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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Montpellier turn it on at home against Stade Francais

Montpellier scored some outstanding tries as they made a challenge for the Top 14 playoffs with their 38-6 demolition of Stade Francais on Friday. It took a while for them to get going but once they did, they did it in style.

Fijian winger Timoci Nagusa played a large part in the first try, a genuine contender for try of the season. He combined brilliantly with flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc as they found some open space and counter-attacked from deep in their half.

While two forwards were up in support, it was Argentinian wing Martin Bustos Moyano that got on the end of the 80m effort. Moyano actually ended with a personal tally of 26 points as he scored two tries and kicked the points for the home side.

Nagusa and South African centre Paul Bosch also scored great tries on what was a brilliant night for the Montpellier backs overall. Monster Georgian forward Mamuke Gordgodze also deserves a mention though, as does dynamic Fijian number eight Masi Matadigo.

It was Montpellier's third successive win in the competition and they now sit in fifth place in the standings. Enjoy the highlights below that show Montpellier playing some unbelievable rugby.

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thbts January 29, 2012 9:17 pm

Montpellier rocks !

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stroudos January 29, 2012 9:39 pm

Guest - good call, that is an incredible collision. Imhoff seemed to float in mid-air! I would not like to try and tackle that monster...

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ruckinmaul January 30, 2012 6:16 pm

i think, different player. imhoff plays for racing metro.

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stroudos January 30, 2012 7:26 pm

Mate, I was replying to the video "Guest" posted, showing Juan Imhoff being completely bowled by Chris Tolofua. Have a look, it's pretty spectacular.

@RD - a definite contender for inclusion in the - highly overdue - next installment of "Rib Breakers".............

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Rico76 January 31, 2012 12:32 am

Was at the Stade de France for the game between Racing and Toulouse, the reaction of the crowd was just so loud..!
Must feel for Imhoff though, they showed the replay over and over again on the giant screens and he had to see that half a dozen time before he came off... But what a buldozer that Tolofua is (and he's only 19 or 20)..!
Anyways, amazing game from Montpol against Stade français, good to see T-H at his best.
Can't wait for the 6 Nations!

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BJT January 29, 2012 9:35 pm

match won by precision kicking!!!! brilliant to watch..!!!

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Stefan January 29, 2012 9:36 pm

Gotta be a great time to be a Montpellier fan! Trinh Duc @ 10 for France...?

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jumping04 January 29, 2012 9:50 pm

Verry nice!! That try from the 22m drop out was something. Trinh Duc looking in good form ahead of the Six Nations

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stroudos January 29, 2012 9:56 pm

Bloody love that 22 drop out try. Great understanding between Trinh-Duc and Nagusa and some lovely hands from there on.

Was Gorgodze wearing #5? Who've Montpellier got at openside then - must be bloody brilliant to have evicted Gorgodze from the 7 shirt. Didn't see much of the 7 here but what I did see looked tidy enough. Agree with RD, #8 looks very impressive.


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Paddy 13 January 30, 2012 11:30 pm

I think it was Remy Martin

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Julien February 01, 2012 11:51 am

Indeed, Remy Martin (former Bayonne captain) was the one with the n°7 Jersey. Amazing performance by Gorgodze still, doesn't seem to care where he plays, just powers through anyway.

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stroudos January 29, 2012 9:59 pm

Trinh-Duc looks very handy here. The 22 drop-out was inch perfect and so were two little chips for the tries later on. I also think the way he responded to Lievremont's treatment at the world cup was exemplary too. Don't get why he didn't take Montpellier's place kicks - never seemed to be a weakness for him?

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Willie Billie January 29, 2012 10:45 pm

Reme Martain was playing at 7, not sure why Gorgodze was playing second row, my guess is that there just short in that position. Fabien Galthié is some coach, hope Montpellier keep going from strength to strength and less of the likes of Stade Francais and Toulon who just buy in a team from year to year, hopefully Trinh-Duc Doesn't start for France, as I'm Irish

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Fettsack January 30, 2012 12:04 am

Trinh-Duc just showed everybody that he can kick in the game, brilliantly. Nagusa was really intelligent on this action, he's been playing very well with Montpelier for a while now.
Doesn't matter where you place Gorgodze, he's everywhere! He's also on support on the first try.

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Bunn January 30, 2012 1:01 am

Montpellier are a joy to watch

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Frenchie January 30, 2012 7:48 am

Trinh-Duc I believe should start as 10 for France. I am not impressed by Beauxis, he's in a good shape but is not that great ball in hand plus he is slow.

Like Stroudos said, Trinh-Duc always played his utterly best during the WC every time he had the opportunity and showed his skills. Great hands, good tackler, good kicking and very opportunistic.

Go on Montpellier!!

I met Galthie in a bar in Toulouse: very nice, opened, funny man. Hopes he wins the championship this time!

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patedelievre January 30, 2012 4:20 pm

he'll definitely start! but I disagree when it comes to Beauxis: the guy is getting better and better with Toulouse, who are much more of a ball-in-hand team than was Stade Français. Beauxis should have dropped SF ages ago and would've been equal to the likes of O'Gara (his feet certainly are) and Wilkinson...

LOVE the fact we (French) have 2 veery different guys at n10: TD is a ball carrier, marvellous tackle breaker (just look at his try against the All Blacks a few years back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oukb-2-jTGc&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL23A3ABDC4044979C ) then again, what we lacked to become a really good team, is a good-footed n°10 who can keep the other team in their 22s once the job is done. and for that, I'd say Beauxis has one of the strongest foot that I know! so we score with TD then Beauxis comes in and keep them at bay...if such plays can happen, I think we have good chances this year in the Tournament. Then again, compared to Wales and England we might look like 2nd division...dunno

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stroudos January 31, 2012 9:38 am

Agree with all that, except the overly modest comment at the end about England! Wales will be a tough match for France - I predict it will be the highlight of the tournament, not least because it's a re-match following the world cup, but also I expect France to go into that game on the final weekend chasing a Grand Slam, having had home advantage against England & Ireland. My hunch is that the Wales game in the Millennium Stadium will just be a little bit too much to ask - Wales and their supporters will want that game so badly I think the passion will see them scupper France's grand slam.

OK, England are an unknown quantity this year and I'll be hoping for the best, but I reckon the championship will be between France and Wales.

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Ando January 30, 2012 7:51 am

Gotta love the Top 14! That counter-attacking try from the 22m restart was sublime...

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Wanasport January 30, 2012 9:46 am

What a game !!

Montpellier is finishing the season as last year !

They deserve to be at the end !

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Gurthang January 30, 2012 10:49 am

@stroudos : Gorgodze was wearing #5 because Montpellier ran out of second rows with the injury of Demarco and the suspension of Privat.

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stroudos January 30, 2012 11:26 am

Aha, thanks.

Gets about the park though, doesn't he!

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Guy January 30, 2012 6:15 pm

Well executed kicking game!

I am all for running rugby but if you can use the boot to this effect ... hell, I am all for it!!

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cheyanqui January 31, 2012 2:59 am

I heard that during RWC 2011, Trinh-Duc had some personality conflicts with the other players. Is there a chemistry problem in the French team, whereby only some players get on with others?

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