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Castres-Montpellier, the fight of the “big arms”

On the left: the joy of Florent Vanverberghe, second line within Castres Olympique. Right: Montpellier Hérault Rugby hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa with his fist raised. AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON / Icon Sport / Icon Sport

Impressive in power and mastery, the Tarnais and the Héraultais will share the poster for the Top 14 final on Friday. As in 2018.

Special envoy to Nice

A nice showdown in perspective. Hard, bitter and intense. Castres and Montpellier, by winning this weekend in the semi-finals in Nice, respectively against Toulouse (24-18) and Bordeaux-Bègles (19-10), gave themselves the right to go to the Stade de France on Friday . Last in line to raise the shield of Brennus. In the end, logic and freshness paid off, at the end of the extended season, since the first two in the standings, exempt from the play-off, meet to play for the title of champion of France.

There are many points in common between Tarnais and Héraultais: an unfailing determination, a commitment pushed to the extreme and a game plan which may seem simplistic but which is formidable in its effectiveness. Castres opened the ball of “big arms” by bending, suffocating the Toulouse ogre, unable to deploy his game and totally muzzled. “I think we gained confidence in our game and in our strategy from the moment we were down 10-0.

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