Racing Metro 92 takes the win over Aviron Bayonnais on the score of 18-8. Realistic in this 19th round of TOP 14, the Francilians managed to keep their lead all the way throughout the game thanks to the boots of the International French scrum-half Maxime Machenaud and the Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton. (Credit photo : Julien Poupart // Attitude Rugby)
Bayonne who played in Orange for the occasion, didn't quite start off this match the best way, letting the Ciel et Blanc ruling the game with their offensives. At the fifth minute, the Ciel et Blanc’s prop Julien Brugnaut was breaking through the Bayonne defense, managing to find Adrien Planté who ended his run on the 22 meters line, stopped by the Orange full-back. A first offensive which called for others…
Twenty minutes gone, the Francilians were working on their opponent, building up their lead by scoring two penalties from Machenaud… Laurent Labit said it at the end of the game, its players really made a good start. However, frustration was felt throughout the rest of the match. The Ciel et Blanc back rower, Wenceslas Lauret didn’t stop arguing facing the press, on the moment where the Racing try was refused.
At half-time, Racing, realistic, was leading 9-0. But back from their changing room, Bayonne showed a different spirit, determination was up their faces. “We stand there, only watching”, admitted Wenceslas Lauret. Santiago Fernandez intercepted a pass and went straight to the try area after a 50 meter run. Aviron Bayonnais were making their comeback, only one point down, 9-8.As the southern team was building up confidence, back rower Julien Puricelli committed a bad tackle on Adrien Planté, who stayed a few minutes lying on the grass. The referee sentenced his bad move by sending him back to the changing room for the rest of the match, with a red card. For Laurent Labit, this second game fact, the most important of the confrontation was answering back on the first one: the Dambielle refused try.
Racing, one man up, was then switching back to attack mode. And scoring their penalty attempts, the Ciel et Blanc managed to take away from Bayonne their defensive bonus which ended their match frustrated but not unhappy as the Coach Christian Lanta said during the post-match press-conference.
As the final whistle went, the Racingmen were marked of smily faces! As a special for the club, the professional squad won the game with the same amount of points than their younger team, the Ciel et Blanc Crabos which won earlier in their Curtain-raiser match 18-11 against Massy. The Pros Racingmen ended the match winning 18-8. Prop Julien Brugnaut ended his talk over the press, satisfied : “the most important thing is the win!”
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Saturday 26th August