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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Montpellier score four great tries against Agen at Stade Armandie

Montpellier score four great tries against Agen at Stade Armandie

Montpellier continued their positive start under Fabien Galthi as they scored some fantastic tries on their way to thumping Agen 35-6 in the Top 14 on Friday. They scored four very well taken tries, with the first in particular a classic.

They started well with what is probably the try of the match, as Fulgence Ouedraogo got on the end of a wonderful flowing move that had some incredibly neat touches with offloads both in and before contact.

The Montpellier captain scored again later as he combined with Francoi Trinh-Duc again, the flyhalf himself having scored too. In the second half wing Tomoci Nagusa also scored a neatly taken try as he stepped his way through the traffic with ease.

Ouedraogo has said it was their best game of the season, adding that the atmosphere within the camp is at an all time high, a far cry from the past where he said at times he found it difficult to drag himself to training.

"Here we go with a smile, with joy. We train seriously, and apply ourselves. At Montpellier, we've known seasons when there were a lot of bad things going on around us. That's why now you see so much pleasure and joy.

"There is a lot of momentum. That's has been taught and we must continue to live it. It makes for fun off the field, and we then communicate it to the fans," he said.

Montpellier now look like they could well be serious title contenders if they keep this up. They have moved up to second on the table, one point behind Racing Metro, while Agen sit second from the bottom and continue to struggle.


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Posted at 3:32 pm | 27 comments

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Anonymous September 21, 2010 2:16 pm

first bitchezzzzzzz!!
aller montpellier!

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Luke September 21, 2010 2:23 pm

Some great running rugby by montpellier but some pretty suspect dog leg defence in the build up to pretty much every try.

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Anonymous September 21, 2010 3:08 pm

I love French commentators! :P

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Leeners93 September 21, 2010 3:46 pm

i don't know about that luke,maybe for the third one off the scrum-halfs initial break.all the rest of them though came after a few offloads,you cant expect agen(or any other team)to have a perfect line of defense in that sort of broken play

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Leeners93 September 21, 2010 3:46 pm

oh ya,fantastic tries :)

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Les Bleus September 21, 2010 3:47 pm

This is something big spending Toulouse or Toulon will never be able to buy, bloody great team work.

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Anonymous September 21, 2010 4:06 pm

Watch out Exeter...

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Anonymous September 21, 2010 4:07 pm

sweet tries, great spatial awarness, offloading, some bloody nice rugby there.

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chris September 21, 2010 4:11 pm

where is rupeni?

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Oli September 21, 2010 4:16 pm

Trinh-Duc and Ouedraogo amaze me more and more every year. With the arrival of Galthi and Bchu they are gaining confidence and seem to dare more than they ever have (along with the whole montpellier team). That number 15 Thiery is something special too, I hope he gets a spot in the blue jersey sometime, maybe against argentina in Montpellier this november. He's quick and strong like an ox.
Fantastic tries, thanks RD!

Hey if any Ulster fan watches this, how good is Nagusa i've only seen a couple of Montpellier games so far and he looks like he's got serious gas too!

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Xavier September 21, 2010 4:23 pm

french commentator nearly had a heart attack

top14 is without doubt a very exciting competition, and one of the best in the world

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Flooz September 21, 2010 4:48 pm

Montpellier always had and still have a quality research in their game.
the 4 "fantastics" trinh-duc, thomas, ouedraogo and picamoles (who is now in toulouse) are the best examples of montpellier rookies formation.
Doumayrou and mirande are others great future players

With Galthi as manager, they really keep this style despite the financial problems of the club.
They can be in the final six, but i don't see them champions because of lack of maturity

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Nathan September 21, 2010 4:49 pm

Nice tries ! And like Leeners93, I feel the tackling is quite OK except for the third try's breakthrough, and the fourth try maybe (but everyone will agree it's quite hard to tackle a winger at full speed in midfield).

Montpellier is looking great, but we've seen plenty of "unusual" teams leading in the first few games these last seasons... and the playoffs compositions are nearly the same every year. We'll see...

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jay September 21, 2010 5:12 pm

Rupeni has been laid off...the guy apparently came back a month after everybody with the usual extra pounds, so not likely to return.
Great tries, nice to see Montpellier displaying good rugby (merci Fabien ?)
Now Agen was in ProD2 last year so might not be the biggest reference.

Finally, kinda sad that Picamole didn't stay a bit longer but...

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Anonymous September 21, 2010 5:13 pm

that first try is absolutely amazing it looks like they're just havin a laugh

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Anonymous September 21, 2010 8:42 pm

The first try is awesome, the last pass... magnificient

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mise September 21, 2010 11:34 pm

agreed : incredible hands for the first try. U can't blame the defence with that pace of hands.

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Anonymous September 22, 2010 3:38 am

These kind of tries can only be good for the game.

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Coco September 22, 2010 5:11 am

Man I love Francois Trinh-Duc. His positional play is perfect, his hands are great, and he's very good in 1 on 1 situation. Hopefully Fulgence Ouedraogo will be selected for France again so they can team up again...

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dezzy September 22, 2010 8:48 am

Awesome! Great running rugby by Montpellier. The first try is perfect

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Anonymous September 22, 2010 9:29 am

Gotta love french style of play, the offloading was great its always hard to defend aganst runners hitting the line hard and fast great angles and inter change between players. Who's the blindside flanker? got some wheels and the 1stfive eight wasnt bad. French got the cool lingo love the commentators. Two best comp's in the world ITM Cup and the TOP 14 Cheers RD

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nobbs September 22, 2010 10:09 am

Nr 6 is Fulgence Ouedraogo and Nr 10 is Franois Trinh-Duc. Both are currently having their best season this year under Fabien Galthi (new Montpellier coach), and will no doubt play a crucial role in the 6N as well.

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NiWiTa September 22, 2010 11:59 am

magic stuff! nothing more to say

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Anonymous September 22, 2010 5:41 pm

PicaOuedraogo has a good season but he has not the power and the skills to play at international level.
Bonnaire,Harinordoquy,Dusautoir,Picamoles,Lapandry and some others are far better than him.

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Oli September 22, 2010 10:20 pm

@last anon

He has much more skills than any of the others you mentioned bar Hari who is undoubtedly the best of all, although they don't play the same position.

And power is not everything. I think he should definitely have a place in the XV de France, but maybe that's just me!

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Anonymous September 23, 2010 2:05 am

I didn't realy like Ouedraogo in the French squad finfing him to light for international level, but f*ck I more and more like him when I see him plaiying like this. In the first try he is everywhere.
He definetely have a place in the french suaqd for 6N.

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Andy September 23, 2010 5:53 pm

That first try was incredible!! wow

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