Who said that Castres Olympique were a rough team incapable of playing an attractive game? On Saturday afternoon, in a rugby Challenge Cup match against Welsh side Scarlets, the Tarnais once again showed their attacking qualities with a sublime try, at the end of a four-pass action after contact, in the middle of an overwhelmed Welsh defence.
✨ @CastresRugby with the ultimate 'Jouer Jeu' try!#ChallengeCupRugby pic.twitter.com/4izGH00xmF
— EPCR Challenge Cup (@ChallengeCup_) December 9, 2023
It all started with a first pass from Vilimoni Botitu in the back to Abraham Papali'i, 30 metres from the in-goal. The back row bursts close to the touchline. Tackled, the number 8 then delivered a blind pass, chistera with his left hand, to the same Vilimoni Botitu. Which immediately gives... a pass over his head to Leone Nakarawa, who was launched. A stint - and a new offload - later with Gauthier Doubrère, and the young fly-half Louis Le Brun raced headlong into the corner.
This sublime try brought the Stade Pierre-Fabre to its feet and consolidated the victory against Llanelli (34-16 final score). For their debut in the Challenge Cup, the second European Rugby Cup (after the Campions Cup), the OC won the attacking bonus with five tries scored. Despite a high turnover, the third in the Top 14 (six wins in nine games) is not weakening on the European scene.