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Saturday 8th October 16:30 GMT


After their four game winning streak was ended at Toulon last weekend, Challenge Cup Champions Montpellier will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday, when they welcome Castres to the Stade Yves-du-Manoir in Round 8 of the French Top 14 tournament. Since losing their opening home fixture of the season to Clermont Auvergne, Montpellier have won both of the games that they have played in their own stadium, posting 40+ points against both PAU and Brive.

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Castres were also beaten last weekend when they travelled to Clermont, going down by 19-29, after they had recorded back to back wins against troubled Grenoble and the reigning Top 14 Orange Champions, Racing 92. A draw at newly promoted Bayonne in Round 2 is the best result that Castres have achieved on the road this campaign, having also lost at Stade Français. In the first seven rounds of action, Montpellier have accumulated 19 points, which leaves them in fourth position in the table, four points adrift of table leaders Clermont. Castres are in ninth spot with 16 points. After this weekend's fixture, the clubs have a break from domestic action, for the first two rounds of European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup action.

Posted: 12th June 2016


The second quarter-final of the French Top 14 Orange takes place on Sunday 12th June at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir in Montpellier, between the home side and Castres. Montpellier fell out of the top two, and a direct route to the semi-finals, on the last day of the regular season, when they travelled to the outskirts of Paris, where they were beaten by Racing 92, who took the points with a rather easy 40-25 victory. Montpellier, therefore finished level on points with their conquerors, but still claimed third position thanks to their superior head to head record between the clubs during the regular season. Toulon stole through to finish second just a solitary point ahead ofMontpellier and Racing.

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Castres easily defeated last season's Champions on the final day by 35-14 to ensure that they qualified for the play-offs. As it was, their nearest challengers Bordeaux, were easily beaten at Toulon. Castres victory was therefore, ultimately irrelevant. The first regular season meeting between the clubs was in Round 10 in early December, when Castres won at home by 34-19. The reverse fixture was played in early March in Round 16, when Montpellier won a narrow 22-19 victory. That win was the second in what was to become a run of eight straight successes recorded by this season's Challenge Cup winners.

Posted: 5th March 2016


Montpellier and Castres go head to head at the Altrad Stadium on Saturday, in a match that could have a massive bearing on who will qualify for the post-season play-offs. Montpellier are currently holding onto sixth position in the Top 14 Orange table, the final play-off position, while their visitors are just one place and four points behind them. While nothing will be decided by Saturday's result, defeat for Castres will leave them at least eight points adrift of their hosts, with 10 rounds of the competition remaining. When the clubs met in Round 10 at the Stade Pierre-Antoine, Castres claimed a try-scoring bonus point victory, winning by 34-19.

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Both clubs come into the match on the back of fine away victories last weekend. Castres travelled to Paris to face the table topping Racing 92, and sprung a major surprise by claiming a 13-9 victory. Meanwhile, Montpellier won a thrilling encounter at Toulouse, squeezing home by 31-29. Montpellier's early season form, when they won five of their first six games, has kept them in touch with the top six places in the table, while Castres who in contrast began the campaign with five losses from seven outings, are now in much better form than their hosts, having won six of the last eight games that they have played in the tournament.

Posted: 5th September 2014


The Altrad Stadium will play host to a repeat of last seasons Top 14 Orange semi-final between Montpellier and Casters on Friday night. That classic encounter was won in the end by Castres with a 90th minute drop goal, on their way to a second successive Grand Final appearance, where they ultimately lost their crown to Toulon by 18-10 at the Stade de France. Castres have made an indifferent start to the 2014-15 season, with a win and two defeats from their first three fixtures. A narrow home loss to Stade Francais in Round 1 was followed by a thumping 30 point beating at Toulouse. They finally got their campaign under way last weekend by beating lowly Bayonne by 30-6, although they would have been disappointed not to have secured a try-scoring bonus point along the way.

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Mortified by last season's semi-final defeat, after finishing second in the regular season table, just a point behind Toulon, Montpellier have made the strangest of start of all sides in the tournament. They have won two of their three fixtures to date, but have only a single bonus point, and that came from their single defeat, while their overall points difference is a mere +1.

Posted: 22nd October 2011

On Saturday, October 22nd, the Top 14 Orange continues with Montpellier taking on Castres in Montpellier at 14:15 local time. Right now Castres is leading the entire league with 26 points, having won six out of the seven games that they have played so far this season. Clermont is right below them, followed by Toulouse and Toulon. Monpellier is much father down on the table right now in the eleventh out of fourteen spots. They have only been able to win two of the seven games played this season, with four losses and one draw.

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Posted: 8th October 2016

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