Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Jamie Cudmore gets French Champions off to the perfect start in the Heineken Cup

The battle for European club rugby glory started this past weekend with round one of the 2010-2011 Heineken Cup spread over three days. One team looking to convert their domestic form into European glory is the current French Champions, Clermont Auvergne who find themselves in surely the toughest group of the tournament, Pool B. They are up against 2009 Heineken Cup winners and 2011 Magners League runners-up Leinster, 2010 English runners-up Saracens and the current leaders of the Top 14, Racing Metro.

Clermont´s opening fixture was at home vs Saracens and it was Canadian secondrower Jamie Cudmore who scored the first try. Cudmore has been a leading player for Clermont for a number of years now and is not only Canada´s most notable professional player but also one of the best players in his position in France. Pumas veteran frontrowers, Mario Ledesma and Martín Scelzo also played a part in the victory. While the Americas also had players representing Saracens including USA Eagles back, Chris Wyles who played wing and Argentine prop turned representative Italian, Carlos Nieto.

Clermont won the match 25-10 but are in second spot because Leinster toppled Racing Metro 38-22 to claim a bonus point victory. This coming saturday will see Racing Metro hosting Clermont in Paris and Saracens hosting Leinster at England´s largest stadium, Wembley. With four strong teams in the group it is crucial to win all home matches or face certain elimination.

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