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Edinburgh Euro hopes fading

Edinburgh's hopes of progressing to the knock-out stage of the Heineken Cup appear all but over after they slipped to a narrow 21-16 defeat at Castres Olympique.

Simon Webster stepped off the replacements' bench to score a late try that set up a nerve-wracking climax at Stade Pierre Antoine.

But the Scots could not muster the final score that would have clinched a famous win in France.

Instead it was two tries in the space of five minutes from the French hosts in the second half, while Edinburgh were reduced to 14 men, which proved decisive.

Vincent Inigo and Steve Malonga both crossed for tries while Edinburgh lock Fraser McKenzie was in the sin bin for a professional foul as Castres stepped up a gear.

Edinburgh have now claimed a losing bonus point from all three of their games in Pool One, following narrow losses to Cardiff and Northampton, but with only three games remaining, there now appears little chance of progressing further.


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