“A match like no other” this Saturday at Ernest Wallon. For the eighth day of TOP 14, Stade Toulousain welcomes its best friend / enemy, Castres Olympiques this October 23 at 9 p.m. Guaranteed atmosphere in the stands, and on the pitch too since in April, the last time the two teams met, Castres won at home 26-24.
“We are going to play the best team in France, in Europe and maybe even in the world.”
For the Castres, after the first defeat of the stadium season, it is the best time to come to Toulouse. While the Rouge et Noir lost in Lyon (25-19), the CO secured him last week in beating Biarritz to Pierre Fabre (38-20). David Darricarrère, the backs coach of the CO, knows that this match against Toulouse is special. He hopes that this Occitanie derby will turn in favor of his team. “We prepare our match in the best possible way, without putting particular pressure on ourselves. We know this concept of derby, the players too. Whether in concentration or in individual preparation. We will play the best team in France, Europe and perhaps even the world. It will be sold out. The craze for this derby, it is as much Castres as Toulouse. But it is true that the Castres fans give an even greater note of fervor . ”
“Toulouse supporters with an incredible melon”
This derby is the first with supporters for a long time. They will be very many to make the displacement of the Tarn to encourage CO. Castres supporters who have the false impression that Toulouse think they have won everything. “They’re farting. In the CO, the players are less showy” said Simone sharply. Sylvian nuances him “The Stade players don’t have a bowler. It’s the supporters who have an incredible bowler. With three titles for young people of my generation, they think we’re the best club. But we are also a great club. here a whole territory, a whole city which defends its values. Toulouse is a historic club. But it has become a club with money … While Castres is a regional rugby, very pocket of its supporters and of its population.”
“Lots of Castres in Toulouse”
And all the Castres to remind that if Toulouse is good “it is because there are a good number of former Castres who participate. “In November 2020, during the last derby at Ernest-Wallon, the Toulouse residents conceded a 16-16 draw. The Tarnais won 6 of the last 9 clashes.