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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 4
- 19th Oct 2012
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Stade Pierre Antoine
- Att: 9,000
Castres v Northampton - Live
Full-time CASTRES 21-16 NORTHAMPTON
80 Time up on the clock, and last roll of the dice for Northampton. Lamb throws it wide, but it's been called forward by the ref! He blows his whistle... and that's the end of that! An thrilling last passage of play comes to an abrupt end. But Castres won't mind as they celebrate their first win of the Heineken Cup season. The Saints have to settle for a losing bonus point. Thanks for joining us folks. Ciao for now!
78 Are we going to see a comeback victory from Northampton? If they keep ball in hand, it may just happen! Myler again, but he's flirting dangerously with the touchline... ball stays in play, and the home crowd are getting a touch nervous here!
76 Van Velze shows good strength with ball in hand, forcing Castres backwards. He's supported by Lawes who finds a small gap and doesn't need a second invitation to exploit it as he charges 15m upfield.
73 Again, it's Northampton on the attack. The Pisi brothers combine to cause a few headaches out wide for the hosts' back three.
70 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON. The fresh legs only seem to have slowed Castres down a wee bit as the visitors step it up a gear and win a penalty converted by Myler! It's a five-point ball game again folks.21-16
68 Castres also empty their bench - they think they've got this game in the bag and give the subs a run. Off goes Tekori, Lazar, Bai, Mach and Tales...
66 Now Lamb with a drop-goal attempt! Nope, the ball sails wide.
64 Changes for the Saints as Mallinder hits the panic button: : Oakley gets taken off again - this time for good - and Gerrit-Jan van Velze gets a run, Samu Manoa makes way for Mark Sorenson, Lee Dickson replaced by Martin Roberts and props Tonga'uiha and Mujati make way for Alex Waller and Doran-Jones respectively. Get all that?
62 DROP GOAL, CASTRES. The hosts hit back straight away, courtesy of a well-taken drop goal to fly-half Rémi Tales who makes sure Northampton needs to score twice to win it. 21-13!
60 CONVERSION, NORTHAMPTON. Myler adds the extras from bang in front. Just when we thought the Saints were dead and buried, Jim Mallinder's troops come storming back into contention. Just five points the difference now folks! 18-13
59 TRY, NORTHAMPTON. Lamb spots some space, and puts in a chip for George Pisi to chase. Kockott looks to have it under control, but fumbles. Pisi hacks ahead, regathers and runs in for a try under the sticks!
57 Line-out to Castres - they've dominated at this set-piece throughout the match thus far but hooker Brice Mach can't find his man this time and the Saints pinch one.
55 Ken Pisi finally gets put into some space. This guy has pleny of pace and sets off down the touchline, but a last-ditch ankle tap brings the Saints speedster down. Mujati back on the pitch. So off comes Doran-Jones, and on goes Oakley.
53 Now Castres make a few substitutions: Romain Teulet makes way for Marc Andreu, and off comes prop Anton Peikrishvili for Michaël Coetzee.
51 Kockott's conversion attempt from out wide is ... no good! But Castres will be pleased with their lead. 18-6!
50 TRY, CASTRES. The French outfit aren't far away from a penalty try being awarded as the ref is forced to reset another scrum 5m out from Northampton's tryline. This time the ball comes out the back, and Claassen picks up and powers over for a telling try in the corner!
48 Northampton make a change: off comes number eight Rhys Oakley for Paul Doran-Jones while Mujati serves his time on the sideline.
47 Kockott with the ensuing penalty attempt to rub further salt into Mujati's wounds, but the scrum-half fails to raise the flags.
46 YELLOW CARD, MUJATI. Yip, the South African prop is sent to the bin. So the Saints now down to 14 players.
45 Teulet takes at the back for Castres, The full-back decides to have a go - a clever chip over the top, and Teulet regathers well. Castres' support play has been brilliant tonight. But the Saints ill-discipline once again could cost them dearly as Mujati gets called over after taking a player out without the ball.
43 Castres aren't done yet though. Another error from Northampton - this time at line-out time as Hartley's throw-in finds Christophe Samson instead. Again, the Saints having to defend close to their line. The ball spills out for Kockott, who attempts a cheeky drop. But it turned out to be more of a grubber as the ball hits the ref's boot and into the hands of Myler who thumps the ball downfield.
Second half Welcome back! Castres get the second half of this fixture under way, and the visitors are put on the backfoot straight away as Manoa fails to take the kick-off, allowing opposite number Tekori to grab hold of the ball and charge towards the line only for some desperate defence keeping the big man out.
Second half CASTRES 13-6 NORTHAMPTON
40 Lamb thinks about one more attacking play before the break, but is instructed to just kick the ball dead and the ref blows for half-time. Castres looking good... the Saints with some work to do in the second half. See you then!
39 Garvey can't make it, but gets away an inside pass to Iosefa Tekori and the lock is in for the try! No... Garvey put a foot in touch. The flag is up - no try. Big sigh of relief from Northampton...
38 Claassen on the charge once again - he's been everywhere for Castres tonight. He bounces off one tacklers and steps out of another. He can't get through Brian Mujati though, but Castres keep the ball alive and spread it wide to Marcel Garvey who turns on the gas!
36 Myler hoists a high one, chases and loses the ball forward. Kockott though cleans up and replies with a kick of his own.... nobody at the back for Saints, and Castres players give chase but Vasily Artemyev manges to toe the ball into touch.
33 PENALTY, CASTRES. Lawes gets penalised for not rolling away at the tackle point... preventing the ball from coming out for Castres. The ref gives the England lock a warning, and Kockott makes Lawes pay even further with a successful kick at goal. 13-6!
31 Once again, it's the Saints having to defend as Castres prop Mihaita Lazar pops a pass to fellow front-rower Anton Peikrishvili who puts his head down and rumbles forward.
28 Now Teulet has a chance to extend his side's lead back to seven points, but pushes his attempt wide.
25 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON. Yip, Castres were judged to have been offsides in that previous backline move by the Saints. Myler steps up to the tee and slots over another three-pointer for his team. 10-6!
22 Lamb relieves the pressure with a safe touch-finder. Courtney Lawes taps down to Lee Dickson, who fires his pass to Lamb - now the pivot skips out to George Pisi (which could be his first touch of the ball!), Pisi tries to put his brother Ken away, but it's a shocking pass and the ball finds the touch judge instead. The ref has blown his whistle though...
20 Castres on the attack - Marcel Garvey acts as scrum-half after Kockott's sniping run left him buried under a pile of bodies. The wing tries to catch the Saints napping, but runs straight into Samu Manoa. The support comes thick and fast from Castres, but Jannie Bornman gives away a penalty for entering the ruck from the side.
17 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON. Now Castres get pinged for hands in the ruck. It allows Steve Myler a chance to put the Saints on the board with his first penalty shot at goal and the full-back doesn't disappoint. 10-3!
15 Finally, Northampton make their way inside Castres' half. Tom Wood does well to fend off two would-be tacklers, Dylan Hartley in support and makes some hard yards for his team before he's eventually hauled down.
13 PENALTY, CASTRES. Bonnefond on another threatening run. But the Saints make sure to bring him down this time - perhaps a bit too eager though as the ref blows the visitors for offsides. Teulet steps up to add three points! 10-0!
10 The Saints are yet to get out of their half. Castres are really up for this game as number eight Antonie Claassen leaps high to take a line-out. He taps it down to Kockott, who once again turns Saints backwards with another deft kick over the top as the ball rolls into touch just outside Northampton's 22.
7 CONVERSION, CASTRES. Romain Teulet adds the extras. So the hosts take a handy seven-point lead inside the openinig 10 minutes of this Round 2 clash.
6 TRY, CASTRES. The visitors' defence finally cracks as Castres centre Paul Bonnefond touches down for the opening try of the match!
3 The line-out was stolen by the French outfit who have done well to keep the ball alive for nine phases and counting! Northampton having to do all the defending thus far as the hosts continue to pile on the pressure early on.
1 And we're under way! Northampton pivot Lamb kicks off and Castres lock Iosefa Tekori has to juggle the pigskin before eventually gaining control. Rory Kockott with the box kick over the top, setting up an early line-out on half-way.
Team news Ryan Lamb comes into the starting XV, with Stephen Myler switching to full-back in place of James Wilson. The Saints have made a further change on the bench, with Scott Armstrong called into the squad. Castres have made wholesale changes to their line-up, though, including a completely new pack. Mihaita Lazar, Brice Mach, Anton Peikrishvili, Iosefa Tekori, Christophe Samson, Jannie Bornman, Piula Faasalele and Antonie Claassen come in up front - with a further six forwards named on the bench. In the backs, Romain Martial, Paul Bonnefond, Remi Tales and Rory Kockott are handed starts.
Form The Saints are chasing back-to-back wins following their opening round win over Glasgow, while hosts Castres are looking to avoid two defeats on the trot - however Northampton will read little into that result. The Saints suffered a 41-22 away defeat to Castres in last season's competition, while the Top 14 outfit have won 17 of their 26 European games on home soil.
Welcome! Hello and welcome for this Heineken Cup clash between Castres and Northampton at Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse.
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