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Leicester Tigers 17-18 Montpellier: Agony for Steve Borthwick’s side after Challenge Cup final loss

Montpellier have won the European Challenge Cup after beating Leicester 18-17 in a tense and nervy final at Twickenham.

In the Tigers’ first final in eight years, they were left strewn on the field and dejected, having been on the wrong end of just a single-point reverse.

The two tries from Montpellier’s Vincent Rattez and Johannes Goosen, as well as some fine kicking from Benoit Paillaugue, saw the French outfit over the line.  

More to follow. 

Montpellier have won the European Challenge Cup after beating Leicester at Twickenham

Montpellier have won the European Challenge Cup after beating Leicester at Twickenham

Montpellier have won the European Challenge Cup after beating Leicester at Twickenham

The Tigers found themselves on the wrong end of an agonising defeat by just a single point

The Tigers found themselves on the wrong end of an agonising defeat by just a single point

The Tigers found themselves on the wrong end of an agonising defeat by just a single point

Alexandre Becognee and his jubilant team-mates wildly after their triumph was confirmed

Alexandre Becognee and his jubilant team-mates wildly after their triumph was confirmed

Alexandre Becognee and his jubilant team-mates wildly after their triumph was confirmed

Johannes Goosen went over in stunning fashion to secure Montpellier the glory in London

Johannes Goosen went over in stunning fashion to secure Montpellier the glory in London

Johannes Goosen went over in stunning fashion to secure Montpellier the glory in London

Dan Kelly was left shocked as Tigers battled away for their first European trophy in 19 years

Dan Kelly was left shocked as Tigers battled away for their first European trophy in 19 years

Dan Kelly was left shocked as Tigers battled away for their first European trophy in 19 years

Anthony Bouthier glided neatly beyond the tackle of Charlie Clare in the feisty showdown

Anthony Bouthier glided neatly beyond the tackle of Charlie Clare in the feisty showdown

Anthony Bouthier glided neatly beyond the tackle of Charlie Clare in the feisty showdown

Kelly broke beyond Paul Willemse with the intensity of the 10,000 crowd matched on the pitch

Kelly broke beyond Paul Willemse with the intensity of the 10,000 crowd matched on the pitch

Kelly broke beyond Paul Willemse with the intensity of the 10,000 crowd matched on the pitch

Nemani Nadal scored a disallowed try as Leicester's pace and power initially looked too much

Nemani Nadal scored a disallowed try as Leicester's pace and power initially looked too much

Nemani Nadal scored a disallowed try as Leicester’s pace and power initially looked too much

Guy Porter was forced off through injury and Leicester would eventually fall short of victory

Guy Porter was forced off through injury and Leicester would eventually fall short of victory

Guy Porter was forced off through injury and Leicester would eventually fall short of victory

A large crowd was welcomed back in the capital after the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions

A large crowd was welcomed back in the capital after the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions

A large crowd was welcomed back in the capital after the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions

Tigers supporters were in full voice but their stars were the victims of Montpellier's comeback

Tigers supporters were in full voice but their stars were the victims of Montpellier's comeback

Tigers supporters were in full voice but their stars were the victims of Montpellier’s comeback