Schedule and Top 14 results
Ranking Top 14
The excellent Castres operation
The Castres Olympique offers an improved victory against the poorly ranked Perpignan (28-12) this Sunday and secures its place in the final of the Top 14. Castres, thus joins the UBB and Montpellier already qualified and offers itself a chance to be able to qualify directly for the semi-final next weekend, in the event of a better result than Bordeaux-Bègles.
The Castrais were in difficulty on their lawn at the Pierre-Fabre stadium against a catchy and courageous Perpignan team until the end.
The formation of Pierre-Henry Broncan still provides the essentials with this improved victory which allows him to pick up the UBB in the standings with 72 points.
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Explosive and unstoppable Nakosi
The Fijian three-quarter wing was poison for the Catalans this Sunday evening.
On the first Castres try, Filipo Nakosi is on the relaunch following a candle tapped by Tedder and accelerates for almost 70 meters before playing one against one and ideally serving Botitu who only has to flatten (8th) .
In the second half, Nakosi solidifies the domination of Castres.
Dominating for a long time but frustrated against a valiant USAP team, the Castres are relying on Nakosi.
Dumora taps a candle for himself and serves Combezou.
Urdapilleta comes in support and serves Nakosi along the left line.
All in power, the Fijian strikes and knocks down his direct opponent before flattening at the end of the line and giving the definitive advantage to Castres (72nd).
Tedder scuttles himself and sinks the USAP
One action can be enough to change a match.
The South African had a superb first period.
While his team misses the start of the match and sees itself leading 8-0, the USAP opener comes to place 4 penalties on the foot and achieves a clear round in the exercise (finally 4/5) to allow his eye-catching team to turn things around and take a 12-11 lead.
Unfortunately for him and his team, he takes a huge risk that will have serious consequences.
On a long ball from Fernandez, Tedder chooses to raise in front of his in-goal rather than play on foot in the opposing camp.
He is taken back by two Castrais and loses possession of the ball and Fernandez is forced to flatten in his in-goal.
The result is fatal to the USAP.
Two yellow cards and a penalty try before the break which allows Castres Olympique to regain the lead.
Advantage that the Castres will keep.
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Melvyn Jaminet out on injury
It is the image of the evening.
The French international Melvyn Jaminet saddened and forced to give up his place from the 10th minute of this match.
From the first minute, Melvyn Jaminet jumped into the air to catch an aerial ball and landed badly on his right knee.
We fear a sprain and the back of the USAP finally resumes its place for only a few minutes.
He is forced to leave moved because he thinks at this moment, having played his last minutes under the Catalan colors before joining Stade Toulousain.
Finally, the first examinations are reassuring but nothing guarantees that Jaminet will be present against Bordeaux-Bègles next weekend, he who absolutely wants to maintain his club to leave on a good note.