Namibian excels in French upset

Former Griffons flyhalf Andre Hough led French club Albi to a shock 21-18 win over Bourgoin at the Stade Municipal on Wednesday.

The Namibian kicked seven penalties to claim all the points for his newly promoted side, as they continued their bright start in the Top 14 with a second famous win. Hough was subsequently named Man of the Match for his efforts.

The Albi pack dominated the visitors’ forwards, forcing them to concede six penalties in the first half which Hough goaled from various field positions. Hough knocked over the match-winner late in the second half, claiming the win in a thrilling finish to a very tight game.

This is the second game in which Hough has led his club to victory, as he kicked 14 points in Albi’s 24-14 opening win against Bayonne.

The 23-year-old flyhalf scored 155 points for the Griffons in last year’s Absa Currie Cup. Since being overlooked for a contract with one of the bigger unions in this country, he has now joined the ever-growing number of South Africans playing their rugby in France.

Albi: Penalties: André Hough (7)
Bourgoin: Tries: Guillaume Bousses, Mickaël Forest. Conversion: Benjamin Boyet. Penalties: Boyet (2).