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Racing 92 beat Castres 34-30 at home to remain top of the Top 14


Highlights: Racing 92 beat Castres 34-30 at home to remain top of the Top 14. Wame Naituvi opened the scoring after one minute and 12 seconds of play. Vinaya Habosi and Henry Arundell also scored tries for Stuart Lancaster's side. Castres Olympique scored tries from Nathanaël Hulleu (57') and Wayan de Benedettis (78') Fly-half Louis Le Brun scored 18 points (6/6 penalties)

Another attacking festival for the Ile-de-France side in their Arena de La Défense, who scored five tries to two against Castres (34-30). They for

If the signs of history are to be believed, Stuart Lancaster can continue to dream of the shield of Brennus. Because his Racing 92 will spend the next three weeks (European Cup obliges) at the top of the Top 14, on the evening of this 12th matchday, after getting rid of Castres (34-30) this Saturday afternoon at Paris-La Défense Arena in front of 9,819 spectators. The last time this happened, in 2015-2016, Racing 92 finished as champions of France after a final played at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.

Signs or not, Stuart Lancaster's team is above all efficient, very efficient. With five more tries scored, they confirmed their status as the best attack in the Top 14. The opponents leave the Parisian business district with, on average, 5.5 tries per game. A little less for Castres this Saturday, also due to the indiscipline of the Ile-de-France side. Wame Naituvi (18′) and Siya Kolisi (25′) could have added two to the bag had it not been for their teammates' mistakes.

"The best defense is offense"

Indiscipline (12 penalties conceded) is also what allowed Castres to stay in the game for a long time. Fly-half Louis Le Brun scored 18 points (6/6 penalties), allowing the Tarnais to stick to the home side for a long time and bring back this defensive bonus point. But as throughout the match, Racing 92's forwards put their opponents to the test. Like the tries scored by Vinaya Habosi (45′) and Henry Arundell (53′), perfectly launched by Stuart Lancaster's "big boys" out of lineout or in the scrum.


⏱️ Less than a minute into the game and already a try for the @racing92 by Wame Naituvi.#R92CO

— CANAL+ Rugby (@CanalplusRugby) January 6, 2024

In the first half, one of them, Camille Chat (14′) took advantage of superb team work from Nolan Le Garrec and Jordan Joseph to score his first try of the season. The scrum was awarded a penalty try (26'). As for winger Wame Naituvi, he announced this offensive card by opening the scoring after 1 minute and 12 seconds of play, well served by Henry Arundell, who started at full-back this afternoon. "The best defence is the attack," Stuart Lancaster said at a press conference on Thursday. It's hard to argue with him after this 8th win of the season.

Castres Olympique, sixth before the matchday, believed until the end thanks to tries from Nathanaël Hulleu (57') and Wayan de Benedettis (78'), bringing the score back to 34-30 with one minute to go. But that's where the score ended. Next game in the league? Right here against Stade Toulousain, on January 28 to conclude the first phase. Before that, it's time for the European Cup. They will travel to Bath (England) on Sunday 14 January and Paris-La Défense Arena against Cardiff on 20 January.

Source: leparis

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