Montpellier win at Clermont

Date published: March 12 2017

Montpellier moved up to third on the Top 14 table after they recorded an impressive 28-19 bonus-point win at Clermont on Sunday.

Clermont were playing catch-up on league leaders La Rochelle after their win at Racing 92 on Saturday but leave this game with no points.

First-half tries from left wing Joe Tomane, right wing Timoci Nagusa and hooker Bismarck du Plessis saw Montpellier go in 17-6 in front.

But a try from wing David Strettle gave Clermont hope on the 54th minute, with Morgan Parra’s conversion making it a one-point contest.

Full-back Benjamin Fall calmed Montpellier nerves with a try though and despite a Parra penalty, Frans Steyn’s drop-goal sealed the win.

The scorers:

For Clermont:
Try: Strettle
Con: Parra
Pens: Parra 4

For Montpellier:
Tries: Tomane, Nagusa, B du Plessis, Fall
Con: Steyn
Pen: Steyn
Drop-Goal: Steyn
Yellow Card: Guillamon

Clermont: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 David Strettle, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Damian Penaud, 11 Remy Grosso, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Raphael Chaume
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Etienne Falgoux, 18 Arthur Iturria, 19 Damien Chouly, 20 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 21 Benson Stanley, 22 Setariki Tuicuvu, 23 Aaron Jarvis

Montpellier: 15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Yvan Reilhac, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Nic White, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Kelian Galletier, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Jacques Du Plessis, 3 Antoine Guillamon, 2 Bismarck Du Plessis, 1 Gregory Fichten
Replacements: 16 Romain Ruffenach, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Akapusi Qera, 20 Benoit Paillaugue, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Joffrey Michel, 23 Gagi Bazadze

Referee: Salem Attalah
Assistant Referees: Ludovic Cayre, Thierry Guilloton
TMO: Eric Briquet Campin