South African centre Francois Steyn and Fiji winger Nemani Nadolo grabbed two tries apiece as coach Vern Cotter masterminded Montpellier’s 28-24 win over his former club Clermont on Sunday.
New Zealander Cotter coached Clermont to the 2010 Top 14 title as well as the 2013 European Cup final before taking over the Scotland job in 2014.
But there was no room for goodwill on Sunday as Montpellier went second in the table, a point behind leaders Lyon, while defending champions Clermont are fifth from bottom after a fifth defeat of the season.
Clermont had been on course for victory when they led 24-10 early in the second period before Steyn and Nadolo scored tries in the 52nd and 58th minutes to add to their scores in the first half.
“It was hard,” said Cotter of his emotions. “When I got off the bus and saw all the Clermont fans, there was a bit of fun.
“But as soon as I was involved the match, I only thought about the game.”
Stade Francais remain fourth from bottom after losing 20-19 to Brive who moved off the foot of the table.
Stade should have won the match when Steevy Cerqueira crossed for his team’s third try two minutes from time.
However, fly-half Jules Plisson missed the conversion and then went wide with a drop goal.
“It’s so cruel because we had the chance to score at the end, but I didn’t do it,” admitted Plisson.
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