Montpellier 30-27 Gloucester: Jacques du Plessis sent off, but hosts take win

Montpellier vs Gloucester
Champions Cup
3:15pm Sunday November

A red card to get Jacques du Plessis did not stop Montpellier as they held on for a 30-27 win over Gloucester in the Champions Cup.
Converted tries from Jan Serfontein and Nemani Nadolo assisted the hosts set a 14-point lead at half-time in the Pool 5 combat, however, Gloucester hit through Matt Banahan before second row du Plessis was dismissed for foul play.
A try from substitute Joe Simpson in the 75th minute gave Gloucester hope of finishing the comeback, but they had to settle for a losing bonus point.
Benoit Paillaugue kicked when Montpellier captured the first try of the game eight minutes off the hosts ahead with the scrum-half and a 14th-minute penalty was available to convert.
It came after complete and then the ball was shifted out of a scrum into winger and then kicked for interior centre Serfontein into snaffle the ball.
Billy Twelvetrees got Gloucester on the board and the visitors clawed themselves back into the competition with four minutes to go till half time since Lloyd Evans broke and put spouse Callum Bradley for a score up.
Montpellier responded with the last action of the half though and Nadolo made up to be refused a spectacular effort from the TMO after having a string of Montpellier scrums on Gloucesters line led to the giant Fijian forcing his way over for a converted try to place his side 24-10 up in the rest.
The visitors made a bright start to the second half and were rewarded once Braley delivered Banahan after play resumed, crashing through the defensive line from close range to get a six minutes.
Skipper Paillaugue kept the scoreboard ticking over for the home side but their task was made harder for elbowing four minutes to Gerbrandt Grobler at the mind, when du Plessis was shown a red card.
Twelvetrees and Paillaugue exchanged penalties as the match headed into the last 15 seconds, but Gloucester had narrowed the deficit to three points with five minutes to play.
Louis Rees-Zammit showed great vision to put down the touchline that was gathered by fellow winger Ollie Thorley in a chip-kick and even though he had been stopped short, replacement scrum-half Simpson managed to scamper over because of his eighth try in eight matches.
Evans conversion guaranteed that it would be nail-biting complete, however some indiscipline murdered a final attacking chance for Gloucester and Montpellier were able to run down the clock to chalk up their first win of this seasons Champions Cup, moving up to second at the pool.

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