Castres 17-18 Montpellier, Top 14 Play-Offs, May 14
Montpellier scrape past Castres
May 14, 2011
Fullback Romain Teulet converted both of Castres' tries against Montpellier
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Martin Bustos Moyana scored all of Montpellier's points as they claimed a place in the Top play-off semi-finals with a hard-fought 18-17 win over Castres at the Stade Pierre Antoine on Saturday afternoon.
Castres began brightly and took the lead four minutes in when flanker Ibrahim Diarra crashed over. Bustos Moyana quickly replied with a penalty and then added two more while Castres hooker Mathieu Bonello was in the sin bin.
However, the visitors were then reduced to 14 when Juan Figallo saw yellow on 34 minutes and, upon being restored to their full complement soon after, Castres made their numerical advantage count, with their forwards forcing Montpellier into the concession of a penalty try in the dying seconds of the opening period.
Montpellier, though, edged themselves back into lead thanks to two more successful strikes on goal from Bustos Moyana in the opening stages of the second half. They then lost Aliki Fakate to the sin bin on 54 minutes, allowing Romain Teulet to make it 17-15 to Castres.
However, Bustos Moyana had not gone anywhere and he landed a sixth penalty of the afternoon, with just over ten minutes to go, to put Montpellier back in front. Teulet then had a chance to nick it for Castres but he failed with a last-gasp penalty attempt, thus allowing Montpellier to become the first away side to triumph at the Stade Pierre Antoine for the first time this season and set up a last-four clash with Racing Metro.
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