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Saturday 1st October 12:45 GMT


Clermont Auvergne will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday in the Top 14 Orange tournament, when they play host to Castres in Round 7 of the competition. Last weekend, Clermont Auvergne lost the last unbeaten record in the tournament, when they were beaten at Toulon in a thrilling encounter 21-23. That first loss of the season, saw Clermont slip from the top of the table, although only as far as second position, where they are now two points adrift of the surprise table leaders, La Rochelle.

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Clermont will be playing just their third home game of the season on Saturday. They have won both previous fixtures, against Racing 92 and Bordeaux Begles, scoring a total of 87 points in doing so. Castres have collected 16 points and occupy fourth spot in the table. The two away games that they have played this season, have brought a 12-12 draw at newly promoted Bayonne, and a narrow 25-29 loss at Stade Francais. After winning in Round 1, against PAU, Castres had a three game run that failed to bring a victory. However, successive home fixtures have brought a 46-9 win over troubled Grenoble and a 31-23 success against the reigning Champions, Racing 92.

Posted: 31st October 2015


Clermont may still sit astride the French Top 14 Orange table, but they are still smarting from losing their 100% winning start to the 2015/16 season last weekend, when they travelled to the Altrad Stadium, and were beaten 19-24 by second placed Montpellier. A losing bonus point was of little consolation to a club that is utterly focused on claiming the Top 14 crown, and shedding themselves of the "Nearly Men" title. On Saturday they return to their fortress home at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin and welcome Castres, who they will be looking on as their next victims, rather than visitors. However, Bordeaux proved in Round 4, when they came away from Clermont Auvergne with a 26-26 draw, that it is possible to face the ogre down on his home soil.

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However, Castres do not look to be in the same class as Bordeaux this season, and two wins from six matches, and a total of 10 points, sees them sitting in ninth position. Three away matches prior to Saturday, have all ended in defeat, at Stade and Toulouse, and also at Bordeaux in Round 1, where they picked up their only away point of the season, as they went down 16-19.

Posted: 20th December 2014


While top of the table Toulon will be expecting a five point maximum victory at home to Lyons on Saturday, second placed Clermont Auvergne may feel even more confident that they will be celebrating a try-scoring bonus point victory. The visitors to the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin are bottom of the table Castres, who have suffered a remarkable fall from grace this season, having reached the Grand Final in each of the last two seasons, winning in 2013 against Toulon, before  losing their title to the same opponents at the end of last season. Clermont have won five of their six home matches this season in the Top 14 Orange, as well as recording victories in each of their home Champions Cup fixtures. In the meantime, Castres have played six away games, and lost each and every one of them, collecting just a single losing-bonus point.

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They have performed just as poorly in the Champions Cup, having lost all four matches in that competition, and being certain of elimination, with still two games to play. Clermont lost top spot in the table, when they lost their last match before the European break, 27-19 to Toulon at the Allianz Riviera, Nice, and now trail the champions by two points.

Posted: 9th March 2013


Saturday, the 9th of March, the Top 14 Orange continues when Clermont Auvergne and Castres play at Clermont Ferrand at 20:40 local time and 19:40 GMT. Clermont Auvergne comes in at the number two spot in the table right now, with 20 games played this season. They have walked away with 15 wins so far and have no draws, which is the same number of wins that Toulouse has taken, currently holding the number one spot. However, while Toulouse has 71 points earned from their wins, Clermont Auvergne has only taken 69.

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The third placed team right now is Toulouse, with 60 points earned after winning 13 games so far. Then comes Castres in number four with 12 games won and one draw for a total of 58 points earned this season so far.

Posted: 3rd December 2011

Clermont Auvergne will host the Castres in the French Top 14 Orange match on Saturday, December 3, in the Stade Marcel Michelin Stadium at Clermont-Ferrand. The game will begin at 14:15 hours local time (13:15 GMT). Clermont Auvergne are only two points away from the top spot and if they can win this one, they will make it further difficult for the top-placed Toulouse. Making the contest more exciting are the two other facts. One, Clermont Auvergne are up against Castres, a side that has won seven games and are on 33 points – only three short of Clermont Auvergne. A loss for Clermont Auvergne will push Castres to the second spot.

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Secondly, the Super Saturday matches this weekend also see Toulouse playing Toulon in a fight between the top and the fourth-placed team, which will have a huge bearing on the points table. Clermont Auvergne are one of the sides that have not had a particularly good previous couple of matches, having lost to both, Montpellier and Stade Francais. Castres drew their previous game to Toulon and lost to Bordeaux, which means that none of the sides are particularly in good form going into this encounter.

Tags: Top 14 Orange, Clermont Auvergne, Castres, Altrad Stadium, Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin
Posted: 1st October 2016

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