The semi-final between Castres Olympique and Stade Toulousain was undecided until the end. And the last decisive test of the back of the CO, Julien Dumora.
Stade Toulousain had started strong. A long action of two minutes finally concluded with a decisive raid by winger Matthis Lebel.
After twenty difficult first minutes, the Castres gradually reversed the pressure. Until this small kick from Benjamín Urdapilleta flattened on his reception by winger Geoffrey Palis. At least that’s what the Tarnais believed. Before expressing their incomprehension when the referee made the decision to refuse the test.
On returning from the locker room, it was the turn of the Castres to get into action without an observation round. Pressure rewarded with a trickster try from Uruguayan CO scrum-half Santiago Arata.
The Toulousans, then led 16 to 10, do not leave time for their opponents to build up confidence. On a raise from Thomas Ramos, a small number from Romain Ntamack who goes to flatten in a corner.
Undecided until the end, this semi-final will finally smile at Castres Olympique. A magnificent pass after contact from the Fijian Nakosi who sends his back, Julien Dumora to the promised land four minutes from the final whistle. The CO takes the advantage 24 to 18. He will keep it until the end…
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