Montpellier squeeze past Clermont

first_imgNemani Nadolo powered over for a score that was confirmed by the video referee in the 79th minute and Ruan Pienaar held his nerve to split the posts for a match-clinching conversion.Montpellier return to the top of the table as a result, but Clermont remain well adrift of the top six having again failed to transfer their European Champions Cup form to the domestic league.A spectacular finish from Mali Hingano had looked set to earn last year’s Top 14 winners and Champions Cup runners-up victory on Sunday, the replacement diving over a pile of bodies for his side’s second try.Greig Laidlaw converted both and also added five penalties, but Montpellier – who had crossed twice in the first half through Louis Picamoles – stole victory after piling on the pressure late on.Nos Cistes s’imposent à Clermont sur le score de 29 – 30. Bravo à eux! pic.twitter.com/grNBxh4LG3— Montpellier Rugby (@MHR_officiel) January 28, 2018Struggling Stade Francais suffered a 40-5 thrashing at home to Pau in Greg Cooper’s final game in charge of the capital club.It was announced earlier this month that Cooper would return to New Zealand for personal reasons, the former All Black subsequently citing his daughter’s ill health.”Mentally, we were not there,” said Stade skipper Sergio Parisse. “It’s our responsibility. We do not look for an excuse.”C’est terminé à Jean Bouin #SFPSP #SFParis pic.twitter.com/ECR4h0RSZw— Stade Français Paris (@SFParisRugby) January 28, 2018 Photo Getty Images. Caption: Montpellier’s Nemani Nadololast_img read more

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Oklahoma over Ohio State for CFB Playoff

first_imgOklahoma over Ohio State for CFB PlayoffThe debate for the final spot in the College Football Playoff appears to be coming down to Ohio State or Oklahoma – assuming each team wins their conference championship game and Bama beats Georgia in the SEC title game – but Colin thinks the Sooners have the clear edge over the Buckeyes.When comparing resumes between the one-loss teams, Ohio State has the scar of a 49-29 blowout loss to 6-6 Purdue, while Oklahoma has a loss to 9-3 Texas. Also, Oklahoma showed it can compete with SEC teams based on their playoff appearance last year. Without question, however, the Purdue loss is the biggest deciding factor, just like last year’s loss to mediocre Iowa that kept the Buckeyes on the outside looking in. Also:– Texans SB contenders with Deshaun Watson– Baker still has maturity issues– Herd Hierarchy after NFL Week 12Guests:Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst, Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show; Tony Gonzalez – FS1 NFL Analyst and former All-Pro Tight End;  Leighton Vander Esch – Dallas Cowboys Linebackerlast_img read more

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