Monday 11 December 2017

Castres find form ahead of Euro clash

Castres' Benjamin Urdapilleta. Picture: Getty Images
Castres' Benjamin Urdapilleta. Picture: Getty Images

Declan Rooney

Munster's first Champions Cup opponent Castres warmed up nicely for their European campaign with an impressive 29-23 win over Clermont.

Early tries from Jody Jenneker and Maama Vaipulu in the opening 14 minutes helped Castres to a 20-9 interval lead, and wth Benjamin Urdapilleta adding five penalties to the tally, Castres held on well to win despite second-half tries from Peter Betham and Yohan Beheregaray. An away trip to win-less Brive should produce another win for Castres.

There was much disappointment in Paris as Racing 92 slipped up at home in a 20-17 defeat to Lyon last weekend. Despite being 10-0 ahead after ten minutes thanks to a try from Wenceslas Lauret, Racing conceded 20 unanswered points and Juan Imhoff's reply on the hour mark did not prove sufficient. A tricky away game with La Rochelle will not provide any easy points this weekend either.

In the English Premiership Leicester Tigers continued their impressive form with a 20-13 victory over champions Exeter Chiefs at Welford Road.

Tries from Nick Malouf and Jonny May arrived either side of a penalty try for Chiefs, but George Ford showed his value to the team with a couple of conversions, a drop goal and a penalty as Tigers moved up to sixth place on the back of their third win of the season. Lowly London Irish welcome Tigers to the Madejski Stadium tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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