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Top 14: Castres see off Montpellier to reach semi-finals
Castres booked their place in the Top 14 semi-finals after claiming a 22-12 victory over Montpellier at Stade Pierre-Antoine.
Castres will now face Clermont in Nantes in two weeks for a place in the final against either Toulon or Toulouse, who face off in the other semi-final at the same venue.
France international Antonie Claassen scored the only try of the game while former South African scrum-half Rory Kockott kicked 14 points to guide CO to victory.
Castres led 12-9 at the end of a first half which was characterised by conservative tactics handling errors.
Montpellier started the second half a man short after after Mamuka Gorgodze was sent to the sin bin just before the interval for a high tackle on Brice Mach.
Gorgodze's absence proved pivotal as Claassen broke off the back of a scrum shortly after the break. With the Montpellier back row missing a man it was left to fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc to try and stop the charging No 8, but Claassen went right over to give Castres a decent lead.
Kockott's conversion and a further penalty on the 50-minute mark were enough to secure the win.
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|Friday 15th August|
|18:45||Bayonne vs Toulon|
|Saturday 16th August|
|12:45||Clermont Auvergne vs Grenoble|
|16:30||Castres vs Stade Francais|
|16:30||Bordeaux-Begles vs Lyon|
|16:30||Toulouse vs Oyonnax|
|16:30||Brive vs La Rochelle|
|18:45||Montpellier vs Racing Metro Paris|
|Friday 22nd August|
|18:45||Toulouse vs Castres|
|Saturday 23rd August|
|12:45||Brive vs Clermont Auvergne|
|16:30||Bayonne vs Oyonnax|
|16:30||Bordeaux-Begles vs Racing Metro Paris|
|16:30||Toulon vs La Rochelle|
|16:30||Montpellier vs Grenoble|
|18:45||Stade Francais vs Lyon|
|Friday 29th August|
|18:45||Clermont Auvergne vs Montpellier|
|Saturday 30th August|
|12:45||La Rochelle vs Toulouse|
|16:30||Castres vs Bay Of Plenty|
|16:30||Grenoble vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|16:30||Oyonnax vs Stade Francais|
|16:30||Lyon vs Brive|
|18:45||Racing Metro Paris vs Toulon|
|Friday 5th September|
|18:45||Montpellier vs Castres|
|Saturday 6th September|
|12:45||Brive vs Toulouse|
|15:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Racing Metro Paris|
|16:30||Stade Francais vs Bayonne|
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