Match Report – Castres 13 – 16 Munster

Monster claimed a third Heineken Champions Cup win of the season in a dramatic late fashion – confirming their place in the Round of 16 – with Gavin Combis scoring with almost the last attack of the match after leading Custer with two Ben Botca penalties and a Thomas turn. Try Larregain

Last update: 14/1/22 10:26 PM


Monster’s Gavin Combs celebrates his last attempt to beat Castres in France in the Champions Cup

Gavin Coombes’ final-stage experience saw Monster clinch the 16-13 Heineken Champions Cup over Castres at the Stade Pierre-Fabre.

Monster, who knew a win in France would confirm a place in the last 16, went 3-0 courtesy of 22-year-old Jack Crawley – not having played Joey Carbery and Ben Healy.

Castries responded with an attempt through linebacker Thomas Larijin, leading the majority afterwards as Ben Botca and Crowley traded four more penalties.

That was until Combs intervened in the final minutes as he, on a penalty kick advantage, extended his hand to score the match winner.

Combs tried to score the decisive late late at the Pierre Fabre Stadium

Combs tried to score the decisive late late at the Pierre Fabre Stadium

Monster had earlier blasted three touchdown penalties, causing havoc in the squad each time. But Coombes’ score made up for those mistakes, as they racked up three wins out of three in this year’s competition.

Crowley put Monster ahead in the 11th minute from a penalty kick after Santiago Arata hit Castres’ half of his line when collapsing. The thrust and push that followed was a brief reminder of the previous heated confrontations between the two sides in this competition.

Monster soon settled on a firm plan as they were confident they would have the upper hand. They kept things simple in their own half, smartly kicking the ground, while Tadg Byrne and captain Peter O’Mahony increased the pressure on set pieces and collapsing.

22-year-old Jack Crowley kicked three penalties and converted into the win

22-year-old Jack Crowley kicked three penalties and converted into the win

But Custer was disciplined and disciplined, and didn’t give Monster much what he expected in tight and loose.

Full-back Larrigien’s 28th-minute attempt – Custer’s first since joining from Broad2 Colomiere – was the highlight of the chaotic opening half. Botica added plugins.

His first appearance on the scene was when Botika crashed into the rugged Münster defensive line after the hosts hit several stages after a penalty touched outside the visitors’ five-meter line.

Thomas Larijin scored a first-half attempt for Custer, but they couldn't see the end of the match

Thomas Larijin scored a first-half attempt for Custer, but they couldn’t see the end of the match

Monster made their way to the top in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, thanks to two Crowley penalties.

But they missed two kicking chances on their own after 55 and 66 minutes. Botika turned both to make the score 13-9.

Then Custer tried to close the game. They seem to have played the pedigree better than Monster had earlier, even a late Coombes score that was turned in by Crowley.

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