Castres brings down the holder!

After a real showdown, Castres won against Toulouse (24-18) in the first semi-final of the Top 14 and brought down the defending champion.

Castres did not finish first in the regular season for nothing! Pierre-Henry Broncan’s players justified their status during a titanic first semi-final of the Top 14 against Toulouse on the lawn of the Allianz Riviera, in Nice. A meeting that the reigning French champions took the right way with Matthis Lebel as an accelerator. After a first breakthrough stopped five meters from the line in the first minute of play, the Rouge-et-Noir winger found the fault in the following 60 seconds. Ultimately, Matthis Lebel made his burst of speed speak to deceive the Castres defense and flatten the first try of the match very early. A possession game was then set up but the defense of the CO held firm against the flashes of the Toulouse individuals. It was then the scorers who stood out. But, if Thomas Ramos launched the movement shortly after the quarter of an hour of play, we especially saw Benjamin Urdapilleta. Indeed, Ugo Mola’s players were far too undisciplined, which first earned Rory Arnold a yellow card.

Toulouse has played its card

The latter was sanctioned for a tackle which resulted in contact with his shoulder with the head of Filipo Nakosi, with extenuating circumstances which made him avoid the direct red card. After a second success at the foot of the Castres striker, it was Julien Marchand who left his teammates at fourteen for the last two minutes of the first act and the start of the second. The hooker of the Haute-Garonne club was sanctioned for an anti-play fault in a ruck. In stride, on the siren, Benjamin Urdapilleta brought the CO back to a short length when returning to the locker room. If the start of the first period was Toulouse, that of the second was Castrese. Indeed, less than three minutes after the resumption, Santiago Arata made the Tarn supporters stand up. The scrum half, opportunistic, lifted a ball out of the ruck before relaxing to flatten on the line. Toulouse’s response was almost immediate and came from Romain Ntamack. The international fly-half, by dint of trying, ended up finding a flaw in the Castres defensive curtain and rushed into it to bring his team back to one point, Thomas Ramos leaving the transformation on the way.

Castres made his collective speak

The two teams then began to open the benches without changing the situation. At the hour mark, following a foul from the CO in the scrum, Thomas Ramos did not shake against the posts to give Toulouse two lengths ahead. An ascendant that only lasted ten minutes. Indeed, Benjamin Urdapilleta did not tremble to restore control to his training but also saw Thomas Ramos miss the target three minutes later when the penalty 45 meters in front of the posts seemed within reach. The Toulouse then tried everything for everything but without success and they especially saw Castres seal the fate of the match. Three minutes from the siren, then in a drop position, Julien Dumora saw Benjamin Urdapilleta change the game plan and shift Filipo Nakosi to the foot on the left wing. The latter then served on a plateau his back to go to the test. The transformation missed by the Argentinian striker gave Toulouse a small chance to snatch victory but yet another foul from Thibaud Flament put an end to the suspense. Four years after their fourth league title, Castres Olympique won (24-18) and gave themselves the right to dream of a new Bouclier de Brennus. The Toulousains, after having seen the Champions Cup fly away in the semi-finals, end the season without the slightest trophy.

Friday, June 17, 2022
Castres (1) – Toulouse (4): 24-18

Saturday, June 18, 2022
9:05 p.m.: Montpellier (2) – Bordeaux-Begles (3)

Friday June 24, 2022 (at the Stade de France)
8:45 p.m.: Castres (1) – Montpellier (2) or Bordeaux-BΓ¨gles (3)

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