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Hat-trick for Nagusa as Montpellier go top

By Peter Thompson

Joe Tomane split the Lyon defence with a line out move, while Timoci Nagusa scored a hat-trick as Montpellier moved to the summit of the Top 14 with a 38-17 win over Lyon after Bordeaux-Begles beat La Rochelle on Saturday.

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Vern Cotter’s men were given the opportunity to go top when La Rochelle slipped up and they grasped it with both hands at Altrad Stadium.

Montpellier had slumped to back-to-back defeats in the French top flight before beating Glasgow Warriors twice in the European Champions Cup, but dominated the second half to see off Lyon.

Nagusa was the star of the show, the Fiji winger coming off the bench to claim a second-half treble after Louis Picamoles scored two tries in the first half.

Joe Tomane added a sixth try late on for the new leaders, with five pointers from Liam Gill and Thibault Regard in vain for Lyon.

La Rochelle are three points behind Cotter’s side following a 29-19 loss to Bordeaux at Matmut Atlantique.

After losing to Wasps in the Champions Cup last week, La Rochelle were found out again despite Bordeaux having Jean-Baptiste Dubie’s red card in the second half for a high tackle on Vincent Rattez.

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Geoffrey Cros and Peni Ravai were Bordeaux’s try-scorers, while Matthieu Jalibert scored 19 points with the boot in La Rochelle’s fourth Top 14 loss of the season.

Castres are up to third after a 28-6 win over Stade Francais and Agen beat fellow strugglers Brive 27-13.

Pau edged out Clermont Auvergne 22-21 and Toulon scored six tries in a 49-25 rout of bottom side Oyonnax.

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Morne 13 minutes ago
Thanks but no thanks, the All Blacks do not need to copy the Boks

Some further observations: Most Rugby lovers I know agree that the AB’s have been the gold standard for as long as anyone can remember - very few people disagree. The odd time that any other team has some sort of ascendency - there are always those (albeit the minority) NZ supporters that need to remind us of the AB’s glorious gold standard that anyone winning them is only down to a mixture of pure luck or some or other sinister reason or bias from match officials (or indeed the Universe). For reasons mentioned above, any other team with some ascendency over the AB’s (even if it is the 1st time in 100 years) may not receive a pat on the back and a well-done - as they only did so out of pure luck. In my opinion, if the Boks were in the same realm as the AB’s SF opponents - they would have been smashed also - whether with 14 or 13 or 12 players. But remember they were just “lucky”. As a Bok supporter, I will say this team has done our proud - despite losing some games along the way. Like the AB’s, the games the boks lose are 9/10 times one score games - this is a long way from hidings like 57 - 0…And in that we must be proud. Most of these type of articles - especially those focusing on the RWC final rather conveniently leave out any mention of Pieter Steph du Toit, or even Eben Etzebeth who won all their collusions all day long. So to those very very few bad loser AB supporters out there (definitely the minority) - I’ll say what you want to hear - the AB’s are without any doubt the best Rugby brand ever. They have consistently achieved what all other teams can only dream of. And no doubt they will scale those heights again. Now what about allowing others the odd ray of sunlight that comes our way?

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