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Montpellier 22-12 Newport: French side ease into Challenge Cup final against Harlequins

Newport Gwent Dragons bowed out of the European Challenge Cup with semi-final defeat by a strong Montpellier side.

Montpellier’s dominance earned them a 22-0 lead, with Demetri Catrakilis scoring five penalties and Bismark du Plessis crossing for a try.

Dragons rallied with tries from Hallam Amos and Carl Meyer but they suffered their second successive semi-final loss in Europe.

Montpellier will face Harlequins in the final in Lyon on 13 May.


Montpellier: 15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Marvin O’Connor, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Robins Tchale Watchou, 3 Jannie Du Plessis, 2 Bismarck Du Plessis, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Davit Kubriashvili, 19 Thibaut Privat, 20 Wiaan Liebenberg, 21 Nic White, 22 Benjamin Lucas, 23 Anthony Tuitavke

Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Adam Warren, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Lewis Evans, 5 Nick Crosswell, 4 Rynard Landman, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Phil Price
Replacements: 16 Rhys Buckley, 17 Boris Stankovich, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Ed Jackson, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Jack Dixon


Date: Saturday, April 23
Venue: Altrad Stadium
Kick-off: 17:30 BST (16:30 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: JP Doyle (England), Greg Garner (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)