Montgomery’s Heineken Cup start ends in pain

South Africa’s World Cup winning full-back Percy Montgomery endured a painful European Cup (Heineken Cup) introduction on Saturday when he limped out of Perpignan’s 23-6 win over London Irish.

Montgomery suffered a dead-leg and was substituted on the hour mark but the Springboks star insisted the injury was not connected to the knee problem which he picked up in his country’s World Cup final victory over England in October.

“My substitution has nothing to do with my knee injury. It was just a dead leg which I had felt in the match,” said Montgomery.

“I hope I can quickly recover to allow me to return to training and then go match-by-match.” The full-back said that despite the setback he was happy with his first appearance for the French club.

“The conditions weren’t that easy but we stayed mentally strong until the end. I’m just happy to have won my first game.”


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