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Naikataci shines for Clermont

December 31
09:38 2013

Noa Nakaitaci scores for Clermont.

By ANASILINI RATUVA

Naluwai, Naitasiri, native Noa Nakaitaci was the architect for Clermont’s 33-19 victory over Oyonnax on Sunday.
Clermont racked up 70th straight home win and opened up a six-point lead at the top of the Top 14 table.
Nakaitaci was brilliant in the first half, scoring a brilliant 60-yard individual try before making a second break allowing Samoan No.8 Fritz Lee to score.
According to Agence France- Presse (AFP) Nakataici’s score was pure genius as he took the ball from the back of a breakdown, looped around the forwards and burst through a gap in Oyonnax’s defensive line before chipping ahead and winning the foot-race to touch down.
However, Clermont were denied a bonus point by a spirited second-half display from the second division champions.
Centre Pierre Aguillon and South African hooker Jody Jenneker both went over either side of France hooker Benjamin Kayser’s try for the hosts but Oyonnax still dropped into the relegation places.
Clermont coach Vern Cotter said Oyonnax displayed good performances.
“We’ll take that victory against a very good Oyonnax team,”Cotter said.
“Even without the bonus,this win allows us to stay on top. We wanted to do well before the European Cup (begins again in two weeks).”

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