Castres hold on against Toulon

Date published: November 8 2014

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Castres moved off the bottom of the Top 14 as they held off Toulon for a 22-14 win at Pierre Antoine.

Castres moved off the bottom of the Top 14 as they held off Toulon for a 22-14 win at Pierre Antoine.

Rodrigo Capo Ortega and Romain Cabannes went over in the first half, before Sitiveni Sivivatu’s second-half score.

But after the former All Black was sin-binned with quarter of an hour remaining, David Smith scored two tries to bring Toulon back into it.

They couldn’t add to those though, and in the end Castres hung on as they moved out of the relegation spots, at least temporarily.

Toulon had threatened to forfeit the game earlier in the week with their front row beset with injuries and international call-ups, although Castres were in a similar position with just two professional props available.

The French champions also lost James O’Connor just before kick-off, meaning Eric Escande came into the starting lineup at fly-half.

Castres had the better of the game early on though, with tighthead Fran

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