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Mathieu Bastareaud sent off during Toulon win over Castres

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Toulon managed to stage a late comeback to narrowly defeat Castres 28-27 on Sunday but there's little doubt Mathieu Bastareaud's red card overshadowed the occasion somewhat.

Toulon were chasing the game in the latter stages as they trailed by seven points when the French side's flanker made a driving run down the right wing to only be stopped by the Castres defence.

A ruck proceeded and possibly due to the pure frustration of the play breaking down, Bastareaud just snapped. 

During the ruck, the Toulon captain came charging in and smashed his arm in the defenceless Christophe Samson. 

Although Samson was in an offside position, the Castres players reacted furiously at the actions of the French international and although the referee didn't initially take action, once everyone saw the replay of the incident it didn't take long for the red card to be brandished.

The fans of Toulon almost fell into complete silence as if they had already accepted Bastareaud's fate. 

After a discussion with his assistant referee, they took the decision to distribute a yellow card to Samson also gave Bastareaud his marching orders. 

The Toulon side could certainly do without having one of their star players unavailable as he will now surely face an extended spell on the sidelines due to his recent actions.

Bastareaud now faces a lengthy ban

To make matters worse for the French side, Rhys Webb and Anthony Belleau also had to leave the pitch due to injury and it is unlikely that the pair will return in time to face Paul O'Connell's Stade Francais next weekend. 

Nonetheless, Bastareaud will just be grateful for Filipo Nakosi, who went on to get the game-winning try and secure the dramatic win for Toulon, despite chasing the game for a large majority of the fixture. 

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