Planet Rugby

Castres grind past Toulouse

21st August 2010 21:34

Share:

Chris Masoe non try

Chris Masoë: The try that should not have been

Castres held on for a 22-16 win over Toulouse in a bone-crunching Top 14 battle at the Stade de la Méditérranée in Béziers on Saturday.

Despite a strong comeback from the European champions, Castres led from start to finish in an error-riddled encounter characterised by a mammoth combat between the respective packs.

Castres raced to a 13-0 lead thanks largely to Kiwi duo Cameron McIntyre and Chris Masoë.

An early drop goal from fly-half McIntyre got the ball rolling after just three minutes.

The game's first try came from number eight Masoë, who used his power to barge over after McIntyre had bust through the Toulouse defence and timed his off-load to perfection. Masoë dropped the ball in the act of diving over but referee Christophe Berdos failed to ask the TMO to have a look, much to the Toulousains' disgust.

Full-back Romain Teulet added the conversion and a penalty to give the host a healthy advantage 13-3 at half time which was a fair reflection of their territorial advantage.

After the break, young Toulouse fly-half Jean-Marc Doussain added two more penalties to his first-half effort to reduce the gap but Teulet replied in kind to restore the hosts' ten-point lead going into the final quarter.

Teulet looked to have sealed the game for Castres with his fourth penalty but Toulouse bounced back when Vilimoni Delasau broke down the touchline, the cavalry arrived and pushed replacement lock Sylvain Nicolas over to leave the scores at 22-16 with ten minutes left.

It was all Toulouse in the closing stages, but the seventeen-time French champs were unable to break down the courageous Castres defence and will have to settle for a losing bonus point.

The scorers

For Castres:
Try: Masoë
Con: Teulet
Pens: Teulet 4
Drop: McIntyre

For Toulouse:
Try: Nicolas
Con: Bézy
Pens: Doussain 3

Castres 15 Romain Teulet, 14 Romain Martial, 13 Romain Cabannes, 12 Seremaia Baï, 11 Yoan Audrin, 10 Cameron McIntyre, 9 Alexandre Albouy (c), 8 Chris Masoë, 7 Yannick Caballero, 6 Ibrahim Diarra, 5 Matthias Rolland, 4 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Mathieu Bonello, 1 Yannick Forestier.
:Remplacements : 16 Benjamin Kayser 17 Kirill Koulemine 18 Jannie Bonrman 19 Pierre-Emmanuel Garcia 20 Florian Denos 21 Sebastien Tillous-Borde 22 Michael Coetzee

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Yann David, 12 Florian Fritz, 11 Cedric Heymans, 10 Jean-Marc Doussain, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Shaun Sowerby, 7 Theirry Dusautoir (c), 6 Gregory Lamboley, 5 Romain Millo-Chluski, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Census Johnston, 2 William Servat, 1 jean-Baptiste Poux.
:Remplacements : 16 Virgil Lacombe, 17 Benoit Lecouls, 18 Sylvain Nicolas, 19 Jean Bouilhou , 20 Remi Lamerat, 21 Nicolas Bezy, 22 Vilimoni Delasau, 23 Daan Human.

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
New Zealand vs Australia08:35
Argentina vs South Africa20:40
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Top 14
Friday , August 22
Toulouse vs CastresToulouse vs Castres Preview
Saturday , August 23
Brive vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Toulon vs La Rochelle18:30
Bordeaux-Begles vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Montpellier vs Grenoble18:30
Bayonne vs Oyonnax18:30
Stade Francais vs Lyon20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , August 22
Pumas vs GriquasPumas vs Griquas Preview
Saturday , August 23
Blue Bulls vs Eastern Province Kings15:00
Western Province vs Lions17:05
Sharks vs Cheetahs19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Friday , August 22
Waikato vs CanterburyWaikato vs Canterbury Preview
Hawkes Bay vs TaranakiHawkes Bay vs Taranaki Preview
Saturday , August 23
Northland vs Wellington14:35
Counties Manukau vs Otago16:35
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu vs Auckland14:35
Bay Of Plenty vs Tasman16:35
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato vs Taranaki19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Thursday , August 21
North Harbour 21 - 25 Southland
Sunday , August 17
Tasman 35 - 15 Hawkes BayTasman vs Hawkes Bay Report
Northland 23 - 28 Manawatu
More ITM Cup results
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 16
Australia 12 - 12 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
South Africa 13 - 6 ArgentinaSouth Africa vs Argentina Report
More Rugby Championship results
Top 14
Clermont Auvergne 30 - 26 GrenobleClermont Auvergne vs Grenoble Report
Montpellier 16 - 19 Racing Metro ParisMontpellier vs Racing Metro Paris Report
Toulouse 20 - 19 Oyonnax
Bordeaux-Begles 18 - 9 Lyon
Brive 37 - 15 La Rochelle
Castres 22 - 25 Stade Francais
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Lions 60 - 19 Eastern Province KingsLions vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Cheetahs 34 - 27 GriquasCheetahs vs Griquas Report
Western Province 41 - 17 Blue BullsWestern Province vs Blue Bulls Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Otago 28 - 14 North Harbour
Wellington 25 - 37 WaikatoWellington vs Waikato Report
Canterbury 48 - 9 AucklandCanterbury vs Auckland Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Friday , August 15
Bayonne 15 - 29 ToulonBayonne vs Toulon Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Sharks 34 - 17 PumasSharks vs Pumas Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Southland 34 - 23 Bay Of Plenty
Thursday , August 14
Taranaki 9 - 9 Counties ManukauTaranaki vs Counties Manukau Report
More ITM Cup results
Currie Cup
Saturday , August 9
Griquas 24 - 31 SharksGriquas vs Sharks Report
Pumas 28 - 21 CheetahsPumas vs Cheetahs Report
Lions 41 - 13 Blue BullsLions vs Blue Bulls Report
Friday , August 8
Eastern Province Kings 16 - 35 Western ProvinceEastern Province Kings vs Western Province Report
More Currie Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00