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