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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Toulon host Castres for a big hitting 25-25 Top 14 draw

Toulon and Castres played out a fascinating 25-25 draw on the weekend, a match that featured some lovely tries and a whole lot of physical confrontations. Below are extended highlights, and we also have a quick look at some of the latest player transfers and signings in the Top 14.

Home side Toulon led 25-6 after half an hour following three quick tries in 15 minutes, scored by Steffon Armitage, Matt Giteau, and David Smith. Armitage will soon be joined by his brother, Delon.

Castres came back via a Romain Martial try before the break, and the excellent kicking by namesake Romain Teulet in the second half.

The draw leaves Toulon in third place on the table, with Castres in fifth.

Castres were led by former All Black, Chris Masoe, who made big hits and strong runs throughout. He will join Toulon next season on a three year deal. They have also confirmed the signing of current Sharks back Frederick Michalak, and Perpignan centre Maxime Mermoz.

Other signings in the Top 14

Montpellier - Pedrie Wannenburg, Shontayne Hape, Matt Carraro, Johnnie Beattie
Lyon - Sebastien Chabal, Lionel Nallet
Clermont - Nopolioni Nalaga, Damie Chouly, Benson Stanley

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