Cardiff Blues 24 - 35 Montpellier

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Cardiff Arms Park

Date: 09/12/2012 KO: 12:45

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Cardiff Blues

PenaltiesPatchell (3, 12, 22, 34, 42, 69, 70)Drop GoalsPatchell (28)

24
vs
35

Montpellier

TriesBerard (30) Gorgodze (64) Nagusa (78)ConversionsPaillaugue (31)PenaltiesPaillaugue (9, 17, 25, 39, 63, 73)

FT (ht: 15-19)

  • Last Updated: December 9 2012, 17:58 GMT

Post-match reaction to Montpellier's 35-24 victory over Cardiff Blues.

Lewis Jones of Cardiff kicks for touch
Lewis Jones of Cardiff kicks for touch

Cardiff director of rugby Phil Davies suggested he may look to appeal any suspension handed down to Lloyd Williams after the scrum-half's red card in the 35-24 Heineken Cup defeat to Montpellier at the Arms Park.

The injury-ravaged Blues were leading 9-6 after 25 minutes of a scrappy encounter when Wales international Williams was dismissed for a tip tackle on opposite number Benoit Paillaugue after the ball had squirted out of a Cardiff scrum.

The home crowd howled their derision at referee John Lacey, but the official appeared to have been left with little choice after Williams lifted Paillaugue before swinging him around and landing him on the back of his neck.

Williams will now face an ERC disciplinary hearing this week where he will discover whether he will serve a ban for his tackle.

The low end entry point for a dangerous tackle is two weeks, with the high end being a suspension of 10 weeks or more.

Davies, who praised the battling qualities shown by his young side after being reduced to 14 men, admitted it had looked a bad tackle, but was unsure the right call had been made.

"It was a bit of a rustic challenge, I think we will contest it but we will have to have a look at it," he said.

"I am not sure it was the right decision.

"It was unfortunate, in the last few weeks Lloyd has been playing really well, but aside from that I thought the way we adjusted and played after that, considering the age of some of the players out there, and the way we played to come back into the game was really pleasing.

"A couple of loose kicks cost us and we did not go through the phases down in their half often enough to get extra penalties or even potentially score a try, but overall the effort and determination was fantastic."

Montpellier coach Fabien Galthie, however, was in no doubt referee Lacey had made the correct decision after seeing his side win away from home for the first time in the competition.

He said: "The red card was important, it changed the face of the game.

"After that the referee penalised us a lot because he wanted to equalise the game.

"But the law is the law. The player knows the law and he has to respect it. It would have been the same for us.

"It is a dangerous tackle that deserved a red card."

A third Pool Six defeat in a row ends the Blues' Heineken Cup aspirations for another year, but there was a major positive in the performance of 19-year-old fly-half Rhys Patchell.

Patchell, making his first Heineken Cup start, kicked all of Cardiff's points as he landed seven out of eight penalty attempts and a drop goal in an astute performance that showed maturity beyond his years.

However, it proved in vain as Pierre Berard, Mamuka Gorgodze and Timoci Nagusa all crossed for Montpellier, with the classy Paillaugue kicking 20 points.

But Davies was full of praise for the teenager.

"He did play well. Overall, for a guy who is 19, he was outstanding," he said.

"We just have to nurture and look after him a bit, this was his first Heineken Cup start.

"Rhys stood out because of his maturity, his goal-kicking is excellent and his kicking out of hand is pretty good too. He is one for the future but we have to look after him.

"He has a great temperament, a great skill set and a fantastic work ethic so he has all the ingredients to be a top player, and fortunately we have got him for a number of years."


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