Montpellier to build on Toulon win

Date published: January 5 2015

Mohed Altrad wants the Montpellier’s win over Toulon to serve as a launching pad as they look to get their season back on track.

The Top 14 side won their first game under new boss Jake White, 16-12, to move to within a point of the top six and a play-off place.

It came off the back of a great performance by the pack, with Montpellier dominating up front, and club president Altrad believes the change of message will make a difference at the club.

“Jake White told the players to get back to basics. All week we practised what was produced in the game against Toulon,” said Altrad after the win.

“Ben Lucas had been pushed to the side in the past and he had a great game. Having said that, the ten wasn’t the difference in this game, it was the forwards who did the job.

“We rediscovered that fighting quality. We’d got to the end of a system and the players no longer wanted to play.

“We had to do something, even if I took my time to take a decision. We dominated this game, which will no doubt be a reference point for us.”