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Le 26 septembre 2011


The second home game on the trot lost to a newly promoted Bordeaux-Begles, absolutely no disrespect to the visitors but they came, they conquered, and left, leaving Montpellier distraught and confronted with a dilemma which is beginning to increase in altitude.
Training all week seems to be of a reasonable quality but come the weekend everything goes out of the window and Montpellier goes back into a routine which is unrecognisable.
There is no rugby team that doesn’t make mistakes but there are teams that have long ago left the elementary ones on the training pitch, Montpellier seem to be bringing them into the match games. 
This was a game that Montpellier should have wrapped up before the start of the second half, but bad choices and some individual naivety left the door open for Bordeaux to profit, and profit they did. Everyone talks about 15 man rugby, “The team sport” when are we going to start playing it!! Too many single handed efforts that bring nothing but spilt ball, forward passes and missed tackles. We seem to be lacking a leader someone who can move the troops in a forward direction, lift morale if it looks like flagging, keep positive thoughts throughout the 80mins, this player has to step forward and take charge of the role as at the moment it is non existent.
Montpellier is sat firmly on the bottom of the TOP 14 with a measly 4pts. after 5 games, the longer this drought goes on the harder it will be to get into a reasonable position which will put even more pressure on the team to perform. The visit of Toulon next Friday is not going to make things any easier, best if the scooter stays in Fabien Galthie’s garage!! 
The game itself was of a standard no better than Fed 1 with both teams sharing the lead at the break for lemons 10-10, with a converted try and a penalty each.
The second half was no better for Montpellier until Bustos-Moyano and Perraux came on, they did try and enlighten the proceedings, but could not get on terms with Bordeaux who finished strongly, making sure that Montpellier could not get their hands on the ball, they however firmly pocketed the 4 points available leaving our Blue and Whites with a miserable bonus defensive point, not what was needed.
Final score Montpellier 16 -  Bordeaux Begles 20.
Both coaches in their post match interviews seemed to be unable to put their finger on the problem, and could not give any excuses for the present first team form, lets hope they find a solution before next Friday, displays like that are only acceptable once per season we are already on our second !!!
Steve Whittell.