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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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  1. 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. 

  2. Post update

    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.

  3. Post update

    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.

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    Clermont 27-19 Leinster

    David Strettle

    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.

  5. Post update

    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
  6. Full-time

    Clermont 27-22 Leinster

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    Clermont 27-22 Leinster

    Damien Penaud wins the restart

    Damien Penaud reclaims the restart for Clermont!

    That is surely curtains for Leinster.

    Clermont are sticking it up the jumpers.

  8. Penalty - Clermont 27-22 Leinster

    Johnny Sexton

    Ninety seconds to go.

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    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...

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. Missed penalty

    Clermont 24-19 Leinster

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

  13. Post update

    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...

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Two points in it, 10 to go

    Clermont 21-19 Leinster

    Garry Ringrose scores a try

    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.

  18. Try - Clermont 21-17 Leinster

    Garry Ringrose

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

  19. Post update

    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...

  20. 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.