Montpellier can breathe and rebound against Racing 92 by winning in a snatch (17-12) against Ile-de-France residents who had a match point in the last moments.
The latter still leave with a defensive bonus point.
The French champion took the opportunity to come back in front of his evening opponent and regain the Top 6.
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With their good draw won at Castres (26-26) last week, it was the Racingmen who approached this meeting with the best intentions.
More precise ball in hand, they got the first chances without however succeeding in being precise in the gestures.
Lauret and Saili came close to scoring, betrayed by handball errors.
We had a difficult first 15 minutes
,” admitted Becognée.
Then the Cistes were more effective, holding the ball longer and winning more collisions.
We lose the ball too quickly, we have to put more volume and keep the ball longer
," confirmed Saint-André, the manager of the MHR.
On a rare major offensive, the champions of France took the advantage by taking advantage of a great breakthrough from Bécognée after a well-negotiated penalty.
Mercer then raised the ball by ejecting it for Willemse, alone to complete the shot (25th).
The two teams then each had chances, without concluding.
Ile-de-France residents lacking success
While Gibert wanted to see his people "finish his shots" and "be fairer", it was the Héraultais who took the game on their own, without taking off following the successive failures of Carbonel (47th, 54th).
However, they managed to block the breakthroughs of Gibert (57th, 58th), before scoring a second try.
After a long action of several minutes, Paenga-Amosa passed on a step for Bouthier who scored in a corner (60th).
Russell, who came into play, brought his people back into the defensive bonus with a penalty obtained on closed scrum (79th).
Despite a final opportunity at the end of regulation time (80 + 6th), Laurent Travers' men lost and remained on a series of three matches without defeat.
Racing will try to recover in its den of Paris La Défense Arena against Harlequins next Sunday (4.15 p.m.), for the return of the Champions Cup where the Ile-de-France residents conceded two defeats in as many games played.
For the MHR, the resumption of the intercontinental competition will take place in Wales, on the Ospreys lawn on Saturday (9 p.m.).