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Montpellier pip Toulouse for first win
ESPN Staff
January 25, 2015
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Date/Time: Jan 25, 2015, 14:00 local, 13:00 GMT
Venue: Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Montpellier
Montpellier 27 - 26 Toulouse
Half-time: 9 - 13
Tries: Dupont 2
Cons: Lucas
Pens: Lucas 3, Paillaugue 2
Tries: Flood, Poitrenaud
Cons: Flood, McAlister
Pens: Flood 2, McAlister 2, 1 other
Montpellier's Lucas Dupont breaks to score against Toulouse, Montpellier v Toulouse, European Champions Cup, Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Montpellier, January 25, 2015
Lucas Dupont breaks to score the first of his two tries
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Jake White's Montpellier team scraped to a win over Toulouse in a tight see-sawing match at Stade Yves-du-Manoir that leaves Toulouse teetering on the edge of elimination from the competition.

The visitors appeared in a comfortable position after Toby Flood's converted try increased their lead to 11 points at the beginning of the second half. But Montpellier came roaring back and two tries from Lucas Dupont kick-started their recovery before they sealed victory by the smallest of margins to give them their only win in the group.

Toulouse's slip-up meant Bath finished top of the pool following their victory over Glasgow.

It was Montpellier who started well as two penalties from Ben Lucas and one from Benoit Paillaugue put them 9-0 ahead just after the half-hour. Clement Poitrenaud's converted try narrowed the gap to two points before Toulouse claimed the lead for the first time thanks to Luke McAlister's penalty.

The New Zealand fly-half added another three points shortly before the hooter while it appeared the visitors were well on their way to victory when Flood crossed the whitewash three minutes after the resumption. But Dupont touched down twice in the space of five minutes soon after, first reducing arrears with a converted try in the 46th minute before his next score gave Montpellier a one-point lead.

Flood put Toulouse back in front with a penalty and did so again after Paillaugue had found the posts. But it would be the hosts who had the last laugh as Ben Lucas slotted home his third penalty in the 68th minute - and they held out for an unlikely victory.

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