Benjamin Kayser was full of praise for Clermont Auvergne’s “incredible” 36-16 European Challenge Cup final win over La Rochelle. Les Jaunards have become famous for their inability to get over the line in finals but controlled the first half, with Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw keeping the scoreboard ticking over after Morgan Parra had gone off injured.
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La Rochelle came back through Uini Atonio’s second-half try but Fritz Lee and Wesley Fofana touched down either side of that score to keep Clermont in charge. With a place in the Top 14 play-offs all but guaranteed, Franck Azema’s side are well set up for a fantastic end to the season after winning the Challenge Cup for the third time.
However, after so many near misses, Kayser admitted getting over the line was all that mattered on a dramatic night in Newcastle. “It feels absolutely incredible,” he said. “We know La Rochelle and we knew this was going to be a strong battle but we held tight and it is an amazing feeling to walk away with a European medal after all these years.”
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