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Cold crisp but committed

Le 10 décembre 2010


Thursdays evening with a 20.45 kick off, the temperature had plummeted into the nearly zeros, and with only a small crowd of 4500, very difficult to keep warm for the fanatics who had ventured out this cold December night, to watch the Montpellier v Bourgoin Amlin Challenge Cup pool 3 game.
The game started with a multitude of handling errors, but after only 7 minutes Benoit Paillaugue was tackled inches short of the hallowed ground after a brilliant break from a ruck, but he stayed on the ground kicking his feet in agony, the injury looks like a broken thumb at the very least (the cold weather did not help) which will see him sidelined for several weeks, he was replaced by Adrien Tomas, lets hope he recovers quickly..
Montpellier were first on the score board with a penalty from Martin- Bustos Moyano, but this was quickly followed by a try from their huge winger Nasiganiyavi, who should have been brought down short of the line, some shoddy defence let him go over nearly unopposed. The home side came back straight away with another Argentinean, Santiago Fernandez going over with a very slick move from the three quarters. A yellow card followed for Marc Giraud and the Bourgoin pack quickly profited with numbers and weight getting themselves a penalty try after the Ref had lost his cool with the Montpellier scrum, who infringed just too many times. 
Moyano added a couple more penalties and at the break for lemons, and hopefully a hot drink the score 16- 14 to Montpellier.
The second half was a completely different story; Montpellier came out after no doubt, words from the Gentle Giant and the General, (Bechu Galthie) refreshed and positive. The line was crossed another 3 times with tries from Fernandez, Giraud and Caudullo who put the finishing touch on some great rugby by forcing himself over in the corner .Moyano added more points with the boot and finally Lagarde struck a penalty in front of the posts in the dying minutes. Final score Montpellier 39 Bourgoin 14.
Marc Giraud well deserved his Man of the Match award and no doubt we will be seeing him more often in the second half of the season. The youngsters showed exactly what they can do with Nems (Leleimaleafaga) having an excellent game at prop, Alcalde, Tomas all playing well, our prop forward Shvelidze who came on in the second half was extremely evident in both the loose and scrums he continues to give 100% every time he is on the park. This win puts Montpellier in 1st place in their pool, and although the work is not finished the team is well on their way to a Challenge Cup quarter final.
Steve Whittell.