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Castres upset Toulon with first French Top 14 title victory in 20 years

Castres upset Toulon with first French Top 14 title victory in 20 years
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Castres upset Heineken Cup champions Toulon with a 19-14 French Top 14 final victory at the Stade de France on Saturday. Toulon were unable to achieve the double, as Rory Kockott and Remi Tales took center stage with a try and two drop goals respectively.

Favourites Toulon were aiming to do the double after an outstanding season that included victory over Clermont in the European Cup final just a few weeks back. Castres, themselves having beaten Clermont in the Top 14 semi final, proved to be more clinical and played the smarter rugby.

A team with a far smaller budget than giants Toulon, Castres went about their business as the men in red made uncharacteristic handling errors, and Jonny Wilkinson hit the posts more than once.

Instead it was inspirational South African scrumhalf Rory Kockott who stepped up, controlling the game while scoring a well taken try late in the first half.

“I can’t find the words. It was David against Goliath today. We are a team in which there is no star, noboby is better than the others,” said Kockott, who scored eight points with the boot.

In the final ten minutes Remi Tales added to the Toulon misery as he slotted two very well taken Wilkinson-esque dropgoals, extending the lead and ultimately, sealing the win.

A late consolation try to Delon Armitage, who scored in the semi final too, brought the score closer but it did little to change the result, as Toulon will have to wait another year for a crack at the title.

“It’s hard to take in, we did not play the way we wanted,” said Wilkinson. “We need to keep the same spirit next year and learn from the lessons from today. We were not good enough to win.”

It was Castres’ fourth French title, but first since 1993, and a great send off for the coaching pair of Laurent Labit and Laurent Travers, who are heading to Racing Metro.

21 Comments

  • kadova
    11:50 PM 19/06/2013

    No, they're fully alive in Ireland. And they show some of the Top14 matches. They also aired the RWC 2011 matches (not all of them).

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  • kadova
    11:48 PM 19/06/2013

    FTD was tried at 12 and he was no good. He's not taken because he was given a break after 3 full years opf playing non stop.

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  • 4lc4tr4z
    9:45 AM 06/06/2013

    As Skrela before, Trinh-Duc is a 12, no way a 10. Michalak is a 9. Who pathetically wants to play 10 where he is very unconstant. But still far better than Trinh-Duc who even lost his seat in Montpellier !

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  • eddie-g
    5:43 PM 05/06/2013

    Pleased for Kockott. Always been a handy player, but he made the move to France in part because his Bok prospects weren't looking too good, and what better way of justifying the choice by getting a Top 14 trophy.

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  • iamaroman
    4:20 PM 05/06/2013

    for those who don't know, Delon Armitage didn't shake Francois Holland's hand after the game. http://www.last-video.com/un-joueur-de-toulon-ne-serre-pas-la-main-de-francois-hollande He has apologised about it saying it was an honest mistake.

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  • drg
    1:17 PM 05/06/2013

    Perhaps Saint Andre has a got someone to place a few bets at the bookies for him...

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  • drg
    1:14 PM 05/06/2013

    Um, it's the "Love to hate Delon fan club".... his brother is awesome...

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  • 10:36 AM 05/06/2013

    Great work by the No.8, staying on his feet, leading up to that first try. Stayed on his feet like a trooper!

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  • danknapp
    8:58 AM 05/06/2013

    Good, glad there's something for me then.

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  • 4lc4tr4z
    8:52 AM 05/06/2013

    Trinh-Duc !!!????? HAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAHHHHAAAAHAHHAHA !!!! Thanx for that big lol. What a random guy. Nicolas Mas is better than him at flyhalf.

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  • 4lc4tr4z
    8:49 AM 05/06/2013

    And where was Brock James's show-boating on Delon earlier ? In front of his TV, at home.

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  • pipo
    7:41 AM 05/06/2013

    Yes, I read that somewhere, that Michalak was going but not Trinh Duc --what is wrong with Saint Andre??!!

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  • frenchie
    7:24 AM 05/06/2013

    @Pipo I'm 100 % with you. And guess what, Saint Andre has called Michalak but not Trinh Duc for the tour in NZ... Remember that Fofana has sat on the bench for a couple of games during the 6N. A waste of good players!

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  • 6:22 AM 05/06/2013

    Plus total hands in the ruck by the castre 7 before kockott's clearance. Ref totally blew, too bad, could have been a grand stand finish. Rucks are sO poorly reffed nowadays

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  • pipo
    2:12 AM 05/06/2013

    Michalak might have been good in the past but his current form (meaning this year) both for country and club hasn't been that good. Especially when playing for France, why the hell is he playing instead of Trin Duc? I have no idea... especially after he screwed the 6 nations game against England almost single-handedly.

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  • marty
    1:58 AM 05/06/2013

    Oh!!! Kockott what a player he is, solid all season long and he totally blew Michalak off the charts in this game! Just so happy to see Toulon lose, they are the NY Yankees of french rugby

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  • 1:28 AM 05/06/2013

    Is it me or kockotts try should be a penalty to toulon for obstruction from the castres n6 holding a defender (bakkies) who wasn't part of the ruck and preventing him to atempt a tackle on kockott? Also, at 77:12, when wilko gets tackled, the castres n4 dives on the ball, preventing it to be placed back and ultimatelly causing the turnover and shuting down the attack, surelly that is a penalty? Poor refereeing, seing that on the first situation the ref was looking directly at it from 3 meters back and on the turnover he was even closer. Before you call me a sore loser, I'm portuguese and I wanted clermont to come on top this year. Allways good to see a smaller club fight back and take some silverware, though

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  • reality
    1:16 AM 05/06/2013

    No, this is just a dummy pass. For the rule against feigning a pass from a ruck, it refers to when you pretend you've taken the ball out of the ruck and feign to pass, all the while the ball is still in the ruck. Here he removes the ball from the ruck, and at that point he can do whatever he wants with it. It's an extremely rare occurence. My only recollection of it is Peter Stringer doing it a few years ago to the bewilderment of the commentators. It provides no benefit to you and you'll get penalised every time, so nobody ever does it as a result.

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  • pipo
    1:10 AM 05/06/2013

    Can someone clarify the first try for me pls? I was under the impression that feigning a pass from the bottom of a ruck (or from a maul) was illegal. Or is feigning that the ball is out, which would be a different thing, what is illegal? Thanks in advance.

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  • sugarlump
    1:01 AM 05/06/2013

    He wasn't show-boating as there was plenty to do to score that try, but he got a smack in the chops for his troubles so that should please the love to hate Armitage fan club.

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  • stroudos
    11:33 PM 04/06/2013

    Bit confused by the Setanta logo in the corner of the screen... Didn't they go bankrupt a few years ago??

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