Monday, April 21, 2014

Top 14: Juan Imhoff scores v Clermont Auvergne

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Argentine international winger Juan Imhoff scored an impressive try for Racing Métro in the club´s home Top 14 fixture against Clermont Auvergne on Saturday. The Pumas left winger played the match on the right wing for his French club and scored the only try of the match when he went over four mintues from fulltime. Imhoff collected an attacking kick and showed too much speed for French international scrum-half Morgan Parra. His try completed a 22-6 victory to deny Clermont Auvergne any competition points as the clubs are now tied for third position on 69 points. 

Imhoff is certain to play in his third Rugby Championship this year and his form firmly suggests that he will be starting on the left wing for his country. New coach Daniel Hourcade selected Imhoff on the left wing last November in the team´s only win of the year against a Tier One opponent. His selection saw Horacio Agulla moved to outside centre. 

Imhoff has earned twenty caps for Argentina, twelve of them being in the starting lineup. His return is an impressive twelve test tries to date with him having scored against Tier One opposition including Australia, Italy and Wales. He scored two tries in Rugby World Cup 2011. 

Both Racing Métro and Clermont Auvergne will be a part of the new European Rugby Champions Cup which is to replace the Heineken Cup next season. Clermont Auvergne has an opportunity to become the final Heineken Cup champion as it will be involved in the Semi Finals next weekend. Clermont is to face Aviva Premiership leaders, Saracens at Twickenham. 

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