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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 1
- 12th Jan 2014
- KO 12:45
- Ground: Stade Pierre Antoine
- Att: 11,150
Castres v Leinster - Live
FULL-TIME: CASTRES 22-29 LEINSTER
80 TRY, CASTRES, SAMSON! 22-29 Try awarded, and Castres have a consolation score and a losing bonus point. Leinster fail to bag the try-bonus, but are all but safe in the quarter finals after overturning a 14-0 deficit. Great win for the visitors, and a response that epitomises the attitude of Leinster. Thanks for joining us.
80 Castres pressing for the final say as they rumble on into the 22. The clock is red, and Samson has scrambled over. We'll check with the TMO.
78 Conversion drifts wide, but Leinster are home and hosed with under two minutes to play.
78 TRY, LEINSTER, MURPHY! Leinster have wrapped this one up! Great turnover - very much the theme of the day - has Castres' defence scrambling. It's spread wide by sub Madigan, and a brilliantly balanced run and timed pass from Cian Healy sends Murphy crashing over into the corner. Game, set and match the Leinstermen!
76 Max Evans with a great line break through the midfield, his kick ahead fielded by D'Arcy and scrambled away to touch. Another chance for Castres.
74 Good defence from Leinster as Castres hammer the try-line, and they strip the ball to clear downfield
72 Another penalty as Leinster stray offside. The call is to the corner.
71 The hosts punt downfield to within six metres of the Leinster line. Huge moments here in Castres, can they hit back?
69 Leinster bulding more phases on the home 22, but they cough up possession. Castres return the favour with a loose pass, but regain the ball and come roaring forward with sub Garvey. Cronin blatantly strays offside, and the hooker is going for ten minutes.
66 Castres forcing things and Leinster break downfield. The cross-kick from Gopperth just over-cooked, though, and the chance to kill this game with a try goes a-begging.
64 Castres failing to protect the ball at the breakdown after making inroads into the Leinster defence. The visitors often able to steal possession from under their noses, and the Frenchmen starting to force the game.
62 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 17-24 Another three point opportunity from long range, gleefully taken by Gopperth. Leinster's lead extends.
60 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 17-21 Three more from Gopperth, in off the post, and Leinster now lead by four points. What a turnaround.
60 And Leinster have the penalty, straight in front of the posts, 25 metres out. This game has been turned on its head.
58 DROP-GOAL, LEINSTER, R KEARNEY! 17-18 Wow, Leinster have the lead from absolutely nothing! Possession changing hands as the breakdown turned scrappy, and Kearney flights a scrappy-looking drop-goal over from 40 metres. Leinster lead!
57 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 17-15 A warning for Garcia who was rather liberal with his use of the boot on Leinster players blocking the ball on the ground - perfectly legally as it was a maul. Gopperth goes for three, and cuts the gap to two points.
55 Nice turnaround from Leinster, though, who catch Lamerat on his own 22 and hold him up in the choke tackle. They'll now put in to the scrum. O'Driscoll not happy with use of the boot at that maul, though, tempers flare and Owens goes to TMO Derek Bevan to look for any foul play.
53 Another scything Castres break to within a metre of the line, but Leinster's scrambling defence turns them over again. Such incisive play from Kirkpatrick, but a crucial last-gasp intervention to save a try.
52 Uncharacteristic mistake from the great Brian O'Driscoll. Long punt taken by the wind and sailing out on the full. Castres lineout on the away 22, and another great attacking position. Brice Mach on for Castres, while Jennings replaces McLaughlin for Leinster.
50 Stolen by Leinster to the chagrin of the home crowd, but the ball's into touch. Faaselele making more big yards off the back of that monstrous scrummage.
48 Oh, lovely stuff again from Remi Lamerat; breaking tackles and throwing a sublime bakc-handed offload. Castres storming into the Leinster 22 now, looking for try number three. They'll have to settle for a scrum for the moment, but given their dominance in the tight, that's not too bad a result.
45 Big hits coming in from the Castres back-row, Faaselele in particular, smashing Leinster back in the tackle. The ball is spilled by the hosts, though, and Leinster have a scrum on the 10m line.
42 Castres running the ball out of defence early on with great breaks from Grosso and substitute Fitzpatrick. Worrying signs for Leinster.
41 Teams back out for what should be a cracker of a second half here in Castres. Gopperth to get us underway again.
HALF-TIME: CASTRES 17-12 LEINSTER
40 Gopperth's kick drifts wide, but Leinster will take a five-point deficit given how much they have been up against it in this first forty minutes.
40 TRY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 17-12 Leinster attacking with the clock red for half-time thanks to an incisive Fitzgerald, and its Jimmy Gopperth who burrows over again out wide. Great ball retention and tenacity from the Kiwi. They go into half time right in this game despite the balance of play.
39 PENALTY, CASTRES, GARCIA! 17-7 No mistake this time from Garcia, fine kick from wide on the right. Ten point advantage now for Castres.
38 Another kickable penalty for the hosts, right side this time
35 The kick from Garcia drifts just past the post, Leinster off the hook.
34 The scrum creaking horribly for Leinster as they are smashed backwards and the ball taken against the head. Penalty to the hosts, and they go for three points.
32 Talles is forced off for Castres, who attack, but the infamous Leinster choke tackle turns them over the 22.
30 CONVERSION, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 14-7 Straightforward two points from Gopperth.
29 TRY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 14-5 Very tidy try from the Kiwi. Backs sweep right of the scrum, drawing Castres defence, but the ball goes left to Gopperth who steps and nips in under the posts. Good response from the visitors.
28 Leinster maul their way over the line, but the ball stolen again from Castres. It's grounded over the line, so the visitors will have a scrum five.
26 Chance for Leinster after a penalty hands them a lineout in the home 22.
23 CONVERSION, CASTRES, GARCIA! 14-0 No problems with the kick for Garcia. 14-0 after 23 minutes.
23 TRY, CASTRES, DULIN! 12-0 Leinster in real trouble here! Another fine sweeping move from Castres with Lamerat heavily involved again. Grosso breaks down the left touchline, and the inside ball to full-back Dulin sees him stroll over for try number two. Great rugby.
21 Cronin inches away from a score after a great break and offload from Heaslip, but wonderful play from Diarra to recognise the ball was out of the ruck and stealing it for Castres. Talles, who felled the hooker, clears well. Crucial intervention from the flanker.
19 Leinster hitting their stride now, though, with a smart sniping break round the fringes from Eoin Reddan. Possession now in the danger zone for the Irishmen.
17 Castres playing an attractive offloading game here, Talles wowing the crowd with an O'Driscoll-esque through-the-legs pass to Lamerat, but Nigel Owens rules it forward. Leinster yet to gain much of a foothold.
14 Castres looking dominant at the scrum here; already having won one strike against the head, they have a penalty as the front rows go down. Dulin punts down to the Leinster 22. The visitors will need to shore up their set-piece.
11 CONVERSION, CASTRES, GARCIA! 7-0 Fine conversion from out wide from the scrum-half.
11 TRY, CASTRES, GRAY! 5-0 Superb try for the hosts; sublime delayed offload from Diarra to Lamerat, who leaves Leinster defenders trailing as he powers into the 22. He's stopped five metres out, but there are gaps everywhere, and quick ball out wide sees Richie Gray rumble over in the corner untouched. Good start for Castres.
9 Both sides attacking with a bit more vim and vigour here, but errors stunting their efforst with ball in hand. Castres now building phases inside Leinster territory.
7 Scrappy stuff from both sides as Leinster clear the danger, McGrath with an impressive steal. Scrum to the visitors on halfway.
5 Chance for Castres as Talles punts a penalty down into the Leinster 22.
3 Good start from the hosts with Talles looking lively, and mixing play up well.
1 Talles gets us underway
Teams out at Stade Pierre Antoine, kick-off moments away...
Late team news here in France; big boost for Leinster as Cian Healy comes onto the bench to replace Jack O'Connell
Meanwhile, Castres are missing South Africans Rory Kockott, Antonie Classie and Pedrie Wannenburg, but can call upon the services of Scottish pair Richie Gray and Max Evans. French international full-back Brice Dulin starts, with fellow Test cap Remi Talles captaining the side from fly-half.
Jamie Heaslip skippers Leinster in a back-row that also features the in-form Jordi Murphy. British and Irish Lion Rob Kearney makes his fiftieth Heineken Cup appearance, while centre Gordon D'Arcy is poised for his ninety-fifth. Kiwi Jimmy Gopperth gets the nod at fly-half over Ian Madigan, while veteran Leo Cullen wins a place on the bench.
Hello, and welcome to Planet Rugby's live coverage of Leinster's trip to French champions Castres. The Irishmen can all but secure their place in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals with victory today, but will have to be at their best against a Castres outfit that hasn't lost on home soil all season. With the Top 14 holders' chances of qualification decidedly bleak, it remains to be seen just how seriously Castres will approach this one; but with a proud record at Stade Pierre Antoine, and up against a side with the quarter-finals in their sights, they should be fired up. Kick-off is a little over half an hour away, don't go anywhere!
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