Champions Cup: Castres 24-24 Leinster

  • Leinster came from behind to draw with Castres in the Champions Cup
  • Tries from Antoine Dupont and David Smith gave the hosts a 17-10 lead at half-time
  • Robbie Henshaw and Dan Leavy touched down to rescue the Irish province a draw
David Smith for Castres and Robbie Henshaw for Leinster both scored twice in a 24-24 draw in the Champions Cup on Friday.

The Irish visitors raced into an early 10-0 lead as Johnny Sexton first knocked over a penalty before converting Robbie Henshaw’s almost length of the field try.

Nevertheless, the hosts struck back as scrum-half Antoine Dupont stepped inside Devin Toner before David Smith went over after a brilliant run from Florian Vialelle.

Fly-half Julien Dumora added both conversions as well as penalty to put the French hosts 17-10 in front at the break.



The Irish province regained their composure at the start of the second period and duly equalised via Henshaw, with Adam Byrne’s converting.

Castres were not finished though, and another close-range effort from Smith put Leinster under pressure. As you would expect from the three-time winners, they responded magnificently and, in a wonderfully topsy-turvy encounter, Leavy levelled the game with 17 minutes remaining.

Pierre Berard was also serving time off the field after being sin-binned but the visitors failed to take advantage as both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.


LINE UPS

Castres: 15 Pierre Berard, 14 Julien Caminati, 13 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 12 Florian Vialelle, 11 David Smith, 10 Julien Dumora, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Steve Mafi, 7 Alexandre Bias, 6 Yannick Caballero, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Victor Moreaux, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Brice Mach, 1 Antoine Tichit
Replacements: 16 Jody Jenneker, 17 Mihaita Lazar, 18 Damien Tussac, 19 Loic Jacquet, 20 Anthony Jelonch, 21 Julien Seron, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Thomas Combezou
Leinster: 15 Isa Nacewa (c), 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Rory O’Loughlin, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Luke McGrath, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Jack Conan, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Mike McCarthy, 20 Dan Leavy, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Rob Kearney
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