Montpellier hungry for first trophy

Date published: April 25 2016

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Montpellier flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo has said that the squad are already focused on securing a first piece of major silverware for the club against Harlequins in the Challenge Cup Final.

Saturday's semi-final win over the Dragons allowed Montpellier to advance to next month's final in Lyon, where they will take on Harlequins, their opponents from the pool stages.

Harlequins had the upper hand when the two sides previously met in the first pool game, but Montpellier's 42-9 win over Quins in Round 6 confirmed their place in the last eight.

"We really wanted the win and a place in the final – we wanted it for the club, our fans and for ourselves. Now that it's done, we are very happy," Ouedraogo told EPC Rugby.

"The only thing that mattered in the semi-final was the win, to get to the next stage. Our next objective now is Lyon.

"We had a bad start to the tournament against the Harlequins, but we never gave up hope of reaching the final and now we have made it. Hopefully, we can take our revenge in Lyon.

"This club hasn't won anything and we all want to play in finals and lift trophies. We've now got the chance to win something and I hope the fans will turn the Grand Stade de Lyon into a sea of blue."

Ouedraogo, who has 39 caps for France, also paid tribute to the Dragons for their resilience to stay in the contest despite at one stage trailing 22-0.

"We won against a tough team who were hard to handle. They didn't make it to the semis for no reason and they never gave in – they fought us until the very end," he added.

"We couldn't score more tries because they scrambled very well in defence and they contained us well. It was hard, so let's be happy with the victory.

"It is one win a piece between us and the Harlequins so far and the final will be a massive game because they are a great team. It should be a tight one in Lyon.

"I don't know if we are a different team from when we met before, or and if we have completed our transformation. We are still in the process of improving and perfecting our game.

"We dominated territory against the Dragons, we kept our composure, but be can't be happy with the last 10 minutes of the game. Even though the win had been secured, we gave away two tries."

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