Montpellier edge out Toulon
December 4, 2008
Montpellier's South African centre Rickus Lubbe notched a vital try for his side against Toulon
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Montpellier kept their European Challenge Cup hopes alive with a narrow 14-10 victory over Toulon in their Pool 2 clash at Stade Yves Du Manoir in Colombes.
Ramiro Pez gave Toulon the lead with a penalty on the quarter hour but the hosts struck back with a try from centre Rickus Lubbe and they stretched their lead before the break with a penalty from winger Jaques Schutte.
Toulon threatened to notch their first win of the campaign when Fijian centre Gabiriele Lovobolavu crossed for a try at the start of the second half and Pez's conversion saw them take a two-point lead.
The visitors held onto their lead for much of the half but a penalty from Montpellier fullback Olivier Sarramea edged his side ahead as the game enterted the last ten minutes. He landed a second successful kick a couple of minutes later to ease his side's nerves and it proved enough to see them home.
The victory saw Montpellier climb to second in Pool 2 behind leaders Northampton who face Bristol on Saturday.
Montpellier: O Sarraméa, J Boussuge, R Lubbe, G Rees, J Schutte (F Welsh 60), J Tomas [capt], A Tomas (J Alcalde 60), E Van Staden (P Van Niekerk 50), F Rofes, C Baïocco (B Douglas 48), G Uva, B Goze, V Bost, D Chouchan, M Gorgodze
Toulon: D Vidal (T Pisi 64), C Imbert, O Grimaud, G Lovobalavu (M Kefu 59), L Rooney, R Pez, M Henjak (N Jordaan 70), D Kubriashvili, A Muleta (G Ribes 48), J Filitoga (B Basteres 31), C Delarue (S Toevalu 60), E Lozada [capt], J Suta, O Missoup, F Auelua
Man of the Match: J Tomas (Montpellier)
Referee: Rob Debney (England)
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