The reactions after the Toulon vs Castres qualifier
Here are the main reactions after the semi-final qualifier between Rugby Club Toulonnais and Castres Olympique, last Friday evening, which ended with a 26-22 victory for RCT.
Mourad Boudjellal, RCT chairman: “We’ve shown character and we’ve struck a blow tonight. Playing a qualifier this season was not an easy thing – and playing a semi-final even less so. Now, we’re going to play against La Rochelle, who have done a superb season.”
Richard Cockerill, RCT manager: “Castres played very well, but we showed tremendous team spirit! We’re now going to rest for two days and then concentrate on the semi-final. Was I anxious tonight? Never! This team has much experience and the players were great!”
Duane Vermeulen, RCT captain: “The atmosphere at Mayol tonight was fantastic and the spectators showed tremendous support. It was a very hard-fought game, but we’re into the semi-finals now!”
Christophe Urios, Castres manager: “Going to Marseilles would have been such a pleasant thing… It was close. We gave everything in this game and only a few details could tell the difference. So, there is nothing to regret and we can feel proud! We’re going on holiday without any worries on our minds and we’ll be back next year.”