Rugby Union - Trinh-Duc stuns Clermont with last-gasp penalty

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Rugby Union - Trinh-Duc stuns Clermont with last-gasp penalty
Montpellier's French fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc (2nd R) celebrates as Montpellier wins the French Top 14 rugby union match ASM Clermont-Auvergne vs Montpellier on August 29, 2014 at the Marcel Michelin Stadium in Clermont-Ferrand, central France. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD (AFP Photo/JEFF PACHOUD)

- Fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc was the hero as Montpellier gained a shock 21-20 win at Clermont in the French Top 14 on Friday.

Trinh-Duc kicked 18 of the visitors' 21 points with four penalties and two drop-goals.

And it was his final minute strike from just inside the Clermont half that proved decisive.

It was a thrilling comeback from Montpellier, last season's Top 14 semi-finalists, after they trailed by five points following a 10-minute period with 14 men following prop Nicolas Mas's sin-binning.

Having lost their almost five-year-long unbeaten home record in the play-offs at the end of last season -- they fell 22-16 to Castres -- Clermont suffered a second home loss in quick succession.

But they could have few complaints after a performance of little inspiration and not much attacking endeavour either.


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