Final spot for Toulouse
McAlister lands 18 points for defending champions
Last Updated: 03/06/12 6:31am
Toulouse remain on course for a 19th domestic title after they overcame Castres 24-15 in the Top 14 play-off semi-final.
Luke McAlister led the way for Toulouse in a try-less encounter, with the former All Black landing 18 points - including two penalties from inside his own half.
Lionel Beauxis added a penalty and drop-goal, while a superb tackle from Vincent Clerc denied Max Evans the only try of the game.
Evans was hauled down and turned on his back by the France winger as he crossed the line.
However, despite seeing the defending champions reduced to 13 men in the first half - with first Florian Fritz and then Timoci Matanavou yellow-carded - Castres could only register 12 points from Pierre Bernard and a penalty from Romain Teulet.
"I'm really happy, everyone in the dressing room was," said McAlister.
"Tonight, my kicking was good. I haven't had that kind of success with the boot lately."
Toulouse will now face the winners of Sunday's clash between Toulon and Clermont.
Sat 23rd May
Bayonne45 - 12La Rochelle
Brive27 - 0Stade Francais
Lyon29 - 24Grenoble
Montpellier17 - 29Clermont Auvergne
Racing Metro Paris53 - 10Castres
Toulon46 - 17Oyonnax
Toulouse23 - 22Bordeaux-Begles
Fri 29th May - Quarter Finals
Stade Francais0 - 0Racing Metro Paris
Sat 30th May - Quarter Finals
Toulouse0 - 0Oyonnax