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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 January 2008, 16:13 GMT
Scarlets 0-41 Clermont
Arnaud Pic streaks through the Scarlets defence
Alix Popham tries to stop Arnaud Pic at Stradey Park
Scarlets (0) 0

Clermont (12) 41
Tries: Ledesma, L. Jacquet, James, Floch 2, Vermeulen.
Cons: James 4
Pens: James

The Scarlets' miserable Heineken Cup campaign ended with a heavy defeat at the hands of Clermont Auvergne.

The French side ran in six tries with fly-half Brock James claiming 16 points and they will find out on Sunday if they are through to the quarter-finals.

Clermont never looked back after taking the lead through hooker Mario Ledesma after just eight minutes.

The home side lost Stephen Jones before kick-off with a back spasm and they ended the campaign with zero points.

In driving rain and on a heavy pitch, Clermont soon showed their intent with a forward rumble into the home 22 which saw the ball moved to Ledesma, who went over.

Referee George Clancy gave the try on the advice of the television match official Marshall Kilgore. James converted to make it 7-0.


Matters did not get any better for the Scarlets as they lost Ceiron Thomas before half an hour was up.

He had to be replaced by wing Darren Daniel with centre Gavin Evans going to emergency outside-half.

And three minutes later the Scarlets conceded their second try when the Clermont forwards powered to the line following a line-out with lock Loic Jacquet emerging as the scorer as the French club led 12-0.

From a tapped penalty the Scarlets got the ball out to Mark Jones, to create their first legitimate scoring chance, but he was bundled into touch five metres from the line.

The Scarlets had the chance to get on the board before half-time but Gavin Evans missed his penalty attempt - the last action of the first 40 minutes.

It did not get any better for the Scarlets after the interval as James collected 10 points in the space of four minutes.

First the outside-half planted a penalty goal and followed that up by converting his own try after latching onto the end of full-back Anthony Floch's kick ahead.

The home side's evening only went from bad to worse when Matthew Rees was sin-binned for a ruck offence and that opened the way for Floch to breeze in for the bonus point try on 57 minutes as Clermont led 29-0.

Eight minutes from time came Clermont's fifth try for man of the match Elvis Vermeulen while Floch went in for his second try during injury time.

Llanelli Scarlets: Stoddart; James, Watkins, G Evans, M Jones; C Thomas, L Davies; I. Thomas, Rees, Manu, Eustace, MacLeod, Easterby, G. Thomas, D. Jones.
Replacements: Schwalger for Stoddart (53), G. Evans for M. Jones (65), Daniel for C. Thomas (27), Cattle for L. Davies (64), Broster for I. Thomas (64), N. Thomas for Easterby (64), Popham for D. Jones (41).

Sin Bin: Rees (51).

Clermont Auvergne: Floch; Esterhuizen, Joubert, Bai, Malzieu; James, Mignoni; Emmanuelli, Ledesma, Scelzo, L. Jacquet, Privat, Bonnaire, Audebert, Vermeulen.
Replacements: Delasau for Esterhuizen (59), Pic for Bai (62), Garcia for Mignoni (62), Zirakashvili for Emmanuelli (46), Lozupone for Ledesma (73), Broomhall for Bonnaire (59), Samson for Vermeulen (79).

Att: 6,491

Ref: George Clancy (IRFU).

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