Dec 11, 2015 at 7.30pm UK
Cardiff BluesCardiff Blues
37-27
MontpellierMontpellier
Patchell (1'), Navidi (40', 69'), Williams (43'), Cuthbert (61')
FT
Mackintosh (5'), Nagusa (13'), Malzieu (19'), Geli (76')

Result: Cardiff Blues come from behind to beat Montpellier

Josh Navidi scores two tries as Cardiff Blues come from behind to beat Montpellier 37-27 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Cardiff Blues had to come from behind to secure a 37-27 win over Montpellier in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, aided by two yellow cards for the visitors at Cardiff Arms Park.

The home side made a bright start as Rhys Patchell got the opening try of the night on the board inside the first minute.

Montpellier quickly turned things around, with Jamie Mackintosh, Timoci Nagusa and Julien Malzieu all crossing the line for the French club in a dominant 14-minute spell for the visitors.

Josh Navidi kept Cardiff in the match at half time though, before the visiting side were reduced to 14 men with Bismarck du Plessis sent to the sin bin earlier in the second half, setting up Lloyd Williams for the Blues' third try of the night.

Things got worse for Montpellier though as an offence in the build-up to Williams's try by Robins Tchale-Watchou saw the replacement shown the yellow card, leaving the team two players short.

Montpellier survived without conceding any more points while the two players were off the pitch, but Alex Cuthbert secured the bonus point for Cardiff shortly after, intercepting the ball before running back from inside his own half.

Gethin Jenkins set up Navidi for his second soon after, all but securing the win for the home side, but Montpellier did close the gap late on, as Charles Geli battled over in the final couple of minutes.

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