Friday 20 October 2017

Castres win but no joy for other rivals

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Manu Tuilagi. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Manu Tuilagi. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Declan Rooney

Castres were the only winners last weekend from Munster's Champions Cup pool, as Racing 92 and Leicester Tigers both slipped to surprise defeats.

Tigers lost out to Bath at Welford Road as they got their Premiership campaign off to a poor start at home. A Manu Tuilagi try early on did get Tigers off to a bright start, but Bath hit them for three before the interval - including a brace for Semesa Rokoduguni - to leaving them chasing points in the second half.

The scores did come for the home side as new man Jonny May ran in a couple of tries, but they fell short and slipped to a 27-23 defeat. After that disappointing start Tigers will hope to take an away win at Northampton Saints at 4.30pm tomorrow.

There is still no start for Donnacha Ryan in Paris as Racing 92 tasted a 23-19 away defeat to Agen, who started with Cork native Dave Ryan in the tighthead shirt. The sending-off of Anthony Tuitavake a minute before half-time did not help Racing's cause and despite tries from Brice Dulin, Teddy Thomas and Bernard Le Roux, they lost for the first time this season. Next up is an away trip to Brive tomorrow.

After their opening day defeat to Racing, Castres got back to winning ways with a convincing 33-19 triumph over Bordeaux. Despite trailing 16-8 at the interval, they ran in four second-half tries to claim a bonus-point win. A win against leaders Montpellier would be a real boost to their season.

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