Clermont beat Leinster to set up final against Saracens

David Strettle's try helped Clermont into a 15-0 lead quarter of an hour into the game
European Champions Cup
Clermont (15) 27
Tries: Yato, Strettle Con: Parra Pens: Parra 2, Lopez Drop-goals: Lopez 2
Leinster (3) 22
Try: Ringrose Con: Sexton Pens: Sexton 5

Clermont Auvergne will play holders Saracens in the final of the Champions Cup after surviving a thrilling Leinster fightback in Lyon.

A stunning start saw tries from Peceli Yato and David Strettle help Clermont into an early 15-0 lead.

Four penalties from Johnny Sexton then cut the gap to three but a Morgan Parra penalty and Camille Lopez drop-goal seemed to have seen Clermont home.

Garry Ringrose's score cut the gap to two but Lopez's boot saw Clermont home.

Clermont - two-time finalists but yet to win the tournament - will play defending champions Saracens in the final in Edinburgh on Saturday, 13 May.

More to follow.

Clermont: S Spedding; D Strettle, A Rougerie, R Lamerat, N Abendanon; C Lopez, M Parra, R Chaume, B Kayser, D Zirakashvilli, A Iturria, S Vahaamahina, D Chouly (capt), P Yato, F Lee.

Replacements: J Ulugia, E Falgoux, A Jarvis, P Jedrasiak, A Lapandry, L Radosavljevic, P Fernandez, D Penaud.

Leinster: J Carbery; F McFadden, G Ringrose, R Henshaw I Nacewa (capt); J Sexton, L McGrath, J McGrath, R Strauss, T Furlong, D Toner, H Triggs, R Ruddock, D Leavy, J Conan.

Replacements: S Cronin, P Dooley, M Bent, R Molony, J van der Flier, J Gibson-Park, R Byrne, Z Kirchner.

Ref: Nigel Owens (WRU)

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