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Heineken Champions Cup: Racing 92 play catch-up in Ireland against Ulster

2023-12-16T07:40:39.580Z

Highlights: Heineken Champions Cup: Racing 92 play catch-up in Ireland against Ulster. The Sky and Whites take on Ulster in Belfast this Saturday (21 p.m.) in the Heinekens Champions Cup. After their surprise defeat at home to Harlequins, Racing 92 have placed themselves at the top of the Top 14 after nine matchdays (6 wins, 3 defeats). We saw the Ciel et Blanc with an iron defence, not giving up any match (at least a bonus on each trip) and winning a derby with a knife in the rain.


The Sky and Whites take on Ulster in Belfast this Saturday (21 p.m.) in the Heineken Champions Cup. After their surprise defeat at home cont


Until then, the Stuart Lancaster method, made up of rigour and a high turnover in the squad, seemed to have proved its worth. Under the orders of their new English manager, Racing 92 have placed themselves at the top of the Top 14 after nine matchdays (6 wins, 3 defeats). We saw the Ciel et Blanc with an iron defence, not giving up any match (at least a bonus on each trip) and winning a derby with a knife in the rain (13-9 against Stade Français). In short, the complete opposite of the irregularities of previous seasons.

And then patatras. For their debut in the Heineken Champions Cup last weekend, we saw the Racing 92 of before, capable of flashes of genius in attack but also too lax in defence. This first match against Harlequins London was in its scenario a carbon copy of last year's match (30-29 victory) at Paris La Défense Arena, except that the Racingmen lost it this time by a narrow margin (28-31 defeat).

Just a mishap? Lancaster Racing have the opportunity to get back on track after this first hiccup this Saturday (21 p.m., live on BeIN Sport) against the tough Irish side from the province of Ulster.

With Fickou, Kolisi and Arundell

Ideal for Siya Kolisi and Gaël Fickou's teammates to show that they have regained all their rigour and character. The two stars, the two-time world champion captain of the South Africans and the leader of the defence of the XV of France, have a lot to prove after a lacklustre performance at Paris La Défense Arena. They will be in the starting line-up again this Saturday in Belfast.

Just like the English winger Henry Arundell - who has just extended his contract until 2026 with the Hauts-de-Seine club, thus giving up on the XV of the Rose - who will also be able to redeem himself from a match without lightning last Sunday. Stuart Lancaster has rotated his squad a little less than usual. To give last weekend's losers a chance to make up for lost time?

"This match against Harlequins did not meet our standards and we can have a lot of regrets," said Wenceslas Lauret, Racing 92 back-row, who has been renamed for this match in the number 8 position. Now we'll have to go to Ulster, who are in the same position as us after their defeat to Bath, and we'll have to win to stay alive. And confirm the revival of Racing.

Racing 92 line-up

Spring - Imhoff, Chavancy, Fickou, Arundell - Gibert (c), Le Garrec (c) - Woki, Lauret, Kolisi - Chouzenoux, Rowlands - Kolingar, Tarrit, Nyakane.

Subs: Ben Arous, Gogichashvili, Kharaishvili, Sanconnie, Diallo, Baudonne, Tedder, Tabuavou.

Source: leparis

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