The game: 28-12
Castres Olympique ensured the essentials this Sunday, neither more nor less, by winning a victory, ugly certainly, but improved against Perpignan. Thanks to this success, the Tarnais secure a place in the final phase, recover their third place in the standings and can still hope to qualify directly for the semi-finals in Nice, during the last day on the ground in Pau, the 5 June.
If the Castres quickly finished in the in-goal with the test of Vilimoni Botitu (8th), at the end of a long race from Adrea Cocagi, they experienced a big blow in the heart of the first period. . Less precise, less hard on impact, they let Perpignan come back into the game and even take control after the fourth penalty scored by Tristan Tedder (33rd).
Despite new approximations, in particular due to a slippery ball in the sweltering Tarn, Castres Olympique regained the advantage just before the break thanks to a penalty try and two yellow cards for the Catalans Seilala Lam (38th) and Bautista Delguy ( 40th+2).
The resistant Perpignan defense gave the CO a lot of trouble, but Pierre-Henri Broncan’s players ended up scoring the third try, synonymous with an offensive bonus, thanks to the power of Filipo Nakosi (72nd). Still 13th in the Championship, the USAP will try to leave this ugly place as a play-off to CAB, if it wins against Bordeaux on the last day and the Brivistes lose without a bonus point against Stade Français.
The CO are undefeated in the Top 14 at Pierre-Fabre in their last 21 home matches. His last defeat in front of his home crowd dates back to December 22, 2020, against Brive (24-25).
The player: Jaminet, the hard blow
The back of the USAP did not stay very long on the lawn of Pierre-Fabre. From his first candle reception, Melvyn Jaminet was the victim of a hyperextension of the left leg, which suggests a potential sprained knee. The Catalan gritted his teeth for ten minutes before finally stepping out, unable to hold his place.
The tricolor international may have played his last meeting with the blood and gold jersey since he has signed up with Stade Toulousain for the next season. If his injury turns out to be serious, he could even miss the fifteenth tour of France, scheduled for Japan in July.