Castres slaughter Tigers
CHAMPIONS CUP REPORT: Leicester Tigers were soundly beaten on their first trip to the Stade Pierre Fabre in the battle of the bottom two in European Rugby Champions Cup Pool Four.
Leicester made 13 changes to the side who beat London Irish in the Premiership, knowing their hopes of reaching the knockout stages had long since gone.
Consequently, the hosts raced into a 20-0 lead inside 25 minutes, with Benjamin Urdapilleta finishing off his own chip over the top and then converting.
He then added a couple of penalties before another kick scuppered the Tigers defence and Armand Batlle fed Thomas Combezou for a simple finish.
A long period of Leicester pressure came to nought and Ludovic Radosavjevic's quick penalty allowed Combezou to waltz in for his second to make it 27-0 at the break.
Leicester continued to pressurise and had a Tom Brady try disallowed, before their misery was compounded by Armand Batlle touching down in the corner late on.
Tries: Urdapilleta, Combezou 2, Batlle 2
Cons: Urdapilleta 3, Le Bourhis
Pens: Urdapilleta 2
Castres: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Kylian Jaminet, 13 Thomas Combezou, 12 Florian Vialelle, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Mathieu Babillot, 6 Yannick Caballero, 5 Thibault Lassalle, 4 Alexandre Bias, 3 Damien Tussac, 2 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 1 Antoine Tichit.
Replacements: 16 Kevin Firmin, 17 Tudor Stroe, 18 Daniel Kotze, 19 Victor Moreaux, 20 Steve Mafi, 21 Yohan Domenech, 22 Yohan Le Bourhis, 23 Julien Dumora.
Leicester Tigers: 15 George Worth, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Charlie Thacker, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Joe Ford, 9 Sam Harrison, 8 Valentino Mapapalangi, 7 Will Evans, 6 Dominic Ryan, 5 Mike Fitzgerald, 4 Harry Wells, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Greg Bateman (captain).
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Ben Betts, 19 Joe Maksymiw, 20 Brendon O’Connor, 21 Harry Simmons, 22 Mathew Tait, 23 Nick Malouf.
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)