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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Classic Encounters - Montpellier vs Racing Metro on New Year's Eve

The game of the weekend in the French Top 14 was Montpellier's 29-14 win over Racing Metro at the Stade Olympique Yves du Manoir on Saturday. Both sides showed attacking intent throughout, which provided a thoroughly entertaining spectacle.

On New Years Eve Montpellier pulled off this valuable win which keeps them in touch for the play-offs. They scored four tries, some of them out of the top drawer, via captain Fulgence Ouedraogo, Lucas Amorosino, Santiago Fernandez, and Sakiusa Matadigo.

Remy Vaquin and Sireli Bobo, who keeps getting better with age, scored a try each for the visitors. Bobo denied Montpellier a bonus point by scoring that late try.

"We have rediscovered our smile," Montpellier assistant coach Didier Bes said.

"We would have given our right hand for such a result, even if losing the offensive bonus point in the last minutes is annoying as we gave it away in turning the ball over," he added.

Montpellier were delighted with the win though, considering the thumping they took from Toulouse previously. Below are extended highlights from the game as there were many quality pieces of play to see. Keep an eye on RD's Twitter and Facebook for more updates and to place your requests.

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:35 am | View Comments (19)

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stroudos January 04, 2012 11:15 am

The bit from about 13:30 on is quite interesting. In fact, it's very interesting. Bit of genius, bit of magic, Sireli Bobo, very interesting, very good ja. Three cheers for Sireli Bobo. Very good. Very good.

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cheyanqui February 08, 2012 1:25 am

^ Brendan Venter's web alias

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moddeur January 04, 2012 11:19 am

You have to appreciate how Bobo converts his own try with a drop from the 5m line.

The match was a real cracker throughout, Racing and Montpellier are two attacking sides in the Top14 ... Racing Metro is ranked last in its Heineken Cup pool, but has the highest number of points scored in their pool (and worst defence, thus their ranking).

Also noted: at some point Jacques Cronje from Racing gets into a brawl with Fulgence Ouedraogo. When the referee calls them up, they keep on arguing in front of the referee. Cronje is saying that Ouedraogo just eye-gouged him. And Ouedraogo is mad with anger, saying "no f--- way, I never do stuff like that!". It gets to the point where the referee tells Ouedraogo that he better calm down, being captain and all ...

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Guy January 04, 2012 11:28 am

I love:
a) the French commentary
b) the way both teams try to attack from all over the park
c) something unexpected allways seems to happen in those games

Some real impressive, strong players on the pitch. Incredible...

It looks like the ref played advantage to the attacking team. I thought he missed a few marginally forward passes. But I guess in the end the best team won anyway so no harm done.
By the way: I think it is really hard to notice all these things when the game is moving at such a pace.

Anyway: great advert for the greatest game in the universe, so thanks RD for posting this.

And best wishes to everybody (a bit late but never too late to wish other people something good, I guess)!!!!!

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Bunn January 04, 2012 11:35 am

Great to watch, the offloading was superb. The Argentinians playing showed some class, that pass from Hernandez at the start was spectacular!

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proptank January 04, 2012 1:23 pm

Cracking game, Ouedraogo had a stormer. My favourite bit has to be the montpellier 22's dummy at 9.22ish.

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Obed January 04, 2012 2:02 pm

29:30 could not be a quick throw in as the ball has hit the boarding....

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Theobit January 04, 2012 2:12 pm

All tries are very interesting! Beautiful game....and the last try is awesome!!!

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The Green Mafia January 04, 2012 5:26 pm

@ stroundos: Three cheers for sirelli bobo! I'll have to think about it, think about it deeply, very deeply

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Colombes January 04, 2012 7:25 pm

in a certain way this team recall me the Queensland Reds: a bit young and inexperienced but a constant philosophy to keep the ball alive. that's the Galthié touch

on a side note Ouedraogo finally impose himself as a great flanker, he plays with more confidence and power since 1 year. He 's the perfect captain for this young montpellier squad.

i bet on a ouedraogo-harinordoquy(or picamoles)-dusautoir backrow for the 6N

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Maximus January 04, 2012 8:04 pm

When you think that Galthié could have coached France! (and I have nothing against PSA)

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Eggman January 04, 2012 8:42 pm

I loved the move immediately preceding the first Metro try. Brilliant how the completely changed direction with two passes, and a beautiful long pass to the winger.. Pity he couldn't run over himself ;)

Last try was very funny/weird/brilliant too

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sp1nlo0p January 05, 2012 12:14 am

some brilliant skills ;)

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mise January 05, 2012 1:34 am

incredible stuff, so fast and accurate (esp for 15 min clip) weather looked v good too, which probably helped.

Somehow, that was almost like supposed to be! I'm sure in reality there was plenty of trad forward play, but it seemed v league like....

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Joel January 05, 2012 8:03 pm

I don't understand the yellow card.. he actually holds back the kick he was aiming at the ball because he doesn't want to kick the monpellier play! Then he barely gets a hold of him, and almost immediately lets go, and it doesn't stop the montpellier player from gathering the ball at all.

Was there previous, repeat infringements like this or from this player? If I saw that on the paddock this weekend I'd barely consider penalising it

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moddeur January 06, 2012 12:02 pm

The guy hadn't even been on the field too long. But when brandishing the card, the referee said: "too many successive infringements" (by the Racing Metro team), so it was a team yellow card.

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Canadian content January 06, 2012 5:29 pm

This is how rugby should be played

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Halfling January 06, 2012 10:20 pm

Bobo's try is the best "football" style try I ever seen...incredible, pure magic!

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