Montpellier shock Toulouse in Top 14 Rugby

Montpellier produced a door-bolt display to beat Toulouse 25-0 at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir on Sunday for a bonus-point victory.

The two sides came into the match level on points but a brilliant solo try from Jonathan Pelissie, an opportunist effort from Francois Trinh-Duc and a breakaway try by Benoit Sicard thrust the hosts to the summit of the Top 14 table ahead of the rest of Sunday’s matches.

Toulouse were riding on the back of an impressive 30-6 defeat of big-spending Racing Metro on Wednesday but despite a strong line-up they struggled to match Montpellier’s intensity.

It was a third straight victory for Fabien Galthie’s side, who had been bottom of the table after two matches, following a home draw with Toulon and then a 19-12 defeat at lowly Biarritz.

Long-time Toulouse coach Guy Noves called his side’s performance a “kind of non-match” lacking any commitment.

“We tried to run it round too much in the first half in a bid to cause Montpellier problems,” Noves said.

“We reacted, to a degree, in the second-half, but we conceded two tries and were punished. The score perfectly reflects the match.”

Noves added: “We’ll have to learn our lessons from this and acknowledge that it’s increasingly tough. We have to react quickly.

“Not scoring any points (for the first time since 2008) is not important because we could have kicked some penalties.”

Montpellier coach Mario Ledesma, the former Argentina international, was delighted.

“We had a series of three complicated matches,” he said. “And we did not expect to take an attacking bonus point from Toulouse.”

Scrum-half Pelissie got the ball rolling with a stunning individual effort on the half hour mark, slaloming through a posse of defenders before then converting his own try.

Anthony Floch was then unlucky to have another score chalked off as he had strayed half a metre ahead of winger Yoan Audrin when the latter kicked ahead.

Pelissie added a penalty before half-time and Floch notched one just after the break as Montpellier started to build up a lead.

Toulouse shot themselves in the foot when centre Florian Fritz was yellow-carded for hitting France team-mate Fulgence Ouedraogo full in the face with a needless forearm smash.

Toulouse then gifted the home team a second try after another Floch kick ahead.

Yoann Huget and Maxime Medard made a hash of clearing the ball from behind their tryline, the latter fluffing a kick that allowed Trinh-Duc to simply drop down on the ball to score the try.

Montpellier emphasised their superiority with a length-of-the pitch score after Ouedraogo forced a turnover and Trinh-Duc exchanged passes with Sicard, who crossed for the bonus point third try.

Previous leaders Clermont play away to Stade Francais in the late game while European champions Toulon are at Biarritz.

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