Champions Cup – Jono Gibbes (Clermont): “It’s a shame to take 44 points at home”

Despite a courageous match and some flashes, Clermont largely lost this Friday evening on its Michelin lawn against the Leicester Tigers. A 44-29 defeat against the English, in particular because of tests too easily cashed. At the end of the meeting, Jono Gibbes did not mince his words regarding the performance of his players. The Auvergne manager calls for a big questioning.

Clermont does not take its head above water. Despite a small breath of fresh air in the league with the victory against Perpignan last week, ASM plunged back this Friday evening into its lair of Marcel-Michelin. Admittedly, the context is different, with some changes in the Auvergne starting fifteen, but the addition is salty.

The Jaunards conceded a whopping 44 points against the Leicester Tigers, 27 only in the first act. A heavy setback which places the Clermontois in a delicate position for qualification but which pushed Jono Gibbes out and banged his fist on the table at the end of the meeting.

The New Zealand manager didn’t mince words regarding the performance of his proteges: “It’s a shame to take 44 points at home. We gave in too easily. Such a performance, in front of our home crowd, is hard. This new defeat calls a lot of things into question. We have to manage to find a solution, so as to produce something other than what we showed against this Leicester team.”

ASM notably conceded tries deemed “too easy” by Baptiste Jauneau, with an interception from the first seconds of the match, and a largely avoidable first-hand try.

Nevertheless, Jono Gibbes still retained some positive points from this third day of the Champions Cup: “I also felt a spirit, a desire. Unfortunately, our end of the first act weighed us down. Our defensive organization was not up to par.”

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