Montgomery defends Perpignan's approach
January 19, 2008
South African star Percy Montgomery felt Perpignan were right to play "boring" rugby in order to reach the Heineken Cup quarter-finals at a rain-sodden Rodney Parade.
But Newport Gwent Dragons coach Paul Turner, who is to sign a new two-year contract during the week, was left annoyed with what he felt was a blatant infringement by a Perpignan man during his team's 27-0 defeat.
Montgomery, who used to play for the Dragons, said: ``It is always difficult playing in the rain when the ball is slippery.
``You want a nice open game but you have to play to the conditions as well.
``So we tried to play it close, tight and boring, which is the way to get a result.
``It's my fourth game back so it is a big plus for me personally but for the team as well, we are just getting better and better each game.''
Montgomery believes Perpignan can be dangerous from now on, adding: ``I think so.
``We have quite a few players coming back from injury as well. I think we can change a few things here and there and try and peak at the right time.''
But while it is onwards and upwards for Perpignan, it is back to domestic Magners League action for the Dragons, who were depleted with a huge number of injuries before the game and saw inspirational captain Colin Charvis limp off after 20 minutes with a knee problem.
Turner, though, had other thoughts on his mind, particularly the second try, a 50-metre interception by centre David Marty which, he thought, should have been a yellow card for Perpignan.
Turner said: ``I thought one of their forwards was out in our back division doing something and they got away with it. Marty run off and scored and that was the game.
``I'm pretty proud of the team in the second half but that decision I thought could have been a (sin) bin and then could have been a try for us.
``I've got to look at the video because I'm absolutely fuming with this. If the perception is that Perpignan should always win, then so be it but we have copped it a couple of times today.
``We tried to play in poor conditions but our re-building starts now. I have put a plan together for the (Dragons) board and that is to bring in a couple of quality players and keep developing our youth as we have been.''