Oyonnax v Castres Live

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Oyonnax                          Castres
Saturday 28th May 18:45 GMT


This time last season, the Alps based minnows of Oyonnax, who face Castres in Round 25 of the French Top 14 tournamenton Saturday at the Stade Charles Mathon, were preparing for a Top 14 quarter-final clash with the mighty Toulouse, after their best ever season in the top flight, when they finished in sixth position in the final table. A year later, and they are preparing for next season in the second tier of French club rugby the PRO D2, after a dreadful season, that has seen them manage just five wins in the Top 14, and collect just 22 points. A record that leaves only Agen below them, a point adrift.

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Their opponents Castres however, have plenty left to play for over the last two weeks of the regular season. A club that only survived in the Top 14 Orange at the end of last season thanks to their better head to head record against Bayonne, is battling for a top six play-off place. Castres currently occupy sixth position in the table, but have Bordeaux Begles breathing down their necks, just one point behind them. At the very least, Castres will want to secure seventh place in the table, which they will do by beating Agen, as that would ensure a place in next season's Champions Cup.

Posted: 21st February 2015


Oyonnax who only survived in the Top 14 Orange at the end of last season by the skin of their teeth on the last day of the regular season, are currently sitting in the giddy height of ninth place in the table, and appear relatively safe from the kind of relegation dogfight to which they were exposed last season. Just a mere three points outside the play-off positions, Oyonnax have the chance to make further strides up the table this Saturday, when they entertain rock bottom Castres at the Stade Charles Mathon. Oyonnax have won six and lost two of their home matches in the Top 14 this season, but they face a Castres team whose spectacular fall from grace, has included defeat in all eight games away from home, and will expect, rather than hope for another home win.

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It isn't as if Castres are running their opponents close, having managed just a solitary losing bonus point during that sequence of defeats. Meanwhile, only Stade Francais have managed to record more try-scoring bonus points at home than the three that Oyonnax have managed.

Tags: Oyonnax, Stade Charles Mathon, Castres, Top 14 Orange
Posted: 28th May 2016

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