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Montpellier end on winning note

Montpellier completed their Heineken Cup campaign with a comfortable 24-6 victory over Benetton Treviso in the battle between the bottom two sides in Pool Five at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

Neither team could claim a top-two finish coming into the match while Treviso had no hope of overhauling Montpellier for third place, but the Italian side did at least have the goal of trying to pick up a first win of the campaign.

However, they were unable to do that as Montpellier ran in four unanswered tries to claim the double over the Treviso outfit, having already won 27-10 away from home in round one.

Unconverted tries from Rene Ranger and Mamuka Gorgodze gave Montpellier a 10-0 half-time lead before Benetton threatened a second-half comeback with two Tobias Botes penalties bringing them back to within four points.

That was as close as they would come though and a Lucas Dupont try just after the hour, converted by Eric Escande who had taken over the kicking duties from Francois Trinh-Duc, put Montpellier 17-6 to the good.

Both sides then lost men to the sin-bin in the final 10 minutes, Lorenzo Cittadini seeing yellow for Benetton and Charles Geli following him off the pitch for the hosts soon after, before Pierre Berard completed the win with a last-gasp try that Escande again added the extras for.


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