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The notes of Montpellier-Leicester: Bouthier and Goosen beefy, Paillaugue in metronome


After the victory of the Hérault over the English Tigers in the Challenge Cup final (18-17), find the scores awarded by our special correspondent to Twickenham.

Montpellier did it! At the end of a chaotic season where it has long flirted with maintaining the Top 14, the MHR won the second Challenge Cup in its history after that of 2016, by dominating the English from Leicester to Twickenham (18-17). As in its last outings, the Hérault club has been very solid in defense and several players have stood out.

The international rear Anthony Bouthier (7), now second in the hierarchy of number 15 behind Brice Dulin, stood out, even if he experienced a little waste. He was sometimes put in difficulty on certain candles, he sometimes unscrewed his kicks. But overall he held his rank and allowed Montpellier to compete in the “rugby ping-pong” often offered by the English. It is on one of his kicks to follow that Vincent Rattez (5.5) unlocked the situation for the MHR, by scoring in the nose and beard of his opposite Moroni (13th). It then shifts Johan goosen

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