Friday 24 November 2017

Lamont back with a bang as Warriors hold Montpellier

Montpellier 13 Glasgow 13

Returning hero Rory Lamont scored Glasgow's only try in a heroic draw against Montpellier in France to keep his side's slim hopes of a Heineken Cup quarter-final place alive.



The 29-year-old, who has been capped 26 times by Scotland, crossed for the Warriors' second-half try in only his second game back in Scottish rugby after the frustration of his recent spell in France with Toulon. Replacement scrumhalf Benoit Paillaugue, who stepped up for a late penalty instead of Francois Trinh-Duc, sliced the last kick of the game and blew the chance to give Montpellier victory. The Warriors deserved to share the spoils against a Montpellier side who have now drawn two of their home games in this season's Heineken Cup campaign.

The Scots side had recorded an impressive 20-15 home victory over the French side last weekend to put them in second place in the pool behind reigning champions Leinster. Montpellier, who reached last season's Top 14 final in France, were out of the tournament before this game because they had failed to record a single victory in the pool.

The visitors survived an early onslaught from their hosts in front of a partisan crowd at the Stade Yves de Manoir, but outhalf Ruaridh Jackson missed an early penalty to put the Warriors ahead.

Montpellier's young outhalf Lilian Perreaux missed an early penalty to give the home side the lead.

But it was home side who finally got the scoreboard ticking over when wing Yoan Audrin finished off a sweeping attacking move with a try, which was converted by Perraux, to give Montpellier a 7-0 lead just before half-time. Glasgow finally got their first points after a superb attacking scrum saw them demolish the hosts' set-piece and they awarded a penalty in front of the posts and Jackson slotted over the three points.

Perraux hit back immediately with a penalty for Montpellier to restore their seven-point lead as the French side started to dominate proceedings in the second half. The teenage outhalf added his second and third penalties to stretch the home side's lead.

Glasgow then launched a rare attack in the second half, which saw replacement outhalf Duncan Weir, who had replaced Jackson, held up just short of the Montpellier line.

But English referee Andrew Small ruled that the French side had done so illegally -- replacement prop Maximiliano Bustos was shown the yellow card for a professional foul and the home side were down to 14 men. Glasgow made their one-man advantage count when Chris Cusiter and Weir worked the blindside to put Scotland winger Lamont in at the left corner for the Warriors' try.

Weir converted to bring the Scottish side to within three points of their hosts and it was his penalty, after another superb scrum by the visitors, which secured a well-deserved draw.

Scorers -- Montpellier: Audrin try; Perraux 2 pens, con. Glasgow: Lamont try; Weir pen, con; Jackson pen.

Montpellier: J-B Peyras-Loustalet (G Doumayrou 59); P Berard, P Bosch, T Combezou, Y Audrin; I Perraux (F Trinh-Duc 69), E Escande (B Paillaugue 66); G Shvelidze (M Bustos 50), M Ladhuie (M Nariashvili 50), K Kervarec (J Caudullo 50, M Gorgodze 71), J Tuineau, D Hancke, V Bost (K Galletier 1), R Martin, S Matadigo.

Glasgow Warriors: S Hogg (R Dewey h-t); F Aramburu, P Murchie, T Nathan, R Lamont; R Jackson (D Weir 57), C Cusiter; R Grant (J Welsh 59), P MacArthur (D Hall 52), M Cusack (M Low 52), R Gray (T Ryder 57), A Kellock (capt), J Barclay, C Fusaro (R Wilson 30), J Beattie.

Referee: A Small (England)

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