Leinster secure second Rugby Champions Cup win

Former European Champions Leinster secured their second victory in the Rugby Champions when they beat Top14 side Castres 16-21 at Stade Pierre Antoine.

Castres made a strong start as Saimone Taumoepeau scored the opening try in
the fifth minute and Geoffrey Palis added the conversion.

Leinster did not panic however and after three Ian Madigan penalties they were
leading 7-9 at half time.

Ian Madigan went on to kick a further three penalties for the three time European
champions as they took a firm grip on Pool Two.

Castre sent a powerful statement to the three-time European kings after five
minutes. Tales sent a pressurising kick downfield that Ian Madigan could only
run out of play under pressure from Max Evans.

Richie Gray rose highest to claim the five-metre throw in and the pack decimated
their Irish counterparts to rumble over the line, and Taumoepeau was on hand
to fall on the ball.

Geoffrey Palis converted but Leinster were soon on the scoreboard. They came
marching back into French territory after a knock-on had halted their attacking
efforts and Castre were penalised for not rolling away.

Ian Madigan landed the three points to settle early nerves. And he was at
it again after 25 minutes, this time from all of 47 metres to claw his side
back into within one point of their Pool Two rivals.

The Irish side made their 73 percent territory statistic count before the
break as they took the lead with Madigan’s third strike.

The inside centre was on hand to land the three points after the Top 14 strugglers
had gone off their feet at a ruck for a 9-7 half-time lead.

Leinster did not start the second-half in the same vein as they crumpled at
scrum-time, giving Palis an easy penalty to hit the front.

And things got worse for the Matt O’Connors men. Their ill-discipline began
to dismantle their French assault as Palis struck another two penalties to put
Leinster seven points behind.

But Madigan got back-on-track after two missed kicks to claw his side back
to within a try of the lead. He landed another moments later to close the gap
to one point, and when Piula Faasalele took Heaslip high, Madigan had the chance
to snatch the four points. And he delivered.

He put the gloss on the victory with another last ditch strike for a 21-16
win.

Final Score Castres (7) 16 Leinster (9) 21

Scorers

Castres
Tries – Taumoepeau
Pen – Palis 3
Con – Palis
Drop –
Cards –

Leinster
Tries –
Pen – Madigan 7
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee:
Greg Garner (England),
Assistant ref: Andrew Small (England),
Assistant ref: Paul Dix (England),
TMO: Trevor Fisher (England),
Citing Commissioner: Shaun Gallagher (England)

Teams

Castres Olympique: Geoffrey Palis; Max Evans, Christopher Tuatara, Romain Cabannes, Remi Grosso; Remi Tales (c), Cedric Garcia; Saimone Taumoepeau, Brice Mach, Ramiro Herrera, Richie Gray, Rodrigo Capo Ortega, Piula Faasalele, Yannick Caballero, Jannie Bornman

Replacements: Mathieu Bonello, Mihaita Lazar, Yohan Montes, Christophe Samson, Mathieu Babillot, Romain Martial, Julien Dumora, Antoine Dupont

Leinster Rugby: Zane Kirchner; Darragh Fanning, Gordon D’Arcy, Ian Madigan, Luke Fitzgerald; Jimmy Gopperth, Isaac Boss; Jack McGrath, Se

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