Sextons kicks Leinster to draw with Montpellier

Johnny Sexton converted an injury-time penalty for Leinster as they salvaged a  draw in their Heineken Cup Pool 3 opener against Montpellier in France.

Montpellier Leinster
1 Tries 1
1 from 1 Conversion goals 1 from 1
3 from 3 Penalty goals 3 from 4
100.0% Kick at goal success 80.0%
0 Dropped goals 0
25 Kicks from hand 25
77 Passes 168
67 Runs 136
269 Metres run with ball 433
2 Clean breaks 3
11 Defenders beaten 10
3 Offloads 10
52 from 55 (94.55%) Rucks won 111 from 120 (92.50%)
14 Turnovers conceded 12
146 Tackles 64
10 Missed tackles 11
93.59% Tackling success rate 85.33%
Set pieces
7 won, 0 lost Scrums on own feed 7 won, 1 lost
100.0% Scrum success rate 87.5%
10 won, 0 lost Lineouts on own throw 12 won, 0 lost
100.0% Lineout success rate 100.0%
9 Penalties conceded 9
0/0 Yellow/red cards 0/0

Montpellier 16 – 16 Leinster FT
80min (L) Sexton – penalty goal
67min (L) Sexton – conversion
65min (L) Cronin – try
64min (L) Sexton – Missed penalty goal
56min (M) F Trinh-Duc – penalty goal
26min (M) Paillaugue – penalty goal
23min (M) Paillaugue – conversion
22min (M) Ouedraogo – try
16min (L) Sexton – penalty goal
5min (L) Sexton – penalty goal
3min (M) Paillaugue – penalty goal
79min played

Live Commentary
80min Sexton kicks the penalty and gets the draw for Leinster.
79min Montpellier give away a penalty, its a tough kick but Sexton should be hitting it.
78min Leinster win a scrum.
77min Leinster six metres from the try line going through the phases.
76min Leinster win a throw inside the Montpellier 22
75min Amazing defence by Montpellier, Leinster are all the way back on the half way line. Leinster scrum on the 10m line.
74min Leinster inches from the try line.
73min They go for the corner and the win.
72min Leinster win a penalty.
71min Leinster only metres from the French try line. They are putting huge pressure on Montpellier now.
69min Good kick by Sexton down to eight metres from the French try line.
67min Sexton kicks the conversion, only three in it now.
65min Stunning play by Sean Cronin who runs twenty metres to score a try.
64min Sexton misses the penalty.
63min Great pressure by Leinster, they win a throw in the same place and win a penalty.
62min Great kick from Sexton, Montpellier throw seven metres from their own line.
60min Montpellier throw on the Leinster 22.
59min Leinster attacking on the French 22. But they give away a penalty.
56min F Trinh-Duc kicks the French side into a ten point lead.
55min Montpellier only inches from scoring a try, they are going through the phases. They win a penalty.
53min Redden comes on for Boss, Leinster need quicker ball.
52min Leinster getting destroyed in the break down, Montpellier are winning everything.
51min Leinster win a scrum on the French 10m line.
50min Sexton knocks on, very poor play.
49min Kearney attacking on half way.
47min Montpellier give away a scrum on half way.
46min Leinster give away a penalty for holding on.
46min Good play from Boss and Sexton, Leinster 15 metres from the try line.
45min Poor clearance, Leinster attacking on the 10m line.
44min Stunning kick from Sexton into the bottom corner, its a throw for Montpellier ten yards from their try line.
43min Leinster win a penalty and Sexton kicks it to the half way line.
42min Montpellier got up five yards from the Leinster line, but luckily for they blues they knocked on.
41min Second half underway, its going to be a tough challenge for Leinster.
40min Comes to nothing though and ball goes out of play for half time
39min Nearly half time, Leinster have a line out near half way and attack with ball in hand, some lovely passing
37min Montpellier nearly get through there, some good defensive work the clearance falls to a Leinster man knock on Montpellier scrum
36min Montpellier manage to clear their lines and are now in the Leinster half
32min Montpellier scrum in their own 22
31min Nacewa spills posession just outside the Montpellier line, get out of jail card there for home side
28min Leinster get a penalty after Montpellier don’t roll away, they kick for touch
26min Thats a lovely kick, Paillaugue looks a decent kicker
26min Penalty Montpellier, a chance to extend their lead, its a good bit out
25min Leinster are in shock after that, they had bounced back from some pressure and were getting into the game
23min Easily converted Montpellier lead 10-6 and all from a Leinster attack
22min The ball is spilled and Montpellier break, its a TRY for Ouedraogo under the posts! Nacewa tip through intercepted and the home side break away
21min D’arcy breaks for Leinster and the ball ends up with Fitzgeralds who goes on a mazy run, Leinster in the 22
18min Trinh Duc with a break for Montpellier from the restart, he gets to the 22 but some good tackles stops him
16min Sexton with his second of the day and Leinster lead 6-3
14min Pressure has been relieved as Leinster win a penalty and clear their lines
10min Montpellier are determined to attack today and not just make up the numbers, good Leinster defence
5min Jonny Sexton levels matters with a penalty for Leinster after Paillaugue opened the scoring for the home side
1min Sexton gets us underway here in France
0min Its a very tough opening match for the Heineken cup champions Leinster.

Team News
Montpellier: L Amorosino; T Nagusa, G Doumayrou, S Fernandez, Y Audrin; F Trinh-Duc, B Paillaugue; N Leleimalefaga, A Creevy, M Bustos; M Demarco, T Privat; F Ouedraogo, M Gorgodze, M Matadigo.

Replacements: R jansen van vuuren, M Nariashvili, G Jgenti, D Hancke, R Martin, J Tomas, P Bosch, M Bustos Moyano

Leinster: R Kearney; I Nacewa, F McFadden, G D’Arcy, L Fitzgerald; J Sexton, I Boss; H van der Merwe, R Strauss, M Ross; L Cullen, D Browne; K McLaughlin, S O’Brien, J Heaslip.

Replacements: S Cronin, J McGrath, N White, D Toner, S Jennings, E Reddan, I Madigan, E O’Malley.

Leinster begin their defence of their Heineken Cup crown this Saturday when they travel to face competition newcomers Montpellier in the Stade de la Mosson, kick off 1.30pm.

Joe Schmidt will be able to select from a full squad, minus of course Brian O’Driscoll. Schmidt welcomed back most of his front liners in the win against Munster and will no doubt select a strong side in what will be a vital game to build momentum in the competition.

Last year’s success was built on a high intensity platform. All throughout the competition Leinster played a fast running game coupled with some furious defending. That potent combination served them well mix that in with the experience of that come from behind win against Northampton in the final, Leinster have a pool of confidence and experience to draw on.

The most interesting aspect of the game will how Leinster will cope without their inspiration number 13. Not having O’Driscoll in the team could impact hugely on Leinster. He has been their go to guy on so many occasions down the years. Even his presence in the team gives them an extra 10/15%.

Fergus McFadden, who is expected to take the 13 jersey, has a golden chance to put down his marker this weekend. Gifted with pace and a eye for the line, McFadden could be the heir apparent in the centre for Leinster, Montpellier is his first test.

While they haven’t started off the Top 14 with a bang Montpellier will be no push over for Leinster on Saturday. Fabien Galthie’s side made it through to the quarter-final stage of the Amlin Challenge Cup last season and welcome back a number of front line internationals to their lineup.

This is their first venture into the Heineken Cup and that lack of experience of playing at such a level could very well count against the French side, even more so when it is the reigning champs coming to your front door.

If Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip et al get on the front foot and silence what is sure to be a fired up and passionate home crowd, then they, along with the boot of Jonny Sexton, can get Leinster off to the prefect start as they look to put back to back Heineken Cup campaigns together. Leinster to win.


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