Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Earlier in the week you saw Rupeni Caucau score two tries to help take Toulouse through to the Top 14 final . In the second semi final, Montpellier beat Racing Metro with another dramatic finish.
A last gasp penalty from Argentinian Martin Bustos Moyano shattered a brilliant comeback from Racing, after they had fought back well from being 23-6 down early in the second half. The game ended 26-25, with Montpellier heading into their first Top 14 final ever.
"It is unbelievable, unbelievable. I thought we were beaten," said an ecstatic coach, Fabien Galthie. Coach Eric Bechu was equally overjoyed. "It's great for the guys. They fought until the end despite several of them suffering from cramp," he said.
With minutes left and both sides looking fatigued, Racing Metro appeared to have won the game as they took the lead with a try to Jone Qovu. Montpellier kept at it though, working their way downfield before earning the decisive penalty.
As time was up, Racing got in a position to steal the game with a dropgoal, but perhaps rushed things a bit as Jonathan Wisniewski's effort went wide. Montpellier went through, and will face Toulouse in the Top 14 Final, this coming Saturday, the 4th of June.
The following is extended highlights of the game. If it's too long for you to watch, skip to the end to see the great scenes a thrilling climax to the match.
Toulouse cruise into the Top 14 final with win over Clermont