Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu 21 Apr - 15:32

Thought I'd start this early:

Match Facts

   Saturday's semi-final will be the first meeting between the sides in European competition, however Montpellier did face Newport RFC in the Challenge Cup back in 1997/98, losing home and away.
   Montpellier will be appearing in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup for the first time; they lost both of their previous quarter-final matches before defeating Sale Sharks in the last eight this season.
   The Dragons will be making their third appearance at this stage of the competition; they have never reached the final, conceding 45+ points in both of their previous semi-finals.
   The Dragons have won five of their last six games against TOP 14 opposition in the Challenge Cup, including the last three in a row.
   This will be the fifth time Montpellier have faced Welsh opposition in the Challenge Cup, winning in Round 4 against Cardiff Blues but losing the three before that.
   Montpellier have scored 16 first-half tries this season, more than any other side in the competition.
   The Dragons have won eight turnovers per game on average this season, more than any other team in the competition.
   No player has made more successful lineout throws this season than Elliot Dee who has found the target with 55/60 (92%).
   Akapusi Qera made 12 carries in the quarter-final to take his tally to 77 this season, the most of any player in the tournament.

Match Officials

   Referee Wayne Barnes (England)
   Touch Judge 1 JP Doyle (England)
   Touch Judge 2 Greg Garner (England)
   TMO Rowan Kitt (England)
   Citing Commissioner Alberto Recaldini (Italy

http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/32888.php

Top 14 Orange

1    Clermont Auvergne
2    Montpellier Hérault
3    Toulon
4    Racing 92
5    Stade Toulousain
6    Castres Olympique
7    Bordeaux Begles
8    Brive
9    La Rochelle
10  Grenoble
11  Pau
12  Stade Français Paris
13  Oyonnax
14  Agen

Guinness PRO12

1    Leinster
2    Connacht
3    Glasgow Warriors
4    Ulster
5    Scarlets
6    Edinburgh
7    Munster
8    Cardiff Blues
9    Ospreys
10   Dragons
11   Zebre
12   Benetton Treviso


Last edited by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri 22 Apr - 9:29; edited 2 times in total

Luckless Pedestrian

Posts : 21873
Join date : 2011-02-01
Age : 38
Location : Newport

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by yappysnap on Thu 21 Apr - 16:36

Come on Dragons!

You can beat that SA franchise...

yappysnap

Posts : 10629
Join date : 2011-06-01
Age : 29
Location : Guildford, Surrey

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Blueschief on Thu 21 Apr - 19:21

Aye, come on Dragons, you can do it!

Blueschief

Posts : 165
Join date : 2012-02-17
Location : Exeter (Expat cardiff)

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 21 Apr - 20:09

LP, seeing as you're thread master would you mind putting in Montpellier's league positioning and recent form? Very Happy

mikey_dragon

Posts : 5984
Join date : 2015-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 21 Apr - 21:07

Blueschief wrote:Aye, come on Dragons, you can do it!

Yeah, come on Drags and show Moffett that he's talking out of his @rse.

Cardiff Dave

Posts : 6238
Join date : 2011-11-29
Location : Cardiff reejun

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 21 Apr - 21:22

mikey_dragon wrote:LP, seeing as you're thread master would you mind putting in Montpellier's league positioning and recent form? Very Happy

2nd place in the league and won against Stade Francais in Paris last week. No doubt that the Top14 will be their priority, so they could in fact field a weakened team this weekend. Perfect time for the Drags to pounce, maybe.

http://www.espn.co.uk/rugby/table/_/league/270559

Cardiff Dave

Posts : 6238
Join date : 2011-11-29
Location : Cardiff reejun

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 21 Apr - 21:35

White's first piece of silverware up for grabs with Montpellier isn't it? Can't see them not taking it seriously. They might rotate, but they're a team with over 30 class players, more than what we have.

mikey_dragon

Posts : 5984
Join date : 2015-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 21 Apr - 21:40

mikey_dragon wrote:White's first piece of silverware up for grabs with Montpellier isn't it? Can't see them not taking it seriously. They might rotate, but they're a team with over 30 class players, more than what we have.

Things happen. Toulon v Cardiff final?

Cardiff Dave

Posts : 6238
Join date : 2011-11-29
Location : Cardiff reejun

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri 22 Apr - 9:13

Cardiff Dave wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:LP, seeing as you're thread master would you mind putting in Montpellier's league positioning and recent form? Very Happy

2nd place in the league and won against Stade Francais in Paris last week.

http://www.espn.co.uk/rugby/table/_/league/270559

Good man. OK

Luckless Pedestrian

Posts : 21873
Join date : 2011-02-01
Age : 38
Location : Newport

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by LondonTiger on Fri 22 Apr - 12:11

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

Newport Gwent Dragons
15. Carl Meyer; 14. Adam Hughes, 13. Tyler Morgan, 12. Adam Warren, 11. Hallam Amos; 10. Dorian Jones, 9. Sarel Pretorius; 1. Phil Price, 2. Elliot Dee, 3. Brok Harris, 4. Rynard Landman, 5. Nick Crosswell, 6. Lewis Evans, 7. Nic Cudd, 8. Toby Faletau
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

LondonTiger

Posts : 16442
Join date : 2011-02-10

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Fri 22 Apr - 12:12

Beat me to it ^^. Crikey, that Montpellier team...

mikey_dragon

Posts : 5984
Join date : 2015-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Fri 22 Apr - 12:14

Jack Dixon on the bench - good to see.

Luckless Pedestrian

Posts : 21873
Join date : 2011-02-01
Age : 38
Location : Newport

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by propdavid_london on Fri 22 Apr - 13:15

Proper mountain to climb for dragons. Good Luck.
Nice to see a French side* taking the competition seriously for a change...

propdavid_london

Posts : 2638
Join date : 2011-06-01
Location : London

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Griff on Fri 22 Apr - 13:35

Shocked

Griff

Posts : 7055
Join date : 2011-06-03
Location : Newport

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by RiscaGame on Fri 22 Apr - 19:11

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:Jack Dixon on the bench - good to see.

Yes good for him and good for me that GR isn't on there.

RiscaGame

Posts : 1392
Join date : 2016-01-24

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by RiscaGame on Fri 22 Apr - 19:18

Think I might have had to have picked Screech for this, to have an out and out row in the boiler house. Suspect we might be underpowered anyway, but every little helps.

Glad Tyler is fit. I had no doubts Taulupe would be.

RiscaGame

Posts : 1392
Join date : 2016-01-24

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by exile jack on Fri 22 Apr - 19:55

Venez vous dragons.Remember Agincourt,Trafalgar and Waterloo!! Good luck boys.

exile jack

Posts : 324
Join date : 2016-01-24

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by bedfordwelsh on Fri 22 Apr - 20:42

Cardiff Dave wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:LP, seeing as you're thread master would you mind putting in Montpellier's league positioning and recent form? Very Happy

2nd place in the league and won against Stade Francais in Paris last week. No doubt that the Top14 will be their priority, so they could in fact field a weakened team this weekend. Perfect time for the Drags to pounce, maybe.

http://www.espn.co.uk/rugby/table/_/league/270559

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

So much for that idea then.
avatar
bedfordwelsh
Moderator
Moderator

Posts : 9962
Join date : 2011-05-11
Age : 49

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Cardiff Dave on Fri 22 Apr - 22:47

bedfordwelsh wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:LP, seeing as you're thread master would you mind putting in Montpellier's league positioning and recent form? Very Happy

2nd place in the league and won against Stade Francais in Paris last week. No doubt that the Top14 will be their priority, so they could in fact field a weakened team this weekend. Perfect time for the Drags to pounce, maybe.

http://www.espn.co.uk/rugby/table/_/league/270559

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

So much for that idea then.

Looks weak to me.
Anyway, what's more important is that the Drags beat the Turks next week and Cardiff hump the Os.

Cardiff Dave

Posts : 6238
Join date : 2011-11-29
Location : Cardiff reejun

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by bedfordwelsh on Sat 23 Apr - 18:39

Cudd is having a cracking game.
avatar
bedfordwelsh
Moderator
Moderator

Posts : 9962
Join date : 2011-05-11
Age : 49

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Fanster on Sat 23 Apr - 18:41

He's been ok, but the pack are being demolished!

Fanster

Posts : 1633
Join date : 2015-05-31

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 23 Apr - 18:45

bedfordwelsh wrote:Cudd is having a cracking game.

As always. Some folk won't like it either.

mikey_dragon

Posts : 5984
Join date : 2015-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Fanster on Sat 23 Apr - 18:47

I thouroughly dislike watching French rugby, it's so boring!!!

This game may end without a try.

Fanster

Posts : 1633
Join date : 2015-05-31

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Fanster on Sat 23 Apr - 18:50

mikey_dragon wrote:
bedfordwelsh wrote:Cudd is having a cracking game.

As always. Some folk won't like it either.

Who wouldn't like a young Welsh player playing well?

Fanster

Posts : 1633
Join date : 2015-05-31

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by bedfordwelsh on Sat 23 Apr - 18:51

mikey_dragon wrote:
bedfordwelsh wrote:Cudd is having a cracking game.

As always. Some folk won't like it either.

haters will always hate Mikey, mind you if he was in a Scarlets or Ospreys shirt he be outstanding Wink
avatar
bedfordwelsh
Moderator
Moderator

Posts : 9962
Join date : 2011-05-11
Age : 49

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Fanster on Sat 23 Apr - 18:51

Catch and drive, try time...

Fanster

Posts : 1633
Join date : 2015-05-31

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by bedfordwelsh on Sat 23 Apr - 18:52

Fanster wrote:He's been ok, but the pack are being demolished!

Even more reason to admire how he is playing given how poor our pack is.
avatar
bedfordwelsh
Moderator
Moderator

Posts : 9962
Join date : 2011-05-11
Age : 49

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Fanster on Sat 23 Apr - 18:52

Huge shock...

Fanster

Posts : 1633
Join date : 2015-05-31

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Fanster on Sat 23 Apr - 18:54

bedfordwelsh wrote:
Fanster wrote:He's been ok, but the pack are being demolished!

Even more reason to admire how he is playing given how poor our pack is.

He is part of that pack though. The tight 5 for the Dragons is dire, they desperately need investment and strengthening there!

Dragons back row need to adjust their game to aid the tight 5 a bit more, Toby looks a little half hearted

Fanster

Posts : 1633
Join date : 2015-05-31

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Fanster on Sat 23 Apr - 18:56

There has to be a better fullback / kicking option at the Dragons too!!!

Why did Tovey leave for Edinburgh?

Fanster

Posts : 1633
Join date : 2015-05-31

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 23 Apr - 18:59

Been a bad day with the boot. Dorian has crumbled - do you think the rugby geniuses are still claiming we're better off without Tovey?

mikey_dragon

Posts : 5984
Join date : 2015-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Rugby Fan on Sat 23 Apr - 18:59

Faletau is better than Vunipola, isn't he.

Rugby Fan

Posts : 4248
Join date : 2012-09-14

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 23 Apr - 19:01

Fanster wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
bedfordwelsh wrote:Cudd is having a cracking game.

As always. Some folk won't like it either.

Who wouldn't like a young Welsh player playing well?

He isn't as young as we'd expect. And read BFs post - it's those sets of fans who don't like to see him play well, and they especially don't like people highlighting the fact he's playing well.

mikey_dragon

Posts : 5984
Join date : 2015-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by bedfordwelsh on Sat 23 Apr - 19:01

mikey_dragon wrote:Been a bad day with the boot. Dorian has crumbled - do you think the rugby geniuses are still claiming we're better off without Tovey?

Sure some will.
avatar
bedfordwelsh
Moderator
Moderator

Posts : 9962
Join date : 2011-05-11
Age : 49

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by RiscaGame on Sat 23 Apr - 19:03

Dorian must be bad today, if his own father hooked him.

We let Tovey go, as he dared to question things Lyn did. Funnily enough since, Lyp has left and we can barely kick our goals. Absolute shambles.

RiscaGame

Posts : 1392
Join date : 2016-01-24

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Fanster on Sat 23 Apr - 19:05

mikey_dragon wrote:
Fanster wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
bedfordwelsh wrote:Cudd is having a cracking game.

As always. Some folk won't like it either.

Who wouldn't like a young Welsh player playing well?

He isn't as young as we'd expect. And read BFs post - it's those sets of fans who don't like to see him play well, and they especially don't like people highlighting the fact he's playing well.

He's only about 25/26 isn't he?

Fanster

Posts : 1633
Join date : 2015-05-31

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 23 Apr - 19:06

Rugby Fan wrote:Faletau is better than Vunipola, isn't he.

Nah mate. This is one Lions' player who needs to go to world class Bath RFC where he can improve his game, thus developing into the worlds best player official.

mikey_dragon

Posts : 5984
Join date : 2015-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 23 Apr - 19:07

Fanster wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
Fanster wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
bedfordwelsh wrote:Cudd is having a cracking game.

As always. Some folk won't like it either.

Who wouldn't like a young Welsh player playing well?

He isn't as young as we'd expect. And read BFs post - it's those sets of fans who don't like to see him play well, and they especially don't like people highlighting the fact he's playing well.

He's only about 25/26 isn't he?

27 actually, but I originally thought it was 29...

mikey_dragon

Posts : 5984
Join date : 2015-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 23 Apr - 19:12

That was a good consolation try by Carl PhilBB Meyer.

mikey_dragon

Posts : 5984
Join date : 2015-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 23 Apr - 19:16

Anyone know if there's a bigger pack in Europe? I think sky had them down as weighing 912kg...

mikey_dragon

Posts : 5984
Join date : 2015-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by bedfordwelsh on Sat 23 Apr - 19:19

Well that was closer that I expected or anticipated. Pack just couldn't compete in the end, the difference in squads and resources available is just insurmountable.
avatar
bedfordwelsh
Moderator
Moderator

Posts : 9962
Join date : 2011-05-11
Age : 49

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by VinceWLB on Sat 23 Apr - 19:22

It would have helped if the Dragons had gone with a proper 2nd row instead of Crosswell who is a good player but not a lock.

VinceWLB

Posts : 3471
Join date : 2012-10-14

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Fanster on Sat 23 Apr - 19:22

That game just sums up the new restructure of european rugby, simply a waste of time putting in any effort for Pro 12 teams, it might as well be used to developed youngsters like the BI cup.

Fanster

Posts : 1633
Join date : 2015-05-31

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by RiscaGame on Sat 23 Apr - 19:47

VinceWLB wrote:It would have helped if the Dragons had gone with a proper 2nd row instead of Crosswell who is a good player but not a lock.

I did fear as much.

RiscaGame

Posts : 1392
Join date : 2016-01-24

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by VinceWLB on Sat 23 Apr - 19:51

Fanster wrote:That game just sums up the new restructure of european rugby, simply a waste of time putting in any effort for Pro 12 teams, it might as well be used to developed youngsters like the BI cup.

Montpellier looked quite ordinary for a team with a playing squad being 4 times more expensive than that of the Dragons.

VinceWLB

Posts : 3471
Join date : 2012-10-14

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by LondonTiger on Sat 23 Apr - 19:56

Interested to understand how the restructure has affected Dragons. Have they ever been in anything other than the second tier competition?

I would have thought that performances in recent weeks in tricky away ties would give them some confidence.

LondonTiger

Posts : 16442
Join date : 2011-02-10

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 23 Apr - 20:01

VinceWLB wrote:
Fanster wrote:That game just sums up the new restructure of european rugby, simply a waste of time putting in any effort for Pro 12 teams, it might as well be used to developed youngsters like the BI cup.

Montpellier looked quite ordinary for a team with a playing squad being 4 times more expensive than that of the Dragons.

They played just like South Africa tbh.

mikey_dragon

Posts : 5984
Join date : 2015-07-25

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by bedfordwelsh on Sat 23 Apr - 20:08

LondonTiger wrote:Interested to understand how the restructure has affected Dragons. Have they ever been in anything other than the second tier competition?

I would have thought that performances in recent weeks in tricky away ties would give them some confidence.

2010-2011 Season was our last time in the main Competition
avatar
bedfordwelsh
Moderator
Moderator

Posts : 9962
Join date : 2011-05-11
Age : 49

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Griff on Sat 23 Apr - 20:09

LondonTiger wrote:Interested to understand how the restructure has affected Dragons. Have they ever been in anything other than the second tier competition?

I would have thought that performances in recent weeks in tricky away ties would give them some confidence.

We've been in the Heinken cup a number of times. Never very successful but won a few games each time. I think we were whitewashed one HC year though Sad

Griff

Posts : 7055
Join date : 2011-06-03
Location : Newport

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Fanster on Sat 23 Apr - 20:15

mikey_dragon wrote:
VinceWLB wrote:
Fanster wrote:That game just sums up the new restructure of european rugby, simply a waste of time putting in any effort for Pro 12 teams, it might as well be used to developed youngsters like the BI cup.

Montpellier looked quite ordinary for a team with a playing squad being 4 times more expensive than that of the Dragons.

They played just like South Africa tbh.

It wasn't to far off was it, physical up front, played tight and used the boot to good effect.

Fanster

Posts : 1633
Join date : 2015-05-31

Back to top Go down

Re: Montpellier Hérault Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons - Challenge Cup Semi Final

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum