White says players are eager to bounce back

Date published: October 18 2016

Montpellier coach Jake White wants his players to learn from their past mistakes when they take on Leinster in the Champions Cup.

The French outfit suffered an agonising 16-14 defeat to Northampton Saints last week after Stephen Myler slotted a late penalty to clinch the win for Saints.

White says his players are hungry to right the wrongs of that narrow loss.

"I hope the players learn from this experience and bounce back against Leinster," he told EPC Rugby.

"We have to prepare properly for next week so this loss doesn't hurt as much. We are really looking forward to playing Northampton in the last round. We are really looking forward to it, and I mean that. The players are desperate to face them again and that's a good sign."

Montpellier were looking good for an away victory at Franklin's Gardens but had to settle for a losing bonus-point, with White philosophical about the loss.

"That game just shows how fine the margins are in professional sport. We had two chances at the end to win it but we've ended up losing the game. It's disappointing, but if you put it into perspective, this club is only 30 years old and is still building. Northampton has a massive amount of history and the last time we were here we were beaten by 50 points, but that doesn't make things better," he added.

"We thought we had done enough after coming back from 10 points down to lead with five minutes to go. We gave two penalties away in the last 90 seconds which wasn't good, but we get to play them again. Last year we lost our first game to Harlequins and went on to win the competition. Stranger things have happened in sport."