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Yato Scores Again

Yato Scores Again
Peceli Yato on attack for Clermont during the Top 14 competition. Photo: Planet Rugby
January 08
10:00 2019


Fiery Fiji Airways Flying Fijians flanker Peceli Yato scored a try for Clermont as they returned to the Top 14 summit after they overcame third-placed La Rochelle, winning 44-19 at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin on Sunday.

The Nadroga native has been a frequent scorer in the competition.

Tries from Greig Laidlaw, Yato, George Moala and Tim Nanai-Williams to go with a penalty try saw them to the victory that sends them above Toulouse at the top of the table.

However, they missed out on the bonus-point due to La Rochelle having crossed for three tries.

Former Hurricanes No.8 Victor Vito, Geoffrey Doumayrou and former Flying Fijians lock Jone Qovu scored for La Rochelle, as the Top 14 now takes a break for the Champions and Challenge Cup, with Clermont facing Northampton Saints while La Rochelle host Zebre. Incredibly both these teams are playing in the latter competition.

Clermont led 23-7 at the turnaround as Scotland‘s Laidlaw was busy, contributing 18 points thanks to a try, two conversions and three penalties.

The hosts’ scrum was particularly dominant and while La Rochelle did score when Ihaia West’s fine kick pass led to Vito crossing, it was a disappointing opening 40 minutes from Jono Gibbes’ men.

Clermont meanwhile would have been delighted with their dominant performance

Gibbes must have rattled his charges at the interval as they came out firing with a Doumayrou try.

However Clermont’s scrum then turned the screw and that resulted in a penalty try and yellow card to boot for Arthur Joly, which made it 30-12 to the home side with 24 minutes left.

Qovu barreled over to make things interesting at 30-19 but Clermont would ease to the victory in the end thanks to tries from replacement back Moala and then Nanai-Williams’ finish on the left, putting the seal on a 10th win of their league season to head into the break on a high.

– Edited by Sheldon Chanel


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