Montpellier draw against London Irish

Guillaume Marion, Media365, published on Sunday January 22, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.

Long abused by the London Irish, Montpellier finally ended the group stage of the Champions Cup with a draw (21-21). Already qualified, the MHR will face a big chunk in the round of 16.

Montpellier has heart and has proven it once again. Although already qualified for the final stages of the Champions Cup, the reigning French champions refused defeat this Sunday against the London Irish and recovered a delay of 21 points on the counter to finally snatch a draw at the finish (21-21). At the GGL Stadium, during the 4th day of the prestigious European Cup, the MHR initially stalled at the start and the English took advantage of it. After a first try by Adam Coleman (6th), the Argentinians Juan Martin Gonzalez (36th) and Agustin Creevy (48th) subsequently imitated him. The visitors then seemed launched towards a precious success far from their bases, synonymous with qualification for the rest of the competition. It was without counting on the reaction force of the Héraultais, who finally showed a much better face afterwards.

Montpellier could even have won

Indeed, shortly before the hour mark, Thomas Darmon put his team in the right direction by finally deceiving the London defense (57th). Behind, following a fault close to his in-goal, Paddy Jackson, the former opener for Perpignan, received a yellow card (68th), which cost his team dearly. In numerical superiority, Montpellier did not miss their chance, and Vincent Giudicelli (68th) then Cobus Reinach (76th) went to flatten behind the line of London Irish. In the last minutes, following a long streak from the troops of Philippe Saint-André, victory even stretched out their arms, but a forward from Gabriel Ngandebe put an end to the Cists’ hopes of success. Currently ranked 7th in Group B with nine points, the Héraultais will have a lot to do in the round of 16 of the Champions Cup. A priori, their next opponent should be Saracens or Exeter …

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