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Full-time Northampton 18-12 Castres
80 PENALTY, CASTRES, KOCKOTT! 18-12 Saints knock-on from the restart and Castres win a penalty at the scrum. Kockott with a chance to snatch that losing bonus point and he does so, bringing a frustrating game to a close. Too many errors from both sides in terms of handling and kicking means this one won't linger long in the memory. Northampton with the win.
78 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 18-9 Key penalty as Castres drop out of bonus point range, Lamb on target.
76 Van Velze departs with a shoulder problem as Castres slice the ball into touch, Brice Dulin having a torrid game. Northampton with the ball as Manoa barges forward again. Castres go offside and Lamb has a simple penalty.
75 Penalty to Northampton leads to a lineout near the Castres 22. Kirkpatrick off for the visitors - Saints unable to secure possession as Castres work the phases in their half. Bernard is charged down but Wood knocks on.
73 Lamb clears from his 22 but the field position is good for Castres. Van Velze down for Northampton but back on his feet as the visitors attack. Big defence from Saints turns the ball overas Foden breaks from deep.
71 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 15-9 Forestier is penalised at the ruck and Lamb chips over to stretch the Northampton lead back to six.
70 Saints regather from the restart and attack down the right through Foden. Into the Castres 22, Lamb nearly throws an interception and Cabannes would have been away.
68 PENALTY, CASTRES, KOCKOTT! 12-9 Saints knock-on from the restart, Lawes the culprit, handing Castres the scrum. Lamb goes off his feet and Castres have a penalty from right in front. No mistake from Kockott.
66 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 12-6 Blitz tackle from Garvey stops Elliot in his tracks but Saints win the penalty. Lamb converts.
64 Tom May and Lawes crash up but Lamb's chip comes to nothing. Mark called by Max Evans who clears.
62 Once again a penalty for Northampton at the scrum - opting for the corner. Phenomenal steal by Castres and Kockott clears, Saints not making the most of their opportunities.
60 Lamb and Mercey on for Northampton - trying to open Castres up but the ball is kicked away. Another penalty to Saints at the scrum but their lineout falls apart. Fortunately the scrum goes their way.
57 Big drive from Northampton but Claassen picks up. Penalty to Saints as Tekori is penalised for holding on, Myler to clear.
55 Claassen under pressure at the base but Kirkpatrick finds a sweet touch inside Northampton's 22. Scrum to the French side metres from the Saints line, but it breaks up and we'll go again.
52 Kockott makes a good clearance kick up to halfway for Castres. Northampton drive from the lineout but fail to put the ball back and the visitors have the scrum.
50 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 9-6 No problem for Myler from right in front, Saints take the lead.
49 Poor handling from Samson gives Northampton possession metres out from the try line. Castres defence holding as Wilson cuts back on the angle. Advantage to Northampton and Myler goes for goal.
47 Saints go blindside from the scrum but Dowson is bundled into touch by Claassen - lineout to Castres.
46 Clark charges down Kockott's box kick and Dowson breaks down the left hand side and puts Northampton on the front foot. Hartley inches short as he goes for the line.
44 Northampton working hard in the Castres half but making little progress, kicking the ball away into the hands of Garvey. The English winger fluffs his chip with the space beckoning and Saints have the lineout.
42 Kirkpatrick with an early drop goal attempt that goes narrowly wide. Castres down to 14 men still at the start of this half.
40 Myler gets us back underway - real fog now taking over conditions. Northampton simply have to score tries in the second half, whilst Castres will look to keep it tight.
Half-time Northampton 6-6 Castres
40 Nothing kick from Kockott brings the half to an end. A tight, physical bossed by both packs but Northampton need tries. For now, those appear unlikely to come.
39 Couple of kicks from both sides results in Jamie Elliott trying to make a dart, but his foot goes into touch. Castres lineout with time ticking away in the first half.
37 Northampton go for the corner but the Castres defence is excellent against the maul and the visitors take the scrum. Good work from Joe Tekori.
36 YELLOW CARD, CASTRES, PEIKRISHVILI! Castres pull down the threatening Northampton maul and Peikrishvili heads to the bin.
34 Restart is knocked on by Castres and Northampton are on the attack. Manoa slips a tackle in midfield but the defence from Castres is solid. Claassen clears but only to the edge of the 22.
32 PENALTY, CASTRES, KOCKOTT! 6-6 Kockott regathers an up and under inside Northampton's half. Tekori breaking down the left-hand side before Garvey slips a tackle in the Northampton 22. Advantage to Castres and they choose to go for goal. The teams are level.
30 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 6-3 A third penalty at the scrum for Northampton hands Myler a second shot at goal. Straight over and Saints take the lead.
28 Maul from Castres makes few metres before Kirkpatrick sends up a bomb that is gathered by fellow Kiwi James Wilson. Grubber kick through is knocked on by Brice Dulin - scrum to Northampton outside the Castres 22.
26 Good work from the Castres eight results in the scrum going the other way. The visitors clear from their own five metre line, Claassen with the drive before Northampton are penalised for going off their feet.
24 Driving maul from Northampton thunders into the Castres 22 as the fog begins to set in. Break from Soane Tonga'uiha leaves the hosts metres out, but the ball isn't coming back so it will be a scrum to the Saints.
22 Northampton winning another penalty at the scrum as Myler finds a good touch in the Castres half.
19 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 3-3 Northampton this time with the penalty at the scrum and Myler will go for goal. No problem and both sides are level.
17 PENALTY, CASTRES, KOCKOTT! 0-3. No mistake from Kockott on his second attempt, giving Castres the lead.
15 A break from Claassen puts Castres right on the front foot but a thumping tackle from Lawes forces the knock-on. Scrum Northampton but Castres win the penalty.
14 Castres scrum from their own half - Dickson applying the pressure on Claassen but the visitors win the penalty and Kirkpatrick finds touch.
12 The South African recovers but misses the opening penalty - Northampton gathering possession and breaking down the left through Courtney Lawes. Castres recover the ball and clear to half-way.
9 Castres knock-on hands Northampton a scrum just about in the opposition's half. Free kick to Castres with Kockott going quick with a chip kick ofter the top. Blocked as he gathers to collect and Castres have the penalty.
7 First penalty at the scrum to Northampton and Myler finds the Castres 22. Drives from Manoa and Hartley make progress but Tom Wood is penalised for a high shot in the ruck and Castres clear.
5 Dickson's box kick goes out on the full. Lawes again makes a lineout steal and Castres knock on from Dickson's clearance kick.
4 Courtney Lawes makes a lineout steal and Northampton pin Castres back into their half. A break from Garvey down the left opens Saints up but his kick flies into touch in Northampton's 22.
3 Castres threatening down in Northampton territory but a foot in touch hands the Saints a lineout just metres from their line. Secured by Calum Clark and Lee Dickson clears.
1 Early spill for Brice Dulin hands Northampton a scrum. No rain but cold conditions as Come On You Saints rings out around the Gardens.
0 Kirkpatrick of Castres gets us underway in this must-win clash. Lose tonight and both sides will see their chances slip, but a win for Castres will put them in a strong position ahead of Ulster's visit next week.
Weather Clear and crisp in Northampton, with no immediate threat of rain overhead.
Team News Wantaway scrum-half Rory Kockott starts for French side and is partnered at half-back by Daniel Kirkpatrick. Former Worcester winger Marcel Garvey starts as does Scotland international Max Evans.
Team News Northampton start Jamie Wilson in place of the injured Ken Pisi, whilst Stephen Myler continues at fly-half ahead of Ryan Lamb. England squad members Calum Clark and Tom Wood join new England Saxon Phil Dowson in the back-row.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Franklin's Gardens for tonight's Heineken Cup clash between Northampton Saints and Castres.
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