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Castres v Ulster - Live
Full-time Castres 8-9 Ulster
80 Ulster grinding out the clock, Henry with another carry on a fine afternoon for the Ireland international. Ulster with another scrum as we go into injury time. Knocked on by Diack but it doesn't matter - Ulster win in Castres. Hard-fought spectacle, far from a classic but Ulster got what they needed and will now wait to see if they have a home quarter-final.
78 Home crowd unhappy with the refereeing at the breakdown, as Lacrampe knocks on. Time running out for the hosts.
76 Ulster lineout leads to a maul on halfway - knocked on though and Marcel Garvey is out after a blow to the head. Play stopped.
75 Henry with another steal - nice offload from Trimble and Ulster have a penalty 40 metres out. Pienaar going for goal... he curls it but the power isn't there.
73 Solid scrum and Wallace clears, finding a good touch on the Castres ten metre line.
72 Ball goes forward with Henry doing the work in the tackle, scrum to Ulster.
71 Power from Ulster, the pack working hard to make metres in Castres territory. Jackson dummies and is through but his pass is intercepted by Andreu, who clears deep. Trimble takes the ball but is turned over and Castres have an overlap down the right.
70 Castres charged down in their own 22 but recover the ball, Tales getting the ball away.
69 Gilroy with another brilliant kick for Ulster, Castres right back near their own try line.
66 Castres pin Ulster back into their 22, Andreu with the kick. Ulster's lineout has struggled and does so again as Castres steal the ball. Loose ball at the ruck and Ulster break through Best, then Wallace. Thumped downfield and it trickles into touch inside the Castres 22.
63 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 8-9 Ulster find space down the left and Lazar goes offside. Pienaar steps up and gives them the lead.
61 Castres scrum on the edge of their 22 - Bernard with the clearance. Gilroy with an excellent touchfinder pinning the hosts back.
60 Ulster on the attack through Court, Cave cutting into the 22. Henry finds Jackson in space but Castres turn the ball over through Lamerat. Bernard finds touch.
58 Optimistic long-range drop goal attempt by Tales falls wide so Ulster will drop out. Wannenburg runs the ball back - loose ball is picked by Garvey and Castres start again. Andreu knocks on and Gilroy clears.
57 Castres break down the left and Andreu takes a high tackle from Cave, play stopped. Penalty to Castres who go for touch. They win the lineout five metres out, powerful drive goes to ground. Diack turns the ball over and Pienaar clears.
56 Kockott off for Castres and Marshall off for Ulster - Gilroy up from full-back but is well tackled. Ulster unable to recycle and Castres will have the scrum.
54 Henderson loses the ball in the tackle and Kockott counter down the left. Loose from both sides and Kockott chips into space, a fine kick landing in the corner of the Ulster 22.
53 Castres just about escape at the scrum but after attacking down the left the ball flies into touch, Evans' pass misjudged.
52 Ulster work the choke tackle from the restart and win the scrum. Gilroy bursts down the right from full-back - before Cave attacks down the left-hand side. Forward by Diack in the tackle, scrum Castres.
51 Ulster finally make a lineout work but then Marshall is penalised for obstruction in midfield. Kockott lines up a huge 58 metres kick with the wind behind him... has the legs but it falls wide to the left.
49 Castres lineout clicks, Bai charges up but Henry is straight over him on the ground and Ulster win the penalty. Pienaar fluffs his kick to touch but Garvey touches the line as he takes it, Ulster lineout.
47 Ulster lineout is fumbled by Marshall, scrum to Castres. Tales spins out of the tackle and Ulster infringe at the breakdown, Castres penalty.
46 More trouble at the scrum for Forestier as Ulster win another penalty, the prop duly is replaced by Taumoepeau.
45 Castres once again build the phases but lose the ball - this time going forward in the tackle as the crowd start to get agitated.
44 Home side win the lineout on halfway. Tales chips over the top and Lamerat bundles Marshall into touch.
42 Castres fully on the attack deep in Ulster's half, however Faasalele is penalised for holding on after good work from John Afoa. Pienaar relieves the pressure.
40 Tales gets the second half started for Castres, the home side leading by two.
Half-time Castres 8-6 Ulster
40 Kockott's box kick comes forward off Garvey. Ulster scrum with another huge drive but Owens decides to reset. Penalty comes and Pienaar looks to give Ulster the lead... his kick is wide though and that will be half-time. Castres lead with Ulster dominating the scrum but behind on the scoreboard.
37 Long pass from Kockott is dropped by Wannenburg in the Ulster half after Tales charged down Pienaar's kick. Ulster clear.
35 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 8-6 Easy for Pienaar who brings Ulster within two points. Crucial five minute period coming up before half-time.
34 Ulster's lineout really struggling, Samson with a steal for the hosts who drive clear through a rolling maul. Penalty though for obstruction and Pienaar will have a simple shot at goal.
32 Ball somehow stays infield but comes off a Castres hand into touch - lineout to Ulster in the 22. Best goes long and misses his man, Castres running it out through Garvey. Kicking duel ends with a Castres knock-on at the ruck.
30 Big hit from Michael Allen forces the Castres knock-on around the edge of the Castres 22.
29 Clearance kick from Bernard gives Ulster a lineout 40 metres out. Marshall snipes down the blindside and his grubber pins Castres back.
27 Another spilled pass from Ulster in midfield, Roger Wilson replaced by Iain Henderson for the Irish side. Scrum to Castres - Wannenburg breaks from the base. Bai's grubber is gathered by Paddy Wallace as Ulster counter.
26 Another penalty to Ulster after a pause whilst the scrums reset. Forestier appeals to the touch judge and gets a ticking off from Nigel Owens. Early hit from Ulster means Castres win the free kick and will clear.
25 Strong drive from Ulster who win another penalty - Faasalele not holding his bind. Another scrum for Ulster looking to turn the screw.
21 Power from Ulster up the middle makes plenty of ground, wide ball to Trimble inside the 22. Castres penalised for not rolling away metres from their own line and Ulster opt for the scrum.
19 Cave stabs through a grubber kick but Trimble cannot catch up - lineout to Castres in their own half. Clever offload from Lamerat releases Evans but the Scotland winger's pass goes to ground and the ball is into touch.
18 PENALTY, CASTRES, KOCKOTT! 8-3 Kockott stretches the lead for the home side, no problems for the South African.
16 Castres win the scrum from the lineout - Wannenburg with a drive near the Ulster line. Flag out from the touch judge, swinging arm from Paddy Wallace and Castres have the penalty.
14 Castres lineout in the Ulster half - Tales well tackled as Ulster rush up in defence. The home side building the phases as Lamerat bounces Chris Henry. Tales kicks across and it's gathered by Garvey but he's pushed into touch.
12 PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 5-3 Tricky wind but no mistake from the Springbok - Ulster are on the board.
10 Stunning opening score from Castres - the hosts again attacking from deep. Penalty at the breakdown against Babillot and Pienaar will have a shot at goal for Ulster's first points.
9 TRY, CASTRES, LAMERAT! 5-0 Ulster win the lineout but Pienaar spills the ball in midfield, Castres counter-attacking. Ulster's defence holding firm before Evans finds a gap down the right and offloads infield - great hands from Forestier, Lamerat takes the offload and scores! Try to the hosts! Conversion missed.
6 Castres this time winning the penalty at the scrum and Tales will clear. Bai crashes up from the lineout - Castres building the phases in their own half. Tackle off the ball gives the penalty to Ulster and Pienaar sends it into the Castres 22.
4 Diack takes the lineout but the ball is not straight according to referee Nigel Owens - scrum to Castres on their own five metre line.
3 Strong scrum from the Ulster front row wins the penalty - Pienaar finding touch in the Castres 22.
2 Pienaar attempts to find the corner but the wind takes his kick and the ball rolls dead.
1 Seremaia Bai taken high in the tackle from the kick-off, Castres using the advantage. The hosts running from deep with Kockott offloading to Tales through a gap. Turned over by Ulster and Cave breaks but his kick comes to nothing.
Kick-off No late changes as both teams run out. Ruan Pienaar of Ulster gets us underway.
Weather A touch of rain forecast with grey skies and a gauge of about 7 degrees. A strong south-easterly wind will give both kickers plenty to ponder.
Team News Ireland winger Craig Gilroy starts at full-back for Ulster on their trip to France, with Michael Allen taking his free place on the left wing. Ruan Pienaar is moved to fly-half with Paul Marshall getting the nod at scrum-half.
Team News A new back-row sees Pedrie Wannenburg, Piula Faasalele and Mathieu Babillot all start for Castres. Pierre Bernard starts at full-back in one of eight changes, with Rémi Tales coming in at 10 to replace Daniel Kirkpatrick.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Stade Pierre Antoine for this Round 6 Heineken Cup clash between Castres and Pool 4 leaders Ulster.
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