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Connacht aim to continue run

Friday 17th January 2020

10:29 am (GMT)

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Connacht aim to continue run

Connacht Rugby prop Finlay Bealham, who has completed all 33 of his tackles in the Heineken Champions Cup this season

With both teams unable to qualify for the knockout stage of the Heineken Champions Cup, Connacht Rugby will be looking to complete the double over Montpellier on Sunday, while the French club will be seeking to avenge their Round 1 loss.

The Irish province triumphed 23-20 at the Sportsground in November – a result which stretched their impressive European record against Montpellier to seven wins from nine games.

Key facts

  • Montpellier have won only once in eight attempts against Irish opposition in the Heineken Champions Cup.
  • The French club have lost their last three European games, their worst run since a five-match sequence in 2014/15.
  • Montpellier have made the fewest metres (1,315) and breaks (22) in this season’s competition, as well as scoring the least number of tries (7).

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Montpellier win a thriller with Connacht

Sunday 19th January 2020

5:18 pm (GMT)

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Montpellier win a thriller with Connacht

Montpellier won a see-saw encounter at the GGL Stadium as these two sides bowed out of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup by producing a thriller.

Two tries apiece from Gabriel Ngandebe and Yvan Reilhac ultimately won it for the TOP14 side, but Connacht’s thrilling comeback at the end of the first half made for a fantastic spectacle, even though both sides’ hopes of a quarter-final place had long been extinguished before kick-off.

It all began with Montpellier surging into a 21-0 lead after 28 minutes. The carnage began in the third minute when Levin Chilachava went over, and he had Kelian Galletier to thank for brilliantly claiming a high kick. Handre Pollard added the conversion.

The dancing feet of Gabriel Ngandebe then saw him skip past two slightly weak Connacht tackles and go over between the posts for another converted try, before another thrilling score five minutes later. After a clever cross-field kick by Galletier and some wonderful handling and offloading in the build-up, Ngandebe bulldozed past the last tackle to touch down again.

But, having barely threatened until the 34th minute, Connacht suddenly roared back. Kyle Godwin’s pass found Matt Healy on the left wing with an overlap and he ran in his 25th try in 34 European appearances. Jack Carty was successful with the kick.

Two minutes later, Tiernan O’Halloran released the dashing John Porch down the right and he flew like Superman to touch down beautifully in the corner, with Carty converting.

Godwin almost scored a third, but it was – amazingly – 21-21 just before the break when Kieran Marmion escaped down the right and Carty again proved unerring with the boot.

The comeback was complete after half-time when Godwin’s angled run saw him break the defensive shackles, although Carty’s conversion skewed wide.

But Montpellier were soon gifted the lead again when Healy lost his balance in covering a bobbling grubber kick and Yvan Reilhac took advantage. Pollard’s conversion made it 28-26.

A Carty penalty saw the lead swing back Connacht’s way by a single point but the home side’s pressure finally told as Reilhac got his second try after receiving the ball on the left touchline on the overlap.

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