sport news Clermont Auvergne 32-27 Harlequins: Comeback falls short

Clermont Auvergne 32-27 Harlequins: London club's comeback bid falls just short in European Challenge Cup Clermont Auvergne beat Harlequins 32-27 in the European Challenge Cup Quins trailed 32-8 but fought back to set up a grandstand finish in France Kyle Sinckler gave away a needless penalty though to slow their momentum Clermont will now face Sale's conquerors La Rochelle in an all-French final

By Gary Fitzgerald For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 23:35 BST, 20 April 2019 | Updated: 23:36 BST, 20 April 2019

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Kyle Sinckler's suspect temperament cost Quins dear again as the London club's bid for a third European Challenge Cup success faltered at the Stade Marcel-Michelin.

The prop was instantly removed from the action eight minutes from the end after clearly upsetting boss Paul Gustard with his rash behaviour.

With his side fighting back and threatening to turn this contest around, Sinckler foolishly threw a Clermont player to the ground and straight at the feet of referee John Lacey who had to leap out the way.

Harlequins players looked dejected after losing 32-27 to Clermont Auvergne on Saturday

Harlequins players looked dejected after losing 32-27 to Clermont Auvergne on Saturday

It spoiled a spell of real strong Quins pressure where they had scored two fine tries through Chris Robshaw and James Laing, and were hoping for a grandstand finish.

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