Castres 8 - 9 Ulster

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Stade Pierre Antoine

Date: 19/01/2013 KO: 13:35 Att: 9,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesLamerat (9)PenaltiesKockott (19)



PenaltiesPienaar (12, 36, 64)

FT (ht: 8-6)


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  • Castres 8-9 Ulster

  • Ulster grinding out the clock, Henry with another carry on a fine afternoon for the Ireland international. Ulster with another scrum as we go into injury time. Knocked on by Diack but it doesn't matter - Ulster win in Castres. Hard-fought spectacle, far from a classic but Ulster got what they needed and will now wait to see if they have a home quarter-final.

  • Home crowd unhappy with the refereeing at the breakdown, as Lacrampe knocks on. Time running out for the hosts.

  • Ulster lineout leads to a maul on halfway - knocked on though and Marcel Garvey is out after a blow to the head. Play stopped.

  • Henry with another steal - nice offload from Trimble and Ulster have a penalty 40 metres out. Pienaar going for goal... he curls it but the power isn't there.

  • Solid scrum and Wallace clears, finding a good touch on the Castres ten metre line.

  • Ball goes forward with Henry doing the work in the tackle, scrum to Ulster.

  • Power from Ulster, the pack working hard to make metres in Castres territory. Jackson dummies and is through but his pass is intercepted by Andreu, who clears deep. Trimble takes the ball but is turned over and Castres have an overlap down the right.

  • Castres charged down in their own 22 but recover the ball, Tales getting the ball away.

  • Gilroy with another brilliant kick for Ulster, Castres right back near their own try line.

  • Castres pin Ulster back into their 22, Andreu with the kick. Ulster's lineout has struggled and does so again as Castres steal the ball. Loose ball at the ruck and Ulster break through Best, then Wallace. Thumped downfield and it trickles into touch inside the Castres 22.

  • PENALTY, ULSTER, PIENAAR! 8-9 Ulster find space down the left and Lazar goes offside. Pienaar steps up and gives them the lead.

  • Castres scrum on the edge of their 22 - Bernard with the clearance. Gilroy with an excellent touchfinder pinning the hosts back.

  • Ulster on the attack through Court, Cave cutting into the 22. Henry finds Jackson in space but Castres turn the ball over through Lamerat. Bernard finds touch.

  • Optimistic long-range drop goal attempt by Tales falls wide so Ulster will drop out. Wannenburg runs the ball back - loose ball is picked by Garvey and Castres start again. Andreu knocks on and Gilroy clears.

  • Castres break down the left and Andreu takes a high tackle from Cave, play stopped. Penalty to Castres who go for touch. They win the lineout five metres out, powerful drive goes to ground. Diack turns the ball over and Pienaar clears.

  • Kockott off for Castres and Marshall off for Ulster - Gilroy up from full-back but is well tackled. Ulster unable to recycle and Castres will have the scrum.

  • Henderson loses the ball in the tackle and Kockott counter down the left. Loose from both sides and Kockott chips into space, a fine kick landing in the corner of the Ulster 22.

  • Castres just about escape at the scrum but after attacking down the left the ball flies into touch, Evans' pass misjudged.

  • Ulster work the choke tackle from the restart and win the scrum. Gilroy bursts down the right from full-back - before Cave attacks down the left-hand side. Forward by Diack in the tackle, scrum Castres.


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