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Allianz Park this morning.
Allianz Park this morning.

Saracens-Clermont falls foul of the weather, but Ulster and Leinster games to go ahead

Tournament organisers said they postponed the Pool 2 clash with the health and safety of spectators and players in mind.
Dec 10th 2017, 12:26 PM 7,964 9

THE CHAMPIONS CUP clash between Saracens and Clermont Auvergne has been postponed due to the adverse weather which has hit many parts of England and Ireland.

After liaising with the local police force and competition organisers EPCR, Saracens say the Pool 2 fixture was called off because of the conditions surrounding Allianz Park, with fans advised not to travel to the stadium.

“Due to hazardous conditions on the approach roads to Allianz Park, and in the immediate vicinity of the stadium, it was decided not to play the match as scheduled with the health and safety of spectators, players and staff in mind,” a statement read.

“A new date and kick-off time for the Pool 2 fixture will be announced as soon as possible.”

The meeting of Saracens and French side Clermont was to be a repeat of the 2017 final, won by the Aviva Premiership outfit as they retained their European crown.

Heading into round three of the pool stages, Saracens lead Pool 2 by a single point from Clermont with Ospreys’ remarkable win at Northampton breathing some life into their campaign.

Elsewhere in the Champions Cup on Sunday, Ulster’s clash with Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop goes ahead despite heavy snowfall in London [KO 1pm, BT Sport].

A view of the conditions ahead of the game The Stoop ahead of Ulster's clash with Harlequins. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Les Kiss’ side are in desperate need of a positive result in Pool 1 with La Rochelle hosting Wasps [KO 2pm] in the other game in that group.

In the weekend’s final game, Exeter Chiefs host Leinster at Sandy Park with Leo Cullen’s side looking to maintain their 100% start to the pool [KO 5.30pm, BT Sport].

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