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Montpellier and Newcastle hoping to hunt down Edinburgh

Thursday 10th January 2019

12:17 pm (GMT)

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Montpellier

Newcastle Falcons celebrate after a famous win over Montpellier in Heineken Champions Cup Round 2

Montpellier and Newcastle Falcons will be looking to cut the gap on Pool 5 leaders Edinburgh Rugby when they clash at the GGL Stadium on Saturday from 13:00 GMT, live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.

  • Montpellier and Newcastle have met three times in Europe with Montpellier winning both their Challenge Cup clashes in 2010/11, however, the Falcons were victorious in their only Heineken Champions Cup clash, winning 23-20 in Round 2.
  • Montpellier have won both of their home games this season and will be aiming to win all three for the second time in the last three seasons.
  • Newcastle have lost three of their four away games against TOP 14 opposition in the Heineken Champions Cup.
  • Montpellier have made 760 tackles this season, almost 100 more than any other side.
  • Newcastle’s Joel Hodgson has slotted all 10 of his kicks at goal this season,no other player has attempted as many without missing at least once.

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Montpellier thrash Newcastle to remain in contention

Saturday 12th January 2019

3:18 pm (GMT)

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Montpellier's Paul Willemse crossing over for their third try of the afternoon.

Montpellier claimed a try-scoring bonus-point victory against Newcastle Falcons after putting on a fine display at the GGL Stadium in their Heineken Champions Cup Pool 5 encounter.

The two sides engaged in a frenetic and frantic start to the game before Fijian Timoci Nagusa walked in for the games’ first try after fly-half Johan Goosen found a gap in Falcons’ defensive line. Ruan Pienaar was wayward in his conversion attempt.

Falcons fly-half Toby Flood did respond with a penalty to reduce the deficit, but terrific phase play from the French outfit set up their second try of the afternoon through Yvan Reilhac. The conversion was successful from scrum-half Pienaar.

South African-born Paul Willemse – who has been selected in France’s training squad – made an immediate impact after coming on as a substitute by powering over for Montpellier’s third try. Ruan Pienaar was accurate from the tee to add another two points.

A try made in Bloemfontein, South Africa, secured the try-scoring bonus point with Pienaar combining with centre Jan Serfontein, who squared up two defenders and put in Henry Immelman for a simple finish for his first try. Pienaar finished what he started by slotting the conversion.

Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Immelman and Romain Ruffenach all crossed over late on to ensure an emphatic scoreline for the TOP 14 club.

Zach Kibirige scored a consolation try for Newcastle Falcons but defeat in Montpellier means they can no longer progress from Pool 5.

Newcastle will host three-time champions RC Toulon in Round 6, while Montpellier head to Edinburgh in a crunch game.

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