Exeter 8-35 Clermont Auvergne: Chiefs left with mountain to climb in Champions Cup after heavy defeat
French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne made an immediate statement of intent in the European Champions Cup as they dealt Exeter's Pool Five qualification hopes a major setback at Sandy Park.
Exeter, who beat Clermont comfortably on home soil last season before being crushed in the return fixture, were blown away by first-half tries from flanker Julien Bardy, wing Noa Nakaitaci and centre Wesley Fofana during a devastating 15-minute spell before they eventually subsided 35-8.
The current French Top leaders, beaten Champions Cup finalists in 2015, were ruthless in the final third.
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