Despite a Toulouse try at the very last minute of the game, scored by Matavanou, which ruined the celebration, the Ciel et Blanc takes the win over Stade Toulousain on the score 25-5, at the Stade de France. Racing Metro 92, realistic in offense, thanks to three tries scored by Jonathan Sexton, Mike Phillips and Marc Andreu, takes the four winning points. (Credit : Julien Poupart // Attitude Rugby).
The lions were effective this summer putting up jonathan Sexton and Mike Phillips during the Australian tour. A few months later and arrived in Plessis-Robinson, the Irish fly-half and the Welsh scrum-half weighted heavy on this perfect Ciel et Blanc match start. A block Jacques Cronje to begin with, perfectly followed by the francilian fly-half, and Racing open the score (5’, 7-0). Try converted, Sexton then ran neck to neck with Vermack, uses his right boot. And guess who was at the conclusion of the play? Mike Phillips (17’, 12-0). For its second start under the Ciel et Blanc jersey, the Welshman added his second try of the year and gave a good lead to the Ciel et Blanc.
A start almost perfect, with two penalties scored by Sexton, him again. A few minutes later, the lions and their partners offered themselves a long tackling session in defense stopping the Toulouse offensives, which couldn’t move forward despite many sequences and plays. Racing, well into position, stayed clean in defense, avoiding making fouls and even pushing their opponent of the day to make errors, once entering the francilian’s 22m line.
In the second half, the Ciel et Blanc came out playing with this same positive pace they were on leaving first half. Marc Andreu offered the men of President Jacky Lorenzetti a third try just before Tekori had receive a yellow card due to a bad tackle on Sexton. Back in their last five meters, the Francilians managed to turn the situation at their advantage thanks to a kick by Mujati who just came on. Imhoff followed it before being overtaken by Vincent Clerc.
The afternoon could have been perfect if the Stade Toulousain, in the last ten seconds of the game, wouldn’t have made it to the try-line, taking off both Racing’s offensive bonus and the Coubertin Trophy at the same time. A play which brought regrets among the Racing squad but which did not wear off this convincing performance. It is now time to focus on a tough week on work which will end with a deconctracting week-end of rest… Before another decisive meeting at stade Aimé-Giral, against Perpignan.
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Saturday 26th August