Here's why Clermont stick with out-half Brock James

The Australian play maker produced this exquisite pass in a derby win over Brive on Saturday.

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IT HAS LONG been a mystery for rugby fans across Europe; why do Clermont persist with an out-half who appears to lack the mental strength to win trophies? The truth is that Brock Jame performs excellent on a weekly basis in the Top 14, whatever about his flaws in the high-stakes European games.

On Saturday, the Australian produced this incredible pass to set up a Napolioni Nalaga try at a crucial time in Clermont’s 36-29 derby win over Brive. Having replaced Mike Delany at out-half for the second half, James also kicked three penalties to guide his team to a nervy win, extending their winning streak at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin to a phenomenal 66 games.

This glimpse of instinctive skill from James was made all the more impressive by the fact that he had so little time to spot Nalaga on his left and decide how to find him. Now 32, the Clermont pivot is out of contract at the end of the season but the club are hoping he will sign a new deal in the coming weeks.

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