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Top 14 : Toulon beats Castres (26-22) and joined the semi-finals

Top 14 : Toulon beats Castres (26-22) and joined the semi-finals

The Castrais Benjamin Urdapilleta has attempted to halt the momentum of the centre toulonnais Ma'a Nonu on Friday night.

Toulon see Marseille. Battered and outnumbered, the RCT has reversed Castres (26-22) to a quarter of an hour of the end dams of Top 14 at home on Friday, may 19, to qualify for their sixth semi-final Championship ranking.

And suddenly Mayol has roared, when the referee Alexandre Ruiz was finally approved, after appeal to the video-refereeing, the test in the corner of Leigh Halfpenny (65e) for the Toulonnais to iron front (23-19), while they were reduced to fourteen (yellow card Mitchell, 54e).

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A chaotic season

The RCT can say a big thank you to his great international welsh, who has transformed the corner of his trial and then given air to his team (penalty, 71e). And had already been given six minutes earlier, his team, thirteen (temporary exclusion of Gill, 48e), to reduce the gap to a penalty (16-19). But the Var may especially congratulate ourselves on having found the resources and strength of resilience needed to reduce the CO, at the price of a heroic defence in the last minutes, after which Benjamin Urdapilleta has relit the flame (73e).

The Tarn, will regret not having been able to keep their advantage, and for the second year in a row, stop at the doors of the last square, after having been eliminated by Montpellier in 2016 (9-28).

The RCT will therefore be at the stade Velodrome, where he will play against La Rochelle on Friday. At the end of a season is very chaotic, marked by incessant change of coaches, the club hopes the final to lift his fifth Shield of Brennus before the start of historic this summer (Giteau, Juanne Smith, Mitchell). It is now the unlikely duo of the coach-player Matt Giteau and the English Richard Cockerill who is at the controls of the ship, the var, for a balance sheet without fault : five wins in five games since the ouster of Mike Ford at the beginning of April.

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But they passed quite close to the elimination, in this kind of re-release of the final 2013 (victory of Castres) and 2014 (success of Toulon), when the CO led at the break (9-13), past (19-13, 54e) on a penalty try after a forward from Drew Mitchell, who is sanctioned with a yellow card.

Two matches to confirm the hopes

Toulon will therefore have to be brave, but also a lot of awkwardness, he will absolutely obliterate in one week in Marseille. It was thus in the first period, immediately taken over by the boot of Urdapilleta, points after having scored, which did not permit him to décramponner of Castrais dominated, but realistic.

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The RCT has also lost several ammunition large key, and was deficient in the game at the foot, pressure by Sébastien Tillous-Borde, or travel by François Trinh-Duc or Ma’a Nonu, who kicks directly into touch (23e and 9e).

But it is still alive, and the mind that it has shown him to allow all the hopes. He still has two matches to finish as the climax to a season of wrong direction.

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