Northampton 18 - 12 Castres

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Franklin's Gardens

Date: 11/01/2013 KO: 20:00 Att: 11,891

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


PenaltiesMyler (19, 30, 50) Lamb (65, 71, 78)



PenaltiesKockott (16, 33, 68, 80)

FT (ht: 6-6)

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  • PENALTY, CASTRES, KOCKOTT! 18-12 Saints knock-on from the restart and Castres win a penalty at the scrum. Kockott with a chance to snatch that losing bonus point and he does so, bringing a frustrating game to a close. Too many errors from both sides in terms of handling and kicking means this one won't linger long in the memory. Northampton with the win.

  • PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 18-9 Key penalty as Castres drop out of bonus point range, Lamb on target.

  • Van Velze departs with a shoulder problem as Castres slice the ball into touch, Brice Dulin having a torrid game. Northampton with the ball as Manoa barges forward again. Castres go offside and Lamb has a simple penalty.

  • Penalty to Northampton leads to a lineout near the Castres 22. Kirkpatrick off for the visitors - Saints unable to secure possession as Castres work the phases in their half. Bernard is charged down but Wood knocks on.

  • Lamb clears from his 22 but the field position is good for Castres. Van Velze down for Northampton but back on his feet as the visitors attack. Big defence from Saints turns the ball overas Foden breaks from deep.

  • PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 15-9 Forestier is penalised at the ruck and Lamb chips over to stretch the Northampton lead back to six.

  • Saints regather from the restart and attack down the right through Foden. Into the Castres 22, Lamb nearly throws an interception and Cabannes would have been away.

  • PENALTY, CASTRES, KOCKOTT! 12-9 Saints knock-on from the restart, Lawes the culprit, handing Castres the scrum. Lamb goes off his feet and Castres have a penalty from right in front. No mistake from Kockott.

  • PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 12-6 Blitz tackle from Garvey stops Elliot in his tracks but Saints win the penalty. Lamb converts.

  • Tom May and Lawes crash up but Lamb's chip comes to nothing. Mark called by Max Evans who clears.

  • Once again a penalty for Northampton at the scrum - opting for the corner. Phenomenal steal by Castres and Kockott clears, Saints not making the most of their opportunities.

  • Lamb and Mercey on for Northampton - trying to open Castres up but the ball is kicked away. Another penalty to Saints at the scrum but their lineout falls apart. Fortunately the scrum goes their way.

  • Big drive from Northampton but Claassen picks up. Penalty to Saints as Tekori is penalised for holding on, Myler to clear.

  • Claassen under pressure at the base but Kirkpatrick finds a sweet touch inside Northampton's 22. Scrum to the French side metres from the Saints line, but it breaks up and we'll go again.

  • Kockott makes a good clearance kick up to halfway for Castres. Northampton drive from the lineout but fail to put the ball back and the visitors have the scrum.

  • PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 9-6 No problem for Myler from right in front, Saints take the lead.

  • Poor handling from Samson gives Northampton possession metres out from the try line. Castres defence holding as Wilson cuts back on the angle. Advantage to Northampton and Myler goes for goal.

  • Saints go blindside from the scrum but Dowson is bundled into touch by Claassen - lineout to Castres.

  • Clark charges down Kockott's box kick and Dowson breaks down the left hand side and puts Northampton on the front foot. Hartley inches short as he goes for the line.

  • Northampton working hard in the Castres half but making little progress, kicking the ball away into the hands of Garvey. The English winger fluffs his chip with the space beckoning and Saints have the lineout.


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