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Last chance for Warriors

Wednesday 5th December 2012

12:00 am (GMT)

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Glasgow Warriors' hopes of a Heineken Cup quarter-final spot are hanging by a thread but their French visitors

Glasgow Warriors' hopes of a Heineken Cup quarter-final spot are hanging by a thread but their French visitors

Glasgow Warriors’ hopes of a Heineken Cup quarter-final spot are hanging by a thread but their French visitors, Castres Olympique, have a slim chance of qualification for the last eight.

Ulster Rugby are in the driving seat in Pool 4, with only Northampton Saints standing between them and a quarter-final place.

The Scottish outfit, for whom the form of Henry Pyrgos has been a bonus, have endured a miserable start to their campaign so far, having failed to win a single game, and have failed to win one of their last five games in the Heineken Cup.

Glasgow only have a 25 percent success rate against French opponents, winning six, drawing two and losing 16 of their games against French clubs in the Heineken Cup.

Castres have not done much better but their last outing saw them record a 21-16 victory over Northampton Saints to end their four-match losing streak in the tournament.

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• Against French opposition, Glasgow have a 25% win rate. They have won six, lost 16 and drawn twice against French sides in the Heineken Cup.
• Glasgow have failed to win any of their last five Heineken Cup matches, losing four and drawing one.
• Glasgow have a goal kicking success rate of 43%, lower than any other team in the tournament this season.
• Castres have suffered defeat in nine of their last 11 Heineken Cup matches, but ended a four-match losing streak with a win over Northampton in round two of the pool stages.


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Castres keep Heineken hopes very much alive

Friday 7th December 2012

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Sans la manière mais avec efficacité

Sans la manière mais avec efficacité

Castres Olympique surged into second place in Pool 4 with a narrow 9-6 win over Glasgow Warriors on Scottish soil.

The French outfit built on their Round 2 win over Northampton Saints in Toulouse to ensure their hopes of quarter-final qualification remain very much alive.

Castres jumped ahead of the Saints thanks to a hat-trick of penalties from South African scrum-half Rory Kockott at Scotstoun.

Kockott missed four more penalties at Glasgow’s new home but his two first-half strikes and a match-winning effort after 57 minutes mean Castres could now harbour realistic hopes of pushing Ulster for top spot when the pool leaders head to France in Round 6.

Glasgow twice led through the boot of fly-half Scott Wright on 13 and 23 minutes but Kockett pegged the Warriors back as the game hit the 20-minute mark and then again four minutes before the interval.

Wright missed a straightforward chance to make it 9-6 to the hosts on 48 minutes and Kockott made him pay nine minutes later.

Neither side could summon up what would have been a game-changing try, although it was Castres who came closest as they twice enjoyed spells of possession just metres from the Glasgow line only to concede penalties at the pivotal moments.

Their failure to kill the game off with a seven-pointer made no difference on a freezing Scottish evening, though, as Glasgow were unable to find the score that would have stopped them from slipping to a third successive European defeat this term and a fifth Heineken Cup reverse in a row since their draw with Montpellier 12 months ago.

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