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Proud Munster live up to their image with well-deserved draw

(Pictured, Benjamin Urdapilleta steadies up for the drop goal attempt)
European Champions Cup, round one:
Castres 17, Munster 17
MUNSTER will be very pleased to come away this afternoon with a draw from Stade Pierre Fabre. The division of the points will be of more benefit to the Irish side than the homesters, who visit Leicester next week-end, but the result went right down to the wire with Castres’ out-half Banjamin Urdapilleta’s drop goal attempt going wide of the right hand post with the last action of a dour encounter. There were some outstanding performances from the Munster side, particularly Dave Kilcoyne, Rory Scannell and CJ Stander and overall it was a good opening performance by the Reds in this competition.
It was 14-10 to the home side at half time but a try by Dave Kilcoyne, who ran a quickly taken penalty and attacked the weaker links in the home defence for the score, and conversion by Bleyendaal to give Munster a 14-17 lead. Urtapilleto landed a penalty into the wind to level the game and despite both sides having their share of half chances and guilty of a fair share of errors, that was to be the last score of the game.
Despite a few un-enforced errors and conceding an intercept try to the French side after 13 minutes Munster were well in this game at half time. They stood up bravely to an early onslaught, levelled the game at 7-7 with 29 minutes played and were the better side during the second quarter.
There was an early blow for Munster when Conor Murray was sent to the sin-bin after just two minutes and a loose pass from Chris Farrell went into the hands of centre Robert Erbertsohn for a simple touchdown converted by Banjamin Urdapiletta.
Munster levelled it on 29 minutes, good work by the pack setting up a long period of close-in pressure and Simon Zebo crashing over with Tyler Bleyendaal adding the conversion.
Castres scored their second try of the game a few minutes later, Julien Damora racing over and Urdapilleta’s conversion giving the homesters a 14-7 lead. Munster finished the half with some great foward play and they settled for a Tyler Bleyendaal penalty two minutes before the break that saw the sides go in with Castres leading 14-10.
Next up for Munster is a home game next Saturday against Racing 92 at Thomond Park.
Castres Olympique: Julien Dumora; Taylor Paris, Afusipa Taumoepeau, Robert Ebersohn, David Smith; Benjamin Urdapilleta, Rory Kockott; Antoine Tichit, Jody Jenneker, Daniel Kotze, Loic Jacquet, Rodrigo Capo Ortega (c), Yannick Caballero, Steve Mafi, Maama Vaipulu
Replacements: Marc-Antoine Rallier, Mihaita Lazar, Damien Tussac, Christophe Samson, Anthony Jelonch, Ludovic Radosavljevic , Florian Vialelle, Armand Batlle
Munster Rugby: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer, Mark Flanagan, Billy Holland, Peter O’Mahony (c), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander
Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Liam O’Connor, John Ryan, Robin Copeland, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Andrew Conway.
Referee: Matthew Carley (England), Assistant ref: Tim Wigglesworth (England), Assistant ref: Steve Lee (England), TMO: Sean Davey (England), Citing Commissioner: John Montgomery (Scotland)

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