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But the lineout was a source of real discomfort, Philippe Saint-Andre's side losing eight of their own throws as Jim Hamilton reigned supreme.
The struggles were no doubt attributable to the fact that both Dimitri Szarzewski and Benjamin Kayser were ruled out through injury leaving third choice hooker Brice Mach to start.
But Clermont No.8 Chouly, whose place will come under threat from the recalled Louis Picamoles this week, was quick to take the blame and vowed he and his teammates will bounce back in Paris.
"The lineout captain was me, I was the in charge of the calls," he said.
"The problem lies with us, we have to concentrate on our throws and our jumps.
"We all watched the video of the lineouts on Sunday on the computers. We needed to get out of our two blocks, to play quicker.
"But this just makes us even more motivated for this Saturday. We can get to the level we want to be at, we have to be more demanding of ourselves and each other."