Heineken Champions Cup: Leicester v Clermont Auvergne (Sat)

Chris Ashton
Since arriving at Leicester in February, Ashton has scored three try in five games.
Date: Saturday, April 16 Kick-off:17:30 BST Venue: Mattioli Woods Welford Road
Coverage:Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. Also available online

Wing Chris Ashton is back as one of five changes in the Leicester XV's starting lineup that held a 19-point advantage in the Champions Cup match with Clermont-Auvergne.

South African number eight Jasper Wiese falls to the bench, while Ollie Chessum moves back to the lock's back row.

Nic Dolly, Harry Wells, and Eli Snyman join the pack, with Matias Moroni taking their place. suspended centre Guy Porter.

Jack van Poortvliet is still the Scrum-half and keeps Ben Youngs in his place.

Van Poortvliet will take on 18-year-old talent Baptiste Jauneau. This is Jauneau's first appearance for Clermont.

Jauneau, the starting scrum half for France's Under-20s in all five of their Six Nations match matches at an earlier date, was Jauneau.

Tomas Lavanini remains sidelined from a neck injury, so there is no way for him to return to Welford Road.

Wesley Fofana continues to work in the centre, while George Moala continues in the middle. Number eight Fritz Lee is ready to start, despite having his head cut in the collision. saw Porter sent off in the first leg.

In the next round, Connacht and Leinster will be played as the winners. Leinster, four-time winner, won 26-21 in Galway during the first leg.

They have a message

Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick:“Clermont is a dangerous team as we saw last weekend, France.

“We are able to see the class, experience, power and class they have in their squad. We also know that they will arrive at Leicester with a strong gameplan.

Jono Gibbes is an outstanding coach and knows what it takes for success, especially in the Heineken Champions Cup.

Match stats

  • Leicester has won three of their last three home matches in the knockout phase of the Champions Cup. This includes two wins against French opposition (both against Stade Francais).
  • Alivereti Raka beat ten defenders against Leicester last weekend, more than any other player in 16 first legs. It was also the third time this season that a player has beaten more than 10 defenders in Champions Cup games.


Leicester: Steward; Ashton, Moroni, Kelly, Potter; Ford, Van Poortvilet; Genge (capt), Dolly, Heyes, Wells, Snyman, Chessum, Reffell, Liebenberg.

Replacements: Clare, Van Wyk, Cole, Green, Wiese, Youngs, Burns Scott

Clermont-Auvergne: Tiberghien; O'Connor, Moala, Fofana, Raka; Lopez, Jauneau; Beria, Beheregaray, T Lanen, Amatosero, C Lanen, Dessaigne, Lee.

Replacements: Fourcade, Bibi Biziwu, Falatea, Jedrasiak, Cancoriet, Parra, Hanrahan, O'Connor

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