: A Look Back
The 2017 Champions Cup Final pits French giants Clermont against Saracens in Edinburgh. It will not be the first time that two of Europe’s most successful clubs will meet each other in the continent’s premier competition so we have taken a look at the last seven games that have taken place since 2010.
In October 2010 Sarries and Clermont met in a Pool 2 encounter at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin. On this occasion, the French club ran out deserved winners by a score of 25-10. David Strettle scored against the club he would one day represent but Clermont proved too much for a Sarries side.
The return fixture took place in January 2011 but the French side once again proved to be victorious, winning 14-24 at Vicarage Road. Owen Farrell kicked three penalties from three in addition to another Strettle try but Clermont were just too good that time around.
The sides next met in the quarter finals of the 2011/12 season’s Heineken Cup. Sarries, having topped Pool 5, looked in fine fettle going into the match but Clermont blew them away with some great rugby as they reached their first ever semi-final with a 3-22 win.
The 2013/14 season saw the next fixture between the sides and Sarries were finally able to celebrate victory, and what a victory. The hosts ran in six tries at Twickenham to dismantle Clermont for a stunning win which sent the Men in Black to their first ever final in the competition where a Jonny Wilkinson inspired Toulon side would prove deserved victors.
The hosts were paired together in Pool 1 the following season. The first match took place in October 2014 at Allianz Park where two tries apiece from Strettle and Chris Ashton helped the home side overcome Clermont 30-23 in an enthralling match.
The return fixture was not such a happy occasion for the North London side as the match was played out in front of a typically fervent Sports Marcel crowd. Tries from European Player of the Season for 2015, Nick Abendanon and Vincent Debaty guided Auvergne to a 18-6 win.
The sides met for the third time in the 2014/15 season’s competition at the semi-final stage in Saint Etienne. A Wesley Fofana try proved to be the difference on that occasion as Clermont earned a place in the final where they would lose to Toulon. The European title had evaded Clermont once again and Saracens would go on to win the 2016 tournament.