Friday 30 September 2016

Timely boost for in-form Brive

John Fallon

Published 08/01/2016 | 02:30

Brive came from behind to defeat Montpellier 19-18 at home in the Stade Amédée-Domenech. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Brive came from behind to defeat Montpellier 19-18 at home in the Stade Amédée-Domenech. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

Brive's good season in the Top 14 continued at the weekend when they came from behind to defeat Montpellier 19-18 at home.

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It was a timely boost for them as they prepare to host Connacht next Saturday.

They trailed 12-6 at the interval against Montpellier, with a couple of penalties from Teddy Iribaren keeping them in touch.

The key score came from former Queensland Reds back-rower Poutasi Luafutu shortly after the restart when he got over for the only try of the game.

Iribaren converted but Montpellier came back before two more penalties from the scrum-half secured a vital win for Brive.

It was their seventh win in 12 games in this season's Top 14 and keeps Brive firmly in contention for a place in the knockout stages.

They are currently seventh in the table on 32 points, just six points behind Racing 92, Clermont Auvergne and Toulon at the top.

The rearranged European fixtures mean that Brive will not be in action this weekend before hosting Pat Lam's men next weekend.

The winners of next weekend's clash in France will be in a strong position to advance to the quarter-finals.

Connacht will wrap up their pool campaign at home to Enisei-STM, with Brive facing a tricky trip to Kingston Park to take on Newcastle Falcons.

Newcastle Falcons finally got their first win in the Premiership when they defeated Bath 19-14.

They travel to play London Irish on Sunday in a relegation encounter. The exiles also won for the first time in the Premiership recently. They are bottom with four points, with the Falcons two above them in the table.

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