|European Challenge Cup – Pool Inch|
|Clermont Auvergne (28) 49|
|Tries: Cancoriet 2, Naqalevu 2, Betham, Lee, Cassang Cons: Laidlaw 7|
|Dragons (17) 2 4|
|Tries: Dee, Wainwright, Williams Cons: Lewis 3 Pen: Lewis|
As Clermont conducted into an emphatic win in seven tries on their way dragons suffered another defeat in Europe.
Flanker Judicael Cancoriet scored two of Clermont’s four first-half tries, but Dragons failed to respond through Elliot Dee and Aaron Wainwright.
Clermont added three more tries together with Scotland captain Greg Laidlaw Placing all seven dozens, after halftime.
Rhodri Williams’ did claim a Dragons try, but the Welsh team are on the brink of Challenge Cup removal.
Clermont are the runaway Pool 1 pioneers with four wins out of their four matches thus far, even though second-placed Northampton Saints had their game in Romania against Timisaora Saracens postponed on Saturday because of snow.
Travelling to face the 20 17 Best 14 champions was not likely to be easy for Dragons, especially after the firing of head coach Bernard Jackman in the week.
No matter how the Welsh region – together with forward coach Ceri Jones in caretaker charge – showed some signs of progress on a week’s 48-14 defeat at Northampton.
Despite the improvement though, the standard of the French side shone through.
A couple of tries for Apisai and Cancoriet Naqalevu, plus one apiece for Peter Betham, captain Fritz Lee and Charlie Cassang ensured Clermont move 10 points having played a game more.
Clermont Auvergne: Isaia Toeava; Peter Betham, Apisai Naqalevu, Wesley Fofana, Remy Grosso; Camille Lopez, Greig Laidlaw; Loni Uhila, Yohan Beheregaray, Michael Simutoga, Paul Jedrasiak, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Arthur Iturria, Judicael Cancoriet, Fritz Lee (capt).
Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Gerard Ellis, Nicky Thomas, Huw Taylor, James Benjamin, Rhodri Williams, Gavin Henson, Jordan Williams.
Referee: Tom Foley (England)
Attorney: Simon Harding & Phil Watters (England)
TMO: Trevor Fisher (England)