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Champions Cup: Racing overthrows Harlequins and revives


In Nanterre, Racing 92, in numerical inferiority, dominated Harlequins 30 to 29 and gives itself the right to still dream of qualifying.

We are surely already holding one of the games of the season.

In a crazy match, with 3 tries on each side and 5 yellow cards, it was Racing 92 who managed to win against Harlequins and who won their first victory of the season in the Champions Cup.

The 11,000 spectators in the Arena however believed, after the penalty try in favor of the Harlequins in the 76th minute, that Racing would experience another defeat.

But Nolan Le Garrec converted a penalty 40 meters from the poles and gave the Racingmens a definitive advantage.

It's a scenario we love and yet nothing suggested such madness in this second half.

It's not that the level of the players on the pitch wasn't present, but Racing's dominance in the first half was such that it was difficult to see the Harlequins come back.

In front with an 11-point lead at the break, Racing quietly moved towards its objective: an improved victory.

That was before the English alarm clock rang.

However, the second half started again perfectly with Saili's try after 30 seconds (41').

At that time, Racing leads by 18 points and aims for the offensive bonus.

But the English, led by an excellent Smith, scored two tries in five minutes and got back into the game.

Russell responds twice at the foot to relieve his people, but after another try from Murley (64'), it is he who commits a voluntary forward synonymous with a penalty try.

We tell ourselves that the defeat will still be there, but on the dismissal, Racing hangs a penalty that Nolan Le Garrec successfully completed.

Despite three yellow cards, the Ile-de-France residents resist in defense and finally win the Champions Cup.

Despite this victory, elimination seems close given the next meeting:

a trip to Leinster, undefeated this season.

Another mission impossible.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-01-15

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