Castres seal tough Edinburgh Heineken Cup win

Castres secured a hard fought 21-16 Pool One victory over Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.

The first half was dominated by the boot, both sides slotting three penalties for a 9-9 half time score line.

Romain Teulet opened the scoring for the hosts after two minutes. Edinburgh’s Ross Rennie was penalised at the break down following a strong run from outside-centre Romain Cabannes.

The Castres pack had the upper hand and but the hosts failed to capitalise on their dominance.

Teulet doubled his side’s score with a second penalty after Chris Masoe had made strong inroads into the Scottish defence.

Chris Paterson and Teulet exchanged a penalty apiece but with plenty of unforced errors on display neither side could capitalise.

As half-time approached it was all Edinburgh, Paterson kicked his second penalty before Greg Laidlaw booted a 52 metre kick to level the scores at the break.

Castres lost Teulet on the stroke of half-time and then influential Scottish lock Scott Murray just as the second half got going.

Vincent Inigo and Steve Malonga scored tries in quick succession for the hosts to give them breathing space for the first time.

Edinburgh though wouldn’t lie down and fought their way back and Simon Webster scored a vital try with 7 minutes remaining.

Final Score Castres (9) 21 Edinburgh (9) 16


Tries: Inigo, Malonga
Con: Bernard
Pens: Teulet 3

Try: Webster
Con: Paterson
Pens: Paterson 2, Laidlaw

Referee: John Paul ‘JP’ Doyle (England)


Castres Olympique: R Teulet, V Inigo, R Cabannes, J Tatupu, M Andreu, C McIntyre, A Albouy, C Hoeft, B Kayser, L Ducalcon, S Murray, K Kulemin, S Malonga, C Masoe [capt], J Tekori.

Replacements: M Bonello, M Coetzee, D Saayman, R Capo Ortega, I Diarra, T Sanchou, P Garcia, P Bernard

Edinburgh: C Paterson, J Thompson, B Cairns, J Houston, L Jones, D Blair, G Laidlaw, A Jacobsen, R Ford, G Cross, F McKenzie, S Turnbull, S Newlands, R Rennie, R Grant [capt].

Replacements: A Kelly, K Traynor, D Young, E Lozada, C Hamilton, J King, A Grove, S Webster

With thanks to ERCRugby

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