The game: 26-22
A week after the slap received in La Rochelle (53-7), Castres Olympique responded this Sunday to Pierre-Fabre. But the task was hard against a Section Paloise which remained on three victories in a row (at La Rochelle and against UBB and Brive). The Tarnais won in the last minutes of the game thanks to a try flattened in the middle of the forwards by Vilimoni Botitu (79th).
Before that, the CO has long been led during this meeting. If he had been able to take control thanks to an opportunistic interception from Filipo Nakosi (16th), the Tarn club saw Pau return to the game after a very nice collective movement concluded by the Béarnais rear Jack Maddocks (23rd).
After the break, the Palois seemed more aggressive than their opponents. Despite a try denied to Reece Hewat (46th) for a slight offside, the Section raced in the lead thanks to the success at the foot of Zack Henry. Led by three points at the end of the game, the Castres could have tried the penalty of the draw. Instead, they preferred to play on the sidelines.
A winning bet, since Botitu scored a few seconds later, in the middle of the forwards, the winning try. With this success torn from the mind, the CO was reassured and took a little air from the bottom of the ranking (11th). For the Section, the scenario is cruel. The beautiful series of three victories of the Béarnais stops there.
The Castres remain on a series of 27 matches without defeat on their ground of Pierre-Fabre. They have not lost since a setback against Brive in December 2020.
The player: Dan Robson at almost perfect
Arrived from the Wasps this fall after the liquidation of the club at the wasp, Dan Robson played his first meeting in the shoes of a holder this Sunday. And the English scrum half got away with it. For nearly 80 minutes, he provoked the Castrese defense. Two of his breakthroughs could even have resulted in trials. His quick animation also allowed the Section to take control of the game, especially in the second half.
But his final kicking game directly into touch, while Pau was in a favorable position at the entrance of the Castres 22 meters, restored possession to the CO. And two minutes later, he scored the winning try. A serious failure.