The Leicester vs Montpellier player ratings as the French side completed their season turnaround with a Challenge Cup triumph at Twickenham.
Montpellier found themselves towards the bottom of the Top 14 going into February, but followed that up with five league wins in a row prior to losing at Stade Francais with a weakened team last weekend.
A try apiece and a penalty apiece left us all square (10-10) at the break – Vincent Rattez and Harry Wells the try-scorers, with George Ford and Benoit Paillaugue converting and landing penalty kicks of their own.
Jasper Wiese’s try, converted by Ford, initially put Tigers in front after the restart before a Paillaugue penalty and unconverted try from Johan Goosen edged the French side ahead, 17-18.
Despite a late onslaught from Tigers, the French side clinically held out to win the game by a single point.
Scroll down for the Leicester vs Montpellier player ratings.
DID YOU KNOW? Ben Youngs set a European record for Leicester Tigers in Friday’s Challenge Cup Final. The Tigers scrum-half made his 75th appearance for the club in European competition, overhauling Geordan Murphy’s total of 74.
RUCK’S MAN OF THE MATCH: JOHAN GOOSEN
- Tries: Wells 33, Wiese 46
- Cons: Ford 34, 47
- Pens: Ford 8
- Tries: Rattez 13
- Cons: Paillaugue 14
- Pens: Paillaugue 16, 50
Leicester vs Montpellier player ratings:
Leicester: Steward 7; Porter 6, Moroni 7, Kelly 7, Nadolo 6; Ford 6, Wigglesworth 7; Genge 8, T Youngs (capt) 7, Cole 7, Wells 7, Green 6, Liebenberg 5, Brink 6, Wiese 8
Montpellier: Bouthier 7; Vincent 6, Goosen 9, Serfontein 6, Rattez 8; Lozowski 7, Paillaugue 7; Forletta 6, Guirado (capt) 6, Haouas 6, Verhaeghe 6, Willemse 6, Ouedraogo 6, Camara 7, Becognee 8.