Stephen Myler kicks Northampton Saints to thrilling victory

Harry Mallinder helped set-up a try for Northampton team-mate Calum Clark
Harry Mallinder helped set-up a try for Northampton team-mate Calum Clark

Northampton Saints 16-14 Montpellier, Franklin's Garden

Fly-half Stephen Myler held his nerve to kick a last-minute penalty as Northampton Saints edged out Montpellier by 16-14 in the European Champions Cup encounter at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.

Northampton Saints had a dream start when Calum Clark scored the opening try in the second minute while Myler added the conversion and few minutes later with a penalty took the home to a 10-0 lead.

But Montpellier clawed their way back into the game with centre Frans Steyn's touchdown in the 34th minute after Ben Botica's penalty. Northampton Saints managed a slender two-point lead heading into the half-time.

With both teams making a lot of errors, the onus was on their respective fly-halves to make it count, and Myler did exactly that adding another three-pointer in the 48th minute to take the lead to five points.

However, Steyn, who took in charge of the kicking duty in the second half, kicked two penalties in a span of nine minutes to take a one-point lead for Montpellier.

With the momentum keeping on shifting, scrum-half Nic White failed to cross over for the visitors at the closing stage which could have sealed the game for them. Instead, Myler kept calm and took Northampton past the winning line with a penalty in the 80th minute.


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