Castres and Munster could not be separated as they played out a hard-fought 17-17 draw in their Champions Cup clash in Castres on Sunday.
Last minute drama was provided by a questionable TMO call and a missed Benjamin Urdapilleta drop-goal that could’ve changed the final result.
After five minutes without any points scored, Munster were dealt a blow when Conor Murray was sent to the sin bin for tackling a player without the ball in a scoring position.
The home side made full use of their numerical advantage and were rewarded in the 12th minute when Robert Ebersohn intercepted a wayward pass from Chris Farrell and sprinted 60 meters to score under the poles.
When Murray returned, Simon Zebo managed to get one back for Munster, crashing over from a few meters out to level the score on the half-hour mark.
Castres did not have to wait long to regain the lead though – Julien Dumora hit a wondeful angle before scoring their second try in the 32nd minute.
Five minutes later, Ebersohn went from hero to villian for the hosts when he was yellow carded for cynical play at the breakdown. Tyler Bleyendaal converted the resulting penalty which meant Castres held a slender 14-10 at half-time.
Munster scored early in the second-half when Murray tapped and passed to Dave Kilcoyne who crashed through a few surprised Castres defenders for a deserved try.
Urdapilleta landed a penalty in the 51st minute to level the score at 17-17.
The rest of the match was a slugfest but neither side could add to their points tally although Castres will feel they were denied a chance to secure victory in the game’s dying moments. After the final hooter sounded, a questionable call was made when Robin Copeland knocked the ball out of a Castres player’s hands at a ruck. That was ruled as a knock-on and the seemed to stun most observers.
Castres had another chance to secure vitory but Urdapilleta pushed his drop-goal attempt wide of the posts and the two sides had to settle for the draw.