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  • Goneva, Benjamin (2), Gibson,
    Penalty goals: Flood (3),
    Drop goals: Lamb (2),
    Conversions: Flood (3),
41 - 32

Montpellier

  • Gorgodze, Nagusa, Berard (2),
    Penalty goals: Pelissie (2),
    Conversions: Trinh-Duc, Pelissie (2),

Leicester Tigers v Montpellier - Live

Last updated: 8th December 2013  

Full Time FULL-TIME: LEICESTER TIGERS 41-32 MONTPELLIER

Drop Goal80 DROP-GOAL, LAMB, LEICESTER! Disaster for the visitors, though, as Nagusa spills the restart. The ball squirts out on the home side, and substitute Ryan Lamb sends a scruffy-looking drop-goal cruelly denying Montpellier a bonus point with the final kick of the match. What a game, and a great result for Leicester Tigers.

Conversion80 CONVERSION, TRINH-DUC, MONTPELLIER! Well, well, well. The fly-half lands the kick, and Montpellier in the last minute of the match must score a converted try to win. As it stands, they have two bonus points.

TRY79 TRY, BERARD, MONTPELLIER! And they have their bonus point! A second for the visiting side. Crucial kick for Trinh-Duc now.

78 The visitors have possession back and are attacking inside Liecester territory. Another try would secure them a bonus point.

76 Into the final four minutes here with Montpellier defending a lineout on halfway.

Penalty73 PENALTY, FLOOD, LEICESTER! Tigers win a penalty on the 10m line thanks to Ed Slater's work at the breakdown, and Flood smashes it home.

70 It's a forward pass to the winger, though, and the visitors are denied. Relief around Welford Road.

70 Oh my, Nagusa may well have grabbed another one! We are checking the final pass with the TMO. Great stuff from the Fijian yet again, and that score - if confirmed - will get a try bonus for Montpellier.

Conversion69 CONVERSION, PELISSIE, MONTPELLIER! Simple two points for the scrum-half.

TRY68 TRY, BERARD, MONTPELLIER! A great breakaway try from the visitors from absolutely nothing. Tigers lose the ball in the tackle, and Nagusa scoops up and storms away downfield. He draws the last man before releasing substitute Berard for a run-in under the posts.

Penalty66 PENALTY, FLOOD, LEICESTER! The skipper knocks over another kick, and the Tigers are up by 17 points.

65 The hosts win a penalty inside the Montpellier 22, and Flood goes for goal to extend the lead.

64 Conversion wide from Flood. Tigers coming forward again with nice distribution from the backline winning a lineout in the Montpellier 22.

TRY62 TRY, GIBSON, LEICESTER! That's the bonus point and the result secure for the hosts. The scrum was messy, and it looked like the visitors had struck against the head. It came back for Waldrom at eight, though, who offloaded well and the ball found Gibson who dived over from point-blank range.

60 The maul collapses, but the Tigers are awarded the scrum put-in.

59 The Tigers have another penalty on halfway as substitute Thomas Waldrom forces Montpellier to hold on on the ground. Flood sticks it in the corner, and Leicester go for the bonus point.

Penalty57 PENALTY, FLOOD, LEICESTER! No trouble for Flood, and the gap is extended to nine points.

56 After more turnovers in possession, the Tigers win a penalty 25 metres out, right of centre. Flood lines it up to take his side beyond a score ahead of Montpellier.

54 Scrappy few minutes here as both sides knock-on and cough up possession. Tigers now attacking in the away 22, but spill the ball. Montpellier have the scrum on the 22m line.

52 Tigers attacking with good carries from Crane and Benjamin, but they concede the penalty on the 22 for going off their feet at the breakdown.

50 Here come Montpellier again! Brilliant breakout from Audrin and Trinh-Duc but all is lost as the ball goes to ground on the 22. Tigers scrum.

48 A bit of aerial ping-pong results in a Montpellier lineout inside Tigers territory. Good gain in ground for the visitors courtesy of an excellent kick from Floch. Beattie breaks off the back of the maul, but the ball is lost from his grasp in contact. Tigers in possession and win the penalty on halfway.

45 Trinh-Duc's long punt for the corner bounces the wrong way and we have a Tigers scrum inside Montpellier territory. Unlucky for the fly-half

43 He's pulled it across the face of the posts, though. Tigers drop-out.

42 Montpellier have a penalty after Tigers support runner guilty of obstructing the tackler. Pelissie lines it up from the 10m line, right of centre. This to cut the gap to three points.

40 The sunset now providing a stunning backdrop to a crisp afternoon at Welford Road. The teams are on their way back out, and Trinh-Duc will get us underway for the second-half. This will be big.

Half Time HALF-TIME: LEICESTER TIGERS 24-18 MONTPELLIER

40 The conversion drifts wide, and Mr Lacey calls time on a brilliant half of Heineken Cup rugby. Montpellier storming back to within six points of the Tigers after a barnstorming start from the hosts. We're all set for a cracking second half.

TRY40 TRY, NAGUSA, MONTPELLIER! Great stuff from the visitors! And Leicester must surely be ruing that missed opportunity moments ago! Ranger makes a huge break through midfield, and a few phases later, the space is created out wide for Nagusa to scoot over outside the despairing Benjamin. What a turnaround.

39 Montpellier escape thanks to great work at the breakdown from Pelissie. Tigers holding on, and Trinh-Duc steps up to bang downfield again. Into the final minute of the half as the visitors have the lineout on halfway.

39 Montpellier escape thanks to great work at the breakdown from Pelissie. Tigers holding on, and Trinh-Duc steps up to bang downfield again. Into the final minute of the half as the visitors have the lineout on halfway.

38 Astonishingly, Goneva's greed has cost the Tigers their fourth try. The pass to Youngs adjudged to be forward by the TMO. Huge chance missed. The home scrum forces a turnover in put-in though, after a monstrous shove.

38 And the Tigers look to have bagged the bonus point. Fine ball from Flood cut out the Montpellier midfield defence, and left the hosts with a huge overlap. Goneva was a tad selfish in not releasing the ball earlier, but Tomy Youngs has barreled over. We check with the TMO...

36 The kick is unsuccessful, but the Tigers have a scrum in Montpellier territory after another failed maul.

34 Gorgodze guilty of not rolling away after felling his man, and Flood lines up the penealty attempt just inside the Montpellier half.

33 This game is really starting to flow, now. Nagusa making a fine break from his own 22, and Montpellier coming forward with menace. Flood's tackle forces a knock on on the Tigers 10m line, but the Top14's running lines and offloading game causing the hosts problems.

Conversion31 CONVERSION, PELISSIE, MONTPELLIER! The scrum-half converts from straight in front. Game on.

TRY30 TRY, GORGODZE, MONTPELLIER! Wow, what a breakout! The veteran Georgian powers home from halfway after Montpellier turnover the Tigers. Great play from Beattie to make ground and offload to the flanker.

29 The Tigers putting Montpellier under pressure again, attacking from midfield. Good carries from Youngs, Crane and Goneva.

26 It comes to nothing, though, as good maul defence from Montpellier puts them into touch. But, once again, the visitors' lineout misfires and the Tigers are in possession in the 22. A penalty is their undoing, however, as players go off their feet at the breakdown. Trinh-Duc clears well again.

Penalty24 PENALTY, PELISSIE, MONTPELLIER! The kick is good. But from the kick-off, there's a shocker from the visitors as Pelissie's kick is obstructed by Beattie running right in front of him. Leicester scrum in the away 22. The attack breaks down for the hosts, but they win a penalty right of centre and Flood is going for the corner.

22 Good pressure from the away pack brings another penalty five metres from the Tigers' line. Much better from Montpellier with big men like Hamilton and Gorgodze doing the damage. Pelissie goes for three points.

20 Leicester looking dangerous every time they're in possession here, with Goneva at the forefront. The Montpellier lineout also badly misfiring early on, but the visitors have a penalty just inside their own half. Trinh-Duc with an excellent punt into the corner. Chance for the Top14 side to attack.

18 Montpellier attack through winger Audrin, but the ball is lost forward in contact 10m from the Tigers' line. The hosts hoof clear up towards halway.

Conversion16 CONVERSION, FLOOD, LEICESTER! Flood slots from the touchline

TRY16 TRY, BENJAMIN, LEICESTER! A quickfire double for the winger, and what a start for the hosts!

16 Oh my! Benjamin may have snuck over in the corner again after lovely handling from Bowden, Hamilton and Goneva. The Tigers in the mood today! We wait for the TMO decision.

Conversion15 CONVERSION, FLOOD, LEICESTER! Flood knocks over the conversion, and the Tigers have a commanding lead after 15 minutes.

TRY14 TRY, BENJAMIN, LEICESTER! Benjamin cuts through the Montpellier line to bag Leicester's second score off a lineout.

12 The Tigers are back on the offensive, and Goneva stabs a nice grubber through into touch in the Montpellier 22.

Penalty10 PENALTY, PELISSIE, MONTPELLIER! No problems for Pelissie. Montpellier on the board.

9 The ball is pinched from that scrum by Pelissie, though, and the Tigers concede a penalty in front of their posts for a deliberate knock-on. Trinh-Duc looks to hit back from the tee.

9 Tigers have the scrum just outside their own 22 as Montpellier hack through into touch-in-goal.

Penalty7 PENALTY, FLOOD, LEICESTER! No problem for the skipper, and the Tigers build on an impressive start.

7 The Tigers win a kickable penalty on the 22, left from centre, as Tom Youngs gets over the ball at the breakdown and Trinh-Duc is guilty of holding on. Flood lines it up.

Conversion6 CONVERSION, FLOOD, LEICESTER! Flood adds the extras

TRY5 TRY, GONEVA, LEICESTER! Niki Goneva marks his return to the Tigers' lineup with a try here at Welford Road. The hosts stole the Montpellier lineout on the 22, and Goneva cuts a fine line off Bowden in midfield to scythe through the defence. Great start for Leicester.

3 Montpellier attack in midfield, but the Tigers wrap them up and the ball is unplayable after the maul goes down. Scrum to the hosts on halfway.

1 Toby Flood gets us underway with a deep kick-off, and Montpellier win a penalty in their own 22 as Leicester fail to roll away.

0 The teams are out here at Welford Road, and the atmosphere is terrific. Kick-off just moments away!

0 Leicester welcome back Vereniki Goneva, who partners Dan Bowden in midfield, while Adam Thompstone reverts to the wing. Ed Slater also makes his return from injury and is named among the substitutes.

0 The big news for the visitors is the Heineken Cup debut of All Black Rene Ranger at outside centre in a backline that inlcudes Springbok Wynand Olivier and Fijian Timoci Nagusa. Francois Trinh-Duc captains the side from fly-half

0 Welcome to what's sure to be a close one at Welford Road between Leicester Tigers and Montpellier. The Tigers have history in the Heineken Cup, but Montpellier boast a plethora of French internationals and will offer a stern test of Richard Cockerill's men. We're about fifteen minutes away from kick-off here, don't go away!

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