Champions Cup: Castres beaten on the wire by Munster

Castres conceded this Friday its third defeat in as many Champions Cup matches this Friday, against the Irish of Munster (13-).

Castres can probably already shoot a line on the European Rugby Cup after conceding on the wire Friday, at the start of the 3rd day, his third defeat in as many matches, at home against the Irish of Munster (-16). Eight of the twelve teams from each pool will be qualified for the final stages at the end of the first round, so the CO is not yet mathematically eliminated from the competition.

But it would take a miracle next week on the lawn of Harlequins, reigning English champions, so that the continental adventure continues. Affected during the week by the Covid-19, the Tarn club, which has never really made Europe an absolute priority, has it really the envy?

The substitutes gave their all The question could once again arise when reading the starting XV lined up on Friday evening, with changes made compared to to the one who had dominated Stade Français the previous week in the league (15-9). As in the first two days, punctuated by two defeats with defensive bonus against the Harlequins (18-18) and Munster (18-), the second Castres knives however, they were not unworthy against a big European player. only once this season in Top , came from a perfectly balanced kicking game by New Zealand opener Ben Botica. The proof of an interesting reservoir on the Tarn side, even if Munster tipped the match in their favor in the second act, first thanks to the foot of their young opener Jack Crowley, then to a try in the last moments from the slender third line Gavin Coombes.

It is the second defeat in the space of a month in the European Cup for Castres, in its Pierre-Fabre stadium where the men of Pierre-Henry Broncan have not lost in the league for more than a year. A series that the CO, currently 3rd in the Top , will have plenty of time to extend, now that there is not much left to expect from his European campaign.