Betham at the double as Clermont get up and running in Top 14

By Peter Hanson 26 August 2019 899
Betham at the double as Clermont get up and running in Top 14

Peter Betham scored twice as last season's Top 14 runners-up Clermont Auvergne began the new season with a 28-10 beating of 14-man La Rochelle.

Clermont were defeated 24-18 by Toulouse in June's showpiece and began their attempt to go one better with a convincing win over semi-finalists La Rochelle, who they also defeated in the European Challenge Cup final.

The teams were tied at the break as Betham's converted score and a penalty from Jake McIntyre were answered in kind by Pierre Aguillon's try and a three-pointer from Brock James.

But another McIntyre penalty and Betham's second try preceded a red card for Sila Puafisi, who was pinged for a high tackle on McIntyre, and two-cap Australia winger Betham set up Judicael Cancoriet in the closing stages to complete the win.

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