Henry Chavancy celebrated thsi evening his 150th cap under the Ciel et Blanc jersey, a celebration that doesn’t comes by its own as him ans his Racing team-mates took over the win (37-7) against Biarritz Olympique with the first try-scoring bonus of the season. (Credit photo : Julien Poupart // Attitude Rugby)
Straight from kick-off, the Racingmen kept their last few weeks’ good momentum going with pounding attacks and got rewarded of an early try scored by hooker Virgile Lacombe. But on the other side, Biarritz full of bravery didn’t let it go. They even benefitted of a hazardous pass from Jamie Roberts to Henry Chavancy to intercept and make the 70 meter run to the other side of pitch and score the try. From there, the game was launch for both sides, with 20 minutes of crazy action, all things that Racing and its coach wanted to avoid as Laurent Labit would say in the post-match press conference. A few minutes before the break, Jonathan Sexton converted his only kicking chance of the half, (10-7) to give his side the lead going back to the locker-rooms.
Again out of the tunnel, the Racingmen charged their opponents with multiple offensive sequences. Captain Antoine Battut at the end of the match clearly summarized the second half in just a few words: “We exposed ourselves but kept the game under our control which smiled for us in the end”, Battut who also was at the conclusion of the first try of the second half, 18-7. A few minutes later, the visitors were sanctioned of a yellow card, “With a yellow, it made it little easier for us” admitted the Ciel et Blanc Captain. From then a sequence of tries, Jacques Cronje first, followed by winger Juan Imhoff who offered the try-scoring bonus. But the Racingmen didn’t stop there, they all wanted more. Almost 10 minutes before the bell ring, Virgile Lacombe offered himself a second try. For Henry Chavancy, the kid made in Ciel et Blanc, “the Racing performances are going crescendo”. The Racing Captain would say more, “this match is in the continuity of our two last months of hard work, it’s a nice reward”.
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Friday 19th August