Montpellier beat Castres (22-19), his closest rival in the race for the finals Saturday at the Altrad stadium at the 17th day of the Top 14 after a tense and electric match.
Jake White’s team consolidated its sixth place by moving the Tarn to 7 points, while enjoying the home defeat to Grenoble (9th) against Clermont and zero Brive (8th) against Toulouse.
Montpellier, who have tremendous work wear, have also confirmed their recent success at Toulouse (27-29) and topped their last misstep at home against Pau (16-19).
for the first time since October, they chained two straight wins in the league and can engage in a decisive march with confidence.
in a bow against a direct opponent, Castres losing ground in view of a qualification at the same finals if it preserves the 7th place.
Welcome back Trinh
with its bonus point, it retains the same number of points as Brive. He can nourish regrets after this defeat but paid for his indiscipline and the two yellow cards dealt to the 3rd line Piula Faasalele (37) and the pillar Mihaita Lazar (55).
Castres, more present in the rucks and determined defense, yet dominated the first period until the temporary exclusion of Faasalele, penalized for a dangerous tackle on Benjamin Fall (36).
Urios team scored the first test its rear Geoffrey Palis, who took advantage of a judicious kick scrum half Rory Kockott (12).
Montpellier operated excluding Faasalele to return to head by scoring a try 3rd line center Fijian Akapusi Qera, that formalized a penaltouche (37).
the MHR took matters in hand in the second half, where his work wear ended up paying. Failing to score a second try by his hooker Bismarck Du Plessis (64) denied the video, he capitalized on the numerous mistakes the Tarn.
The international opening half François Trinh-Duc, who replaced Demetri Catrakilis in the 55th minute, dynamisait héraultais the game and managed two penalties that allowed Montpellier to dig a gap that proved decisive (22-16).
for his 200th match with his first club, Trinh-Duc, who will play in Toulon next season, provided a valuable victory at MHR and realized a good return before returning to the France team.