Castres 22 - 29 Leinster

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Stade Pierre Antoine

Date: 12/01/2014 KO: 12:45 Att: 11,150

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesGray (9) Dulin (20) Lamerat (80)ConversionsGarcia (9, 20)PenaltiesGarcia (38)



TriesGopperth (28, 40) Murphy (76)ConversionsGopperth (28)PenaltiesGopperth (55, 60, 62)Drop GoalsKearney (57)

FT (ht: 17-12)

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Conversion drifts wide, but Leinster are home and hosed with under two minutes to play.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Good defence from Leinster as Castres hammer the try-line, and they strip the ball to clear downfield

  • Another penalty as Leinster stray offside. The call is to the corner.

  • The hosts punt downfield to within six metres of the Leinster line. Huge moments here in Castres, can they hit back?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 17-24 Another three point opportunity from long range, gleefully taken by Gopperth. Leinster's lead extends.

  • PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH! 17-21 Three more from Gopperth, in off the post, and Leinster now lead by four points. What a turnaround.

  • And Leinster have the penalty, straight in front of the posts, 25 metres out. This game has been turned on its head.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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