London Irish stun Montpellier
August 10, 2014
Toulouse's Toby Flood sports his new haircut against Bordeaux-Begles © Getty Images
London Irish stunned Top 14 giants Montpellier winning 26-21 in a pre-season friendly in Grenoble.
New signing James Short impressed grabbing a brace of tries while Dan Leo also shone for the Exiles. In total, London Irish racked up four scores with Ofisa Treviranus, Fergus Mulchrone crossing alongside Short. For Montpellier, Enzo Selponi, Jim Nagusa and Robert Ebersohn scored.
In what was dubbed the Legion Rugby Challenge at the Stade des Aples, Grenoble were also in action and they saw off Harlequins 31-10. Hooker Rob Buchanan scored for Harlequins but the side had little answer to Grenoble who ran in four tries with Dayne Edwards, Alipate Ratini, Rory Grice and Henry Vanderglas crossing.
Newcastle also travelled to France and they put in a valiant performance against Bayonne falling 26-25. For the Falcons, Sinoti Sinoti, Ally Hogg and Scott Wilson all crossed with Marvin O'Connor, Guillaume Rouet and Martin Bustos Moyano scoring for the hosts alongside a penalty try.
With the start of the Top 14 just a week away, the pre-season friendlies continue at quite a pace in France and Toulon continued their 100% record with a 22-19 win over Racing Metro, a win which came at a price for the Top 14 champions with Mamuka Gorgodze, Steffon Armitage and Virgile Bruni all limping off.
Clermont put six tries on Connacht, winning 42-7, with Vincent Debaty, Julien Bonnaire, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Noa Nakaitaci and Julien Malzieu all scoring alongside a penalty try while Toulouse saw off Bordeaux-Begles 31-22.
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