Montpellier’s impressive 43-3 win over Clermont last week propelled scrumhalf Jonathan Pelissie into the headlines after he scored two tries and notched up 31 points. This follows on from his great performance against Toulouse.
Pelissie has shown the kind of form and dynamism that is sure to excite not only his own club’s fans, but those across the country. The 25-year-old former Grenoble player scored a fantastic try against Toulouse, then followed up in Round 7 with two against Clermont.
He was up against France scrumhalf Morgan Parra, who scored the first points of the game with a penalty in the second minute, but that was all Clermont could muster despite coming into the match with five straight victories.
Pelissie crossed the tryline twice, then kicked 21 points as his team ran in four tries in total and went top of the table, albeit temporarily. They will take great heart from the performance, which naturally stands them in good stead when they meet Stade Francais in Paris tonight.
“He is clever, goes fast, tackles well – he is capable of doing great things, great things for now. The hardest part is to come, but he has his head on his shoulders.” said coach Fabien Galthié, who himself knows a thing or two about scrumhalf play having been capped 64 times for France.
Pelissie has been a revelation this season, but it is still early days and he has said that he’s staying focussed solely on the season with Montpellier. You can be sure that with the talent and raw acceleration he has, we’ll see a lot more of him in the weeks to come.