Challenge Cup: Castres beat Worcester Warriors 33-27 to knock Premiership side out

Jamie Shillcock
Jamie Shillcock got Worcester up and running against Castres, but the French side fought back
European Challenge Cup Pool One
Worcester Warriors (20) 27
Tries: Shillcock, Mama, Heaney Cons: Weir 3 Pens: Weir 2
Castres (12) 33
Tries: Kockott 3, Hounkpatin, Delaporte Cons: Kockott 4

Worcester Warriors were knocked out of the European Challenge Cup after squandering a 15-point lead to lose at home to French Top 14 side Castres.

A bonus-point win would have put Warriors in the quarter-finals, but Dragons' victory over Enisei-STM means the Welsh team go through with Castres.

Worcester looked set to progress when tries from Jamie Shillcock, Marco Mama and Michael Heaney put them 27-12 up.

But Rory Kockott's hat-trick inspired a Castres comeback at Sixways.

South Africa-born scrum-half Kockott, capped 11 times by France, scored 23 of the visitors' points as their second-half turnaround left them Pool One winners.

Wilfrid Hounkpatin and Baptiste Delaporte also touched down for Castres.

Worcester Warriors: Shillcock; Humphreys, Lawrence, Beck, David; Weir, Heaney; Waller, Moulds, Schonert, Bresler, G Kitchener, Hill, Mama, Du Preez.

Replacements: Taufete'e, Bower, Palframan, A Kitchener, van Velze, Kitto, Venter, Pennell.

Castres: Palis; Nakosi, Vialelle, Ebersohn, Paris; Fortunel, Kockott; Tierney, Firmin, Hounkpatin, Samson, N'Kinsi, Gerondeau, Jelonch, Tulou.

Replacements: Jenneker, De Benedittis, Kotze, Gimeno, Delaporte, Radosavljevic, David, Dumora.

Referee: Ben Blain (Scotland)

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