Cape Town - Western Province on Thursday lost 24-7 to a star-studded Montpellier line-up in the final game of their French tour in Millau.
Montpellier, who fielded a team featuring five Springboks and one All Black in the starting XV, scored two tries in each half, with Western Province managing one try of their own in a physical encounter.
The early exchanges were tense, with the first casualty coming when Western Province hooker Ramone Samuels was forced to leave the field with a knee injury.
The first try came from a lineout drive, with Montpellier hooker Bismarck du Plessis crashing over from a maul and fullback Johan Goosen adding the conversion on the 20-minute mark.
Montpellier added a second try just before half-time, with right wing Vincent Martin put over by centre Frans Steyn. The conversion from Goosen saw the French side take a 14-0 advantage into the half-time break.
Western Province got on the scoreboard early in the second half with a try from hooker Scarra Ntubeni which was converted by fullback SP Marais to cut Montpellier’s lead to 14-7.
The French side would be next to strike however, with centre Yvan Reilhac dotting down to restore the 14-point advantage with just over 10 minutes left.
Montpellier would have the final say when replacement Konstantin Mikautadze scored three minutes from time to seal the win.
Tries: Bismarck du Plessis, Vincent Martin, Yvan Reilhac, Konstantin Mikautadze
Conversions: Johan Goosen (3)
Try: Scarra Ntubeni
Conversion: SP Marais
15 Johan Goosen, 14 Vincent Martin, 13 Yvan Reilhac, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Gabriel N’Gandebe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Martin Devergie, 7 Julien Bardy, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg (captain), 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Nico Janse van Rensburg, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Grégory Fichten
Substitutes: 16 Vincent Guidicelli, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Julien Le Devedec, 19 Kévin Kornath, 20 Henry Immelman, 21 Timoci Nagusa, 22 Enzo Sanga, 23 Levan Chilachava, 24 Romain Ruffenach, 25 Konstantin Mikautadze, 26 Thomas Darmon, 27 Julien Tomas, 28 Antoine Guillamon
15 SP Marais, 14 Craig Barry, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Dillyn Leyds (captain), 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Chris Massyn, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Ali Vermaak
Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Chad Solomon, 21 Johan du Toit, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Josh Stander, 24 Paul de Wet, 25 Dan du Plessis, 26 Duncan Saal