France winger Damian Penaud said Clermont were “satisfied” after Jean-Pascal Barraque kicked his first penalty goal in more than four years to take them up to fourth in the Top 14 after Saturday’s 16-16 draw at Bordeaux-Begles
Paris, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 16th Jan, 2021 ) :France winger Damian Penaud said Clermont were “satisfied” after Jean-Pascal Barraque kicked his first penalty goal in more than four years to take them up to fourth in the Top 14 after Saturday’s 16-16 draw at Bordeaux-Begles.
Barraque returned to the longer-form of the game this season after the World Rugby Sevens Series was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic and slotted the three-pointer with eight minutes to play.
“We found it hard but I think that the match can be an example for us. We remained intense and stayed solid for 80 minutes,” try-scorer Penaud told Canal+.
“Nothing’s perfect but we feel we played well. We’re satisfied,” he added.
The fixture was one of four league games rescheduled for the weekend after European matches were cancelled over Covid-19 fears in Britain.
Japan’s Kotaro Matsushima returned to Franck Azema’s Clermont team after being rested for last Sunday‘s hammering of Pau.
At Stade Chaban-Delmas, Clermont were down to 13 men within a quarter of an hour as captain Peceli Yato and hooker Adrien Pelissie were shown yellow cards.
Fly-half Mathieu Jalibert, who was named in France‘s Six Nations squad alongside Penaud earlier this week, and Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra traded penalty goals as the home team led 13-10 at the break.
Clermont flanker Alexandre Fischer, named as one of France‘s five training partners for the Six Nations, left the field with a neck injury on the hour mark after a further shot apiece from Parra and Jalibert.
Then, from 50 metres, Barraque kicked his effort, a first in the league since April 2016, with eight minutes remaining to take the two points for his side, who remain without a win in the western city since 2017.