IT’S OFF AGAIN IN NICE! (CAS 9-10 TOU)
We left for the last 40 minutes of this part between Toulouse and Castres!
Below, the try denied to Palis at the end of the first period. What do you think ?
HALF-TIME IN NICE! TOULOUSE ONE POINTS AHEAD!
It’s the break at the Allianz Riviera! Toulouse leads 10 to 9 against Castres during the first 45 minutes of this semi-final! Stade Toulousain had launched the hostilities with a try from Lebel after one minute and a half but the CO gradually returned to this match thanks to the boot of Urdapilleta. The Toulousains took two yellow cards and were hot in front of their in-goal!
URDAPILLETA PASSES THREE POINTS BEFORE THE BREAK (CASE 9-10 TOU)
Castres coaches decide to take the points rather than try! Urdapilleta investigates, 10 to 9!
THE PALIS TEST… REFUSED! (CAS 6-10 TOU)
After a series of pick and go, Toulouse cracks for the first time! Very ingenious pass to the foot of Urdapilleta and Palis seems to flatten… but it’s refused! The referee did not see any pressure on the video referee! The Castres do not understand and the referee, validated by a long video break, explains.
YELLOW CARD FOR DEALER! (CAS 6-10 TOU)
Big pressure on Toulouse which is pushed in front of its in-goal! Double advantage for the CO then yellow card for Julien Marchand! The hooker comes and claps Arrata’s hand!
Toulouse dominates the Castres attack (CAS 6-10 TOU)
What a huge defense from Toulouse who repel all attacks from Castres! Behind, they get a penalty and things are heating up between the two teams!
Toulouse makes mistakes (CAS 6-10 TOU)
In addition to the penalties conceded, Stade Toulousain committed some unusual hand errors in this meeting.
CO STICKS UP A LITTLE (CASE 6-10 TOU)
The game has been clearly balanced for a few minutes and the CO even recovers a penalty for a fault on the ground. Urdapilleta indicates the posts, on the 45 meters. And it passes, 10 to 6!
YELLOW CARD FOR ARNOLD (CASE 3-10 TOU)
Suspicion of high tackle from Arnold who takes a yellow card after viewing the images! There is contact but no danger.
URDAPILLETA OPENS SCORE FOR CO (CAS 3-10 TOU)
Finally a reaction from the CO with a penalty attempted and then successful by Benjamin Urdapilleta! 10 to 3!
The CO in difficulty (CAS 0-10 TOU)
Another penalty against Castres and this time it’s a fault on the ground! Ntamack does not find the key and Dumora raises quickly.
RAMOS ADDS THREE POINTS (CASE 0-10 TOU)
Penalty for Stade Toulousain obtained by the Haut-Garonne pack on a good scrum! Thomas Ramos shows the poles … And it goes, 10 to 0!
NTAMACK MISSES THE DROP! (CASE 0-7 TOU)
Toulouse tries to bring back points as soon as possible and Ntamack puts himself in a drop position. It passes by!
Ramos’ 50-22! (CASE 0-7 TOU)
What a huge kick from Thomas Ramos who finds an indirect touch from 22 meters … in the opposing 22! It’s a 50-22, touch for Toulouse!
Toulouse tries to take the wing (CAS 0-7 TOU)
When Toulouse decides to accelerate, nothing can stop them! Akhi advances 15 meters and the game bounces off Ramos who attempts a pass on foot… It’s direct!
CO TEST REFUSED! (CASE 0-7 TOU)
What a pity for the CO with an overflow from Ben Nicholas well launched by Babillot! The 3rd center line tries to find Nakosi inside but his pass is forward! The winger had scored!
Kicking in all directions (CAS 0-7 TOU)
Both teams abuse the kicking game and in this little game, Castres is doing well and finds a good touch!
Palis got scared (CAS 0-7 TOU)
Already a big blow for the CO with the injury of Geoffrey Palis in a duel with Jelonch! He got a little electrified but will take his place!
LEBEEEEEEL FOR THE FIRST TRY! (CASE 0-7 TOU)
Incredible start to the Toulouse match! It goes in all directions with a first big departure from Dupont which does not succeed. A few playing times later, Lebel takes an interval found by Ntamack, takes out his rods and goes to plant a try of 35 meters alone! Ramos transforms, 7 to 0!
CASTRES-TOULOUSE KICK-OFF! (CASE 0-0 TOU)
And here we go for this first Top 14 semi-final between defending champions Stade Toulousain and the first of the regular phase, Castres Olympique!
Another record for Toulouse
Toulouse will play its 12th Top 14 semi-final, a record (Clermont has played 11). He won 6 and lost 5.
A fierce duel
This is the fourth time that Castres and Toulouse have faced each other in the final phase since the creation of the Top 14 in 2005. The Stade won twice, in the play-off in 2010 (35-12) and in the semi-finals in 2012 (24 -15), but the CO won the last duel, in the dam in 2018 (23-11).
Arata rather than Fernandez, classic for the CO
The Castres management decided to align the Uruguayan Santiago Arata in the scrum, Jérémy Fernandez being relegated to the bench (Kockott is absent from the score sheet).
In the center, Botitu will form a pair with Combezou and the attacking triangle will be composed of the usual Julien Dumora, Geoffrey Palis and Filipo Nakosi. In front, we find the same warriors with Babillot, Staniforth or Barlot.
The composition of the CO!
Dumora, Palis, Combezou, Botitu, Nakosi; (o) Urdapilleta, (m) Arata; De Crespigny, Ben Nicholas, Babillot; Staniforth, Vanverberghe; Hounkpatin, Barlot, Walcker.
Replacements: Ngauamo, De Benedittis, Jacquet, Delaporte, Fernandez, Cocagi, Zeghdar, Chilachava.
Change ahead, not behind
Ugo Mola has decided to make no less than 3 changes, all within the pack, for this semi-final. It is Selevasio Tolofua who will start in n°8 after the injury of Cros, Jelonch slips on a flank of the 3rd row.
Back from suspension, Charlie Faumuina regains his starting position as the right pillar, while Dorian Aldegheri will start on the bench. Finally, strong choice made with the return as holder of captain Julien Marchand, Peato Mauvaka will therefore be on the bench
The game will obviously be led by the international hinge Antoine Dupont-Romain Ntamack, while Thomas Ramos will always be the back and scorer. In the center, Pita Ahki will once again pair up with Pierre Fouyssac.
The Toulouse XV!
Ramos; Mallia, Fouyssac, Ahki, Lebel; (o) Ntamack, (m) Dupont; Elstadt, Tolofua, Jelonch; Laugh. Arnold, Ro. Arnold; Faumuina, Merchant, Baille.
Replacements: Mauvaka, Ainu’u, Meafou, Flament, Placines, Germain, Sword, Aldegheri.
CASTRES-TOULOUSE, KICK OFF FOR THE 1/2 AT 9:05 PM!
Good evening everyone and welcome to RMC Sport to follow the first semi-final of the Top 14 between Stade Toulousain and Castres Olympique live! Winner in the La Rochelle barrage (33-28), defending champion Toulouse will challenge the first in the standings for the regular phase. An undecided duel to follow from 9:05 p.m. at the Allianz Riviera in Nice!