Castres demolishes Toulouse!

After a real confrontation, Castres won against Toulouse (24-18) in the first semifinal of the Top 14 and defeated the reigning champion.

Castres did not finish first in the regular season for nothing! Pierre-Henry Broncan’s players justified their status during a titanic first Top 14 semi-final against Toulouse on the Allianz Riviera turf in Nice. A meeting that the reigning champions of France took the right path with Matthis Lebel as accelerator. After a first stop five meters from the line in the first minute of play, the Rouge-et-Noir winger found the foul in the next 60 seconds. All in all, Matthis Lebel made a great block, though. A possession game was then established but the CO’s defense remained firm in the face of the lightning bolts of the Tolosans. It was then that the scorers stood out. But if Thomas Ramos started the movement shortly after the quarter of an hour of play, we saw especially Benjamin Urdapilleta. The opposing supporters loudly informed the referee that he was too lenient when he only showed Ugo Mola from Rory Arnold a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 70 minutes into the game.

Toulouse has played its card

The latter was sanctioned by an entry that caused contact with the shoulder with the head of Filipo Nakosi, with extenuating circumstances that made him avoid the direct red card. After a second success at the foot of the Castres striker, it was Julien Marchand who left his teammates at the age of fourteen during the last two minutes of the first act and the start of the second.. The Haute Garonne club prostitute was fined for a foul on a ruck. In peace, to the mermaid, Benjamí Urdapilleta has recovered the CO a short distance back in the locker room. If the beginning of the first period was Toulouse, the second was Castrese. In fact, less than three minutes after the restart, Santiago Arata raised the Tarn fans. The opportunistic midfielder lifted a ball out of the ruck before relaxing to flatten the line. Toulouse’s response was almost immediate and came from Romain Ntamack. The international, based on trying, ended up finding a defect in the defensive backdrop of Castres and rushed to return his team to a point, Thomas Ramos leaving the transformation in the way.

Castres made his collective speak

Then the two teams started to open the benches without changing the situation. At the same time, after a foul of the CO in the grinding, Thomas Ramos did not tremble against the posts to give two lengths in front of Toulouse. An ascent that lasted only ten minutes. Benjamin Urdapilleta was uncomfortable with the soggy pitch as he couldn’t move the ball around with his usual grace. At that time, the Tolosans tried everything but without success and above all they saw that Castres was sealing the fate of the party. Three minutes into the game, Julien Dumora had to leave the pitch due to a knee injury. In came Benjamin Urdapilleta. The latter then served his back on a plateau to go to the test. The failed transformation by the Argentine striker has given Toulouse a small chance to win, but another foul by Thibaud Flament has put an end to the suspense. Four years after their fourth league title, Castres Olympique won (24-18) and were given the right to dream of a new Brennus Shield.. The Tolosans, after seeing how the Champions Cup escaped in the semifinals, end the season without the slightest trophy.

TOP 14 / SEMIFINALS
Friday, June 17, 2022
Castres (1) – Toulouse (4): 24-18

Saturday, June 18, 2022
9:05 pm: Montpellier (2) – Bordeaux-Begles (3)

FINAL
Friday, June 24, 2022 (at the Stade de France)
20:45: Castres (1) – Montpellier (2) or Bordeaux-Bègles (3)

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