Urdapilleta: “If we finished first, it means we are good”
Urdapilleta on Canal +: “We never gave up, we finished the first period well, but we had confidence, we knew we could win. We believe a lot in all the players in the team. We have faith in everyone in the world, that we knew the bank would let us win the game If we finished first it’s because we’re good The journalists don’t believe in us that much But we made sacrifices that’s what I like about this club People say that we are not playing well, but we had confidence.”
Jelonch: ‘Castres deserves his final’
Anthony Jelonch on Canal +: “We lacked discipline during the game, the two yellow cards hurt us a lot. It is a great team, they showed realism, they were pragmatic, they even deserve their win when it comes to the details. is a shame we could have gone for the win in the end without putting on a great game In Toulouse we want to win titles Tonight we came across a really great team from Castres they deserve their final and good luck to them they had a great season.”
CASTRES QUALIFIES FOR THE FINAL!
It has happened ! Victory of Castres 24 out of 18 against defending champion Toulouse and goes to the final of Top 14! What a temper on the part of the commander who never let go of anything during this meeting! Led by the golden foot of Urdapilleta (14 points and decisive in the attempt to win Dumora), de Tarnais will face the second half winner Montpellier-UBB for the title!
Last chance for Toulouse (CAS 24-18 TOU)
Last possession for Stade Toulousain, who have no room for mistakes! It’s an incredible ending!
THE DUMORAAAAA TEST! (CAS 24-18 TOU)
Castres raves after the winning try! Huge inspiration from Urdapilleta who puts the love of passing in the back of the defence! Nakosi collects and hands inside to Dumora who finishes the job. Great art! Urdapilleta misses the goal, 24 against 18!
RAMOS IN CONTROL AT THE FOOT (CAS 19-18 TOU)
Another penalty but this time for Toulouse! Chilachava is taken by the patrol and Ramos has the chance to restore the advantage to Toulouse. At 30 meters before the posts, Ramos misses the target!
URDAPILLETA RESTORES THE ADVANTAGE! (CAS 19-18 TOU)
Penalty for the CO after Toulouse’s offside! Obviously we’ll take the points on the side of the Tarn… Urdapilleta investigates, 19 to 18!
Ramos misses his kick (CAS 16-18 TOU)
Thomas Ramos tries a mischievous indirect kick, but he finally has direct contact! There is a great opportunity for Castres!
THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR TOULOUSE (CAS 16-18 TOU)
Superb Toulouse combination with Ramos who eventually sends Lebel! He tries to catch up to Dumora, but is pushed into contact!
TOULOUSE REAR FRONT (CAS 16-18 TOU)
Penalty for Toulouse after a ground fault in Castres! Thomas Ramos takes his chance and adds three points! 18 to 16 for the Stadistes!
Big match of Meafou (CAS 16-15 TOU)
Barely entering the game, Meafou stands out with a brilliant scratch that allows his team to recover from a scrum!
THE AMAZING TEST OF NTAMACK! (CAS 16-15 TOU)
This Stade Toulouse there, 10 against 11, is definitely unsinkable! It sends play on all sides of the field and we find Ntamack taking the break, placing the bars and going to squish into a corner!
CAAAASTRES TEST! (CAS 16-10 TOU)
Here is the first test of the CO! Using a permanent advance of the pack, Arrata escapes alone, assesses three defenders and will flatten in two phases! Urdapilleta goes to investigate, 16 to 10!
IT’S OUT AGAIN IN FUN! (CAS 9-10 TOU)
We left for the last 40 minutes of this stretch between Toulouse and Castres!
Below is the try that was denied to Palis at the end of the first period. What do you think ?
HALF TIME IN NICE! TOULOUSE ONE POINTS AHEAD!
It’s break on the Allianz Riviera! Toulouse leads 10 to 9 against Castres in the first 45 minutes of this semi-final! Stade Toulousain had started hostilities after a minute and a half with a try from Lebel, but the CO gradually returned in this match thanks to Urdapilleta’s boot. The Toulousains picked up two yellow cards and were hot in front of their goal area!
URDAPILLETA GOES TO PASS THREE POINTS BEFORE THE PAUSE (CASE 9-10 TOU)
The Castres coaches decide to take the points instead of trying! Urdapilleta goes to investigate, 10 to 9!
THE PALIS TEST… REFUSED! (CAS 6-10 TOU)
After a series of pick-and-go, Toulouse erupts for the first time! Very ingenious pass to the foot of Urdapilleta and Palis seems to flatten… but is refused! The referee didn’t see any pressure on the video referee! De Castres don’t understand and the referee, confirmed by a long video break, explains.
YELLOW CARD FOR DEALER! (CAS 6-10 TOU)
Big pressure on Toulouse being pushed in front of the goal! Double advantage for the CO than yellow card for Julien Marchand! The whore comes and claps Arrata’s hand!
Toulouse dominates the attack of Castres (CAS 6-10 TOU)
What a massive defense of Toulouse repelling all attacks from Castres! They get a penalty behind them and it gets exciting between the two teams!
Toulouse makes mistakes (CAS 6-10 TOU)
In addition to the penalties imposed, Stade Toulousain also made some unusual hand errors in this encounter.
CO STICKS A LITTLE (CASE 6-10 TOU)
The game is clearly balanced for several minutes and the CO even recovers a penalty for a foul on the ground. Urdapilleta indicates the posts, on the 45 meters. And it passes, 10 to 6!
YELLOW CARD FOR ARNOLD (CASE 3-10 TOU)
Suspicion of a high tackle from Arnold who takes a yellow card after viewing the images! There is contact but no danger.
URDAPILLETA OPEN SCORE FOR CO (CAS 3-10 TOU)
Finally attempted a response from the CO with a penalty and then successfully by Benjamin Urdapilleta! 10 to 3!
The CO in difficulty (CAS 0-10 TOU)
Another penalty against Castres and this time a foul on the ground! Ntamack can’t find the key and Dumora raises quickly.
RAMOS ADD THREE POINTS (CASE 0-10 TOU)
Punishment for Stade Toulousain obtained by the Haut-Garonne pack on a good scrum! Thomas Ramos shows the posts… And it goes, 10 for 0!
NTAMACK MISSING THE DROP! (CASE 0-7 TOU)
Toulouse tries to bring back points as quickly as possible and Ntamack puts himself in a drop position. It will pass!
Ramos’ 50-22! (CASE 0-7 TOU)
What a huge kick from Thomas Ramos who finds an indirect attack of 22 meters … in the opposing team 22! It’s a 50-22, hit for Toulouse!
Toulouse tries to take the wing (CAS 0-7 TOU)
When Toulouse decides to speed up, nothing can stop them! Akhi continues 15 meters and the game bounces on Ramos who tries a pass on foot… It’s instant!
CO TEST REFUSED! (CASE 0-7 TOU)
What a shame for the CO with an overflow from Ben Nicholas well launched by Babillot! The 3rd center line tries to find Nakosi in, but his pass is forward! The winger had scored!
Spades in all directions (CAS 0-7 TOU)
Both teams abuse the trap game and in this game Castres does well and finds a good touch!
Palis got scared (CAS 0-7 TOU)
Already a big blow to the CO with the injury of Geoffrey Palis in a duel with Jelonch! He’s a little electrified, but will take his place!
LEBEEEEL FOR THE FIRST TRY! (CASE 0-7 TOU)
Incredible start to the race in Toulouse! It goes in all directions with a first big departure from Dupont which doesn’t work out. A few playtimes later, Lebel takes an interval found by Ntamack, pulls out his rods and only goes to plant a 35m attempt! Ramos transforms, 7 to 0!
KICK-OFF CASTRES-TOULOUS! (CASE 0-0 TOU)
And there we go for this first Top 14 semi-final between defending champion Stade Toulousain and the first of the regular phase, Castres Olympique!
Another record for Toulouse
Toulouse plays its 12th Top 14 semi-final, a record (Clermont has played 11). He won 6 and lost 5.
A fierce duel
It will be the fourth time Castres and Toulouse have faced each other in the final stages since the Top 14’s creation in 2005. The Stade won twice, in the play-off in 2010 (35-12) and in the semi-final in 2012 (24 -15), but the CO won the last game, in the dam in 2018 (23-11).
Arata instead of Fernandez, classic for the CO
Castres management decided to align Uruguayan Santiago Arata in the scrum, with Jérémy Fernandez relegated to the bench (Kockott is missing from the score sheet).
In the center, Botitu will pair up with Combezou and the attacking triangle will consist of the usual Julien Dumora, Geoffrey Palis and Filipo Nakosi. In front we find the same warriors with Babillot, Staniforth or Barlot.
The composition of the CO!
Dumora, Palis, Combezou, Botitu, Nakosi; (o) Urdapilleta, (m) Arata; De Crespigny, Ben Nicholas, Babillot; Staniforth, Vanverberghe; Hounkpatin, Barlot, Walcker.
Substitutes: Ngauamo, De Benedittis, Jacquet, Delaporte, Fernandez, Cocagi, Zeghdar, Chilachava.
Change forward, not behind
Ugo Mola has decided to make no less than 3 changes, all within the peloton, for this semi-final. It is Selevasio Tolofua who will start with n°8 after Cros’ injury, Jelonch slips on a flank of the 3rd row.
Back from suspension, Charlie Faumuina regains his place as right-hand pillar holder, while Dorian Aldegheri will start on the bench. Finally made a strong choice with return as holder of captain Julien Marchand, so Peato Mauvaka will be on the bench
The match will, of course, be led by international hinge Antoine Dupont-Romain Ntamack, while Thomas Ramos will always be the defender and goalscorer. In the center, Pita Ahki again forms a couple with Pierre Fouyssac.
The Toulouse XV!
Ramos; Mallia, Fouyssac, Ahki, Lebel; (o) Ntamack, (m) Dupont; Elstadt, Tolofua, Jelonch; Laugh. Arnoldus, Ro. Arnold; Faumuina, Koopman, Baille.
Substitutions: Mauvaka, Ainu’u, Meafou, Flament, Placines, Germain, Sword, Aldegheri.
CASTRES-TOULOUSE, KICK-OFF FOR THE 1/2 AT 9:05 PM!
Good evening everyone and welcome to RMC Sport to follow the first semifinal of the Top 14 between Stade Toulousain and Castres Olympique live! Winner in the jump-off of La Rochelle (33-28), defending champion Toulouse will challenge the first in the standings for the regular phase. An undecided duel follows from 21:05 at the Allianz Riviera in Nice!