Top 14 – Castres Olympique and his dear indiscipline in Clermont
Defeated in Clermont on Saturday (26-41), the Castres lost track of a game in which they were doing everything except figuration. Indiscipline and cards will have got the better of them, and make them chain a ninth loss in a row outside in the Top 14.
The penalty is heavy. Finally, the penalties. Beyond having been largely beaten in Clermont on Saturday (26-41), Castres Olympique above all opened the doors wide to the Auvergnats. “We can only blame ourselves,” coldly analyzes Tarn pillar Quentin Walcker. Because the vice-champion of France, still in contention for a success at the hour of play (26-27), complicated an already delicate task, by showing a staggering indiscipline. The Blue and Whites will have heard Pierre-Baptiste Nuchy, the referee of the meeting, whistle 17 times against them, according to Opta statistics.
“Our indiscipline was terrible, especially in terms of the cards which cost us dearly, breathes head coach Pierre-Henry Broncan. I think the turning point of the game is Adrea Cocagi’s yellow. I’m going to look at it quietly, but it seems a little harsh to me. The cross was sent to the bench for ten minutes for a high tackle on Baptiste Jauneau, although it looks like the scrum-half is more head-first on his arms than Cocagi throws his arms in the face of the Fijian. Clermontois (64). Still, after that, Castres began to lose track, conceding two tries. Especially since having just returned to 15, the CO saw Josaia Raisuqe receive a red for a clearing in the shoulder (74).
With a total of 26 minutes played in numerical inferiority, the Tarnais, who as a bonus were chasing the score, spent too much energy. Energy that was lacking in the last quarter of an hour. “Of course, when the team is in front and in superiority, it will speed up the game. So yes, being one less hurt us,” admits Walcker.
Besides the yellow cards, among the many penalties, some were more costly than others, and also avoidable. “It’s not a question of lucidity, more of individual rigour. When Adrea (Cocagi) is penalized for not leaving the ten-meter zone on a kick from Julien Dumora (19), while Julien recovers the ball… Behind that is a penalty, touch, try and yellow card ”, rewinds the Gersois. Errors of this type are paid “cash” notes Pierre-Henry Broncan. And yesterday, they had serious consequences.