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French Cup Final tonight Castres v Montpelier 
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Post French Cup Final tonight Castres v Montpelier
At Stade de France

Castres the surprise finalists beating Racing in the semi.


Just a sign of the Club support :


Yesterdays Midi-O 22 page supplement :


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I live in the newly formed Region of Occitanie which now combines the Regions from Tarn et Garonne in the SW to the Herault/Roussillion oin the Med Coast.

The 2 major Regional newspapers that cover that area are La Depeche and Midi(Libre (Regional newspapers have big circulations in France ) Today they published a 16 pp joint supplement of the Final (both teams come from the new Region.


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Castres is a small town popln 43k and near Toulouse.

but they get good support

Both semis got over 52k held in Lyon
and a sign of the the popularity of Club Rugby finals ...castres got 8K packed in main square to watch on big screen

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Having said all that the 2 teams have v low french presence (maybe there's a message there as other teams e.g Racing that have a higher french presence have players that have more intensive schedules??


Cotter is changing Mop's profile and is recruiting a young french emement bottom up. He has also expanded the Mop game...it is still bludgeon but has increased kill too. They will be a big force in Euro rugby next season. They have Altrad the billionaire owner too.


Castres are relative minnows but punch above their weight, have an excellent coach and are dogged.

It ill probably be a slug fest with Mop winning well later??


Mop big player is winger Nadolo size 1.94m 135 kg...very difficult to stop, more guile and capability than his image but awful in defence!

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His oppent wing is 1.88m and 87kg :D

Game is on Sky?

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Remember Nadolo in his Crusaders days. an X-factor.
Hope MP wins the cup. Live on tv here

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Remember Nadolo in his Crusaders days. an X-factor.
Hope MP wins the cup. Live on tv here


On Sky in UK 19:45 Uk time

If Mop don't win it will be huge surprise.

Bookies have it Mop by 9, understated in my opinion, but my performance in the ScumV prediction Top14 goes before me ;)

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had a look at the pool predictions
saw you haven't picked us yet
.....so I'm posting this as a reminder :)

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Bokbefok wrote:
had a look at the pool predictions
saw you haven't picked us yet
.....so I'm posting this as a reminder :)


Thks, !!

I've got Mop by 12 and SA by 10

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Post Re: French Cup Final tonight Castres v Montpelier
Castres in control, Montpelier at the Bookies

3/12 after 29

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Post Re: French Cup Final tonight Castres v Montpelier
Mop, in a word, awful!!

Castres, organised, good game plan, minimum errors

6/19 1/2 time

Cotter had better kick arse!!

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What time & where can I see it.


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Old Fart wrote:
What time & where can I see it.


It did say that it was on Sky Sport mix whatever that is?

I'm watching on french tv

13/22 after 62

Castres yellow but they are managing 14 v well.

Mop remain awful, Castres all pver them and they dont like it and getting nasty.

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Castres in and will win it ...in 76 min

Well deserved,

Mop pitiful!

SA squad plyers disappoint big time. Steyn, Bismark et al .

Pineaar had a mare.

Well done Castres...6th in league and win it well....motivated and well coached game plan well executed.

Nadolo didn't see the ball and was an oaf in defence.

13/29 I think :D

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Wonderful win for Castres!

scraped into playoffs in 6th place and knocked La Roc out of it

Only the 11th budget in Top 14 …….and lose best players regularly

Beat 3rd place Toulouse in the first play off

Beat 2nd place Racing in the final

Beat top of league in the final

population of 41K

Can't bloody argue withj that :D :D


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...and 12k Castrais watched on the big screen in the main square and the celebrations are there for all to see!! :thumbup:


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