Australian Jesse Mogg has scored two tries to lead Montpellier to a 26-19 victory over England’s Harlequins in the European Challenge Cup final in France.
Replacement Mogg claimed the only try of the first half on Friday, crossing the line in the corner after a neat passing move by the French team, who secured their first victory in a major European competition.
Three Nick Evans penalties, however, kept Harlequins in the game against a side coached by South African Jake White and the English side trailed 13-9 at halftime.
Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis kicked eight points in the opening period and, after Mogg had caught a high kick to the right corner to grab his second try, the South African converted to stretch Montpellier’s lead to 20-9.
He notched two more penalties for Montpellier, while Marland Yarde’s late try was a mere consolation for Harlequins.
Defeat completed a depressing week for the London club, who were rocked by the death of their young prop Seb Adeniran-Olule in a car crash on Monday.