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Leinster v Castres - Live
Leinster 19-7 Castres
79 It seems to be as Gopperth clears superbly. Losing bonus-points could prove decisive in this pool so do not underestimate how big that decision was from the officials. Time is almost up here in Dublin.
78 Big call from the TMO as Wannenburg isn't given the green light after going for the line off the back of a ruck. He was convinced he'd scored and replays seemed to go along with that. Bonus-point gone?
76 More territory for the French outfit is coming too and they have possession on their side with four minutes left. They need to get over the line here if they're to stand a chance of victory. Five out.
73 Castres will see out this game with fourteen men and have 80 metres to travel if they are to get back to within a score in the closing stages. They kick long through Tales and it is a good touch-finder.
71 YELLOW CARD, CASTRES, TOMAS! Three crooked feeds from the scrum-half so he is sent to the sin-bin.
69 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 19-7! It doesn't matter now though as Julien Tomas is penalised at scrum time for repeated feeds so up will step Gopperth from about 35 metres out on the angle. No mistake.
67 A forward pass from Gopperth on halfway pretty much gifts possession back to Castres just when they didn't want to bring on any unwanted pressure. Surely now is a time for territory and smart rugby.
64 CONVERSION, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 16-7! The lead is now nine points then after the fly-half's extras.
63 TRY, LEINSTER, MCGRATH! 14-7! Here come Leinster with Dave Kearney again involved down the right. The crowd roars as phases after phase comes five metres out. They are over with a drive from prop McGrath.
57 YELLOW CARD, CASTRES, LAMERAT! Some welcome territory for Leinster but unfortunately they lose their own throw via a steal. However, the clearing kick is returned with interest as winger Dave Kearney races down the right touchline until centre Lamerat takes him out with a no-arm tackle. Yellow card.
53 It's a second miss of the game for Kockott as Wannenburg's good work at the breakdown goes unrewarded.
51 More pressure coming on this home pack at scrum time and sooner or later this will result in points for the French. They're still in possession but for how much longer. Very strong stuff from Castres.
48 Heaslip does well to pick up as soon as possible at the base which eases the pressure coming through this heavy Castres front-row. Here come the changes too, many in the visitors' pack. More size here.
46 Defensive scrum for Leinster five metres from their own line so nothing silly here...they will hope.
45 They almost did as Dulin collected a kick over the top before setting off to within five metres. But luckily for Leinster they got back to fell the full-back and eventually clear through their fly-half.
43 It's a strong start from the Irish as Healy again is involved but a fumble soon after sees possession change hands. It is therefore a Castres scrum on their own ten-metre. Can they catch them cold again.
41 Welcome back to Dublin where the PRO12 champions are edging the Top 14 holders. A massive 40 awaits.
Leinster 9-7 Castres
40 And that is that at the RDS. A gritty, chess-like first 40 minutes as Castres stay very much in touch.
38 Points go begging for the hosts. Gopperth will be annoyed at that penalty miss after Leinster had their driving maul pulled down illegally. It wasn't from an especially difficult angle or distance.
37 Great work from O'Brien and Leinster at the breakdown on their own ten metre as they win a penalty. A good chance to hit back here as Cronin throws before the driving maul is set up about 35 metres out.
34 CONVERSION, CASTRES, KOCKOTT! 9-7! He lands it superbly so it's now a two-point ball game at the RDS.
33 TRY, CASTRES, KOCKOTT! 9-5! How about that. Kockott catches the Irish province cold as he breaks off Claassen and goes in for a possibly match-turning try. Now, can he add the extras from the touchline?
29 It's a Leinster scrum to restart things five metres out, with Max Evans being replaced due to injury.
28 Still very cagey here at the RDS as both teams look for territory. Leinster have it in the end with Kearney looking for work in midfield. Another score here and Leinster would be in the driving seat.
25 There is the strength of O'Brien as he powers through the midfield on the away 22. However, nothing comes of the ensuing passage and Castres survive and ultimately clear way downfield to bring relief.
24 Luckily for Cronin and Leinster, Kockott is then pinged for a crooked feed. Error after error here.
22 This is poor from Cronin as for the second time his throw isn't straight. Castres to put in then on halfway and if they keep giving the Top 14 champions chances, then they eventually will punish you.
20 Not something you see often as Kockott misses a simple penalty shot. Things get worse for the French.
18 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 9-0! Healy wins a scrum penalty and the Kiwi knocks it over. Solid start.
16 Or so we thought as Castres' early engagement allows Leinster to clear to Dulin, who fumbles. Sloppy.
15 But the Irish will need to cut out those errors as Sean Cronin's thrown isn't straight. In an area so close to their own line, Leinster will want their hooker to be on the money. Castres scrummage then.
12 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 6-0! Fine kick from distance as the lead grows. Early blows being landed.
10 The kicks goes across to full-back Rob Kearney who controls well. Can he collect and score? Not quiet and in fact Castres turn it over and break. Luckily for Leinster they recover well to halt the French.
6 Leinster are using their offloading game now as Ireland international prop Cian Healy is involved. They are 40 metres out as they look to unlock this white-shirted wall in this fast paced opening.
3 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 3-0! Gray is penalised at a maul so up steps Gopperth from close range.
1 Here we go then with Jimmy Gopperth getting things going here. A physical 80 minutes awaits in Dublin.
0 There is one change to the Leinster starting line-up with Martin Moore in for Mike Ross at tighthead. Castres meanwhile change two as full-back Brice Dulin and flanker Pedrie Wannenburg come into the XV.
0 Our next live coverage comes from Dublin where Leinster host French champions Castres. The Top 14 side beat Northampton last week while the Irish got the better of the Ospreys in Wales. Who will win here?
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