Match report: Castres get win at Calvisano
January 12, 2008
Castres wrapped up a solid 9-27 win away in Italy on Saturday afternoon in their Pool 5 match.
Castres scored three tries and missed out on a bonus point, but moved to within two points of leaders Leeds, and host the English club in next weekend's final match.
Huge back-rower Lei Tomiki scored the game's opening try, although three penalty goals from home fly-half Gerard Fraser limited the damage to 10-9 at halftime.
The French club stepped up a gear in the second half, and tries to flanker Joe Tekori and Uruguayan international Rodrigo Capo ensured a clean-sweep for the Castres back-row trio.
The win maintains Castres' position at the top of Pool 5.
Calvisano (9) 9
Castres (10) 27
Rugby Calvisano: P Buso; L Nitoglia, G Garcia, M Pratichetti, D Forcucci; G Fraser, P Griffen; A Vigne Donati, G Intoppa, L Cittadini, J Purll (capt), C Treloar, D Dal Maso, A Persico, A Zanni.
Castres Olympique: R Teulet; P Canavosio, L Marticorena, L Mazars, M Bourret; A Lagardere, S Tillous Borde; K Meeuws, A Giorgadze, L Ducalcon, C Gaston, T Barker, L Tomiki, A Bias, I Tekori.
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