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Summary

  1. Clermont to meet Saracens in Champions Cup final
  2. Final score: Clermont Auvergne 27-22 Leinster
  3. Yato, Strettle tries, Parra con & 2 pens, Lopez 2 DGs & pen for Clermont
  4. Ringrose try, Sexton con & 5 pens for Leinster
  5. Clermont reach third final after 2013 & 2015 appearances

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

So, it will be Saracens - serial champions - against Clermont - choke specialists - in the 13 May final.

But the script is ripe for ripping up.

That is the drama of live sport.

See you there. 

Clermont 27-19 Leinster

Clermont wing Nick Abendanon speaking to Sky Sports: This is the reason that we come to play in place like Clermont in France, you don't get scenes like this in England.

You certainly don't. Sky Sports on-pitch interview is taking place amid a battle scene of streakers, pitch invaders and team-mates intent on de-bagging Abendanon. Terrific stuff.

Clermont 27-19 Leinster

Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton speaking to Sky Sports: I felt that we could still win it at half-time, we should have made them work harder for their scores. They got a 15-point head-start. We were beaten by an impressive side, who have been impressive all year, we have to take our hats off and say they were better than us.

We have to to tell the young players in this team that each chance you get you have to try and take like it is your last. You might not get many more.

Clermont 27-19 Leinster

David Strettle
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Clermont wing David Strettle, speaking to Sky Sports: It was knackering. That was a tough game. We always knew that they would have a purple patch. We had to start well, hold on when they got on top after half-time and then finish strongly. I think Saracens have got better since I left, but I can see in the two years that I have been here how important this tournament is to the club.

Clermont 27-19 Leinster

Leinster's players slump to the turf, Clermont's men engulf Camile Lopez whose cool nerves have guided them to another showpiece final and a chance to finally bury those big-game demons.

Camille Lopez celebrates
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Full-time

Clermont 27-22 Leinster

Clermont 27-22 Leinster

Damien Penaud wins the restart
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Damien Penaud reclaims the restart for Clermont!

That is surely curtains for Leinster.

Clermont are sticking it up the jumpers.

Penalty - Clermont 27-22 Leinster

Johnny Sexton

Ninety seconds to go.

lermont 27-19 Leinster

Ross Molony batters into the Clermont 22m. Nigel Owens arm pops up to award the penalty Leinster's way.

Johnny Sexton decides that he will take this shot at goal - as quick as possible - and then head back to receive the kick-off for the last push for glory...

Clermont 27-19 Leinster

Leinster have to give it everything.

Eight points down they are running from everywhere.

Frantic urgency. They are up to almost the Clermont 22m.

Drop-goal - Clermont 27-19 Leinster

Camille Lopez

Johnny Sexton's short restart is stolen and Camille Lopez drops into the pocket and drops the potentially decisive drop-goal.

Missed penalty

Clermont 24-19 Leinster

Camille Lopez's shot screws off his boot, falling short and wide.

Clermont 24-19 Leinster

Another penalty shot for Clermont.

Camille Lopez is right in front, but out at halfway. He has a booming right peg though...

Clermont 24-19 Leinster

Zane Kirchner - off the bench for Leinster - is bundled into touch out on the right wing.

Leinster cannot afford too many of those easy turnovers.

Penalty - Clermont 24-19 Leinster

Camille Lopez

Five points behind with eight to go. The equation just got a little harder for Leinster to work out.

Clermont 21-19 Leinster

Leinster are playing just as wide and wild as they did when they were nine points down.

Can Clermont keep pace with this free-running game?

Fritz Lee can. The Clermont number eight clamps down like a limpet and forces another penalty.

They are going to kick it. Camile Lopez to take over the tee duties from Morgan Parra.

Two points in it, 10 to go

Clermont 21-19 Leinster

Garry Ringrose scores a try
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An astonishing score from Ireland's star-in-the-making, scrap that, star Garry Ringrose as he steps two men, throws a dummy to sell Scott Spedding down the river and scampers in for a superb solo score.

Johnny Sexton adds the extra. It is a two-point ball game with 10 to go. 

Strap in.

Try - Clermont 21-17 Leinster

Garry Ringrose

Oh my. Think O'Driscoll in the Gabba....

Clermont 21-12 Leinster

Leinster are starting to chance their arm and chase the game. Johnny Sexton slings the ball wide from inside his own 22m. Sean Cronin is lurking in those wide spaces...

Replacements

Clermont 21-12 Leinster

Jamison Gibson-Park comes on for Luke McGrath at scrum-half for Leinster.

Meanwhile Remi Lamerat is replaced by Argentina international Pato Fernandez in the Clermont midfield.

Lopez drops goal to take Clermont nine clear

Clermont 21-12 Leinster

Camille Lopez celebrates
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The yellow-and-blue flags are swirling in the grandstand behind the Leinster posts.

Camille Lopez's strike was sweet as a nut and as straight and central as the Greenwich meridian.

Clermont are more than a converted score clear.

Drop-goal - Clermont 21-12 Leinster

Camille Lopez

Clermont 18-12 Leinster

Clermont are up to within five metres. Leinster under intense pressure. Moran Parra pulling the strings.

The ball breaks free out of contact.

But Leinster are not out of the woods yet. Clermont are camped on their 22m with the ball in hand.

Clermont 18-12 Leinster

A Clermont fan
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The French crowd have got reacquainted with their vocal cords.

Their team have rediscovered their scrummage gears as well. Leinster are sent into reverse. Fitz Lee picks and go and Clermont stream through midfield.

There was a forward pass in there though from Remi Lamerat.

Clermont 18-12 Leinster

Isa Nacewa collides with David Strettle in midair.

It was lucky that he was doing a good impression of going for the ball or he could have been walking.

The Leinster captain has already got a yellow card in the first half for pulling Strettle back off the ball.

Penalty - Clermont 18-12 Leinster

Morgan Parra

Morgan Parra holds his nerve and keeps his concentration. Clermont were looking at a two-point deficit and a blown lead.

They are now back to six clear.

Anyone's game from here.

No try

Clermont 15-12 Leinster

Flanker Dan Leavy is found guilty on video review.

He tied up Rougerie for a couple of seconds with the ball nowhere on the scene. It looks like he was holding onto his bootlaces at the end.

No try for Leinster. Instead we head back for a very kickable Clermont penalty.

Morgan Parra is setting his sights.

Try review

Clermont 15-12 Leinster

Dan Leavy gets the ball grounded over the try line
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Dan Leavy plunges over!

It was a length-of-the-field counter from Leinster, but there is a question over whether Aurelien Rougerie was held to create the hole which Fergus McFadden burst through just outside his own 22m.

Replacements

Clermont 15-12 Leinster

Clermont need to change things. Fast.

But I'm not sure that is the change I would have made.

Peceli Yato - who has been fantastic so far - and Benjamin Kayser have been taken off.

Penalty - Clermont 15-12 Leinster

Johnny Sexton

Clermont 15-9 Leinster

Leinster are knocking on the door once more.

Clermont are pinned back in their own 22m.

Another penalty for the Irish side, this time for offside. It is eminently kickable.

Sexton is going to go for the posts. If he lands it the Clermont lead is down to three. It is slimming faster than a flyweight on weigh-in day.

Jonny Sexton points to the posts
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Clermont 15-9 Leinster

A superb cover tackle from Luke McGrath who snares the galloping Peceli Yato as the Clermont flanker hammered down the whitewash and towards the tryline.

That might be vital in the post-match debrief.

Replacement

Clermont 15-9 Leinster

A change at hooker as the free-range Sean Cronin comes on for Richardt Strauss for Leinster.

Penalty - Clermont 15-9 Leinster

Johnny Sexton

We've got a ball game now. The ghosts of campaigns and close calls past are whirling around the Clermont psyche.

Jonny Sexton kicks a penalty
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Clermont 15-6 Leinster

A penalty advantage to Leinster but it could be more!

Garry Ringrose almost through... Robbie Henshaw hoovers up his off-load... the ball is flicked wide...

There were men over, but Nick Abendanon is up out of the defence on a death-or-glory rush and manages to hustle Leinster into a mistake.

No matter. Sexton is going to take on the shot at goal. Should be three from bang in front.

Clermont 15-6 Leinster

Joey Carbery steps and jinks through some heavy traffic.

Leinster are up to the Clermont 22m.

Clermont 15-6 Leinster

Jonny Sexton
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The crowd have gone quiet, Leinster are dominating possession and Clermont have not had that furious energy around the breakdown and in defence in the first half.

Is that mojo shifting?

Clermont 15-6 Leinster

Morgan Parra attempts a kick at goal
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Morgan Parra had a kick late in the second half to put Clermont 18-0 clear.

The French side's lead looks a whole lot less secure now.

Penalty - Clermont 15-6 Leinster

Johnny Sexton

Clermont 15-3 Leinster

Nothing coming.

Johnny Sexton is going to take the shot at goal.

It is pretty much a gimme...