Like many of its competitors in this Top 14, Racing does not yet know which way to go after five days.
With three defeats for two successes, he is stuck in the second half of the peloton.
The trip to La Rochelle last Saturday perfectly illustrates his current questions.
First solid, enterprising and efficient, he then suffered in the second half, only bringing the defensive bonus point (24-19).
“It was a good test, against the European champion, underlines Philippe Doussy, the skills manager (individual technical exercises in game situations).
And we saw that we were not yet able to last eighty minutes.
This will be the goal against Pau, this Saturday (5 p.m.) at Paris La Défense Arena.
If they want to play a role among the big guys in the championship, the Ciel et Blancs must assert themselves for good against Béarnais beaten at home by Toulon (17-34), a week ago, and red lantern of the ranking.
“We have to be more precise, show discipline, explains pillar Eddy Ben Arous.
We know that all the teams come to play at the Arena, it's nice for the fans, but we want the result first.
And we remember that last season, we won on the last action.
Christian Wade, expected debut
Good news on the Ile-de-France side, Gaël Fickou, who was treating sprained knee and right ankle contracted during the preparation matches, is back on the field, in the starting XV.
“Gaël is an athlete who has 71 selections with the France team, adds Philippe Doussy.
It's our metronome.
He brings confidence to the whole group, on and off the pitch.
He is listened to, everyone wants to play with him.
“His return will do us the greatest good, continues Eddy Ben Arous.
There will be more maturity, more serenity.
Especially since Camille Chat and Nolann Le Garrec also find the group and at the same time their starting place.
Christian Wade will make his big debut with Ciel et Blanc.
The English sprinter, who went through American football, should have fun on his wing and show off his speed on the synthetic turf of Nanterre.
Gelant – D. Taofifenua, Saili, Fickou (cap.), Wade – (o) Russell, (m) Le Garrec – Diallo, Hemery, Lauret – Palu, Chouzenoux – Nyakane, Chat, Kolingar.
Laporte – Ikpefan, Reilhac, Vatubua, Barrett – (o) Debaes, (m) Daubagna – Puech, Joseph, Gorgadze (cap.) – Tagitagivalu, Ducat – Corato, Delhommel, Fisiihoi.