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Heineken Cup: 'Nothing worked' for Clermont during semi-final hammering, says Vern Cotter

Last Updated: 26/04/14 7:50pm

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Clermont Auvergne head coach Vern Cotter made no excuses for his side's 46-6 defeat against Saracens in the Heineken Cup semi-final.

Cotter, who is leaving the French club at the end of the season to take charge of Scotland, watched on at Twickenham as Saracens ran in six tries - including two from Chris Ashton - during a comprehensive display.

Clermont are still in contention for the Top 14 title and Cotter urged his players to regroup quickly.

"Technically, they hurt us quite a lot," he said. "It was pretty difficult, and we need to congratulate them.

"Of course, the result is difficult to accept. Nothing has worked today and it was tough.

"It is difficult. The Heineken Cup is over for us, but we still have the (French) Top 14 and the season is not over. We will shift quickly to that.

"As a group, we set objectives. We move on and our next objective is the Top 14. This one is finished and we will move to the next one."

Responsibility

Clermont, who were without injured skipper Aurelien Rougerie as they looked to reach a second Heineken Cup final in a row, were limited to two first-half penalties from Morgan Parra.

Parra said: "Forty points or a one point difference, we lost. We need to take responsibility for our actions."

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