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Montpellier hold off Glasgow to edge Champions Cup thriller

By Harry West
Montpellier’s Kelian Galletier stretches over for a try

Montpellier mounted a superb fightback and then held off a late surge from Glasgow Warriors to come away from Scotstoun with a 29-22 European Champions Cup victory.

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Both sides came into Friday’s meeting having lost their opening two matches of the campaign, but Montpellier’s four tries secured a maximum return and moved them level with second-placed Exeter Chiefs on eight points in Pool 3.

The Warriors, meanwhile, at least got off the mark with a consolation bonus point but the runaway Pro14 leaders will have expected a whole lot more after taking a 17-5 lead inside half an hour.

Following Finn Russell’s early penalty, Montpellier claimed the first try as Aaron Cruden fed Kelian Galletier to go over in the corner.

But the Warriors took what appeared to be a commanding lead as Leonardo Sarto showed neat footwork to cross and George Turner extended the advantage thanks to Russell’s excellent pass.

Turner undid some of that good work by seeing yellow for an off-the-ball tackle and Montpellier capitalised on their numerical superiority as Galletier embarked on a stunning break to touch down.

The visitors were two points ahead at the interval after being awarded a penalty try when Jonny Gray was sin-binned for bringing down a rolling maul and that lead was stretched early in the second period through Jacques Du Plessis.


Sarto’s second, following Russell’s chip and Huw Jones’ run and offload, got Glasgow back in it but Francois Steyn slotted a penalty and in the remaining 10 minutes Montpellier survived fierce pressure to prevail.



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Shaylen 7 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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FEATURE Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma