Newport Gwent Dragons missed out on a place in the EPCR Challenge Cup Final after a narrow lost to Montpellier in France.
The Dragons, looking to go one better than last season when they fell to Edinburgh at the same stage, outscored their French opponents by two tries to one. However, the high quality set piece of Montpellier and the impressive goal kicking of Demetri Catrakilis, who successfully kicked 6 from 6 at the posts, was too much for the Welshman, as they succumbed 22 – 12.
Dragons made nearly twice as many tackles as Montpellier during the course of the match, and that extra effort told as the men of Gwent tired. There was no lack of fight from the visitors however, who rallied despite being 22 points down at the hour mark.
The Montpellier pack outweighed and out manoeuvred that of Kingsley Jones’ team, leading to four successfully kicked penalties in the first half. The lead was up to 15 in the second half before Pierre Spies went over to put the game beyond Dragons.
Then came the resurgence that enabled the travelling support to go home with heads held high. First Hallam Amos scored to get Dragons on the board before Carl Meyer went over, a score duly converted by Angus O’Brien.
The Dragons now head back to Pro 12 action as they look to end the season on a high and build for 2016-17.
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