Kockott kicks Castres to Top 14 victory

South African Rory Kockott kicked seven penalties to give Castres their seventh successive Top 14 victory on Saturday as they beat last season’s beaten finalists Montpellier 21-16.

Castres, who have failed to score a try in their last four matches, rejoin Clermont atop the standings, with the 2010 champions having annihilated 2009 titlewinners Perpignan 39-3 on Friday, inflicting the losers third successive defeat.

Several of the clubs paid homage to their national squad ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final, with Agen — the home club of the late Albert Ferrasse, a former French federation chief and prime mover in establishing the World Cup – unveiling a massive flag and getting the fans to shout their support for Les Bleus.

Kockott took full advantage of Montpellier’s ill-discipline as the hosts let slip an early advantage when Georgian backrow forward Mamuka Gorogodze scored a try in the second minute.

However, error after error by the hosts allowed Kockott to keep the visitors points tally ticking over but Montpellier’s more enterprising play at least saw them take a defensive bonus point from the match.

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