The headlines were written on Monday night, not that many people would have know that a rugby game was going on. The headline clash of the weekend was Saracens taking on Clermont in London on Sunday, but thanks to the snow hitting Saturday night this was impossible due to the conditions around the stadium.
Nothing certain seemed to be set on when a rematch would be scheduled, but rumours started to circulate on Sunday night that the game would be played on Monday night behind closed doors.
Eventually it was confirmed on Monday that people could attend the game, for those in Clermont colours it was well worth the extra day.
They were dominant from start to finish and the sudden decline of Saracens has continued, however one player stood out from the Clermont team and that was Aliveretu Raka who dominated. The Fijian winger scored a hat-trick in the first 25 minutes of the game as Clermont went on to thrash Saracens 46-14 and inflict the Eurpoean Champions biggest ever defeat at home.
Raka was set up nicely by Wesley Fofana for his first try just after 12 minutes. The second came eight minutes later from five metres out. The third came shortly after off a nice dummy and assist from Morgan Parra.
So Mark McCall and his men have to go back and have some honest words this weekend, and the Frenchman head home triumphant but still annoyed at the debacle that was the rescheduling of this game. The Saracens management similarly too as they miss out on a big pay day.
Either way, Clermont adapted to the situation well and should maybe consider moving all their big games last minute to make sure of inflicting maximum damage.