European Challenge Cup: Bath 10-19 Montpellier – French defence blunts English final hopes

Yacouba Camara’s try set up Montpellier into a 23rd-minute lead and Bathtub trailed from then on
Bathtub: (10) 10
Tries: Dunn Cons: Spencer Pens: Spencer
Montpellier: (16) 19
Tries: Camara Cons: Paillague Pens: Paillaugue 3, Pollard

Montpellier produced a in point of fact fair appropriate second-half of defensive point to to achieve aid away from Bathtub with a 19-10 method shut in their European Field Cup semi-closing.

Tom Dunn’s early Bathtub try used to be cancelled out by a Yacouba Camara rating because the French aspect led within the principle half of.

Bathtub did no longer decide a vary of staunch chances on the Montpellier line with the French aspect diminished to 14 males for a interval after the fracture.

Handre Pollard’s final-second penalty ensured the tactic shut for the French aspect.

Montpellier will play Leicester within the closing at Twickenham on Friday, 21 Can also after the Tigers beat Ulster 33-24 on Friday night.

The ball used to be within the Montpellier 22 for 29% of the second half of, but over and over Bathtub’s errors and Montpellier’s defensive excellence stopped the English aspect from making a predominant European closing since 2014.

Bathtub had made their intentions identified without delay as two label downs compelled a Montpellier line-out on their very rating 5 metre line which Alexandre Becognee knocked on, and a couple of phases later Dunn went over from shut fluctuate for the opening try.

Early on, Bathtub’s tactical kicking sport used to be very fair appropriate and additionally they had been aggressive on the breakdown against a highly effective French aspect, but their discipline began to abandon them as Montpellier began to determine characterize – Benoit Paillaugue landed a 20th-minute penalty either aspect of a pair of three-point misses for the French aspect.

British and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland used to be watching the likes of Taulupe Faletau, Anthony Watson and Sam Underhill ahead of subsequent week’s squad announcement for the South Africa tour

Scrum-half of Paillaugue’s dinked kick station up Vincent Rattez who set up Camara in for his aspect’s sole try ahead of Ben Spencer responded with a penalty for Bathtub.

Paillaugue kicked two more penalties for a six-point lead on the fracture and hit the put up 10 minutes after the restart with one other strive.

Bathtub at final purchased some offensive momentum 5 minutes later with a vary of phases on the Montpellier line – after three penalties prop Enzo Forletta used to be sin-binned, but Bathtub would possibly perchance no longer flip the pressure on the traffic’ line into a rating.

Bathtub’s line-out used to be sad as any staunch they did used to be lickety-split thrown away while Montpellier made vital defensive gains on the breakdown at key moments ahead of South Africa drift-half of Pollard – who came on as a replacement for his first look since rupturing knee ligaments in October – confirmed their growth to the closing along with his uninteresting penalty.

A crowd of 10,000 will succor the closing on 21 Can also following the resolution to switch both the Champions Cup and Field Cup finals to Twickenham from Marseille on story of the influence of Covid-19.

Bathtub director of rugby Stuart Hooper told BBC Radio Bristol:

“I believed we had a big delivery, but within the waste we had been unsuitable after that.

“We lost a vary of station pieces and then didn’t convert after we purchased shut to the road.

“Our lineout’s one thing which has functioned in reality properly for us over the final 18 months, so it wasn’t a staunch day in that regard, but it isn’t always one thing which we have seen ahead of.

“Credit to them, it used to be four visits within the second half of and we didn’t attain up with any substances and that’s the reason telling.

“The lineout losses and the turnovers on the breakdown throughout the center third of the discipline in reality bother us.”

Bathtub: Watson; Cokanasiga, Joseph, Redpath, Muir; Bailey, Spencer; Schoeman, Dunn, Stuart, McNally, Ewels (capt), Faletau, Underhill, Mercer

Replacements: Walker, Bhatti, Thomas, Stooke, Bayliss, Reid, Chudley, Clark

Montpellier: Bouthier; Tisseron, Goosen, Vincent, Rattez; Lozowski, Paillaugue; Forletta, Guirado (capt), Haouas, Verhaeghe, Willemse, Janse van Rensburg, Camara, Becognee

Replacements: Du Plessis, Fichten, Lamositele, Duguid, Ouedraogo, Reinach, Pollard, Martin

Referee: Andrew Brace (Eire).

Touch judges: Frank Murphy (Eire), Chris Busby (Eire).

TMO: Brian MacNeice (Eire).

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