Castres stay alive with Glasgow victory

French side Castres kept in the hunt for a place in the Heineken Cup play off when they beat Scottish outfit Glasgow 10-8 at Stade Pierre-Antoine.

Castres only secured their win – their 14th successive home victory -when the visitors were reduced to 13 men with 10 minutes remaining and they scored their only try of the game through Yannick Caballero.

Glasgow – who along with Edinburgh have yet to secure a win for the Scottish sides in their eight games this season – had a chance to win it but Scotland fly-half Ruaridh Jackson’s penalty hit the post.

Castres move second in Pool 4 behind leaders Ulster, who they play next up in January and where the French side will be attempting to win three European Cup matches in a row for the first time since the 2001/02 season when they ended up reaching the quarter-finals.

However, they could well be without influential flanker Ibrahim Diarra, who went unpunished for a deliberate stamp on Glasgow’s Murray Low, but could well be cited after the game as it was clearly caught on camera.

A dour first-half had been enlivened by Glasgow in the final minute as Ryan Wilson broke through the Castres defence and offloaded to flanker John Barclay, who forced his way over despite suffering a hamstring injury in the process, forcing him out of the game.

The Scottish side led 8-3 at the break.

Castres were equally lacklustre in the second-half, but their opponents gave them a helping hand being reduced to 13 men as the game entered its final stages as referee Andrew Small sin-binned two players, lock Tom Ryder the first to go followed a few minutes later by centre Byron McGuigan.

The hosts finally crossed the line as the Castres pack with their extra numbers dominated. Caballero touched down and with Daniel Kirkpatrick’s conversion successful they took a 10-8 lead.

Glasgow fly-half Ruairidh Jackson was presented with a golden opportunity to send the visitors back into the lead with a penalty just four minutes from time but his kick came back off the post and was cleared to safety.

Final Score Castres 10 (3) Glasgow 8 (8)


Tries: Caballero
Penalties: Teulet
Conversions: Kirkpatrick

Tries: Barclay
Penalties: Horne

Match Officials
: Andrew Small (Eng),
Assistant ref: Tim Wigglesworth (Eng),
Assistant ref: Roy Maybank (Eng),
TMO: David Grashoff,
Citing Commisioner: Denis Templeton (Ire)


Castres Olympique: Romain Teulet; Paul Bonnefond, Romain Cabannes, Remy Lamerat, Marcel Garvey; Remi Tales, Thierry Lacrampe; Hai Lazar, Mathieu Bonello, Michael Coetzee, Matthias Rolland (c), Joe Tekori, Jannie Bornman, Yannick Caballero, Pedrie Wannenburg.

Replacements: Brice Mach, Karena Wihongi, Saimone Taumoepeau, Christophe Samson, Ibrahim Diarra, Thomas Sanchou, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Brice Dulin.

Glasgow Warriors: Sean Maitland; Tommy Seymour, Sean Lamont, Peter Horne, DTH Van Der Merwe; Ruaridh Jackson, Nikola Matawalu; Gordon Reid, Pat MacArthur, Moray Low, Tim Swinson, Tom Ryder, James Eddie, John Barclay (c), Ryan Wilson.

Replacements: Dougie Hall, Ryan Grant, George Hunter, Nick Campbell, Rob Harley, Sean Kennedy, Graeme Morrison, Byron McGuigan.

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