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Castres Olympique vs Munster, Sat 15th Dec 5.30pm Irish time

  • 14-12-2018 1:26pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    L’équipe du Castres Olympique :
    Spedding ; Laveau, Combezou, Vialelle, Paris ; (o) Urdapilleta ; (m) Kockott ; Babillot (cap.), Vaipulu, Caballero ; Jacquet, Lassalle ; M. Clerc, Firmin, Fa’anunu.

    Remplats : Rallier, Tichit, Hounkpatin, Samson, Gimeno, Ebersohn, Batlle, Radosavljevic.

    Munster:
    Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray;
    Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Tadhg Beirne, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander.

    Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Jaco Taute.

    Pool 2:
    Munster 11
    Gloucester 8
    Castres 5
    Exeter 3

    It's last chance saloon for Castres as they host Munster tomorrow. The visiting team will be looking to remain ahead of chasers Gloucester in Pool 2, with Gloucester likely to pick up a win tonight against the eliminated Exeter Chiefs.

    Joey Carbery gets the start at 10 and Sam Arnold remains at centre with Chris Farrell unavailable. The starting pack remains the same with Stephen Archer coming onto the bench.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Kockott

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,230 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    I'm going to be a doubting Thomas here, Castres have been a nightmare at home even when completely out of the competition.

    I haven't seen enough inventiveness from Munster in attack and the forwards won't be able to do this one by themselves.

    Hope I'm wrong and Munster come away with 4 or better yet 5, but my gut tells me it will be a bonus point loss.


  • Registered Users Posts: 868 ✭✭✭ Eoinbmw


    A scrappy win is my prediction could be a few sin bins in this one!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,500 ✭✭✭ Sabre0001


    Not sure what to expect. Very scrappy and error prone game last week. Castres didn't look like offering much BUT they'll be hurting even more after the league loss and then losing in Thomond and being beaten up front for the most part. Hoping we can make the last few rounds a little more comfortable for ourselves, but that's usually not how we like doing it.

    Finally get to see the Carbery, Murray partnership - will be interesting to see. Murray can keep defences honest, which might get Carbery more space and time.

    Could be another scrappy game. Hopefully we can get inside Kockott's head again! And test them some more with high kicks which they struggled with.

    🤪



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,728 Former Former


    Like every game involving Castres, the result depends entirely on how bothered they are. If Castres go all out, they'll win. If Munster get an early score or two, they might just throw their hat at it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,433 ✭✭✭✭ Cookiemunster


    Venjur wrote: »
    I'm going to be a doubting Thomas here, Castres have been a nightmare at home even when completely out of the competition.

    I haven't seen enough inventiveness from Munster in attack and the forwards won't be able to do this one by themselves.

    Hope I'm wrong and Munster come away with 4 or better yet 5, but my gut tells me it will be a bonus point loss.

    They question can also be asked the other way. How will they break down Munster? At the end of the day they're 7th in the Top 14 with minus points difference. Yes they play batter at home, but they're not suddenly going to become Clermont at their pomp by changing a few forwards from last week.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    Very hard to know how it will go but I fancy Munster to take the win. Castres are a very hard side to judge but they've been hit and miss even at home this season having lost already to Agen and Stade Francais in the T14.

    I would say Munster to win by a whisker but, at the very worst, to take a LBP.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    The weather forecast looks horrendous, heavy rain is promised.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Pool 2:

    Munster 11
    Gloucester 8
    Exeter 8
    Castres 5

    It couldn't be set up much better for Munster.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    Even a loss tomorrow and Munster are well placed to top the pool. Unfortunately, it's starting to look like an away semi final is the most likely outcome.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,996 ✭✭✭ Poorside


    Buer wrote: »
    Even a loss tomorrow and Munster are well placed to top the pool. Unfortunately, it's starting to look like an away semi final is the most likely outcome.

    Getting a smal bit ahead there, a home QF is within our grasp but qualifying has to be the goal first, it’s all in our hands now and I think we’ll get at least 5 points from the next 2 games, not having to chase TBP will actually help the team just focus on winning and making the right decisions


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,811 ✭✭✭✭ Mantis Toboggan


    On TV anywhere apart from BT?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,468 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    On TV anywhere apart from BT?

    Don't think so, just BT 3.

    Weather looks ****e, was terrible for the Toulouse / wasps game too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,150 ✭✭✭✭ LuckyGent88


    Out in Germany for the weekend, hopefully we get the win. Going to be a tight game I’d imagine. Win is all we need no matter the performance


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    Munster jerseys fitting in much better now in the Christmas season :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,468 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    Good defense by Munster after a fair bit of pressure from them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    Not sure of that penalty, the tighthead seemed to be driving inwards helped by the flanker.
    Barnes has absolutely no time for Kockett's antics.

    I really hope this isn't going to be one of those nights of silly Munster penalties.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,468 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    Kilcoyne has made a great start, carrying and tackling very hard!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,468 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    Some carry by CJ, so graceful


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,746 ✭✭✭ c.p.w.g.w


    budhabob wrote: »
    Some carry by CJ, so graceful

    What was the TMO looking at?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    Definitely contact made with Cloete's face earlier, think it might just have been a push though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,468 ✭✭✭ budhabob


    Complaints of gouging on cloete, think I certainly saw a hand in his face a few minutes ago.

    As for the grounding, I thought it was inconclusive.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    TMO must have x-ray vision


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 412 ✭✭ Sirius Boner


    So, the tmo can see a miniscule grounding.. but can't see Cloete getting a hand in the eyes ......


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    Commentary is so flat. Such a slog.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 224 ✭✭ Stout Warrior


    razorblunt wrote: »
    Commentary is so flat. Such a slog.

    Donncha my life’s a party O Callaghan


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    4 times Barnes told him leave while Murray waited for the ball.
    Stonewall penalty.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    On his hands too FFS.
    The lads in comms looking at it on the replay too busy cramming their facts in.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    Barnes loves shouting instructions but then just watches lads professionally foul, their 6 walked back through the ruck then joined from the wrong side on Scannell's mini break.


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 224 ✭✭ Stout Warrior


    Munster aren’t protecting their own ball at the breakdown and it could cost them the game


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