Castres wins ahead of Toulouse and wins its ticket for the final of the Top 14

As usual, eye-catching, united, solid on impact and mentally strong, the Castres, led from the 2nd minute until the 43rd, then from the 60th to the 70th, were realistic, as evidenced by the 14 points in the foot of Argentinian international fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta, man of the match. The Toulousans had several chances to win at the end of the game but were too imprecise and clumsy to hope to win.

Taken cold by Toulouse’s first recovery in an overheated Allianz Riviera and the sharp inspiration of winger Matthis Lebel (2nd) cutting the defense as he would with a clod of butter, then left behind by a goal from Ramos (17th , 10-0), the Castres came back little by little in this semi-final. Imprecise, feverish, uninspired in attack, they took advantage of the precision of their striker Benjamin Urdapilleta (21st, 27th), then put pressure on the Toulouse defense without however managing to score anything other than a third goal (40th, 9- 10) despite six highlights between the 32nd and the break with a try justly refused to Palis (39th).

In the second half, the start from Castres was lively and invigorating. The elusive Uruguayan scrum-half Santiago Arata planted the try (43rd, 16-10) by extending his arm from an invigorated CO who took the lead in the score. But, outnumbered, the Toulouse continued to fuel their attack and Romain Ntamack rushed in an interval to score in a corner (47th, 16-15). The Toulousains took the lead in the score (60th, 16-18) but their striker missed the target in the distance, facing the posts (73rd).

The Castres, them, dominated the last minutes and with a skimming pass, Benjamin Urdapilleta served Nakosi who put inside his back Julien Dumora (77th, 24-18). With this success, Castres Olympique will face at the Stade de France in the final next Friday (8:45 p.m.) the winner of the other semi-final which will oppose Saturday (9:05 p.m.) and still Nice Montpellier and Bordeaux-Bègles.

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The number of yellow cards inflicted on Toulouse. In the 22nd against second-line Rory Arnold (dangerous tackle), in the 38th against hooker Julien Marchand (anti-game).

The player: Benjamin Urdapilleta takes his foot

He did not score a try, unlike his vis-à-vis Romain Ntamack (47th), but Benjamin Urdapilleta, in full maturity (36 years old), weighed on the final result. With his four penalty goals and the transformation of Santiago Arata’s try (43rd). Also with two judicious foot passes: a lob for Geoffrey Palis (39th) who saw his try refused by the video arbitration and, instead of the drop-goal that everyone imagined, a “shaving” millimeter for the winger Nakosi which led to the winning try, that of Julien Dumora (77th).

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