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Un jeu de trois demis - Beziers et Montpellier

By The Prof
August 22 2003

As we took our seats in the ground we were 'treated' to a range of Europop through the PA system. Then the Beziers squad was introduced to the home fans who must have numbered 2-3000. The biggest cheer from the Quins fans was for Pablo Cardinali who had recently signed for Beziers. The first game started in evening sunshine and very high temperatures, Montpellier were playing in white against Beziers in bright red.

Within moments of the start there was a penalty to Montpellier on the halfway line which, surprisingly, they kicked for goal, 0-3.

This was definitely a pre-season game, it was incredibly error riddled, terrible error followed terrible error for most of the first half until Beziers scored from a rolling maul to leave the half time score 7-3 (these were 20 minute halfs but he first one took 28 minutes - something even Spreadders would have been proud of!)

Five minutes into the second half the game turned Beziers' way, their full back made a great break to score under the posts, it was converted to increase the home side's lead to 14-3. Just minutes later the Beziers outside centre broke through to score, the conversion was good 21-3 8 minutes into the second half.

The rugby continued to be scrappy and error filled until the Beziers number 8 broke and fed the ball to the full back to score the conversion was missed to leave the final score 26-3.

Parts of this game looked like the Keystone Cops vs the Marx Brothers but Beziers certainly looked the better team.

The second game was to be Montpellier v Quins

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