Despite a good first half in which Racing Metro 92 managed to contain their opponent, the Ciel et Blanc fell on a Welsh team much more audacious in the second act. The Scarlets, thanks to Rhys Priestland’s right boot and a try scored by Kristian Phillips, finally took the win 19-13 on the francilian field, in a match counting for the fifth round of the Heineken Cup.
This first half certainly brought satisfaction to the Racing Metro 92 side. There is no doubt that this first act is one best of this 2013-2014 season, relying on speed, a heavy fighting spirit to disturb this Scarlet team. Mike Phillips’ former club must certainly have puffed out a “phew” of relief as they joined their changing room with only a four point deficit on the score table (10-6). Those incomplete offensive plays, vanishing so close, just before the in-goal try line, finally weighted heavy on the final score. “What hurts the most tonight is to see our good intentions in plays not being rewarded, says Antoine Battut, captain of the night. They were much more realistic, that’s for sure…”
Racing Metro 92 could have, should have won it tonight. But again, another referee call – refusing the try led by the Ciel et Blanc forwards, then not inflicting any penalty try despite four penalties whistled against the Scarlets – would finally take the best of this fifth round of HCup. It’s frustrating, especially when you saw how Racing tried and went for it. But the second half was much more in favor of the visitors who, by the Priestland right boot, concretized the welsh domination in conquest. “Even though, there were good things out there tonight, we regret the plays that we didn’t finish, analyzed Laurent Labit. Tonight, we made mistakes holding on to this ball.”
Having a noticeable lack in succeeding in the offensive end since the beginning of the season, the Ciel et Blanc players was wishing for improvement, improvement out of an effective work all week long, in this area of play. Against the Scarlets, Racingmen proved once more that they could show themselves very dangerous at any time. But “we must carry on working in this sector to concretize those plays, says the three-quarters’ Coach. We need to work hard offensively. The aim of the match was to win it, of course, but also to produce quality plays, to create scoring plays, things we managed to do well in first half”. The only thing left for the Francilians to do, would be to concretize those missed scoring plays, to go through better days.
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