Top 14 Orange
Montpellier out to continue final dream
ESPNscrum Staff
May 28, 2011
Montpellier prop Juan Figallo is wrestled to the floor, Racing Metro v Montpellier, Top 14, Stade Yves du Maoir, Colombes, France, January 2, 2011
Montpellier prop Juan Figallo comes in for some close attention from Racing © Getty Images
Related Links
Tournaments/Tours: Top 14 Orange

Racing Metro will continue their bid for a first French title since 1990 with a Top 14 semi-final against Montpellier on Saturday, with their rivals bidding for a first trip to a season finale.

Fabien Galthie's Montpellier have been the surprise package this season and bloodied Racing's nose back in August, with a first-half blitz setting up a 36-19 victory.

Racing responded with a 28-16 win on their own track and will have enjoyed their week off while Montpellier battle to a one-point win over Castres in the first round of play-off matches.

Racing Metro - Player to Watch: Fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski has been arguably the best playmaker in the league this season, keep an eye on him to see if he can fire a message to France coach Marc Lievremont, who overlooked him for their Rugby World Cup squad.

Racing Metro - Team News: Sebastien Chabal returns on the bench after having a suspension for criticising referees reduced, while in the back-row, Jacques Cronje starts at No.8. France international Benjamin Fall is at fullback, with Frans Steyn at inside-centre.

Montpellier - Player to Watch: Winger Martin Bustos Moyana is a points machine, knowing both the way to the try-line and how to punish sides from the kicking tee.

Montpellier - Team News: France fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc will steer the ship, with classy Pumas midfielder Santiago Fernandez also tasked with finding a spark. Fulgence Ouedraogo provides pace from the back-row while No.8 Mamuka Gorgodze will carry tirelessly.

Key Battle: Wisniewski v Trinh-Duc will be a cracker as the Montpellier fly-half looks to outdo his rival in the playmaking battle - he will hope to have Racing backpedalling.

Trivia: Montpellier are one of the younger sides in European rugby, having been founded in 1986 following a merger between Stade MontpelliƩrain and MUC Rugby.

Stats: Montpellier have outscored Racing five tries to four across their two games this season - both big home wins.

Quote Unquote:

"This weekend, you have a heavyweight semi-final, Tyson-Holyfield, and another weight, Pacquiao-Mayweather." - Racing Metro coach Pierre Berbizier

"The goal is to have no regrets now, to play boldly and take our chance." - Montpellier's Benjamin Thiery

Prediction: Racing have been set up for days like this and with a favourable draw, should make the final that they crave.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.