Munster vs Castres Live Score Commentary

Updated: January 13, 2012

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Munster 26 – 10 Castres

80 minutes played


8 min TRY Murphy (Munster) 5-0
9 min CONVERSION O’Gara (Munster) 7-0
16 min PENALTY O’Gara (Munster) 10-0
18 min TRY Caballero (Castres) 10-5
19 min CONVERSION Bernard (Castres) 10-7
23 min PENALTY O’Gara (Munster) 13-7
27 min PENALTY O’Gara (Munster) 16-7
43 min PENALTY Bernard (Castres) 16-10
52 min PENALTY O’Gara (Munster) 19-10
68 min TRY Du Preez (Munster) 24-10
69 min CONVERSION O’Gara (Munster) 26-10


Full-Time: Munster maintain their 100% record with a 26-10 victory over Castres. Munster have now qualified for the quarter finals and will be vying for a home tie when they play Northampton next weekend.

80 min Another poor pass from a Munster player ends the match. Castres played well, but Munster continue their impressive Heineken Cup campaign.
78 min Another penalty against Castres in the scrum. Penalties have cost Castres today.
76 min Donnacha Ryan is named Man of the Match.
74 min Double Substitution for Munster Archer and Keatley replace Botha and O’Gara.
72 min The pressure is off Munster and they have begun to open up their play as they go in search of two more tries and a bonus point.
69 min CONVERSION! O’Gara makes it 26-10. That’s surely the win now for Munster.
68 min TRY! After a period of pressure, Du Preez gets over the Castres try line to put daylight between the teams.
68 min The video is checking if Du Preez got over the line for Munster’s second try of the day.
63 min Poor pass from Earls to Murphy gifts possession back to Castres. Lineout inside the Munster 22 for the French side.
62 min Castres lineout in the Munster half, but Paul O’Connell steals the ball back for Munster.
58 min Munster are enjoying a lot of possession, but handling errors are costing them.
56 min Connor Murray thinks he’s scored for Munster, but the try is called back for crossing.
52 min PENALTY! Munster decide to take the points this time. O’Gara scores easily.
51 min Penalty to Munster in front of the posts after a Castres player drifts offside.
49 min Munster decide to go for the corner from a penalty.
47 min O’Callaghan steals a Castres lineout and Munster press close to the Castres line. A line break from O’Gara almost results in a try for the Irish team.
46 min Try chance for Munster, but a bad pass at an inopportune moment halts momentum.
45 min O’Gara hits the post from a penalty.
43 min PENALTY Bernard scores from midfield. Great shot from the outhalf.
41 min We’re back underway. No changes at half-time.

Half-Time: Munster lead 16-7 after an entertaining first half. Both sides controlled the match at different intervals. Three O’Gara penalties separate the teams after tries from Murphy and Caballero.

40+1 min Impressive defence from Castres, who force a penalty to end the first half.
40 min Munster press inside the Castres 22.
36 min A great kick from O’Gara puts the ball ten yards from the Castres line.
32 min Scrum to Castres near the Munster 22 after a knock on.
31 min Fantastic turnover from Paul O’Connell five yards from the Munster line.
30 min Castres attack patiently and are camped in the Munster 22. A poor pass halts momentum on the 7th phrase, but Castres regroup and continue to press close to the Munster line.
27 min PENALTY! O’Gara scores from an easy position.
25 min Some good attacking play from Munster leads to a scrum in the Castres 22. Castres concede a penalty at the scrum.
23 min PENALTY! O’Gara scores from close range.
19 min CONVERSION! Bernard adds the conversion.
18 min CASTRES TRY! Another easy try. Caballero receives the ball after a quick penalty and runs over the Munster line uncontested.
16 min PENALTY! Ronan O’Gara dispatches the penalty with aplomb. 10-0 to Munster.
15 min Penalty for Munster.
13 min Substitution for Munster An injury forces Donncha O’Callaghan off the bench.
13 min A good run and kick from Hurley brings the ball back into the Castres 22.
11 min Bernard misses a penalty for Castres from a decent position. Bad miss from the outhalf.
9 min CONVERSION! O’Gara adds the conversion to make it 7-0.
8 min MUNSTER TRY! Very soft try for Munster. Johnny Murphy receives the ball after a lineout and easily runs through the Castres defense.
5 min Great play from Munster creates the first try opportunity of the afternoon. Good line breaks from Murray, Earls and Ryan helps Munster into the Castres 22. Coughlan almost gets over the line, but he is tackled and his pass goes off the hands of a teammate. Scrum to Castres.
4 min Castres lineout on the Munster 22 comes to nothing as Munster force a turnover at the breakdown.
4 min Castres have dominated possession in the early stages.
2 min Early mistake from Coughlan, who drops a high ball ball. Scrum just inside the Munster half for Castres.
1 min Ronan O’Gara kicks off to start the game.
0 min Munster have named an unchanged side from last week’s victory over Treviso and will be hoping to continue their 100% record in the group against Castres today.
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Munster: D Hurley; J Murphy, K Earls, L Mafi, S Zebo; R O’Gara, C Murray; W du Preez, D Varley, BJ Botha; D Ryan, P O’Connell capt; P O’Mahony, N Ronan, J Coughlan.

Replacements: D Fogarty, M Horan, S Archer, D O’Callaghan, B Holland, T O’Leary, I Keatley, D Barnes.

Castres: R Martial; V Inigo, P Bonnefond, PM Garcia, PG Lakafia; P Bernard,T Lacrampe; S Taumoepeau, MA Rallier, A Peikrishvili; M Rolland, R Capo Ortega; Y Caballero, S Malonga, J Bornman.

Replacements: M Bonello, M Coetzee, K Wihongi, S Murray, I Diarra, R Kockott, S Bai, M Nicolas.

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