Montpellier 64-0 Calvisano: Italian side subject to 10-try mauling in France
Montpellier thumped Calvisano 64-0 to claim a bonus-point victory in the European Challenge Cup on Friday night
The hosts crossed the whitewash ten times with each touched down by a different scorer
Five first-half tries gave Montpellier a 33-0 lead at the break, which secured the win and the bonus point
Ben Mowen, Anthony Tuitavake, Julien Malzieu, Robert Ebersol and replacement Yvan Reilhac touched down after half-time to add further gloss to the scoreline
Montpellier strolled to a comfortable bonus-point triumph as they thrashed Calvisano on Friday night, scoring an incredible ten tries in the process to get their European Challenge Cup campaign back on track.
The hosts were in fact 33-0 up by half-time, scoring five tries in the opening 40 to secure the bonus-point before the break. Five more tries after the restart completed the compromising victory for the French side with scrum-half Benoit Paillaugue converting seven out of ten to make up their huge total.
Marvin O’Connor was first to touch down for the French side after just seven minutes before Paillaugue scored the second after 14 minutes. The number 9 was able to convert the second but missed the first as the hosts raced into a 12-point lead.
Paul Willemse and Kelian Galletier then crossed in a devastating period between the 22nd and 25th minute to secure Montepellier the bonus-point with Paillaugue converting to put them out of sight, 26-0.
Montpellier were then awarded a penalty try on the brink of half-time to give them a uncatchable 33-point lead.
Ben Mowen added try number six three minutes after the restart before Anthony Tuitavake got in on the act four minutes later. Paillaugue was able to convert the first but dragged the second wide of the mark, 45-0.
Julien Malzieu added try number eight on the hour mark before Robert Ebersol touched down their ninth two minutes from full time with their consistent scrum-half stepping up again to add both the extras.
Then with the seconds counting down replacement Yvan Reilhac ran in to score try number 10 to complete the scoring, 64-0.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Montpellier: Benoit Paillaugue
Montpellier’s dynamic scrum-half Paillaugue was the architect of this thumping victory, setting up two tries, scoring one and kicking seven out of ten conversions to take his total for the day to 19.
Montpellier: Benjamin Fall, Marvin O’Connor, Anthony Tultavake, Robert Ebersohn, Julien Malzieu, Francois Trinh-Duc, Benoit Pallague, Mikheil Nariashvili, Mickael Ivaldi, Nicolas Mas, Paul Willemse, Thibaut Privat, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Ben Mowen, Kelian Galletier.
Replacements: Charles Geli, CJ Van Der Linde, Patric Cilliers, Robin Tchale Watchou, Akapusi Qera, Nic White, Demetri Catrakillis, Yvan Reilhac.
Calvisano: Matteo Minozzi, Benjamin de Jager, Alberto Chiesa, Tommaso Castello, Marco Susio, Filippo Buscemo, Riccardo Raffaele, Sami Panico, Lorenzo Giovanchelli, Salvatore Costanzo, Agustin Cavalieri, Davide Zanetti, Alessio Zdrillich, Maxime Mbanda, Jim Tuivaiti.
Replacement: Gabriele Morelli, Elia Violi, Rudy Biancotti, Luca Beccaris, Matteo Archetti, Renato Giammarioli, Giacomo De Santis, Daniele di Giulio
Date: Friday, November 20
Venue: Stade de la Mosson