Aliv­ereti Raka’s try sparks Cler­mont

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Paris: Sen­sa­tional Fi­jian winger Aliv­ereti Raka scored again as Cler­mont came back from 0-19 down in the sec­ond-half to run out 24-19 win­ners against Bordeaux-Bè­gles at Stade Cha­ban Del­mas on Sun­day. Play-off hope­fuls UBB with winger Me­tuisela Tale­bula looked set to pick up the four points af­ter card­ing four Pierre Bernard penal­ties and a con­verted Berend Botha try by the 44 minute mark, with Cler­mont un­able to trou­ble the scor­ers in a poor first-half show­ing. But then came a dra­matic clos­ing half-hour as the Top 14 pace-setters clicked into gear with tries from Raka, Pa­tri­cio Fer­nan­dez and Wes­ley Fo­fana ul­ti­mately see­ing them stun the home crowd and seal an un­likely vic­tory. Cler­mont are now five points clear of Toulon in the stand­ings af­ter this win, with Bordeaux-Bè­gles re­main­ing in fifth po­si­tion as they won­der what might have been af­ter let­ting that hefty 19-point ad­van­tage slip through their fin­gers.

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