Planet Rugby

Castres go top in France

23rd October 2009 22:15

Share:

Cameron McIntyre Castres

Cameron McIntyre: Kicked all of Castres' points

Castres ground out a 15-6 win over Bayonne on Friday to go top - for now - of the Top 14, in a match played in a mudbath.

Five penalties from the boot of Cameron McIntyre gave the Tarnats the win, although Bayonne's Benjamin Arrayet missed three shots at goal himself which could have rewarded the home side for their work.

Castres were much better in the second half, holding the ball well in greasy conditions and controlling the game. Bayonne were so limited in their approach that they were booed by their own fans at times, with Craig Gower utterly unwilling to open the game up even when Bayonne were chasing.

The teams were tied 6-6 at the break, with Castres twice taking the lead through McIntyre and twice being pegged back, first through a penalty from Arrayet and then through Craig Gower's drop goal.

Arrayet missed two more kicks as half-time approached and then one more shortly after McIntyre had given Castres the lead for the final time. That third miss seemed to knock the stuffing out of Bayonne, who had clearly planned on kicking their opposition to death.

Two quickfire penaties on the hour mark from McIntyre made the game safe and to add insult to injury, Manny Edmonds missed a late penalty for Bayonne, denying them even a bonus point, but it would have been scarcely deserved.

The scorers:

For Bayonne:
Pen: Arrayet
Drop goal: Gower

For Castres:
Pens: McIntyre 5

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , August 2
Waratahs vs CrusadersWaratahs vs Crusaders Preview
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 26
Crusaders 38 - 6 SharksCrusaders vs Sharks Report
Waratahs 26 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
Brumbies 47 - 25 Western ForceBrumbies vs Western Force Report
Bulls 40 - 7 Melbourne RebelsBulls vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Sunday , July 6
Waratahs 44 - 16 HighlandersWaratahs vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 5
Crusaders 21 - 13 BluesCrusaders vs Blues Report
Western Force 30 - 20 RedsWestern Force vs Reds Report
Stormers 16 - 0 BullsStormers vs Bulls Report
Cheetahs 27 - 20 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 4
Chiefs 24 - 16 HurricanesChiefs vs Hurricanes Report
Lions 34 - 17 Melbourne RebelsLions vs Melbourne Rebels Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 28
South Africa 55 - 6 ScotlandSouth Africa vs Scotland Report
More International Match results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 16 - 9 CrusadersHurricanes vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 39 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Western Force 14 - 40 BluesWestern Force vs Blues Report
Friday , June 27
Highlanders 29 - 25 ChiefsHighlanders vs Chiefs Report
Melbourne Rebels 20 - 36 RedsMelbourne Rebels vs Reds Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 21
Australia 39 - 13 FranceAustralia vs France Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00