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Scarlets edge out Castres in Heineken Cup


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Article Published: Sunday 22 January 2012


The Scarlets edged out Pool 1 rivals Castres 13 -16 at Stade Pierre Antoine in the Heineken Cup on Saturday evening.

Castres have only lost once at the Stade Pierre Antoine this season but went behind early courtesy of a Rhys Priestland penalty and a try from No 8 Matt Gilbert.

South African scrum-half Rory Kockott clawed Castres back into the game with two quick penalties after the Scarlets were found guilty of infringements at the breakdown to make it 8-6 to the visitors at half-time.

The Scarlets lost Priestland with what looked like an ankle injury at the start of the second half after he twisted in a tackle and limped off the field before flanker Aaron Shingler ran 80metres for a superb interception try.

The hosts levelled the scores with a try by replacement Yannick Forestier, converted by Romain Teulet, to make it 13-all but fly-half Stephen Jones sealed the victory with a penalty in the dying moments.

Final Score Castres 13 (6) Scarlets 16 (8)

Scorers

Castres
Tries Forrester
Con Teulet
Penalties: Kockott 2

Scarlets
Tries: Gilbert, Shingler 
Penalties: Priestland ,S Jones

Referee: JP Doyle (England)

Teams

Castres Olympique: R Teulet; R Martial, P Bonnefond, P Garcia, M Andreu; S Bai, R Kockott; S Taumoepeau, M Bonello, K Wihongi, S Murray, R Capo Ortega, J Bornman, S Malonga, C Masoe [capt]

Replacements: B Mach, Y Forestier, M Coetzee, M Rolland, Y Caballero, T Lacrampe, P Bernard, M Evans

Scarlets: R Priestland; G North, S Williams, J Davies, L Williams; S Jones [capt], R Williams; P John, K Owens, P Edwards, L Reed, D Day, A Shingler, J Edwards, M Gilbert

Replacements: E Phillips, I Thomas, R Jones, S Timani, R Pugh, G Davies, G Maule, V Iongi

With thanks to ERCRugby.

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